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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

It's code for:

"agent is desperate to sell".

"agent is catching flack from seller about days on market".

"agent needs to get paid".

Unless the seller approved the language, I feel it's a breach of the fiduciary duty we have with our clients.

Sep 27, 2018 07:22 AM
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  I have encountered some Sellers who were NOT motivated.  They turned down good offers, made unrealistic counters and demands.   But the agent didn't put that in the MLS remarks.

Sep 27, 2018 07:22 AM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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Yes, agree with answers. 

SOS. Need to sell, all offers will be presented ASAP.

Sep 27, 2018 07:43 AM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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For sure, it means 

Bring me an offer, sellers is about to fire me. :)

Sep 27, 2018 07:42 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

hmmmmmm. A better phrase than 'seller says bring offer'. It is stupid as why is the house on the market if the seller does not want to sell?

Sep 27, 2018 07:41 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Breaching?  Maybe. The word is overused. It doesn't mean much to me. As far as clients their interpretation varies.

Sep 27, 2018 07:26 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
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Not a fan of that term either. There's only 2 possible outcomes here; neither good. Either you get a Vulture looking to pick the bones of a desperate seller with a lowball offer that will make your milk curdle... or you get a Buyer who overlooks it because they only care about what matters to them- do they like it & is it priced right? So if your seller is "motivated" but overpriced or just ugly, the buyer doesn't care that he's motivated, they want a fair price for a good house.  

Sep 27, 2018 07:19 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

In cases where I have used it it was by request of the Seller Peter Mohylsky . It was their way to say "we are flexable".

Sep 27, 2018 11:15 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

"Seller motivated" is a given.That is why they are selling. Next!

Sep 27, 2018 07:23 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

The real estate profession seems to lack creativity. There is an abundance of copying what others do even when it makes no sense to do so. 

Sep 27, 2018 07:32 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
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I don't think there is any breach in using this terminology.  I have it on one of my listings now.  The house has been on the market for about 6 weeks, and she is anxious to sell.  We just adjusted the price and she wants perspective buyers to know she is movtivated to sell and willing to negotiate in good faith and  invites any and all offers for considerataion.

Sep 27, 2018 07:11 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Clients tell me all the time to pass along to other agents, "We're motivated!" I explain that the message sent is, "We're desperate!" and they quickly change their minds!

Sep 27, 2018 06:53 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ditto, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D 

Sep 27, 2018 03:23 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

In addition to what Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D said, it's also code for "seller willing to accept less" and "low ball offers OK!"

Sep 27, 2018 09:18 AM
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Bob Crane
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Just a way to get more interested parties to the table, hopefully they have their clients permission to disclose a motive like this though.

Sep 27, 2018 01:19 PM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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I don't really believe it's breaching confidentiality... as I've often seen it used in the context of "Seller is very movitated (in every way but financially)".

Sep 27, 2018 09:21 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Sorry I'm not 100% sure what you are asking?

Sep 27, 2018 07:07 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I call these kinds of expressions "realtoreze." Hate them and they don't make us look good to the public. Unless the seller specifically tells you to say he/she is motivated and bring all offers, it is a breach of ethics to do so.

Sep 27, 2018 08:46 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

A poor choice of wording by those who do not know better.

Sep 27, 2018 08:20 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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Agree, it is redundant, theoretically, but I think the hidden agenda is that seller more than willing to negotiate. 

Sep 27, 2018 11:22 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Could be a breach if seller does not approve. I suppose it ranks right up there with the often-used phrase "won't last." It doesn't work.

Sep 27, 2018 08:13 AM
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

"Bring All Offers"
"All Offers Considered"
"Motivated Seller"
Isn't every seller 'motivated' and doesn't every listing want offers??

Sep 27, 2018 08:01 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not use that phrase

Sep 27, 2018 03:18 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

the best advice is to price it right...then you never need to worry about which words to use....the only word you'll use is SOLD....

Sep 27, 2018 02:47 PM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

It's filler like "Be Happy Here. Hurry".  I have seen marketing where every single property has the same tired worn out lingo. "Dirty But Nice".  "Take This House And Love It". Describe the person who would be a perfect fit for this particular, individual real estate listing. Make each different because the properties are. That's matchmaking where the property sells itself because it works and the buyer knows why in your narrative, imagery, video, plat map and floor plan promotion.

Sep 27, 2018 01:29 PM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Translation, seller is desperate. We've overpriced, limited showings, not presented or marketed well and now need to get an offer, any offer. 

Sep 27, 2018 10:25 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Seller Motivated can mean so many things. It's on the market, so obviously seller is motivated to sell and get on with their plans. Coming Soon now means Coming in 3 days to 3 months. I think seller Motivated is used so often by agents who just realized the listing is going to expire in 30 days and senses the seller is going to go with another agent when it expires.

Sep 27, 2018 09:15 AM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

Agreed it is way overused, I would think most often with a lack of confidence in a weak or non-existent marketing plan...if a Seller is not motivated it is not really for sale, is it?  Have no way of knowing if a breach of confidentiality, but unless directed by owner would be difficult to assert fulfilling fiduciary duty.

Sep 27, 2018 08:52 AM
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Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • South East Florida • Real Estate Brokers - Miami Beach, FL
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Basically, it means that NO offers are coming in and that the L/A is about to lose the listing. Motivated Seller in no way, shape or form means that the price is negotiable. 

Sep 27, 2018 07:46 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
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As Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D I have always interpreted it and seems to be valid that it means

All offers seriously considered and seller and or agent are getting desperate Peter Mohylsky 

Oct 03, 2018 07:44 PM
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

If the seller is ok with that then yes, I would post it as seller is motivated.

Sep 27, 2018 07:00 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You raise a good point...Is it marketing? Is it a message? Does it portray weakness? Another peculiar one...MUST SELL...well get to it! 

Sep 27, 2018 06:12 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Lots of good responses - I agree with most of them but also have one of my own I prefer not to say in public LOL

Sep 27, 2018 05:38 PM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Peter Mohylsky without seller consent, agent might breach confidentiality.

Sep 27, 2018 05:10 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Seller will look at all offers is my favorite cliche on this.

Sep 27, 2018 04:40 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I am not a fan of cliche real estate speak either. I've never liked (or used) seller motivated. I agree with Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D. -Kasey 

Sep 28, 2018 11:44 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Typically this means the agent has been unable to get the seller to reduce the price but the seller has said "bring me an offer".

Sep 28, 2018 06:36 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
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I hate it too & suspect it really means "Seller won't work WITH me and change the price".   I've heard many sellers say "they can just make an offer"...

Sep 28, 2018 04:16 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

We are not fond of any speak, and we make a point to avoid Jargon  A

Sep 27, 2018 07:29 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

It's code for "Come look. Bring offers. We promise not to get offended."

Sep 27, 2018 06:59 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is true, that some sellers are not motivated, but all agents are:) 

Oct 15, 2018 12:11 AM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Yes, those words are often abused Peter. I once asked the agent what she meant and she answered, "Oh, he wants to sell!" Then asked, "Is he willing to lower the price?" (It was overpriced) She replied no.

Oct 11, 2018 07:56 AM
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Wanda Lovelace
CRYE-LEIKE REALTORS - Knoxville, TN
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Once - just for fun- we put " Movtivated Agent" on a flyer ( with the Sellers permission of course!) 

Oct 08, 2018 09:54 AM
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Melissa Polce
ERA, Wilkinson Real Estate Charlotte - Huntersville, NC
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No, the seller likely has said, "why don't we have an offer"...or sellers' have found another home or the seller has said, "why doesnt someone at least make an offer, even if I am overpriced, just to get the ball rolling", or you as the agent have had slow traffic, we are hoping that will catch the eye of potential buyers to come through and make an offer...not brain surgery by any stretch...we are just trying to get the seller an offer...

Oct 08, 2018 06:48 AM
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Matt Hendricks
Home and Family - Louisville, KY
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Great question wish I had a great answer for you

Oct 06, 2018 09:53 AM
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Denise Copeland
Mirsky Realty Group - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Jupiter Abacoa Sales & Beach Front Luxury Homes

Love it. But I suppose it's better than the alternative, "Testing the waters to see if I can get a full price offer on an over priced listing!"

Oct 04, 2018 03:21 PM
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I agree!  I dont use the term unless the seller gives the directive in writing.

Although it is true some Sellers get more motivated as the time goes by 

but I love the question!!

Oct 03, 2018 11:02 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Better then bring sellers a offer!

Oct 02, 2018 08:56 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

That is a strange statement to put into MLS.   All Sellers must be motivated, or they would not be selling, for the most part.

Oct 02, 2018 12:58 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

In our brokerage, the phrase "seller motivated" has to have meaning. If the seller is really motivated to the point we put this in MLS, he/she has to mean it and authorize the verbiage.

Oct 01, 2018 09:14 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
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I've only ever used it when A- requested by the seller and B- he's fully aware and has signed off on the ad before it runs.

Sep 30, 2018 09:30 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I use this phrase when the seller says it is ok

Sep 30, 2018 08:17 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I would wager a guess that 90% of all sellers are truly motivated. That is what selling is about. When I see this statement, it means nothing to me.

Sep 29, 2018 05:37 PM
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Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
Regal Christie's International Real Estate

I have only used it when specifically instructed by the seller to make sure that it was noted in the remarks. I'm with you, I feel it is overused and basically non effective.  

Sep 29, 2018 07:06 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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Sep 28, 2018 12:29 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Seller motivated but home has been listed since last March. I do love that one

Sep 28, 2018 09:28 AM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Right, hidden code for write me a low offer and seller will probably take it. Not serving the best interest of the seller.

Sep 28, 2018 08:49 AM
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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

No, it is just like "puffing"  which is a lie that violates nothing.

I have had many "motivated" sellers only be movitated at full price.

Eve

Sep 28, 2018 07:37 AM
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David M. Dwares
Title Professionals Corp. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Title guy with a broker license

Every industry has it's tired, overused jargon.  It is hard to change, especially since young agents learn from older, more experienced agents.  

Sep 28, 2018 06:49 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Seems clear to me.

I don't know why the rest of the agents don't include, "Seller/Agent delusional" except for the reality we tend to shed only the dimmest of light on truth and pay Zillow to do the rest of the misrepresentation for agents.

Breaching confidentiality. Now that's stretch. 

The seller is MOVING.  The boxes in the garage say the same thing. The empty bedrooms and refrige confirm they are moving. The are MOTIVATED.

80% of buyers here in my area of FL do confer with FB and Big G to 'dig deeper and uncover hidden motive' such as the sellers 'gonna miss yo'all when I move' posts.

Now, let's talk about 'Won't Last!"  

The real truth in "SELLER MOTIVATED' is that agent is stating they are a better negotiator. Are you up to the challenge? Go ahead and put in an offer and call their bluff. 

So, you see, it really doesn't matter.

Sep 28, 2018 05:22 AM