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Friday, May 23, 2014

Admiral McRaven, USN, Gives Commencement Address to College Grads

Admiral McRaven presented this commencement address at the University of Texas - Austin to the class of 2014. I had to share it here as his tips for changing the world - both for the college grads he's addressing and everyone else in the world - from the military perspective were my favorite. McRaven is a U.S. Navy SEAL and spends much of his address explaining how his learning of many of life's great lessons was crammed into the six month period he spent at the rigorous BUDS training that SEALS go through.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.




Admiral McRaven, USN, Gives Commencement Address to College Grads
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Beth JonesJacksonville and Camp Lejeune REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
CampLejeuneHomefinder.com
(910) 378-6468
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Jacksonville, NC Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
Onslow County, NC Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
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Will Ferrell and Chad Smith [Red Hot Chili Peppers] Drum-Off


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

APPLE to Hold Virtual Career Fair for Military Spouses!

I have such exciting news to share today!


APPLE will be holding a virtual career fair for military spouses on 1 May from 12pm to 4pm. They are looking to fill positions as AT-HOME advisors for Apple Care. 

These positions will allow military spouses to work remotely and to have a career that will travel with them wherever they happen to be calling "home". 

Minimum requirements:
- Minimum typing speed of 35wpm
- High speed internet service (2mbps or better) from a reliable provider
- Dedicated telephone land line from a reliable carrier

If you'd like to learn more about this opportunity and register for the job fair, you may follow this link to go directly to the Virtual Job Fair website -http://bit.ly/1m8zJxb

And, as always, if your new set of orders is bringing you to or taking you away from the Camp Lejeune area, I'd love to assist you with your real estate needs. 


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Beth JonesJacksonville and Camp Lejeune REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
CampLejeuneHomefinder.com
(910) 378-6468
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Jacksonville, NC Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
Onslow County, NC Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
Camp Lejeune PCS Relocation, military relocation, Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Things a GREAT Realtor Wouldn't Say

I've hear/read nightmare stories about real estate agents all the time. While it makes me sad to know what some people have to experience while buying/selling a home, they can definitely be learning experiences! You CAN avoid experiencing similar situations with a little preparedness and knowing what to look for in an agent. If you're not in the Eastern NC area and would like help finding a great agent where you live or where you're headed, please shoot me an email or give me a call. I would love to play matchmaker to ensure your experience is a great one!

Without further ado, "Things a GREAT Realtor Wouldn't Say"

- "It's always a great time to buy a home!"
   - In short - no. A great agent will take the time to listen to your personal situation and provide consulting as to what might be the best option for you. Renting long-term isn't a great idea for investment purposes (home equity and full home ownership are awesome things), but sometimes it's the very best bet for your financial future. Do Realtors make a lot of money finding you a rental home? No....but the good ones aren't going to set you up for hardships long-term so they can make a buck right now.

- "Do NOT get a ______ loan"
- Here's the deal. As much as I would just love to be an expert on every topic under the sun, I'm not and I don't know anybody else who is. I love being a Realtor and I have a lot of knowledge on homes, flood zones, builders, school districts, finding the best you can get for the money, etc. I do not have all-encompassing knowledge on home loans. Don't get me wrong, I know a lot about them, but I would much prefer you discuss all of your options with a great lender or mortgage broker whose job it is to know everything about home loans like it is my job to know about houses. I have some incredible lender partners and I promise they'll put you on the right track!

- "It's totally fine for you to be home when there is a showing scheduled!"
- This is another one with an initially short answer - no. It makes people uncomfortable. Buyers will rush through your home just to get out of there. They'll tell you it's lovely, even if there was valuable feedback that could have helped you sell your home (to them or someone else!) that they would have given their agent later if they hadn't felt so flustered. We know that you know the features of your home better than anyone else could, but the best way to communicate that is to your listing agent. If your listing agent is awesome, they'll want your input - sharing the reasons you fell in love with the home is great marketing, just not in person!

- "I don't think you need to do any staging at all."
- This one is not a deal breaker. It's possible you're one of the few people selling a home that has read every staging blog, "how to sell your home" blog, and "what to do to sell your home fast" blog out there and that you've followed great advice already. If not, please don't be offended! The idea is to "de-personalize" your home as much as possible so that potential buyers can come see how their lives fit into the house - which is hard to do if wedding pictures are staring you in the face at every turn.

Nearly every home needs light staging! Take personal photos down. If you have a room that is HUGE but doesn't feel like it because every inch is filled with furniture, take some pieces out of that room. We all know bathroom vanities get cluttered, but at least find a way to stash everything in a drawer or cabinet so buyers don't feel like they're invading your space.

- "I'm excited to work with you! You can get on my website and search for as many homes as you'd like. When you find them, send them to me and I will schedule appointments for us to see them."
- A great agent is going to take the time to a) find out what you're looking for and b) try their hardest to find it for you. There is a little trial and error here as all people communicate differently, but, unless you'd like to, you shouldn't be spending all your time looking for homes online. In full disclosure, if I have clients that were looking online for homes before I started working for them, I'll ask to see their favorites as it gives me a jump start on understanding what "look" they prefer. Aside from that, if you've hired me to find you a home, it's my job to do the searching! Any agent you hire should be able to save you time...and money.

- "These homes are all 'just' out of your price range, but I think we should look at them anyway."
- Stick to your guns! If you've set a budget for your home with the help of your lender and with your monthly budget in mind, a great Realtor is not going to convince you to step out of that box. There ARE exceptions to this - for example, the Realtor might know the home is listed high and there's enough negotiation room (by researching recent sales in that community) to get down into your price range - OR - an agent might be showing you a home above your price range to give you an idea what a home with EVERYTHING you want in it might cost. In any event, the whole list of homes shouldn't be out of your financial reach or comfort zone. However, if your Realtor presents a home over budget and explains why it might be a good option to explore, there may be a very good reason!

- "I, too, have researched the value of your home on Zillow and I think you're spot on about the listing price."
- Zillow just isn't a good tool for establishing value. Your GREAT agent will be able to back up their suggested listing price with hard facts on homes that have recently sold in your area with similar features, age, and condition in mind. In short, we agents would just love to know where these "Zestimate" numbers come from as they're rarely, if ever, accurate. (Real world example: Recently, Zillow said my personal home was worth $100,000 more than I paid for it just 4 years after we had it built. While that would have been quite lovely, it wasn't even close to true).


That's all for now! I'm sure I'll have more for you on this topic very soon. In the meantime, if you are looking for a GREAT real estate agent and you'd like my help, please let me know. I'd be happy to point you in the right direction - wherever you happen to be buying or selling a home!

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Beth JonesJacksonville and Camp Lejeune REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
CampLejeuneHomefinder.com
(910) 378-6468
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Jacksonville, NC Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
Onslow County, NC Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
Camp Lejeune PCS Relocation, military relocation, Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
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# posted by Beth Jones @ 4:08 PM

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Movie Schedule for Base Theaters - Week of March 9

Ready to see a movie?! Grab your popcorn and pull up a seat! 



Sunday, March 9:

Lejeune:
1330: The Nut Job - PG13
1830: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - PG13

Midway Park:
1530: The Lego Movie - PG - In 3D
1830: Labor Day - PG13

New River:
1400: Labor Day - PG13
1700: That Awkward Moment - PG13

Monday, March 10:

Lejeune:
NO MOVIE

Midway Park:
NO MOVIE

New River: 
1800: Jack Ryan: Shadown Recruit - PG13

Tuesday, March 11:

Lejeune:
1930: Ride Along - PG13

Midway Park:
NO MOVIE

New River:
NO MOVIE

Wednesday, March 12:

Lejeune:
1930: Labor Day - PG13

Midway Park:
NO MOVIE

New River:
0930 & 1800: Labor Day - PG13

Thursday, March 13:

Lejeune:
1930: Vampire Academy - PG13

New River:


Friday, March 14:

Lejeune:
1830: Winter's Tale - PG13
2120: RoboCop - PG13

Midway Park:
1830: I, Frankenstein - PG13
2120: About Last Night - R

Saturday, March 15:

Lejeune:
1530: The Lego Movie - PG
1830: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - PG13
2120: About Last Night - R

Midway Park:
1530: The Lego Movie - PG - in 3D
1830: Winter's Tale - PG13



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Beth JonesJacksonville and Camp Lejeune REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
CampLejeuneHomefinder.com
(910) 378-6468
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Jacksonville, NC Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
Onslow County, NC Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
Camp Lejeune PCS Relocation, military relocation, Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale

***Movie Schedule for Base Theaters - Week of March 9. Schedules for Midway Park, Camp Lejeune, and MCAS New River theaters
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Good Information to Have - Week beginning March 9, 2014

Good information to have moving into this coming week. I can't let you all forget the good stuff! 

Sunday - March 9

Spring Forward Daylight Savings Time
(I know...it's lame, but hopefully it means SPRING is actually coming!)

Monday - March 10

Recenter your chi for the week ahead with Second Wind


Tuesday - March 11

On Camp Lejeune:
1000 - Well Baby Clinic
1130 - Paying for a College Education  

On MCCS New River:

1700 - New River Fitness Center (AS-4400) - Intramural Softball Organizational Meeting
1900 - SINGLE MARINE PROGRAM POOL TOURNAMENT at SMP Center on New River


Wednesday - March 12


Thursday - March 13

On Lejeune:
1300 - Car Buying Workshop: Getting a Fair Deal at John A Lejeune Education Center, Room 101

On New River:

0830-1600 - Five Love Languages Workshop at AS-232 Marine Corps Family Team Building SIGN UP

Friday - March 14

On Lejeune:
1000-1600: Get Hooked with Outdoor Adventures Kayak Fishing Trip
Enjoy a day on the water! $10; Kayak rental & bait provided. Visit www.mccslejeune.com/outdoor to register.

On New River:
Learn how to make your grocery list, shop, and prep for a whole month of dinners! SIGN UP HERE

1800 - 2100: Family Rock Wall Night at New River Fitness Center

In and around Jacksonville:
1200: Walk with a Doc at New River Waterfront Park: Join a specialized medical professional for a light-paced mile route and snag some tips for leading a healthier life while you're there! 

1300: Jones Island Eco-Tour at Hammocks Beach State Park: Discuss the wildlife, ecosystems, and cultural history of this beautiful island with a park ranger! Seating is limited so pre-registration is required by contacting the park office - 910.326.4881 

1900: GODSPELL the Musical at Legacy Theater! Buy tickets here

Saturday - March 15

On Lejeune:

(Click above link for additional information and registration) $25 entry fee.

Click above link for additional information and to register online
St. Paddy's Engineer 5 Mile Challenge

0900: Parent Child Archery hosted by Outdoor Adventures
Visit www.mccslejeune.com/outdoor for additional information and registration information

On New River:

Location: AS-232 MCTFB

Location: AS-232 MCTFB

Location: New River SNCO Club


In Jacksonville and surrounding areas:


1000-1300: Science Frenzy at Jacksonville Commons Recreation Complex
Children ages 4-16 are $5 and everyone else is free. Parents must accompany children. Come learn from local science experts!

4x4 races start at 4pm. $10 admission.  

1700: Matinee at the March at Hammocks Beach State Park.
Drinks and snacks will be served. Contact the park office to find out which movie they will be showing! 910.326.4881

1700: Oyster Roast and Pig out in Swansboro









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Beth JonesJacksonville and Camp Lejeune REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
CampLejeuneHomefinder.com
(910) 378-6468
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Jacksonville, NC Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
Onslow County, NC Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
Camp Lejeune PCS Relocation, military relocation, Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
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# posted by Beth Jones @ 12:00 PM

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Homes for Sale in Hubert and Swansboro - No more front gate traffic!!!

If you've ever sat in the front gate traffic at Camp Lejeune, you know it can be mind-numbing...and loud. Fortunately, Lejeune has a number of other access points. They may be a bit further to "the office" mileage-wise, but I can almost promise they're much less headache.

If you'd rather drive 30 minutes at 55ish MPH than play "stop/go" in traffic listening to other people's music, these may be great options for your family.

Please contact me directly via email at Beth at OnslowHomeFinder.com or by phone at 910.378.6468 if your family is PCSing into the area or if you're already here and thinking "there has GOT to be a better way!". I would love to help your family find their new home!

In the meantime, check these links to see if there's something that piques your interest!

Homes in Hubert and Swansboro:

Under $150,000

$150 - $200,000

$200 - $250,000

$250,000+



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Beth JonesJacksonville and Camp Lejeune REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
CampLejeuneHomefinder.com
(910) 378-6468
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Jacksonville, NC Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
Onslow County, NC Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
Camp Lejeune PCS Relocation, military relocation, Real Estate, Condos, Homes for Sale
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# posted by Beth Jones @ 5:20 PM


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