Friday, May 31, 2013

An Active Retirement is Not Just Keeping Busy

An active retirement is not just keeping busy, but engaging in quality activities that make your life worthwhile. If we attempt to fill our newly found free time with quick distractions rather than quality activities, we may eventually become bored. Here are some of the key ingredients of quality retirement activities to help guide your planning:

Find something you are passionate about
Find something that challenges you
Find something that helps others
Find something that is long term

  You can find all of this and more in New Bern North Carolina! Rich in history and surrounded by two beautiful river New Bern has so much to offer. You can volunteer on one of many historic sites. Stay active and learn about history of this sweet little town and North Carolina!

  For opportunities contact Tryon Palace or New Bern Preservation society.

  If you think New Bern North Carolina might be a place for you please contact us for you free relocation package

Sonja Babic
Your North Carolina Broker

Active Retirement in New Bern NC

"There are 40 million Americans 65 and older today; by 2050 that number is expected to double to 80 million," No wonder we have more and more communities addressing active retirement lifestyle.

Today's retirees understand that there is no youth fountain and that key to good heath and happiness is to remain active. So the first step when choosing your retirement community is to take a close look at ate life stay and the activities that community offers. A place like New Bern, NC, which offers a full calendar of enriching activities that specifically cater to senior lifestyles sure is something to check out.

 With nearly 2,000 retirees choosing New Bern, NC each year as their retirement destination, senior lifestyles in this historical riverfront town are active, rich in culture and well protected through medical services. Populated with many people that bought second homes during the housing boom that now serve as their primary retirement home, retirees work tirelessly to preserve New Bern's beauty and history. 

  Made even more attractive by New Bern's rich cultural history, mild climate, relatively low cost of living, beautiful surroundings and friendly people, there's no wonder why New Bern's retirement community continues to grow year after year. Active retired citizens enjoy fishing, golfing, sailing, hiking and boating with easy commutes from anywhere in the river city. Gardeners appreciate the year-round growing season, while the colonial setting of the city and the wide range of social, cultural and recreational activities make retirement in New Bern very attractive.
  New residents find the city's regional hospital, doctors' offices, shopping centers, sports facilities, quality restaurants and numerous religious organizations important factors in making the decision to relocate for retirement. Those who decide to move to New Bern are more likely to bring others than to leave.
   New Bern NC offers large variety of developments that will be different in the setting and style of the homes so rest assured we have something for everyone.Give me call with any possible questions about this area or email me your mailing address for complimentary relocation package. Email PRIME Realty

    Don,t make your decision about where to relocate until you visit New Bern North Carolina



Atlantic hurricane 2013 season begins Saturday

They may not strike, but you should still be ready.
Before the Atlantic hurricane season officially begins Saturday, the National Hurricane Center is hosting National Hurricane Preparedness Week this week.
Saturday, June 1 marks Day 1 of the six-month hurricane period ending in November, which is a reminder for area counties to double-check and inform residents about disaster plans.
The NHC is predicting between 13 and 20 tropical storms in 2013. Up to 11 of those are predicted to become hurricanes and between three and six could turn into major storms.
“We typically take a look at what’s coming off Africa,” said meteorologist Lara Pagano about tracking the tropical storm cycle. “You have to have the warm sea surface temperatures and not too much wind sheer out there so it can start to develop.”
Pagano, who works with the National Weather Service in Newport, said with these “ingredients,” the weather service can forecast the intensity of a storm as it gets closer.
Although it will be an active hurricane season, Pagano said there may or may not be landfall.
 Randy Skinner, Greene County Emergency Services manager, said, “The biggest thing I can stress to the citizens of the county is to make sure you have supplies that last you at least three days.”

With a busy hurricane season predicted, one hasn’t made landfall since Hurricane Irene in 2011. More than 2 million people were under mandatory evacuation and 26 river-flooding records were broken, according to
Hurricane Floyd of 1999, also called the “500-Year Storm,” devastated the Kinston area more than the others. When that catastrophic storm bellowed into North Carolina, most of Kinston’s highways were inundated; the Neuse River rose to 28 feet and it cost Lenoir County $310,000,000 in damages.
Floyd was tracked in its early stages.
“People need to pay attention to the forecast (and) the hazards that are involved with them and heed the advice of the emergency managers and the national weather services,” Pagano said. “I think that’s the best that most people can do at this point.”
Sonja Babic
Your North Carolina Broker

Hurricane preparedness checklist

PRIME Realty NC wants you and your family to stay safe this Hurricane season.  Key to safety during any tropical storm is preparedness so please take few moments read through this and make sure you have all of the supplies you and your family might need. Lets hope we don't need any of them this year but please be prepared!

FROM National Hurricane Center 

Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials. These are essential pieces to the Weather-Ready Nation.

Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) for comprehensive information on hurricane preparedness at home and in your community.
Highlights on how to prepare and take action are available below:

Gather Information

Know if you live in an evacuation area. Assess your risks and know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Understand National Weather Service forecast products and especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.
Contact your local National Weather Service office and local government/emergency management office. Find out what type of emergencies could occur and how you should respond.


Keep a list of contact information for reference.
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  • Local Emergency Management Office
  • County Law Enforcement
  • County Public Safety Fire/Rescue
  • State, County and City/Town Government
  • Local Hospitals
  • Local Utilities
  • Local American Red Cross
  • Local TV Stations
  • Local Radio Stations
  • Your Property Insurance Agent

Risk Analysis

Online hazard and vulnerability assessment tools are available to gather information about your risks.
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Plan & Take Action

Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?

Supplies Kit

Put together a basic disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations. Help community members do the same.

Emergency Plans

Develop and document plans for your specific risks.

Health & Environment

Follow guidelines to guard your community's health and protect the environment during and after the storm.


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  • Review the FEMA Evacuation Guidelines to allow for enough time to pack and inform friends and family if you need to leave your home. FOLLOW instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!
  • Consider your protection options to decide whether to stay or evacuate your home if you are not ordered to evacuate.
When waiting out a storm be careful, the danger may not be over yet...
Be alert for:
  • Tornadoes – they are often spawned by hurricanes.
  • The calm "eye" of the storm – it may seem like the storm is over, but after the eye passes, the winds will change direction and quickly return to hurricane force.


  • Wait until an area is declared safe before returning home.
  • Remember that recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

New Bern one of the TOP 10 towns for boating in the USA!

New Bern one of the TOP 10 towns for boating in the USA!

Do you daydream about life after working? Would you like to move to a boating paradise once you're free of the daily grind? Well, welcome to New Bern NC..........

   Our best kept secret is out! This great little town of ours has been discovered by BoatUS Magazine and in the 5/2013 issue declared one of the top 10 towns to retire and enjoy boating. Great combination of history, culture and waterfront make this for a perfect little town for an active individual that values its time.   
         New Bern NC offers variety of waterways and it is convenient to Chrystal Coast Beaches but this little town is not just about boating. We offer year around life style with something for everyone as well as excellent medical facilities.  

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Please allow me to welcome you to New Bern, North Carolina's Gateway.  New Bern is a picturesque and progressive community situated at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. New Bern is North Carolina’s premiere historic city offering a great quality of life to our citizens while our guests step back in time exploring and experiencing a culture steeped in 300 years of history and tradition. Visit my web site  for more great info about this area or give me a call 252-617-0861