- Associated Press - Sunday, February 15, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Real estate agents in the Jacksonville area are criticizing new rules at Camp Lejeune (luh-JERN’) that allow more people associated with Marines to live on base.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports the agents also are unhappy that another 136 houses are being built at Lejeune even though military officials say a drawdown plan will result in the loss of 4,000 Marines from the base.

The Atlantic Marine Corps Communities said in January that base housing is now open to retirees, surviving spouses of active-duty and retired service members and Defense Department employees and contractors.

The president of the Jacksonville Board of Realtors says that, along with new base housing, takes buyers and renters out of the off-base market. Board President Ken Brandon says that could hurt existing home sales.

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Information from: The Daily News, https://www.jdnews.com

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