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JPAR Franchising Adds Chief Growth Officer

JPAR Franchising Adds Chief Growth Officer

JPAR Franchising, the franchising division of JP & Associates REALTORS®, has recently announced the addition of a Chief Growth Officer for its rapidly expanding brand, in the person of Brad Smith, an experienced franchise industry executive.

Brad Smith has been chosen by JPAR Franchising to fill the newly created position of Chief Growth Officer. Smith was most recently Chief Franchise Development Officer at Regus Co-Working Corporation. Smith also has experience as Vice President of Franchising at Weichert Real Estate, Jani-King and Dairy Queen.

JPAR Franchising CEO, Geoff Lewis, stated, “As we continue to add franchises in new and existing states at a rapid pace, we brought Brad in to benefit from his decades of experience leading and training franchise sales teams at established brands. I look forward to working directly with Brad as he applies his knowledge and enthusiasm to our talented sales team.”

For his part, Smith, stated, “I am very excited to join JPAR Franchising which has already achieved the status of fastest-growing 100% commission brokerage and now one of America’s hottest business franchises. JPAR has proven that its transaction fee model combined with great technology and a productivity standard is the model agents and brokers are looking for. I am eager to accelerate the trajectory of JPAR’s growth.”

“Our rapid growth requires more structure for franchise sales,” added JP Piccinini, Chairman, and Founder of Vesuvius Holdings, LLC, parent company of JPAR Franchising. “I believe Brad’s prior experience will help to propel the superior JPAR model into one of the brightest future brands in our industry. I am delighted to have Brad on the team. Our team, franchisees, and overall brand will benefit greatly from his experience and knowledge”.

At JP & Associates REALTORS®, we’ve built a company that focuses on putting agents first. Opening in 2011, JPAR is taking the real estate industry by storm and JPAR Franchising has earned accolades such as Top 10 Hottest Franchise (according to Inc.), a three-time Inc. 5000 honoree (2019: #1004), and the Fastest-Growing 100% Commission Brokerage and Franchise in the USA (according to Real Trends 500). Since offering franchise services in 2018, JPAR has expanded to 12 states in addition to the brokerage in Texas.

JPAR operates multiple offices across Alabama, Arizona, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Texas.

JPAR is expanding nationwide and offers franchising opportunities for entrepreneurial real estate professionals.

To inquire about franchising or to learn more, please, fill out the following:

 

JP & Associates REALTORS® Climbs The List of Top Brokerages in the Nation, REAL TRENDS 500 for 2020

JP & Associates REALTORS® Climbs The List of Top Brokerages in the Nation, REAL TRENDS 500 for 2020

JP and Associates REALTORS® (JPAR) has been recognized anew in the pages of REAL Trends, a premier source of residential brokerage news and analysis, in its annual REAL Trends 500 List.

The 2020 edition of REAL Trends 500 puts JPAR within the Top 50 (41) of the 500 Largest Brokerages in the United States based on closed transactions in 2019.

JPAR has also been recognized as one of the top 20 independent brokerages in the country. More impressively, it is also in the top 5 among the leading 5-year movers in the industry in terms of transaction and volume percentages of over 500%.

The latest results from REAL Trends goes to show that JPAR has managed to solidify its position as the  #1 fastest-growing 100% commission brokerage in the country.

JP Piccinini, Founder of JP and Associates REALTORS® and CEO of Vesuvius Holdings, said, “The REAL Trends 500 rankings for JPAR is a reflection of our company’s consistent growth and our agents’ commitment to excellence over the last five years. We’re certainly not resting our laurels as we continuously strive to be better and rank higher by improving the work we do for our agents and our clients.”

Mark Johnson, CEO of JPAR Brokerage, highlights the company’s culture and values as key to their success. “In an industry known for its turnover, we have created a culture often referred to as, ‘the Top Producer’s final destination brokerage.’ Our strong emphasis placed on productivity and service ensures our agents are consistently crushing their goals while meeting the needs of their clients.”

Published annually since 1987, REAL Trends 500, now in its 33rd year, remains the undisputed leader in ranking the performance of residential real estate services firms based on a painstaking and independent verification process. Over 1,700 realty firms initially qualified for the 2020 listing, from which only 500 companies, including JP and Associates REALTORS®, managed to make the cut.

At JP & Associates REALTORS®, we’ve built a company that focuses on putting agents first. Opening in 2011, JPAR is taking the real estate industry by storm and earning accolades such as Top 10 Hottest Franchise (according to Inc.), a three-time Inc. 5000 honoree (2019: #1004), and the Fastest-Growing 100% Commission Brokerage and Franchise in the USA (according to REAL Trends 500). Since offering franchise services in 2018, JPAR has expanded to 12 states in addition to the brokerage in Texas.

JPAR operates multiple offices across Alabama, Arizona, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Texas is expanding nationwide and offers franchising opportunities for entrepreneurial real estate professionals.

To learn more about becoming an agent or franchising, please, fill out the following:

 

JPAR Offers Affordable Health Care for Agents Amid COVID-19

JPAR Offers Affordable Health Care for Agents Amid COVID-19

For many of us, health is the most important aspect of our lives that we should be mindful of. Especially in these challenging times, the emphasis on taking care of one’s health cannot be overstated enough.

Because of this, health care benefits are seen as a must-have, especially for those who have respective careers or businesses so they can be assured of some level of protection while they continue to provide for themselves and their loved ones.

However, not everyone in their careers is fortunate to receive such benefits. This is especially true for many real estate agents (at around 86%) who are considered as “independent contractors”, thus, they are not eligible to get health care benefits from the companies they work for. As a result, they have to get a second job in an office just so they can receive health benefits for themselves and their families.

For JP & Associates REALTORS®’ (JPAR) Founder and Owner, JP Piccinini, a career set-up such as this for real estate agents is, “a recipe for disaster,” as they could not fully enjoy the same benefits as those who are working full-time in the real estate industry.

As a way to address this reality and create a more comprehensive and inclusive health care coverage, JPAR has partnered with one of the leading healthcare providers in the country, Clearwater Benefits, to provide healthcare benefits to all its agents so they and their families remain taken care of. For Piccinini, this partnership with Clearwater is a game-changer, allowing JPAR not only to recruit better talent but to retain talent as well.

Under the partnership with Clearwater, JPAR agents have access to an annual agent health care plan through its Agent Health Plan (AHP).  AHP offers a number of key advantages that agents appreciate:

✓Agents get to save at an average of 30-60% each year
✓Includes more doctor options
✓HSA plans are included
✓Free Teledoc service
✓Rates hikes are only at a 2% yearly average
✓Options for added dental and vision coverage at competitive rates
✓Lower out of pocket risks

“During such a critical time in our nation’s history, I am proud that we are able to offer affordable health care plans to our agents and their families,” Piccinini said. “Now more than ever, agents need to be able to focus on their careers while staying healthy.”

President of Vesuvius Holdings and CEO of JPAR Franchising, Geoff Lewis, shares his excitement for JPAR’s Agent Health Plan with Clearwater. “Our agents continue to utilize and appreciate the plans and benefits available through our partnership with Clearwater. I believe these offerings are the best in the industry, and they should be enough to provide our agents with the health care that they deserve to have when they need it most.”

For more information on JPAR’s health care services and agent benefits, visit www.jparready.com.

At JP & Associates REALTORS®, we’ve built a company that focuses on putting agents first. Opening in 2011, JPAR is taking the real estate industry by storm and earning accolades such as Top 10 Hottest Franchise (according to Inc.), a three-time Inc. 5000 honoree (2019: #1004), and the Fastest Growing 100% Commission Brokerage and Franchise in the USA (according to Real Trends 500). Since offering franchise services in 2018, JPAR has expanded to 12 states in addition to the brokerage in Texas.

JPAR operates multiple offices across Alabama, Arizona, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Texas is expanding nationwide and offers franchising opportunities for entrepreneurial real estate professionals.

To learn more about becoming an agent or franchising, please, fill out the following:

 

3 Ways To Survive And Thrive

3 Ways To Survive And Thrive

Have you ever wondered if success in life is ultimately determined by our response to hardship and failure?

How is that some people release their survival mentality and embrace the opportunity to use hardships to heal, grow, and help out while others do the opposite? In this article, I intend to deliver three ways to move from survival to thriving.

Model Others

At its core, all businesses are just people carrying out an idea, solving a problem for a profit. It’s never the other way around; for instance, there is no idea so big that it doesn’t need people to make it succeed. Investors know this, hence the saying “Bet on the jockey, not the horse.” A great jockey is a great role model.

The tale of two real estate agents… in one of our nearby communities, a real estate agent is suing the local municipality over the shelter in place restrictions. The mayor posted – naming the agent – that at this time, he is having to redirect his energy and resources to the lawsuit rather than be entirely devoted to the crisis. The community is “virtually running the agent out of town” while slamming him all over social media that he cares more about selling homes than the city.

I’m not judging here, as citizens it is our right to use the legal system… it’s not about right or wrong. Who knows, maybe the agent will win the battle, yet you and I know he has already lost the war. I would not model my business after this agent.

Contrast this to James Sharp, one of our JPAR top producers based in Plano, Texas. James and his team have adapted quickly to virtual showings, virtual listings and becoming resourceful in advising buyers and sellers on what they can do in this market like:

  • Continue to work virtually on mortgage pre-approval
  • Virtually consult with him and other professionals
  • Continue to research and stay informed
  • View listings online
  • Giving back – serving the community where there is a need

A perfect model to thrive in today’s market. What makes me proud of our JPAR associates is I could name 100 others – like James – that have emailed, texted, or shared via zoom how they are serving their communities at this time while still virtually serving the needs of existing clients.

Create Hope

Those of you who know me personally, know that one of my favorite quotes is:

“Once You Choose Hope, Anything Is Possible.”

In his book “The Hope Quotient,” Ray Johnston reveals a revolutionary new method for measuring and dramatically increasing your level of hope.

Hope is more than a feeling; it’s the by-product of seven key factors. When these factors are present in your business, they cause hope to thrive.

Factor 1: Recharge Your Batteries.

Nobody does well running on empty.

Factor 2: Raise Your Expectations.

You don’t get what you deserve; you get what you expect.

Factor 3: Refocus on the Future.

It’s time to throw away your rearview mirror. No one goes forward well when they have an unhealthy obsession with looking back.

Factor 4: Play to Your Strengths.

Be yourself; everyone else is taken.

Factor 5: Refuse to Go It Alone.

Never underestimate the power of support. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.

Factor 6: Replace Burnout with Balance.

Burning the candle at both ends isn’t as bright as you think.

Factor 7: Play Great Defense.

Avoid the five toxic hope killers that can threaten your future.

What are those 5 Hope Killers?

  1. Bitterness and resentment
  2. Worry and anxiety
  3. An unhealthy obsession of looking back and comparing
  4. Guilt
  5. Past failures

What practical steps can you take to improve your defense?

  1. Never make big decisions when you’re down.
  2. Respond to bad news in resourceful ways.
  3. Shake it off and step up.

Johnston explains how building these seven factors of hope into your life will increase your hope level dramatically and will free you and fuel you to catch a fresh vision for your future. And when that happens, anything is possible.

Now fair warning if you go to buy the book, Johnston is a devout Christian. I believe in our constitution and the freedom of religion – it’s one of many things that makes America great. Now I’d like to share I have friends and associates from every faith and of no faith. I respect their freedom, and they respect mine.

Build Resilience

“More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. That’s true in the cancer ward, it’s true in the Olympics, and it’s true in the boardroom.” ~ Diane Coutu

According to Coutu, resilient people possess three characteristics:

  • A staunch acceptance of reality;
  • A deep belief and associated values, that life is meaningful;
  • An uncanny ability to improvise.

She states, you can bounce back from hardship with just one or two of these qualities, but you will only be truly resilient with all three. These three characteristics hold true for resilient organizations as well.

Coutu goes on to say, resilience is a reflex, a way of facing and understanding the world that is deeply etched into a person’s mind and soul.

Resilient people and companies face reality with staunchness, make meaning of hardship instead of crying out in despair, and improvise solutions from thin air. Others do not. This is the nature of resilience!

There are obviously more than three-ways to survive and thrive, yet a good start is to find great role models, create more hope, and build your resilience. Let’s get started today!

 

Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare You

Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare You

There’s a lot of anxiety right now regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned about the impact on the economy as well.

Amidst all this anxiety, anyone with a megaphone – from the mainstream media to a lone blogger – has realized that bad news sells. Unfortunately, we will continue to see a rash of horrifying headlines over the next few months. Let’s make sure we aren’t paralyzed by a headline before we get the full story.

When it comes to the health issue, you should look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most reliable information.

Finding reliable resources with information on the economic impact of the virus is more difficult. For this reason, it’s important to shed some light on the situation. There are already alarmist headlines starting to appear. Here are two such examples surfacing this week.

1. Goldman Sachs Forecasts the Largest Drop in GDP in Almost 100 Years

It sounds like Armageddon. Though the headline is true, it doesn’t reflect the full essence of the Goldman Sachs forecast. The projection is actually that we’ll have a tough first half of the year, but the economy will bounce back nicely in the second half; GDP will be up 12% in the third quarter and up another 10% in the fourth.

This aligns with research from John Burns Consulting involving pandemics, the economy, and home values. They concluded:

“Historical analysis showed us that pandemics are usually V-shaped (sharp recessions that recover quickly enough to provide little damage to home prices), and some very cutting-edge search engine analysis by our Information Management team showed the current slowdown is playing out similarly thus far.”

The economy will suffer for the next few months, but then it will recover. That’s certainly not Armageddon.

2. Fed President Predicts 30% Unemployment!

That statement was made by James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. What Bullard actually said was it “could” reach 30%. But let’s look at what else he said in the same Bloomberg News interview:

“This is a planned, organized partial shutdown of the U.S. economy in the second quarter,” Bullard said. “The overall goal is to keep everyone, households and businesses, whole” with government support.

According to Bloomberg, he also went on to say:

“I would see the third quarter as a transitional quarter” with the fourth quarter and first quarter next year as “quite robust” as Americans make up for lost spending. “Those quarters might be boom quarters,” he said.

Again, Bullard agrees we will have a tough first half and rebound quickly.

Bottom Line

There’s a lot of misinformation out there. If you want the best advice on what’s happening in the current housing market, contact your local real estate agent.

Episode 107: Kelly Snodgrass – There Has To Be A Connection

Episode 107: Kelly Snodgrass – There Has To Be A Connection

On episode 107 of Success Superstars, real life Wonder Woman Kelly Snodgrass from Arlington, Texas talks with Mark Johnson, CEO of JP & Associates Realtors about what drives her to keep being a team leader, JPAR Texas Managing Broker, wife, volunteer at church, coach and more. About 85% of Kelly’s past clients come back to do business with her.
“There has to be a connection.” – Kelly Snodgress
Now available on the go: listen to inspirational stories on all podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, just search ‘Success Superstars’ anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
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