Why Veterans Should Use an MRP Designated Realtor

Real Estate Broker/Owner with 12 Stones NWA Brokered by eXp Realty NWA Branch EB00074452

As a former active duty United States Marine I take pride in the comradery we have as our world's largest collective force. We may give each other a lot of grief over who's the more elite or strongest branch (we all know it's the Marines *wink*wink*) but, we are all connected in a way that the general public will never fully understand. 

Although I served in the Marine Corps, from 1999 to 2004, as a machine gunner with 2/4 Echo, I have forgotten a lot of the military ways of doing things. The acronyms, terminology, the processing, and the full array of benefits available to those who serve. I've had the opportunity to use my GI Bill to go to College, and my VA Loan benefits when buying my first home. To which has been almost 12 years now. (Wow, has it been that long?)

If I want to be known as the expert military relocation professional I need to get educated on the process and the changes that have happened over the past decade. Which is why I chose to take the MRP Designation course offered through NAR

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This designation certification educates those Realtors who want to work with our service members and provide them with the housing solution that will best suit their needs. When you're educated in the military process you'll know that buying is not always the best option. In many cases we, as Realtors, will push towards the buying option because we understand the benefits of homeownership.  As an active duty member it might be the least favorable option. 

If buying is the option the active, or veteran, member chooses then as an MRP Designated Realtor you'll know every aspect of the VA Loan process, and will have all the tools necessary to guide and educate your client all the way to the closing table. 

If you're reading this and you disagree then you might want to take the course and find out why. If you're reading this and agree, then cheers. We're here to serve, and as Realtors, to serve in the publics best interest. This includes our United States Military personel. 

I'm honored to be an MRP Realtor, and even more so to be a Marine Corps Veteran. If you're looking in Northwest Arkansas to BUY or SELL any Real Estate, I'll take pride in serving you as your Realtor. If you're a Veteran and live in any other state and want help finding an MRP Designated Realtor near you I can help. Call me directly at (479) 340-4744 and I'll look forward to hearing from you. 



Comments (18)

Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Mesa, AZ

A huge "Thank you!" for your service Jeremy!

It makes a ton of sense to educate yourself about the unique scenarios that face our service men and women if you want to make that your niche! I know of a few ActiveRain members that work a ton in this niche. The first one that comes to mind is Cindy Jones . She might be a good resource for you to chat with as you really dive into focusing on this niche.

Jul 27, 2016 05:59 AM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Thank you, Bob. I appreciate that. I took a look at Cindy's bio/page. Following her now. 

Jul 27, 2016 06:36 AM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Thanks for featuring my blog! 

Jul 27, 2016 06:43 AM
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Applause Jeremy!  Finding a niche market and sticking with it is sure to bring success in selling real estate.   

Jul 27, 2016 07:57 AM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Thank you. 

Jul 27, 2016 08:14 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Jeremy. Glad to see your post Featured. MRP is a worthwhile designation for anyone looking to service our military members and their families. I remember when you contacted me awhile back about reaching our service members in their communities. It's a nice niche, and I trust you are doing well with it.

Wishing You the BEST!


Jul 27, 2016 09:34 AM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO
Thanks Jerry! Yeah, I feel like I know you personally out of everyone here at ActiveRain. Thanks for your help and guidance. I hope it comes back to you a thousand fold.
Btw, I've already had a referral from Texas that found me on the MRP website. So, it's already paid for itself a hundred times.
Thanks again and I hope you're well, Jerry.

Jul 27, 2016 12:25 PM
David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

Had to read, just to make sure and find out what accronym was.  Good post, I fully agree, 

Jul 27, 2016 10:09 AM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO
Yes sir, acronyms are very prevalent in the military. Google can help out in a jiffy.
Jul 27, 2016 12:18 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

In a seller market most homes have a dozen or more offers. The buyer wrote a letter introduce himself Vietnam vet, 101 Air Calvary. His offer was not the highest and the letter made a difference because he served in 101 also.  

I often take low end home buyers on the the basis of needs and keep cash investors as backup.  If you have 6M in the bank you let the first time home owners have a chance.

Jul 27, 2016 10:58 AM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO
Thanks Sam. I'm glad you got to help a veteran out. And really glad your client agreed with your sugestion.
Jul 27, 2016 12:17 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Wise advice Jeremy. If you're going to serve this niche (or any other) you should learn all you can in order to serve your clients well. 

Jul 27, 2016 03:06 PM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Yes Ma'am,  thank you. 

Knowledge is key.

Jul 27, 2016 11:17 PM
Bruce Brockmeier
Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS® - Yorba Linda, CA
Coached By Crouch

Good evening Jeremy,

Thank you for your service.  I was not aware of the MRP designation.

Jul 27, 2016 03:36 PM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

I was stationed in Camp Pendleton.  Really close to you.  You should check out MRP's requirements. It's not a hard course.  You could get some really great referrals out of it.

Jul 27, 2016 11:19 PM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

First, thank you for your service. However, IMO, a knowledgeable and experienced agent can help a veteran to buy, sell or refinance without a MRP designation.

A professional will always analyze the goals,  objectives, time line, tax implications, and financial circumstances before making any recommendations to purchase real estate.

Jul 27, 2016 04:03 PM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Of course agents, good or bad, without the MRP designation can help veterans buy, sell, rent, and I guess refinance. I didn't/wouldn't say they can't. It's our responsibility to be knowledgeable in that area, and MRP can teach you something new. I guarantee it. 

Maybe you should check it out. It's inexpensive and you can take the course online. If you're helping veterans, you owe it to them to be as much of a resource as you can be. And now that you've heard about MRP, there's no reason you shouldn't give it a "shot". 

Jul 29, 2016 01:23 AM
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

I'm kinda' like Kimo Jarrett, in that I feel if you do your job right, as an experienced professional, you can do an excellent job while helping someone relocate. MRP. That's a good niche to have. I too have a niche. I have represented buyers exclusively for over 20 years. Never listed even one house. And a large number of my buyers, well over half, I have helped relocate from elsewhere. And a significant number have been military, either active duty or retired. From enlisted to a full Colonel. I myself was an E-5 in the USAF, a looooong time ago. I have also helped Police, Fire, ATF, FBI, Homeland Security find their new homes. I do have designations...ABR, CRS, ePRO and the GRI. Buyers, especially relocation buyers, to me, are really rewarding, and I wouldn't do anything else.

Jul 27, 2016 05:10 PM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Kudos to you, sir. 

And now that you've heard about MRP you owe it to veterans to be the best resource as you can be. Like I was telling Kimo Sabe, the MRP course will teach you something new, guaranteed. 

Jul 29, 2016 01:25 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Congrats on the designation and much success to you and your clients.

Jul 27, 2016 11:05 PM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Thank you 

Jul 27, 2016 11:16 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My son did Marine machine gunner. Now he is a Broker/Attorney. Marines rule

Jul 28, 2016 12:53 AM
Richie Alan Naggar

High best to you ....Marine

Jul 29, 2016 02:02 AM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

You go that right! haha
Your son and I have a lot in common. Marine Machine Gunner and Entrepreneurs!
Semper Fi 

Jul 29, 2016 01:18 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Thank-you for your service!  Great information on this designation.  Military families often move and while orders are given, they do change  My dad was a WWII Marine and my nephew (and Godson) were also Marines.  Our military families sacrifice much and need the best representation they can get with agent who truly understands the many variables they are working with at a new assignment.

Jul 28, 2016 01:27 AM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Thank you, Shirley! Semper fi. 

Jul 29, 2016 01:17 AM
Doug Kaller
Academy Mortgage, Reno, NV - Reno, NV

Hi Jeremy, As a lender, I am unfamiliar with this designation. Those wishing to help military families can also take excellent classes through USA Cares and VAREP.

Jul 28, 2016 02:20 AM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Good to know! I'll have to check them out. 

As i was telling Gary Waters (below), after finishing the MRP course and receiving the designation, I got a call from a mortgage lender in Texas who found me through the MRP website. He referred a buyer to me and we closed within a couple of months. The designation has already paid for itself. 

Jul 29, 2016 01:15 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

An understanding of the "military way" goes  along way in helping service members. Although I rarely work with active duty I do use my 20 years of Navy experience (7 with Marine Corps) ti have a better understanding of the "ways."  Mys on is active duty Navy as well so I stay pretty close.  For one with little affiliation with military the MRP would definitely help. Welcome!

Jul 28, 2016 02:41 AM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Semper Fi

Jul 29, 2016 01:16 AM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

It's a great source for leads, too. Within 2 weeks of finishing the course I received a call from a Texas mortgage lender who referred me a buyer. It's already paid for itself 100 fold. Cheers! 

Jul 29, 2016 01:13 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

First, thank you for your service!  Welcome to ActiveRain and congrats on your designation.  Having your unique history with that designation is a powerful business tool that will surely help lots of veterans.  I can imagine you were very proud to get that designation!


I'm from your neighboring state, Kansas, but have been in your state repeatedly.  I have family in Mountain Home, Ava, and probably more cousins that I've never met in your state.  Haven't seen them in years, but I've tip toed back and forth across the line from Missouri to Arkansas as a kid more times than I can count; my grandparents lived in Gainevsville, MO.  

Kudos to you and best of luck!

Jul 28, 2016 03:19 PM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Thank you, Jan. It's nice to "meet" you. :)
I'm from Joplin, MO originally. So, I'm familiar with Gainesville, too. Let me know if you're ever around my neck of the woods!

Jul 29, 2016 01:11 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Congratulations on the designation. Thank you for your service . Good luck.

Jul 28, 2016 09:32 PM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Thanks Gita

Jul 29, 2016 01:09 AM
Liane Thomas, Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

Sounds like a great designation to earn. We do have a fair amount of military relocation in our area. Than you for sharing!

Aug 12, 2016 08:19 AM
Jeremy Cupp MRP, SRS, ePRO

Thanks Liane. It's not a bad one to have if you encounter veterans or active duty in your area. 

Aug 12, 2016 10:21 AM