Military Relocation Specialist- Lisa Copeland Team
People say that the American language is one of the most difficult to learn because we use so many slang words and abbreviations that only we understand. The military community has its own language within that and especially favors acronyms.
PCS, LES, BAH, AWOL, PT, FTX…the list is never-ending, really.
If you’re in the market to buy, sell, or rent a home and are looking for a professional to help, you’ll likely go to Uncle Google and find thousands of Realtors who are all #1 and eager to help you.
How do you differentiate?
The good news is that MRP can serve as a beacon for you to identify a Realtor who genuinely “gets” that a military move is much different than a civilian client's move.
How does a Realtor earn the status of Military Relocation Professional?
Must be in good standing with NAR (National Association of Realtors)
Complete a one-day MRP certification course
Pre-reading to learn basics like acronyms, branches, ranks
2 one-hour webinars
VA loans/options for disabled members & vets
VA compromise sale
Pass a final exam with a score of 80% or higher Many times we use and coordinate all these moving pieces so our military clients don’t end up “homeless.” I once had a client whose purchase began falling apart because the lender needed a document from Finance. I was able to explain to her exactly who to call and how to motivate them so that household goods didn’t rain scunyon on them. She called me back in an hour shocked that she had exactly what she needed.
Why should you use an MRP Realtor?
Let me start with one of the biggest a-ha moments that buyers and renters have--your Realtor’s services and representation are usually free to you (covered by the seller/landlord). And I always say, if someone else is going to pay for you to have a doctor or attorney, wouldn’t you hire the absolute best?
What additional perks can you hope to find in an MRP?
1) Negotiation and motivating other parties in the transaction to shoot, move, and communicate by conveying urgencies like you living on an air mattress if you miss your delivery window
2) Telling your story, like in a personal letter to help you win a bidding war for the house of your dreams…while your spouse is deployed and you hold down the fort with a newborn.
3) Recommendations to mission-critical service providers like lenders that aren’t just military friendly, but VA Loan familiar—a very big difference. The VA Loan is a fantastic program that the military uniquely has available to them, but it’s very tricky and often misunderstood. Just like a Realtor can make or break “a deal,” so can a lender.
As an MRP Realtor, We are familiar with the best location for your preferred commute, schools, type of home, and budget in an area where you may be totally unfamiliar and have zero time to research. We are your boots on the ground. You have enough to worry about; why not make one friend who is an expert where you are moving and speaks your language?
Lots of people will thank you for your service, but The Lisa Copeland team is saying, "I want to serve you better."
- Vanessa and Steve Colbertson
- Kelly Whitehurst
- Elise Wilson
- Alexandra Jackson
- Cathy Edwards
- Austin Mosley
- Richard Moorhouse