JP & Associates Now Has Health Care, Retirement Programs for Agents

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JP & Associates just wrapped the firm’s annual conference last weekend in Dallas, ending the whirlwind event with a star-studded awards ceremony, food, drink, and the famous Dallas band, Emerald City. It happened at Gilley’s and about 1,400 from D/FW, Austin, San Antonio, North Carolina, and even Florida attended.
 
This year marks the largest JPAR annual awards celebration to date.
 
And now the fast-growing Texas-based brokerage is offering all agents access to an associated health plan and retirement benefits. This move follows JPAR’s push to franchise last summer.

“I could not be more excited for our agents,” said JP Piccinini, founder and CEO of JP & Associates Realtors. “With the latest additions to our company, our Realtors now have options regarding health insurance and retirement plans.”Agents with the company now have access to an annual agent health care plan and retirement plus bonus plan options through its newly created program, Gemini.

“We strongly value the livelihood of our agents,” said Mark Johnson, chief operating officer for JP & Associates. “Not only does our Agent Health Plan service offer ideal benefits, but we are able to lower out-of-pocket expenses.”

Johnson says JPAR agents may save up to 40-70 percent annually compared to their current health plans, which could potentially be a savings of $15,000 or more a year.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), most Realtors (86%) are independent contractors. This means they must provide their own benefits such as retirement plans or health insurance, which is incredibly difficult and costly to obtain through the open marketplace despite passage of the Affordable Care Act.

NAR has made noise about the possibility of creating an associated health plan for its 1.3 million, dues-paying members, but there has been little to no movement or solution. An associated health plan from the nation’s largest trade association would be a significant boost, and could inspire other trade orgs to follow suit. But NAR has simply not delivered a national solution to date.

So now the most progressive real estate brokerages have taken it upon themselves to offer health care and related benefits to affiliated agents. Compass and HomeSmart unveiled health care plans for agents in 2018. Realogy, Keller Williams and RE/MAX also offer some health care solutions for agents, rather than leaving them at the mercy of the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

JPAR began licensing franchises in September 2018,  adding 17 franchises in Louisiana, Florida and South Carolina to the Texas-based company. The franchises also operate on a 100 percent commission model.

In Texas, JPAR agents currently pay a $475 minimum transaction fee but keep 100 percent commission. JPAR agents are required to make a minimum of at least six real estate transactions per year.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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