CODE OF ETHICS TRAINING - ALL GRAR MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE IT IN 2014
NOT ALL REAL ESTATE LICENSEES ARE REALTORS®. There are more than 1.84 million active, licensed real estate agents in the United States. Roughly 1 million are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and may call themselves a REALTOR®. The Code of Ethics separates REALTORS® from the crowd of licensees. Through the Code of Ethics, REALTORS® provide consumers with a promise to protect and promote their best interests throughout the entire real estate buying, selling, or investing process. Since buying or selling a home is one of the largest and most important decisions a consumer will make, it is important to have someone on their side who is held to standards higher than state license law.
REQUIRED TRAINING: In light of the fact that the Code of Ethics is a living document that is updated and enhanced regularly to keep current with an ever changing real estate marketplace, the National Association of REALTORS® requires that all members complete a refresher Code of Ethics training course once every four years. All GRAR members complete the training on the same calendar year rotation. Collectively, GRAR members last completed the training in 2010, which means that it is time to update our knowledge of the standards and guiding principles set forth in the Code.
DID YOU KNOW? There have been some significant changes to the Code of Ethics in the last four years with respect to offerings of compensation to cooperating brokers, discrimination issues and protected classes, display of internet content, and more, so even if it wasn't a requirement to complete a refresher course, it would still be an excellent risk reduction practice!
TRAINING OFFERED ON LINE: In order to maintain good standing in the Association, please complete the user-friendly course that is offered online prior to December 31, 2014. There is no cost to complete the online course and you are not required to complete it in one sitting. Meaning, you may start the course, go show a home, and then pick up right where you left off! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BEGIN. NAR will notify GRAR when you have completed the course.
EXEMPTIONS: If you are a new member who completed New Member Orientation on or after July 1, 2013, you are exempt from the requirement to complete the Code of Ethics training for the reason that you completed the training as part of the new member process. Members who hold REALTOR® Emeritus or Life Membership are also exempt.
Please contact Sue Jenkins with any questions.
RPR: GIVE US 1 HOUR & WE'LL GIVE YOU 166 MILLION REASONS TO USE RPR!
Date: April 24, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Instructor: Sondra TenClay
Get introduced to the power of REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR): a database of over 166 million property records built from public records, assessment information, and MLS data. On this foundation, RPR adds layers of data integrations... including mortgages, lien data, plat maps, flood zone maps, school information, foreclosure records, demographics, and so much more!
Generate comprehensive buyer and seller reports within seconds, and provide powerful analytics to determine values and list prices. This is all available to REALTORS® as a benefit of membership in NAR!
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
(Enter your User ID without the letter G in front and Password when prompted)
Feel free to bring your laptop or mobile device with you to the training session! To create an account with RPR, you will likely be asked to provide your NRDS ID#. If you do not know your number, you may look it up by clicking on the following link: https://reg.realtor.org/roreg.nsf/retrieveID?OpenForm.
YPN "BREAKFAST CLUB" - NETWORK, SOCIALIZE, AND ENERGIZE YOUR BUSINESS!
Date: May 8, 2014
Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Arnie's Restaurant (815 Leonard St. NW)
GRAR NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Date: May 8, June 5
Time: 8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®
The new REALTOR® Member Orientation Program is comprised of three segments: classroom session (offered once per month - dates are subject to change), GRAR online comprehension exam, and online Code of Ethics training. Registrations are required to reserve seating. Please contact Sue Jenkins at email@example.com or 616-940-8218.
GUIDED TOUR OF THE VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE - ENCORE PRESENTATION!
Date: May 21, 2014
Time: 9:00 to 10:15 a.m.
Cost: $5.00 per person
# of Participants: 35
We are pleased to announce that the Van Andel Institute has graciously agreed to open its doors once again to GRAR Members for a guided tour of its world-renowned, biomedical research facility. Topics may include: community resources, careers, news and events, opportunities for involvement, attraction of global talent, and more.
Due to the nature of the work that is taking place at the facility, the Institute is only able to host a group of 35. Therefore, we are limiting participation to the first 35 members who submit paid registrations ($5.00 per person) online at http://member.grar.com/member/Event/Evnt_Schd.mac/Default (enter your User ID without the letter G in front and Password when prompted). Since the group size is limited, we are charging a small registration fee to confirm the commitment and insure that we have a good turnout on the day of the event, especially since we anticipate that the event will sell out quickly. The money that is collected via the ticket fees will be donated back to the Institute as an expression of our appreciation for their hospitality, time, and energy.
The Institute has a designated lot for visitors. Please click on the link provided below to view a map of the lot, which is located on the corner of Division and Crescent. There is also limited parking available on the street. To enter the parking lot or the building itself, please ring the buzzer and announce that you are participating in the REALTORS' tour.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Enter your User Name without the letter g in front and Password when prompted.
INCREASE YOUR CULTURAL AWARENESS:
THE VALUE & DYNAMICS OF SERVING INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS
Date: May 29, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)
Location: GRAR (Lower Level Auditorium)
Cost: $5.00 Per Person
If you aren't tracking our ever-changing, multi-cultural real estate marketplace, you are missing out on business!
FOR INSTANCE, DID YOU KNOW?
$68.2 Billion = Sales of U.S. residential property to international clients in 2013.
5 countries have historically accounted for the bulk of U.S. purchases: Canada, China, Mexico, India, & United Kingdom.
Nearly 50% of Canadian purchases were homes located in small U.S. towns & resort areas.
International buyers from China typically spend more than $400,000 on a home in the U.S.
Over 150,000 Michigan residents were born in Europe and over 200,000 were born in Asia.
Join our Panelists for a discussion and Q&A session that will increase your knowledge and sharpen your international skills.
Dr. Sandra Upton,
Dean of Business Programs & Graduate Studies Division at Cornerstone University.
Certified Cultural Intelligence Facilitator.
Associate Director of International Admissions at Calvin College.
Immigration Attorney with Miller Johnson.
Vice President of Marketing & Communications with The Right Place
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Enter your User ID without the letter G in front and Password when prompted.
Please click on the the date for which you would like more information to view an informative flyer!
Location: Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®
April 24 - Give Us 1 Hour & We'll Give You 166 Million Reasons to Use RPR
May 8 - New Member Orientation
May 8 - Breakfast Club
May 21 - Tour of the Van Andel Institute
May 29 - Increase Your Cultural Awareness: The Value & Dynamics of Serving International Clients
June 5 - New Member Orientation
September 17 - 6-Hour Continuing Education Course
November 13 - 6-Hour Continuing Education Course
December 17 - 6-Hour Continuing Education Course