GRAR Class and Event Schedule




We are pleased to partner in 2016 with the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans to offer opportunities for REALTOR and Affiliate Members and their families to interact and bond with the residents of the Home.  Many of the Veterans who reside in the home do not have family in the area and they long for social interaction and the sense of community that comes from having guests visit them.  This is such a great opportunity to show that our real estate community cares for those who have given so much to our great country!

Volunteer Opportunities Remaining yet in 2016:

Fall Harvest Celebration:

  • September 28 – Volunteer Team Leader Bryant Mitchell

Grounds Clean-Up:

  • October 2 – Volunteer Team Leader:  Melissa Mitchell

Halloween Party:

  • October 28 – Volunteer Team Leader:  Linda Pell

Veteran’s Day Celebration:

  • November 11 – Volunteer Team Leader: Pam Afton

Please know that you are welcome to bring guests with you for these volunteer opportunities.  This is a great time for your children to learn more about the sacrifices made for our freedom by the Veterans.  If bringing a guest or two, please register yourself using the online program and then email your guest names to Brittany at so that we may keep an accurate count of our volunteers.

Please click here to learn more and/or register.  Enter your MLS User ID – without the ric.g in front – and Password when prompted.


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Date:  September 29, 2016

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location:  GRAR

Instructor:  Travis McKinney

Continuing Education:  2 Credit Hours

Cost:  $20 (includes lunch)

Sponsor:  Meijer Credit Union

In the past three years, aerial drones have added a new dimension to real estate photography. Cameras mounted to a drone can be flown high above a property to capture the unique exterior character,  landscaping, or breathtaking views. For properties with unique exteriors, drones are a great way to present features that are key to generating leads and boosting offers.

The instructor, Travis McKinney, is a Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator for the Marine Corps and owner of High Angle Images. He is certified with the FAA and insured for a half-million dollars. He will be covering the use of drones in real estate, FAA regulations and what you should look for when hiring a drone operator. Travis has so much experience and knowledge to share — this is a session you won’t want to miss!

Please click here to view the event flyer and/or submit your online registration.

Questions?  Please contact Brittany Sheets.

RPR Technology


RPR is a REALTORS-only database of 166 million properties nationwide.  It includes comprehensive data, powerful analytics, and client-friendly reports.  RPR is available to REALTORS at no cost as a benefit of membership.  Please take advantage of one or more of the following free webinars to learn more about this great resource.




Date:  October 6, 2016

Time:  2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Location:  GRAR Lower Level Classroom

Instructors:  Rick Baumann and Kristy Lubbers

Cost:  FREE

This is a hands-on, Q&A style session where the participants set the agenda.  Bring your laptop or mobile device and receive one-one-one training on any feature of our Flex MLS system you choose!  Please click here to register (enter your MLS User ID – without the ric.g in front – and Password when prompted).

Convention Promo


Date:  October 6-7, 2016

Location:  Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant

The Convention is the largest gathering of Michigan REALTORS in the state. This fall, engage in your industry by attending CE Marketplace certified knowledge sessions, networking events, and the trade expo.

Please click here to learn more and/or register.

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Dates: October 20, November 17, December 7.

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 Cheryl Krause at or 616-940-8218.

Please click here to access a new member packet for agents.

Please click here to access a new member packet for supervising brokers.

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Building a Business Worth Having:

Learn from your peers.  Get inspired.  Grow your business.

Date:  October 27, 2016

Time:  Program – 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. / Mixer – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Location:  New Vintage Place (889 Broadway Ave. NW, Grand Rapids)

Cost:  $15.00 (lunch will be provided)

GRAR’s Young Professionals Network invites real estate professionals of all ages to attend the annual EMERGE conference.  The educational program is sponsored by GRAR broker members, the special guest speakers are top producers and experts from within our local real estate community, and the mixer is sponsored by the YPN and the Women’s Council of REALTORS of West Michigan.  It is certain to be a day of networking, mentoring, best practices, learning, and community updates that you won’t want to miss!

Please click here to register (enter your MLS User ID – without the ric.g in front – and Password when prompted).  Questions?  Please contact Brittany Sheets.

Please click here to view an event flyer.

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  • November 9, 2016
  • December 21, 2016

Time: All classes are from 8:00am – 1:45pm (Check-in from 7:15am-7:55am) Location: GRAR Auditorium Cost: Members – $57.50, Non-Members – $67.50 Instructor: Jack Miedema Continuing Education: CE Marketplace approved for 6 hours of legal continuing education To register, please click on the links below for the registration forms. Forms can be mailed, faxed (616-940-8216) or emailed to Brittany Sheets (  We are unable to accept registrations over the phone.


The following classes are available to watch online at a reduced price. Email and indicate which of the sessions below you would like to view.  You will receive an email with information on how to watch the video.  Recordings are available for content purposes only, Continuing Education credits will not be offered to those who only watch the recorded presentation.

MID-CENTURY & HISTORIC HOMES: GRAR is pleased to welcome Aletha VanderMaas of True Home Restorations and Rhonda Baker of the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission. Aletha is the owner of True Home Restorations, a design business focusing on interiors & exteriors of homes built between 1950 and 1975. She will be discussing the inventory in MI for Mid-Century homes, who wants them, and details of these types of homes. Rhonda is a graduate of  Western Michigan University’s Public History program and has worked in the field of preservation for over seventeen years. She was employed as Director for the Historic Preservation Department of South Bend and St. Joseph County Indiana and for the last twelve years has served as the Historic Preservation Specialist for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rhonda will be discussing historic preservation, the importance of preserving historic homes, and what it means to preserve historic property.

MOLD & METHAMPHETAMINE REMEDIATION/TESTING: We are pleased to welcome Craig Vanderwall of Decon Specialties who will be discussing Methamphetamine testing and remediation. Randy Bierlein of Enviro-Decon will also be presenting helpful information regarding mold testing, remediation, and mold removal.

HUNTINGTON’S MSHDA & HOMESTYLE RENOVATION PROGRAMS: Learn more about the MSHDA and HomeStyle Renovation programs offered by our friends at Huntington Bank.

ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION: A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT: Join us for this joint presentation featuring The Right Place, Experience Grand Rapids, and Local First! See how these organizations all work toward a common goal – bringing jobs and businesses to the Greater Grand Rapids area, attracting conventions and tourism, and supporting local entrepreneurs. These are all activities that enhance our local economy and promote an environment where people will want to live, work, and play.

FEMA & FLOOD ZONES: Join us in welcoming Karol Grove, a registered professional Land Surveyor with over 25 years of experience. She will be discussing the following topics:

  • Flood Insurance Requirements
  • Map Modernization in Michigan
  • History of Flood Zones
  • New Construction & Flood Zones
  • And much more!

CFPB TRAINING:  The rules, procedures and forms for residential real estate closings are changing on August 1. Hear about the changes from Steve Barnum w/Transnation Title Agency. Find out the best was to prepare for the changes and ensure that your closings stay on track!

LEARN ABOUT LENDING: A PANEL DISCUSSION:  Please join us for an event at GRAR featuring 6 panelists from the lending side of the real estate transaction. Have you ever felt like you should be better versed on what loans and programs are available to your buyers? Now is the time to get up to speed!