GRAR Class and Event Schedule


Date:  December 8, 2016

Time:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Location:  GRAR Lower Level Classroom

Instructors:  Rick Baumann and Kristy Lubbers

Cost:  FREE

The participants determine the topics of instruction in this hands-on class.  Bring your laptop or mobile device and ask questions about the features or functionality within our Flex MLS that are of interest to you.  There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited.  Please click here to register (enter your MLS User ID – without the ric.g in front – and Password) when prompted.  Questions?  Please contact Kristy Lubbers.




Date:  December 9, 2016

Time:  10:00 a.m.

Location:  Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (1000 E. Beltline Ave.)

Cost:  FREE

GRAR Staff Contact:  Brittany Sheets at

Please join us as we celebrate our volunteers, recognize years of continuous membership, announce our award winners (including REALTOR-of-the-Year), and install the 2017 Leadership Team.  A gourmet brunch and endless networking opportunities will be provided.  There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited.  Please be sure to RSVP by clicking here (enter your MLS User ID – without the ric.g in front – and Password when prompted).

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Customizing Dashboards – December 19, 2016 – 11:00 a.m. – 15 minutes in length – Please click here to register.

Customizing Hot Sheets – January 5, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. – 15 minutes in length – Please click here to register.

Searching Like an Expert – January 18, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 1 hour in length – Please click here to register.

There is no cost to participate in these e-learning sessions!

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Date:  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.

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Dates:  January 9-12, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location:  GRAR

Topics Covered:   Risk Management, Principles of Seller Representation, Principles of Buyer Representation, From Contract to Closing.

Members $375.00  –  Online Registration $360.00.  Register online at and save $15!  Receive an additional $50 refund after course completion.  Registrations must be in by January 2, 2017.

Please click here to register.  Questions?  Contact Brittany Sheets.


Dates:  March 7, 8, 13-15

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location:  GRAR

40 classroom hours – approved for 30 hours broker license credit – 3 hours of Civil Rights

Topics Covered: Income/expense analysis, Time value of money concepts, Bankers’ language and you, Current tax law, Installment sale calculations, Hands-on/practical approach to investment real estate.

$425 Member, $410 if registering online (manual provided), $475 non-member, (HP 10B-II calculator required).

Please click here to register.  Questions?  Contact Brittany Sheets

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  • January 18
  • February 23
  • March 15
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8
  • July 19
  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 18
  • November 9
  • December 7

Time: 8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®

Team of Instructors and Guest Presenters:  Julie Rietberg, Pam VanLuven, Rick Baumann, Kristy Lubbers, Wayne Wu, Ryan Ogle, Ingrid Nelson, and Jim Fase.

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. 



Date:  February 15-16, 2017

Location:  Motor City Casino & Hotel, Detroit

Achieve is the premiere leadership event of the Michigan REALTORS. Network and mingle with the best of the best in the real estate industry. Sharpen your leadership skills with various CE Marketplace certified knowledge sessions and inspiring speakers. Discuss the ins-and-outs of leadership with other industry leaders, committee members, and REALTORS. Achieve also celebrates newly elected Michigan REALTORS Officers and Directors as they enter their leadership roles within the association.

Room rates start at $130++
Registration rates start at $165
Online registration opens 11.29.16 – Please click here to learn more.

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Regional Open House Weekend – April 29 & 30, 2017

Details to follow.





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!