GRAR Class and Event Schedule


Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Art Van Sports Complex
3300 10 Mile Road
Rockford, MI
Cost: $150.00 per team or $15 per person

On August 29, GRAR's Young Professionals' Network will host their second annual softball tournament at the Art Van Sports Complex in Rockford. The tournament starts at 9:00 a.m. and the cost for team registration is $150.00. In order to qualify for team sign up you must have at least 10 team members, no more than 16, (5 of each gender to play on the field at all times). If you sign up individually, you will be placed on a co-ed team of your peers and notified of your team captain prior to the event. For official tournament rules and details, please contact Rustin Scott or Ashley Box.

Click here to register using your MLS user ID (without the ric.g) and password.


Date: September 1: Session 1 : International Real Estate 101 (2 hours of CE)
September 17: Session 2: Cultural Diversity (Awaiting CE Certification)
September 28: Session 3: Taxation Law (2 hours of legal CE)
October 19: Session 4: Immigration Law (Awaiting CE Certification)
November 2: Session 5: What We Can Learn From Real Life Experiences (Awaiting CE Certification)
November TBD: Financing
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (All Dates)
660 Kenmoor Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Cost: $99.00 - Members
$125.00 - Non Members

More than $104 billion worth of residential real estate is sold to foreign and immigrant buyers annually, resulting in over $5 billion in commissions for REALTORSŪ. Global business includes transactions with foreign nationals, immigrant clients, buyers with extended family abroad, employees of foreign corporations, multilingual families, and other groups residing in communities in every state.

Gain and maintain a competitive edge by taking advantage of this opportunity to learn how/where to prospect for international clients, build partnerships with globally-minded businesses, mortgage brokers, attorneys, and more! Tap into the international and multicultural real estate transaction potential!

Click here for more information and to register.



Date: Wednesday, September 2
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: GRAR
660 Kenmoor Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Cost: $10/Members $15/Non-Members

Steve Null of U DECON will be sharing helpful information on Lead and Asbestos. He will be discussing proper attic ventilation, insulation, and where these two are commonly found and how to handle it.

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Date: Thursday, September 10
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon
58 Ionia SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Please join us for a day of networking, marketing and technology! On September 10, at McFadden's, we will hold our popular REBarCamp event beginning with a strolling lunch at noon. Get there early, as registration will be busy! As part of your free registration, you will receive one raffle ticket for the chance to win some amazing prizes! Lunch and one drink ticket will also be provided. You may purchase extra raffle tickets the day of the event for $5.00 per ticket. All ticket sales will benefit the Kids Food Basket. Bring an open mind and extra cash to purchase your raffle tickets! We will see you there!

Click here to register using your MLS user ID (without the ric.g) and password.

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Dates: September 16, October 20, 2015
Time: Registration from 7:15 to 7:55 a.m. and Class from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Location: Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS® (Auditorium)
Instructor: Jack Miedema

GRAR will be hosting 4 Continuing Education classes in 2015. Below are dates and registration information. NOTE: THE CURRENT CYCLE ENDS OCTOBER 31, 2015 BE SURE YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL REQUIRED COURSES. Visit our Continuing Education FAQ page or contact McKenna Osborn if you have any questions about the CE Requirements.

Please click on the link provided below to access the registration forms:

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Date: September 23, October 15, November 5, December 3
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 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.


Date: GRI I: November 11, 12, 18, 19, 2015
GRI II: January 20, 21, 27, 28, 2016
GRI III: March 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 2016
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: GRAR
660 Kenmoor Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI

The Graduate, REALTORŪ Institute (GRI) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation.

Buying property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it's often the biggest single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated.

New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers requires real estate practitioners to perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism.

GRI designees:

Have pursued a course of study that represents the minimum common body of knowledge for progressive real estate professionals.
Have developed a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to navigate the current real estate climate-no matter what its condition.
Are recognized nationally.
Act with professionalism and are committed to serving their clients and customers with the highest ethical standards.

Click here for more information and for the registration form for GRI I.

Click here for more information and for the registration form for GRI II.

Click here for more information and for the registration form for GRI III.



The following classes are available to watch online at a reduced price.

Register here using your MLS User ID (without the ric.g in front) and password. Within 24 hours of registration, you will receive an email with information on how to watch the video.

If you signed up for a class and were unable to attend, please contact McKenna Osborn.

Recordings are available for content purposes only, Continuing Education credits will not be offered to those who only watch the recorded presentation.

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.

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.

Learn more about the MSHDA and HomeStyle Renovation programs offered by our friends at Huntington Bank.

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.

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!

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!

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!

Abbreviated Schedule

August 29 - YPN Softball Tournament

September 1 - IREP Session #1

September 2 - Asbestos & Lead Lunch n' Learn

September 10 - REBar Camp 2015

September 16 - Continuing Education w/Jack Miedema

September 17 - IREP Session #2

September 23 - New Member Orientation

September 28 - IREP Session #3

October 15 - New Member Orientation

October 19 - IREP Session #4

October 20 - Continuing Education w/Jack Miedema

November 2 - IREP Session #5

November TBD - IREP Session #6

November 5 - New Member Orientation

November 11, 12, 18, 19 - GRI I

December 3 - New Member Orientation

January 20, 21, 27, 28, 2016 - GRI II

March 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 2016 - GRI III