GRAR Class and Event Schedule



Core Classes:

April 27 – Global Real Estate & Local Markets

April 28 – Global Real Estate & Transaction Tools

Elective Sessions:

June 22 – Europe and International Real Estate

June 23 – Asia/Pacific and International Real Estate

June 24 – The Americas and International Real Estate

The NAR CIPS course curriculum offers hands-on experience with international real estate transactions, as well as a focus on the critical aspects of these transactions, including:

  • Currency and exchange rate issues
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Regional market conditions
  • Investment performance
  • Tax issues
  • And more!

This is the first time these designation courses have been offered in West Michigan, and they will likely not be returning soon, so now is the time!  You may register for one session or more sessions or for the full series.  The choice is yours!  For more information on the dates, curriculum, cost, and registration, please click here.

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  • May 3, 2016
  • May 5, 2016

Time:  1:30 p.m.

Duration:  90 Minutes

Location:  450 Madison Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

Cost:  $10.00 per person – As part of GRAR’s 2016 Volunteerism/Community Involvement Plan, 100% of proceeds from these tours will be donated to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Initially designed for a prominent Grand Rapids clothier, the Meyer May House was purchased and meticulously restored by Steelcase and opened to the public in 1987.  Today, complete with original furnishings and faithfully executed reproductions, the Meyer May house provides a rare opportunity to experience a prairie house exactly as Frank Lloyd Wright intended.  What a treasure to have right here in our community!

Please click here to view the event flyer and to submit your registration.  To register, please enter your MLS User ID – without the ric.g in front – and Password when prompted.



Date:   May 11, 2016

Time:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Location:  GRAR

Cost:  FREE!

Instructors:  Rick Baumann

This class will providing training on the most commonly used features within the Flex MLS system (searching, mapping, prospects, etc.).  There will also be an opportunity for Q&A with the class.  Participants are welcome to bring their laptop or mobile device.

Please click here to register.  (Enter your MLS User Name – without the ric.g in front – and Password when prompted)




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!

Guided Tour of the G.R. Home for Veterans:

Dates:  May 20, 2016

Time:  1:30 p.m.

Cost:  $5.00 per person (the commitment fees collected will be donated to the Home)

Limit:  10 people per tour – Please click here to register.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Grounds Clean-Up:

  • April 22 (Spring) – Volunteer Team Leader: Bryant Mitchell
  • October 2 (Fall) – Volunteer Team Leader:  Melissa Mitchell

Let’s Go Fishing!

  • May 25, 2016 – Volunteer Team Leader:  Bryant Mitchell
  • June 15, 2016 – Volunteer Team Leader:  Julie Bacon
  • September 14 – Volunteer Team Leader:  Lisa Novosad

Summer Carnival:

  • July 30 – Volunteer Team Leaders:  Dan Grzywacz and Crista Hines

Attention Members of the GRAR Young Professionals Network — YPN has designated the Summer Carnival as its Volunteer Day for 2016!  Although not limited to members of YPN, this will be a great opportunity for young professionals to come together, network, and volunteer their time and talents to a wonderful cause!

Fall Harvest Celebration:

  • September 28 – Volunteer Team Leader Bryant 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:  May 25, 2016

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location:  GRAR (660 Kenmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)

Instructor:  Tom Kotzian

Cost:  $149.00/GRAR Members, $159/Non-Members (Includes materials and lunch)

Sponsor:  Transnation Title Agency

If you are preparing to take the exam to achieve your broker’s license, you won’t want to miss this day long class with Tom Kotzian.  Tom is an exam trainer, author, consultant, and former chairperson of the Michigan Board of Real Estate Brokers & Salespersons.  He will walk you through the exam process, and cover the key uniform and state specified topics that you will see on the PSI Broker Exam.  Tom has helped thousands of REALTORS pass this important test, and he is coming to Grand Rapids to help you too!

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

Questions?  Please contact Brittany Sheets.


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Dates:  May 26, June 20, July 14, August 4, September 20, 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.



June 9, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Location:  Online

Cost:  FREE!

Keep current with the ever-evolving enhancements made to RPR’s website and mobile app.  Each is designed to help you, as a REALTOR, make profitable, well-informed decisions for you and your clients.  This webinar will provide an overview of features added to the RPR site over recent months, such as:

  • RPR Mobile now optimized for tablet
  • How to create a property flyer
  • Customize your report’s cover photo
  • Run advanced school searches and generate a reports
  • Google street view
  • Share reports on Facebook
  • Review new points of interest
  • Check walkability scores

Please click here to register.

Not able to make it on the dates referenced above?  Register anyway.  RPR will send you a recording that you may watch at a later date!

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You’re invited to join other REALTOR Members of the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS in hosting open houses throughout West Michigan on the weekend of June 11 and 12.  This annual event brings value to both buyers and sellers and is a great opportunity to promote the benefits of home ownership and continue a dialogue with consumers about the housing issues that matter most to them.

Northern Mortgage Services was kind enough to provide balloons that are available in the GRAR REALTOR Store at no cost to you to help promote your open houses.  Beginning May 27, you may stop in the Store during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) to pick up your balloons and shop for other open house products as well (guest registers, shoe covers, sign riders, open house flags, and more).   Please also be sure to schedule your open houses through the MLS so that they may be promoted to consumers visiting

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Date:  August 27, 2016

Time:  9:00 a.m.

Location:  Art Van Sports Complex (3300 Ten Mile Rd., Rockford)

Cost:  $200 Per Team

Hosted by:  GRAR’s Young Professionals Network (YPN)

Come down to the ballpark for a day of fun, socializing, and good-natured competition.  Bring your team, comfortable clothes, and game face to compete for a trophy and bragging rights.

Please click here to register.  (Enter your MLS User ID – without the ric.g in front – and Password when prompted).

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September 8, 2016 at The Waldron Public House

Details and registration coming soon!


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  • September 21, 2016
  • 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!