GRAR Class and Event Schedule

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GRAR NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Date: April 16, 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 suej@grar.com or 616-940-8218.




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LEARN ABOUT LENDING & GROW YOUR BUSINESS
Date: April 17
Time: 9:30 a.m. - Noon with a networking light lunch to follow
Location: Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®
Cost: $10.00 members/$25.00 non-members

Don't miss out on this chance to learn all you ever wanted to know about how the lending process works, and which programs are best suited to your buyers. The day will include an eight person panel to feature Nancy Baker with MSHDA. Stick around for the question and answer session following the lender explanations of each type of loan and how it could best suit your buyer. What a fantastic way to gain your client's trust and grow your business! There will be a light networking lunch to follow the event.

For more information, please click on this flyer. To register with payment, please follow this link.




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COMMUNITY LIAISONS SUMMIT
Date: April 21, 2014
Time: 9:00 to 10:15 a.m
Location: GRAR (Lower Level Classroom)
Cost: FREE!

As a REALTOR®, you know that you are selling more than homes; you are also selling our West Michigan lifestyle! But what makes our communities so great? Is it access to quality schools? Our beautiful parks and recreational areas? The overwhelming spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy? A strong economy and employment sector? A commitment to the arts? Programs and services for those in need? It's probably all of these things and more!

It's with this lifestyle in mind that GRAR's Strategic Relations Task Force holds its Community Liaisons Summits. These free events are intended to connect real estate professionals with organizations that share our belief that West Michigan is a wonderful place to work, play, and call home! These are organizations that provide services to your clients and help make West Michigan the great region that it is!

Our next event is scheduled for Monday, April 21, 2014 from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. at GRAR and you're invited! We will be receiving presentations from:

West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition

WGVU Engage

Additional presenters may join us as well. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited to the first 40 registrants. These events are great networking opportunities and the atmosphere is relaxed and interactive. Please join us -- you will be glad that you did!

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Enter your User ID without the letter G in front and Password when prompted.




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RPR: GIVE US 1 HOUR & WE'LL GIVE YOU 166 MILLION REASONS TO USE RPR!
Date: April 24, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE!!
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.




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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)

  • On the second Thursday of each month, network with Young Professionals in your area.
  • Discuss business with others from many different industries.
  • Bring a friend - everyone is welcome!
  • Enjoy a light breakfast provided by an event sponsor.
  • Bring your business cards.
  • No advance registration required.
  • Questions? Please contact Jessica Tucker




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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.

http://www.grar.com/docs/brochures/van_andel_institute_parking_map.pdf

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Enter your User Name without the letter g in front and Password when prompted.




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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.

Expert Panelists:

Dr. Sandra Upton,
Dean of Business Programs & Graduate Studies Division at Cornerstone University.
Certified Cultural Intelligence Facilitator.

Nunana Nyomi,
Associate Director of International Admissions at Calvin College.

John Koryto,
Immigration Attorney with Miller Johnson.

Tim Mroz,
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.




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GREAT LAKES REALTY SYSTEMS 6 HOUR 2014 CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASS DATES AT GRAR!

September 17
November 13
December 17

Please click on the the date for which you would like more information to view an informative flyer!
Location: Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®




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Abbreviated Schedule

April 16 - New Member Orientation

April 17 - Learn About Lending & Grow Your Business

April 21 - Community Liaisons Summit

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