GRAR Class and Event Schedule







  • July 25 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • July 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)
  • July 26 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • July 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)

Location:  Online

Cost:  Free


Starting July 26th, ShowingTime for the MLS will be available 24/7 to all members courtesy of Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®! Discover how you can use this showing appointment tool to save time, generate more showings and help you sell your listings more efficiently.

To get ready, please join us for a brief, 30-minute online webinar where you’ll learn how to:

  • Use the ‘Schedule a Showing’ link to request showings on other agents’ listings.
  • Add showing instructions and determine the best settings for each of your listings to begin receiving online showing requests.
  • Set your notification preferences, including 2-way text messaging.
  • Benefit from the speed and accuracy of ShowingVoice, our text-to-voice notification system.
  • Download and use the ShowingTime Mobile App to request and confirm appointments while on the go.
  • Easily manage and customize your own feedback templates sent to showing agents.
  • Create personal profiles for sellers displaying feedback, showings and more.

ShowingTime for the MLS can be quickly set up through FlexMLS.  We encourage all GRAR Members to register for one of our quick, online training sessions so you can get started with ShowingTime for the MLS!  If you have any questions, please send an email to

Note:  The webinars will also be recorded and made available for viewing at a later date.



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:

Summer Carnival – Please click here to view the event flyer.

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!

Let’s Go Fishing!

  • September 14 – Volunteer Team Leader:  Lisa Novosad

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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Dates: 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.




Elective Sessions:

August 17 – Europe and International Real Estate

August 18 – Asia/Pacific and International Real Estate

August 19 – 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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Date:  August 24, 2016

Time:  12:00 (Noon)

Location:  1100 Division Ave. S, Grand Rapids

Cost:  $15.00

Remodeling Together  **  Fix-It School  **  Home Maintenance Check-Up  **  Financial Coaching… These are all programs offered to your clients and local homeowners by Home Repair Services, a non-profit organization equipping Kent County homeowners for success since 1979.  Please come, enjoy lunch, and learn all about these wonderful programs.  This is information that you will want to share with your family members, friends, and clients.

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

A special THANK YOU to our event sponsor:  DFCU FINANCIAL


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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).



August 29, 2016 – Session #1 – International Real Estate 101

September 12, 2016 – Session #2 – Michigan: Where Your Future Begins

September 26, 2016 – Session #3 – Taxation Law

October 10, 2016 – Session #4 – Cultural Diversity

October 24, 2016 – Session #5 – Cross Cultural Communication

November 14, 2016 – Session #6 – International Financing

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 REALTORS®. 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!

Please click here to learn more and/or register.  Questions?  Please contact Sue Jenkins.

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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.

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Date:  September 23, 2016

Time:  1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Instructors:  Bill Sheridan and Gwyn Besner

Continuing Education:  Approved by the CE Marketplace for 2 Legal Credit Hours

Cost:  $30 (includes refreshments)

This course provides an in-depth introduction to auction law:  the rules, regulations and requirements, as well as how auctions relate to real estate sales.  Real estate professionals will gain an understanding of public vs. private auctions, different types of auctions, the law surrounding auctions, and how real property is sold through the auction process.

Please click here to print an event flyer.

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.

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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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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.


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!