GRAR Class and Event Schedule

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Dates: January 7, February 18, March 17, April 20, May 26, June 15, July 14, August 4, September 8, 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.

RPR Technology


Date:  February 2, 2016

Time:  4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Location:  Online

Cost:  Free

Do you have clients looking for the ultimate location for their business? In just 45 minutes, you’ll learn how to create your RPR profile and how the three core functions of RPR Commercial can help you provide all the information your clients demand.   We’ll start by searching for and viewing property details.  Then, we’ll look at data such as psychographic, demographic and spending information to truly understand the consumers in a given neighborhood.  And finally, we’ll look at sales volumes via thematic maps and create an impressive report that summarizes all this amazing data.  For REALTORS specializing in commercial properties, this class is a must!

Please click here to register.



Date:  February 3, 2016

Time:  12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Location:  Online

Cost:  Free

Ask any residential REALTOR and they’ll tell you there’s no one size fits all approach to meeting the needs of clients. Today’s agents fill a variety of roles, needing to know not just the neighborhood, but also local economic conditions.  Join us for this trek into the RPR Commercial platform, designed specifically to address the interests of residential REALTORS.

Please click here to register.



Date:  February 16, 2016

Time:  2:00 p.m.

Location:  GRAR

Instructors:  Rick Baumann & Kristy Lubbers

Cost:  FREE

This course will cover the most commonly used features within Flex MLS.  There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.

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

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Great refresher course for experienced users, and a must for those registered for GRI III.

Date:  March 8, 2016

Time:  1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Location:  GRAR Auditorium

Continuing Education Credit:  Approved for 4 Hours

Cost:  $45/Member, $55/Non-Member

Although this course is open to all, attendance is a must for any GRI III student who is unfamiliar with the HP 10BII calculator.  If you do not have a HP 10BII calculator, there is a limited supply available in the GRAR REALTOR Store.  Call Erin at 616-940-8225 to reserve yours today.

This course will cover the 140-page user manual in only 4 hours.  Find out how to calculate mortgage payments, interest and principal for any payment period you desire,  and learn about discount of land contracts.  Also, learn the affects of points on a mortgage loan and why the APR on the RESPA statement is different than the loan interest rate.

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

Questions?  Contact Brittany Sheets at

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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, REALTORS® 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 II.

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


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Date:  March 18, 2016

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location:  GRAR Meeting Room

Instructor:  Kathleen Hill

Cost:  $15/Members, $20/Non-Members

Sponsored by:  Northern Mortgage Services

Con. Ed.:  Approved for 1 credit hour by the CE Marketplace

Instructor Kathleen Hill, a Registered Sanitarian, will share insight and tips gleaned from 10+ years designing and inspecting systems for local health departments. She will cover the various types of wells and systems, their components, the inspection process, what causes them to fail, and when to repair vs. replace. This is information that will help real estate professionals answer related questions from concerned homeowners and consumers.   Seating is limited to the first 35 registrants.

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

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  • April 26, 2016
  • 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.


cips3_logo 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! For more information on the dates, curriculum, and how to register, click here.

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The 2016 Regional Open House Weekend will be held on June 13-14.

More information will follow at a later date.



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!