CODE OF ETHICS TRAINING - ALL GRAR MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE IT IN 2014
NOT ALL REAL ESTATE LICENSEES ARE REALTORS®. There are more than 1.84 million active, licensed real estate agents in the United States. Roughly 1 million are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and may call themselves a REALTOR®. The Code of Ethics separates REALTORS® from the crowd of licensees. Through the Code of Ethics, REALTORS® provide consumers with a promise to protect and promote their best interests throughout the entire real estate buying, selling, or investing process. Since buying or selling a home is one of the largest and most important decisions a consumer will make, it is important to have someone on their side who is held to standards higher than state license law.
REQUIRED TRAINING: In light of the fact that the Code of Ethics is a living document that is updated and enhanced regularly to keep current with an ever changing real estate marketplace, the National Association of REALTORS® requires that all members complete a refresher Code of Ethics training course once every four years. All GRAR members complete the training on the same calendar year rotation. Collectively, GRAR members last completed the training in 2010, which means that it is time to update our knowledge of the standards and guiding principles set forth in the Code.
DID YOU KNOW? There have been some significant changes to the Code of Ethics in the last four years with respect to offerings of compensation to cooperating brokers, discrimination issues and protected classes, display of internet content, and more, so even if it wasn't a requirement to complete a refresher course, it would still be an excellent risk reduction practice!
TRAINING OFFERED ON LINE: In order to maintain good standing in the Association, please complete the user-friendly course that is offered online prior to December 31, 2014. There is no cost to complete the online course and you are not required to complete it in one sitting. Meaning, you may start the course, go show a home, and then pick up right where you left off! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BEGIN. NAR will notify GRAR when you have completed the course.
EXEMPTIONS: If you are a new member who completed New Member Orientation on or after July 1, 2013, you are exempt from the requirement to complete the Code of Ethics training for the reason that you completed the training as part of the new member process. Members who hold REALTOR® Emeritus or Life Membership are also exempt.
NOT SURE IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE COURSE? Please click here.
DESIGNATED REALTORS: Please click here to view a list of your agents in your firm who have not yet completed the training.
Please contact Sue Jenkins with any questions.
GRAR NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Date: December 4
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-940-8218.
ENCORE PRESENTATION: GUIDED TOUR OF THE WEST MICHIGAN AVIATION ACADEMY
Date: December 9, 2014
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (5363 44th St. SE)
Cost: $5.00 commitment fee (all proceeds to be donated to the Academy)
Limited to: First 35 registrants
The West Michigan Aviation Academy is a tuition-free public charter high school founded by Dick DeVos upon encouragement from wife, Betsy. Stemming from their passion for education and aviation, the school opened its doors in the fall of 2010 and is located on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
In the Fall of 2010, 80 Freshmen students were welcomed into a 25,000 sq. ft. renovated office space that served as the first school building on the airport grounds. It wasn't long before expansion plans were on the drafting board. And on the first day of the 2012-2013 school year, over 240 Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors found their high school home in a brand new 42,500 sq. ft. building. The new addition has enabled not only expansion in space, but also in curriculum, student life, and aviation programs. The new building now gives WMAA a capacity to educate 500 students.
Take a tour of this amazing facility and share the information that you receive with your clients, friends, and family members. This is just one more reason why West Michigan is a great place to work, play, and call home!
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Please enter your MLS User ID (without the ric.g in front) and Password when prompted.
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[/url]Date: December 11
Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Arnie's Restaurant (815 Leonard St. NW)
INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE PRACTITIONER SERIES
Are you aware of the global business opportunities that surround you?
The GRAR International Committee invites you to become an INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE PRACTITIONER (IREP).
More than $92.2 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!
Session #4 - December 11, 2014 - Financing
Session #5 - January 15, 2015 - Immigration Law
Session #6 - February 12, 2015 - Taxation Law
SAVE THE DATE - ANNUAL INSTALLATION AND AWARDS BREAKFAST
When: December 12
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)
Where: Frederik Meijer Gardens
Cost: Free to GRAR Members
We welcome and encourage all members to join us as we celebrate our volunteers, recognize many of you for your years of membership in GRAR, announce our award winners, and witness the installation of our 2015 Officers and Directors. A full brunch will be provided. Also take this opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Frederik Meijer Gardens in full holiday charm!
ANNUAL YOUNG PROFESSIONAL'S NETWORK UGLY SWEATER HOLIDAY PARTY!
When: December 12
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (or until everyone leaves!)
Where: The Pubb (1568 Broadway NW)
Cost: Bring one gift for Toys 4 Tots!
Come young, come all! It's the GRAR YPN Holiday Ugly Sweater Party. Be prepared for shananigans, an ugly sweater contest, drinks, food, and networking! Simply bring one toy to be donated to the Toys 4 Tots charitable organization and you will be allowed access to one of the greatest poorly dressed parties of the year. Don't miss out! To register, please RSVP at email@example.com.
A big thanks to Jason Jenkins with Union Home Mortgage for providing the venue!
GREAT LAKES REALTY SYSTEMS 6 HOUR 2014 CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASS DATES AT GRAR!
Please click on the the date for which you would like more information to view an informative flyer!
Location: Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®
Questions? Please contact Sue Jenkins
Code of Ethics Training (Online)
December 4 - New Member Orientation
December 9 - Guided Tour of the West Michigan Aviation Academy
December 11 - YPN Breakfast Club
December 11 - International Real Estate Practitioner Series (Financing)
December 12 - Annual Installation and Awards Breakfast
December 12 - YPN Ugly Sweater Holiday Party
December 17 - 6-Hour Continuing Education Course
January 15 - International Real Estate Practitioner Series (Immigration Law)
February 12 - International Real Estate Practitioner Series (Taxation Law)