GRAR Class and Event Schedule

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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.




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GUIDED TOUR OF HOME REPAIR SERVICES
Date: November 3, 2014
Time: 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Location: 1100 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Limited to the first 20 registrants - registrations required - see below for link.

FREE "Fix-It" School, Remodeling Coaches, Financing Programs, Affordable Kitchen Cabinets, Air Sealing, Financial Counseling, Home Access Ramps, Bathtub Modifications, Critical Repair Team, DIY Catalog...

Did you know that there is an organization in Grand Rapids that may provides the above referenced services and more? Home Repair Services knows that homeownership encourages personal responsibility, builds value, dignity, and pride, and leads to vibrant communities. It is with these thoughts in mind that it offers services to Kent County homeowners (i.e. your clients and customers!) There are also volunteer opportunities for REALTORS. Some of the services are completely free, such as the Fix-It home improvement and remodeling classes, while others have income guidelines; however, those income ranges are surprisingly high! If you are unfamiliar with this organization and the amazing resources that it provides, we encourage you to join us for a guided tour of its facility and introduction to its staff.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (enter your User ID without the letter g in front and Password when prompted)




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GRAR NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Date: November 5, 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 suej@grar.com 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.




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FLEX MLS TRAINING
Date: November 6, 2014
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: GRAR Lower Level Meeting Rooms
Instructors: Rick Baumann and Kristy Lubbers
Cost: There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited to the first 40 registrants.

This hands-on course will cover some of the more commonly used functions within the new MLS system, including contacts and map and radius searches. There will also be time for Q&A.

Please click here to register. Enter your User Name (without the letter G in front) and Password when prompted.




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ECONOMIC ISSUES & TRENDS WITH LAWRENCE YUN
Date: November 13, 2014
Time: Registration 1:00 to 1:30; Program 1:30 to 3:00
Location: GRAR Auditorium
Cost: $7.00/GRAR Members; $9.50/Non-Members

If you've ever attended a National Association of REALTORS®'s Convention, you know that the economic issues and trends session with NAR's Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, is truly one of the highlights of the event and is always standing-room only. Fortunately, this year you won't have to travel as far as New Orleans to receive Lawrence's forecast!

We are pleased to report that Lawrence will be coming to us on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at GRAR to share his impressions of the current market and outlook for housing, mortgage rates, employment, and the economy in the months to come.

Snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by our good friends at Nederveld.

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




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YPN "BREAKFAST CLUB" - NETWORK, SOCIALIZE, AND ENERGIZE YOUR BUSINESS!
Date: November 13, and December 11
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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2014 YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK EMERGE CONFERENCE
Date: November 19, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. followed by a YPN Happy Hour sponsored by the Women's Council of Realtors
Where: Downtown Market

Enjoy a complimentary lunch while a panel of respected members of our real estate community speak on what has made and kept them successful in an ever changing market. A mixer will follow. This event is free to GRAR members!

Register here!




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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 #3 - November 19, 2014 - What We Can Learn From Real Life Experiences
Session #4 - December 11, 2014 - Financing
Session #5 - January Date TBD - Immigration Law
Session #6 - February 12, 2015 - Taxation Law

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.




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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

(Enter your User Name without the letter g in front and Password when prompted)




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SAVE THE DATE - ANNUAL INSTALLATION AND AWARDS BREAKFAST
When: December 12
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Frederik Meijer Gardens




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

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

Code of Ethics Training (Online)

November 3 - Guided Tour of Home Repair Services

November 5 - New Member Orientation

November 6 - FLEX MLS Training

November 13 - YPN Breakfast Club

November 13 - Economic Issues & Trends with Lawrence Yun

November 19 - Emerge Conference

November 19 - International Real Estate Practitioner Series (Real Life Experiences)

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 17 - 6-Hour Continuing Education Course

January (Date TBD) - International Real Estate Practitioner Series (Immigration Law)

February 12 - International Real Estate Practitioner Series (Taxation Law)