GRAR Class and Event Schedule


Topic:  Mastering dotloop Webinar

Date/Time:  Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Cost:  FREE!

To register, please click on the link above.

Questions:  Contact Sarah Bittlinger


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  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 18
  • November 9
  • December 7

Time: 8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®

Team of Instructors and Guest Presenters:  Julie Rietberg, Pam VanLuven, Rick Baumann, Kristy Lubbers, Wayne Wu, Ryan Ogle, Ingrid Nelson, and Jim Fase.

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. 


Date:  August 23, 2017

Time:  5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Location:  Vander Mill Ciders, 505 Ball Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Cost:  $250 Investment in RPAC

Sponsor:  First American Title Insurance Company

Join your GRAR Leadership Team for an awesome array of drinks, appetizers, networking, and updates on key issues impacting your ability to be successful in real estate.

Bonus:  With registration for this event, you will also receive a complementary invitation to the RPAC Investors “Founders Beer Pairing” Luncheon.  This unique and exclusive event will take place during the Michigan REALTORS Convention & Expo at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in September.  Gov. Rick Snyder is a featured guest.  You do not need to be registered for the convention in order to attend the luncheon.

View the event flyer.

Please click here to register.  You will be asked to provide your MLS User Name – without the ric.g in front – and Password.

Questions?  Please contact Julie Rietberg or Doug Merriam.




  • August 28, 2017 – International Real Estate 101:  What, Who, Why, and How
  • September 11, 2017 – Taxation Law
  • September 25, 2017 – Michigan: Where Your Future Begins
  • October 9, 2017 – International Financing
  • October 23, 2017 – Cultural Diversity
  • November 13, 2017 – Cross Cultural Communication

Time:  11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location:  GRAR

Cost:  $119 total for six sessions.  Each session will begin with a gourmet lunch of international cuisine.

Event Flyer & Registration:  Please click here to access the event flyer and additional details.

Questions:  Please contact Sue Jenkins.

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.

This series will help you 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!


Date:  August 29, 2017

Time:  5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location:  The Pubb Food & Spirits, 1568 Broadway NW, Grand Rapids

Our GRAR President and President-Elect are ditching the board table and rolling up their sleeves for a night of good-natured fun and shenanigans for a great cause.  20% of the receipts will be donated to the REALTORS Community Crisis Response Fund!  Stop by, say hello, belly up to the bar, let them pour you a cold one, and critique their skills!

No RSVP required.

View event flyer.


Date:  September 7, 2017

Time:  2:00 p.m.

Location:  Home Team Grill (4322 Remembrance Rd. NW, Grand Rapids)

Cost:  $15.00 (includes one drink ticket)

Proceeds to benefit Burton Elementary School’s Secret Santa Workshop

Friends and family are welcome!

Click here to view the event flyer.

Click here to register GRAR members (enter your MLS User ID – without the ric.g in front – and Password when prompted).  Call 616-940-8236 to register non-members.

Questions?  Contact Brittany Sheets.



  • September 19, 2017
  • October 4, 2017
  • November 20, 2017
  • December 5, 2017

Time:  11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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

Continuing Education:  3 credit hours

Cost:  $10.00

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 industry, the National Association of REALTORS requires that all REALTORS complete a refresher Code of Ethics training course of not less than 2 hours and 30 minutes of instructional time. NAR previously required this training once every 4 years, however, that cycle was recently reduced to once every 2 years. Collectively, all GRAR members last completed the training in 2014. That means that we must now all complete the training in 2017 in order to satisfy NAR’s new requirement.

The course is available online at the NAR website or in person on the dates referenced above.  Please click here to learn more and/or register.   Questions?  Please contact Brittany Sheets or Cheryl Krause.


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GRAR is continuing its partnership with the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans by providing opportunities for real estate professionals to form relationships with the staff and 450+ residents of the Home.  Many of the veterans living at the Home do not have family in the area and they long for social interaction and a sense of community.  This is an excellent opportunity to give back to those who have given so much!


Date:  September 27, 2017

Time:  1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Details:  This outdoor event includes horse-drawn wagon rides around the beautiful grounds, cider, donuts, and live music.  Volunteers are assigned to a veteran to pick him/her up from the room, participate in activities together, and deliver back to the room at the end of the event.  10-15 volunteers are needed for this event.  Please click on the link provided below to register.  Non-members are welcome too, so please feel free to bring family and friends along.  If bringing guests, please email their names to Brittany Sheets.

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



Please contact Brittany Sheets with questions.

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  • Check-in from 7:15 to 7:55 a.m.
  • Class begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.
  • Class is from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Location:  GRAR Auditorium (660 Kenmoor Ave SE)

Instructor:  Jack Miedema


  • GRAR Member Prepaid – $57.50
  • GRAR Member Walk-in – $67.50
  • Non-GRAR Member Prepaid – 67.50
  • Non-GRAR Member Walk-in – $77.50

Attendees completing Course 1800-2/4 fulfill six of the 18 clock hours of education required to renew their licenses for the three year license period that begins November 1, 2018 and ends October 31, 2021. Course 1800-2/4 includes the mandatory annual two clock hours of “law, rules and court cases regarding real estate.”


  • Michigan Laws & Rules Update includes the Condominium Act, service animal certification, and more.
  • Real Estate Related Case Law includes Big Box store assessments, electronic transactions, and more.
  • Historic Michigan Real Estate Related Case Law includes riparian rights, premises liability, taxation, earnest money deposits, and more.
  • Avoiding Fraud and Misrepresentation Claims includes fraud theories, Sellers Disclosure Act, risk management, and more.
  • Federal Law & Rules Update includes drones in real estate, tenant screening, and more.

Please click on the links provided above to access the registration forms.  Questions?  Contact Brittany Sheets.




Please contact Brittany Sheets with questions.



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!