GRAR Class & Event Schedule

New Member Orientation

Thursday, July 11  |  8:15am-2:30pm
Thursday, August 8  |  8:15am-2:30pm

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. Lunch is provided. 

Location: 660 Kenmoor Ave SE, 49546

Staff contact: Dana Tosh or 616-940-8218

New Designated REALTOR® (DR) Orientation

Thursday, July 25  |  1:00-3:00pm

A review of important issues to be covered: Office Policy Manuals, Broker Supervisory Responsibilities, Procedures for New, Inactive & Transferring Agents, Permitted Unlicensed Support Staff Activities, Benefits (including but not limited to, MLS Shareholder eligibility) and more.

Schoolhouse Family Fun Night

Tuesday, August 13  |  6:00-8:30pm

Join us for pizza, games, and a movie in support of the GRAR Schoolhouse Program. Fun for all ages with door prizes, balloon animals, and face painting!

Details coming soon, but for now- save the date!

Location: GRAR

Staff contact: Krissie Entsminger

Wake Up with YPN

Wednesday, August 21  |  9:00-10:00am

In today’s rapidly changing world, the ability to bounce back from setbacks, embrace change, distinguish between excellence and perfection, practice self-compassion, and thrive in adversity is more crucial than ever.

Join us for a panel discussion with industry veterans, Mike VanderWoude, Bryant Mitchell and Mike Childress, who have each experienced adversity in their business or personal life – but were resilient, adapted, and thrived. ‘Resilience: Today & Tomorrow’ will be moderated by Lisa Thomas.

No registration required. Feel free to bring a colleague!

Coffee & pastries are being provided, courtesy of First American Title.

Location: Egypt Valley Country Club

Staff contact: Krissie Entsminger

Save the date for final session and be on the lookout for details:

  • Wednesday, October 16  |  9:00-10:00am

Forewarn Training

On-demand training

Get to know your prospects in a matter of seconds! By entering a name or a telephone number, members will be able to obtain information such as: addresses, vehicle registrations, phone numbers, property records, criminal background, bankruptcies, judgments, liens, foreclosures, and evictions.

In order to take advantage of this service, members are required to watch and complete a short online training. The session will focus on the dos and don’ts of usage to avoid liability.

Following the training, you will be asked to complete a quiz and submit a Use Agreement.

Please note: If you are already registered for New Member Orientation, you do not need to complete the online Forewarn training. This training will be included in New Member Orientation.

Save the date: REBarGR

Save the date  |   Thursday, September 19

Stay tuned for details- but for now, save the date.

Words That Work: Mastering Verbal De-Escalation Skills

Tuesday, September 24   |   9:30-11:30am

In the high-stress environment of real estate, conflicts can arise due to variety of factors, such as:

  • Disputes between Buyers and Sellers
  • Disputes between a Client and their Agent/Broker
  • Agent to Agent Disagreements
  • Tension Between Neighbors
  • Disgruntled Tenants or Squatters
  • Emotional Transactions Involving Divorce or Estate Properties

This is why it is important that real estate professionals are able to identify the changes in body language indicating that a situation is escalating, and also possess the skills and techniques to diffuse agitation and stress.

The instructor, former Kent County Sheriff Deputy Rebecca McGinnis, will help you recognize body language, engage in effective communication, manage aggressive behavior, and implement de-escalation strategies.

This class is brought to you by GRAR’s Safety Task Force.

Class size is limited to the first 35 registrants.

Cost: $15.00, includes 2 hours of standard CE

Location: GRAR Classroom

Sponsor: Dart Bank

This class filled quickly! Please email Krissie to be placed on the waitlist.

Intro to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Tuesday, October 8  |  1:00-2:30pm

Regardless of your age, fitness level, goals, or experience, this course will provide practical self-defense skills, increased confidence in handling challenging situations, and a deeper understanding of personal safety strategies — all tailored to the unique needs of real estate professionals!

Participants are encouraged to engage in the training to the extent that they feel comfortable, at their own pace, with respect for personal boundaries.

1 hour of hands-on training + 30 minutes of Q&A

Cost: $20.00 (includes 1-month membership to the Deep Blue Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School)

Attire: Wear athletic clothing

Class size: Limited to 20 participants

Deep Blue Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
9175 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Ste. K
Caledonia, MI 49316

Staff contact: Krissie Entsminger

Encore Offering: REALTOR® Safety Class

Tuesday, October 8  |   9:00am-12:00pm

Topics include: Situational Awareness, Identification of High-Risk Areas, How to Safely Show a Home, Weapons of Opportunity, Cell Phone Safety Features, Forewarn, Local Safety Incidents & Other Safety Resources.

Instructed by: Chase Coughlin, Chairperson of the Safety Task Force, Former Ionia County Sheriff Deputy, Former Member of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Team

Cost: $20 – includes light refreshments, a personal safety alarm, and 3 hours of standard CE credit

Location: GRAR 

Sponsor: CutCo Closing Gifts

DEFI Advocate Workshop

Save the date  |   Tuesday, October 15

Stay tuned for details- but for now, save the date.

Emerge: The Basics & Beyond

Save the date  |   Wednesday, October 23

Stay tuned for details- but for now, save the date.

YPN Euchre Tournament

Wednesday, November 20   |    2:00pm-4:00pm

This will be a fundraiser benefiting the REALTORS® Property Crisis Fund.

Stay tuned for details- but for now, save the date.

YPN Ugly Sweater Bowling

Thursday, December 12   |    12:00pm-2:30pm

Stay tuned for details- but for now, save the date.

Upcoming Flexmls Trainings

There are no trainings scheduled at the current time.

Join this Q&A session with Rick Baumann and Kristy Lubbers to get all of your questions answered about Flexmls.

Location: GRAR Meeting Room (660 Kenmoor Ave, 49546)

Staff contact: Rick Baumann

Flexmls offers an extensive library of recorded trainings to assist you with questions you may have through their Flexmls Academy.

REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR) Webinars

RPR is the nation’s largest property database, exclusively for REALTORS®. RPR puts data, tools, and reports at your fingertips so you can respond to questions and requests instantly, and position yourself as an essential part of every transaction. RPR offers everything you need to “wow” your clients and close more deals.

Important dates for 2024

Thursday, Oct 3   |   Annual Meeting & Economic Update  

Friday, Dec 6   |   Installation & Awards Celebration