GRAR Class and Event Schedule


2020 Dates: March 19  Cancelled

Time: 2:00-3:30pm

Location: GRAR

Cost: FREE!

Instructors: Rick Baumann and Kristy Lubbers

Bring your laptop or mobile device and review the most commonly used features and functions of our Flex MLS. There will also be plenty of opportunity for Q&A!

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

Questions? Please contact


Click here to view past trainings.


2020 Dates:

  • April 16
  • May 21

Time: 8:15am-2:30pm

Location: Greater Regional Alliance of REALTORS®

Team of Instructors and Guest Presenters:  Julie Rietberg, Pam VanLuven, Rick Baumann, Kristy Lubbers, Wayne Wu, and other 2020 GRAR Directors.

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 Dana Tosh at or 616-940-8218.

Please click here to learn more about the licensing and membership process.

For access to the full archive of 30+ on-demand webinars in the RPR Learning Center, please visit click here.

Introducing FOREWARN- Your Newest Membership Benefit!

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 new service, members are required to attend a short training session at GRAR.  The session will focus less on how to use the Forewarn app (since it is pretty self-explanatory and user friendly) and more on the do’s and don’ts of usage to avoid liability.

To schedule your training appointment click here to view the available dates and time. Cost is $5.00.

**If you are already registered for New Member Orientation, you do not need to register for Forewarn. Training will be included during New Member Orientation**

Please contact Macy with any questions at or call 616-940-8208.

GRAR West Educational Series

Classes cancelled. Refunds are being processsed.

  • Wednesday, April 1: Water Issues Impacting Real Estate
  • Tuesday, April 14: Meth & Marijuana
  • Thursday, April 23: Tangible Marketing Strategies

6-hr Legal Update with Stephanie Jones

Dates offered:  October 5, October 21
Time: 9:00am to 2:45pm
Location: GRAR (660 Kenmoor Ave SE, 49546)
Cost: GRAR members $57.50; Non-members $67.50

Students will learn every bit about legislation that had changed in the past year in real estate and how to avoid lawsuits by a comprehensive study of case law from Michigan and around the country. The class is certified for 6 hours of legal CE.  Helpful Continuing Education FAQ’s.

Click here to register.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

The Staff and Residents of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans are thrilled that the REALTOR® and Affiliate Members of GRAR are planning to interact with them over the course of the year!

Many of the veterans do not have family in the area and they long for social interaction and the sense of community that comes from having guests volunteer at the Home. This is an excellent opportunity to give back to those who have given so much.

  • Carnival- Saturday, July 25, 2020 11-3pm
  • Halloween Carnival- Thursday, October 29,2020 1-4pm
  • Veteran’s Day Event- Wednesday, November 11, 2020 1-4pm

Click here to sign-up to volunteer!

Non-member volunteers are very welcome! Please email Macy Durry if you plan to bring a non-member guest (or two!), so we may provide GRHV with an accurate count of the assistance we are able to provide.

GRI is coming to GRAR!

The Graduate Realtor® Institute (GRI) designation is a way to stand out to prospective homebuyers and sellers as a Realtor® who has gained in-depth knowledge on technical subjects as well as the fundamentals of real estate. In today’s competitive business environment, it often takes more than just motivation and initiative to succeed.

  • GRI I: February 24-27
  • GRI II: April 21-24 Postponed. New dates TBD. 
  • GRI III is now strictly online.
Earn your GRI Designation (no yearly dues!) while satisfying the 90 clock hours of approved Broker Pre-licensing coursework.

To learn more and to register, please visit:

Wake Up with YPN

Date: Wednesday, April 1 Cancelled
Time: 9:30-11:00am
Location: Arnie’s Bakery – 722 Leonard St NW, 49504
More information: Click here to view event flyer.

A special thank you to Fifth Third for sponsoring this event!

Curious to find out what the successful young professionals in the industry are doing? Come by Arnie’s to network and find out! Enjoy coffee, donuts, and hear from some of your fellow members on industry related topics. Special guest will be your 2019 Young Professional of the Year Award, Hank Steffes.

Challenge 127: Save the 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!