GRAR Class and Event Schedule



  • January 15
  • February 13
  • March 12, 2019
  • April 16, 2019
  • May 7, 2019
  • June 13, 2019
  • July 16, 2019
  • August 20, 2019
  • September 16, 2019
  • October 8, 2019
  • November 14, 2019
  • December 11, 2019

Time: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

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.


2019 Dates:

  • January 10
  • February 7
  • March 7
  • April 11
  • May 9
  • June 6
  • July 11
  • August 8
  • September 5
  • October 17
  • November 6
  • December 5

Time: 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Greater Regional Alliance of REALTORS®

Team of Instructors and Guest Presenters:  Julie Rietberg, Pam VanLuven, Rick Baumann, Kristy Lubbers, Wayne Wu, and other 2019 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 1 hour training session.  This session will be held at the conclusion of the classroom portion of New Member Orientation; however, existing members who haven’t yet had an opportunity to attend one of the previous Forewarn training sessions are welcome to join the new applicants at this session.  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.

When: December 5, 1:05 to 2:15 p.m.

Where: GRAR- 660 Kenmoor Ave SE Grand Rapids, 49506

Cost: $5.00 (This session does not include lunch or con ed credit)

Click HERE to register. **If you are already registered for New Member Orientation, you do not need to register for Forewarn.**




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CLASSROOM SESSIONS: Julie Rietberg and Pam VanLuven will be leading lunch-n-learn style, classroom sessions on the following dates: August 13, September 18, October 1, October 15, November 18, December 17.  These classes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at GRAR, will include 3 hours of standard continuing education credits, and lunch will be provided.  The cost will be $15 per person.  These sessions are expected to fill up quickly, so you may want to register soon. Click HERE to register.

ONLINE OPTIONS: GRAR members will have the opportunity to complete the training online, at their convenience, anytime between March 1 and December 31, 2019. Please click HERE to access the online courses.

We’re Going Fowling! YPN Ugly Sweater Party

Where: Fowling Warehouse (6797 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546)

When: December 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $15, includes food, a drink ticket, fowling, and a chance at prizes (for the ugliest sweater)!

Thank you to our sponsors: Riverbank Finance, Fifth Third Bank, and Treadstone Mortgage!

To view event flyer, click here.

GRAR members register here!  21 & up.

Significant others are welcome, select the “Register for 2” option or non-members call (616) 940-8208 to register.

60th Annual Installation & Awards Celebration

Where: Frederik Meijer Gardens (1000 East Beltline, 49525)

When: Friday, December 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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 2020 Officers and Directors. To view event flyer, click here.

This is a complimentary event, exclusive to GRAR members. Although this is a free event, registration is required and seating is limited.

Register here.


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!**