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GRI: Behind the Letters

by SARAH WALKER, MAR Marketing / Events Assistant | Jun 27, 2018
So, what is it about the letters “GRI,” that a Realtor® would willingly give up 90 hours of their precious time just to be able to obtain them? For some members, it is wanting to earn a national real estate designation. But in my experience coordinating the GRI program here at MAR and talking to members about it, it’s more than just being able to use the letters on business cards and after email signatures.
They do it because, to quote Koffi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, “knowledge is power!”

So, what is the GRI, or rather, the Graduate Realtor® Institute anyway? The GRI is a series of six, two-day classes. Each class covers a different aspect of real estate. You’re never going to get the same thing twice. And you’ll have a different instructor for each and every class.
For example, GRI 301 teaches you how to use technology tools to sell real estate and produce quality video to market real estate online. While GRI 102 covers how to avoid liability, keep accurate records, properly disclose information, and much more.
In addition to the real estate education, the GRI comes with a lot of other benefits. One of those course benefits is networking. The GRI courses are in person and often sold-out. So, you’re in a room working and learning side-by-side with a lot of possible future referrals. More importantly, you’re spending time with like-minded Realtors® who care about their education, too. And, as an added bonus, every course comes with continuing
education credits.
In 2017 and 2018, we have had over 25 members finish the GRI program, and here is what a couple recent grads had to say about their experiences.
“The GRI program has been by far the best educational series I have attended in my 11 years as a Realtor®. It is a well-rounded set of courses that truly give you the tools you need in today's marketplace,” said Anne-Marie Bartlett.

“The greatest and most unexpected benefit of the program was connecting with an incredible group of Realtors® from across the state to learn from one another and build relationships in our business network,” said Justina Alfano.
Hopefully after reading this, you’ll consider obtaining your GRI. Once you start down the road, you have a full three years to complete the program and earn your designation. Below is a schedule of the four remaining classes for 2018. You also can take the classes in any order that works for you. To help you decide, check out our website: www.mar/ to watch videos, read about each course, and learn more about the instructors.