In today's competitive industry, it often takes more than just motivation and initiative to succeed. Consumers are looking for REALTORS® with experience and education. What's the best way to show clients you've got what it takes? You go out and get yourself a designation, and the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is a good place to start.
Earning a GRI designation benefits you, your clients, and your business. Need more reasons to justify getting it? Here are three reasons why you should become a GRI designee:
1.) A bigger paycheck
REALTORS® with at least a designation: earned a median income of $61,000 while those without a designation earned a median income of $33,500, a difference of $27,600. (Source: 2013 NAR Member Profile)
2.) Invaluable knowledge
GRI graduates reported that they were better able to serve and protect their clients because of their newly found understanding of legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. With GRI, designees gain a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to navigate the current real estate climate. What you learn ensures you stay relevant in today's ever-changing marketplace.
3.) A whopping amount of education credit
SAE hours are back! GRI courses are worth 10 CE hours and 30 SAE hours. Plus! You can apply GRI's education credits to other course requirements:
- It counts towards the ABR elective requirement.
- It counts as 16 elective credits towards the CRS designation.
- It can be credited towards SRS.
- Agents can apply the SAE hours towards their education needed for their license renewals
- Seeking a broker's license? GRI can help with those hours as well.
Courses at a glance
1.) GRI Brokerage (4-day course)
Topics include: Professional Standards, Policies and Procedures, Brokerage and Agency Relationships, and Business Development
2.) GRI Law (4-day course)
Topics include: Real Estate Common Laws, Legal Concepts, Property and Ownership Rights, Contracts and Forms, and Foreclosures
3.) GRI Marketing (4-day course)
Topics include: Seller Services, Buyer Services, Technology, and Environment and Green Building
While you can apply any course's hours to other designations or license renewals, you must complete all three courses to receive the designation.
Take the next step
Ready to prove you're a REALTOR® professional? View the calendar and register. GRI classes are offered at both the ABoR Headquarters and South locations every month. ABoR members receive an automatic discount on GRI classes. As a bonus, TAR offers an additional $50 discount on your first GRI course.
Here's what graduates are saying about GRI...
"When you take the REALTOR oath, one of the things you are attesting to is your promise to provide the best services available to your customers/clients. Part of that process involves staying educated about current changes in the real estate industry. The GRI program is one of the best tools all REALTORS, whether new or seasoned, have at their fingertips."
—Connie Moore Corey, ABR, CRS, GRI; Greenville, NC