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What is GRI?

To me, being a great Realtor means constantly increasing my knowledge of market trends and regulations to better serve my clients. I believe that a well-informed agent is a stronger agent, so I completed the curriculum required to earn the “Graduate REALTOR® Institute” (GRI) designation in 2010.

I earned this designation by attending a specific, intensive series of 90 hours of classroom instruction, covering a variety of subjects including: contract law, professional standards, sales and marketing, finance, and risk reduction. In addition, I learned the fundamentals of brokerage and other areas of real estate specialization.

Upon completion of the GRI series, I took an additional 30 hours of classroom instruction to prepare me for the Associate Broker exam. Out of over 40,000 licensed salespersons in the state of Maryland, only 7-8% continue their education to become licensed Associate Brokers. With this designation and through increased awareness of current topics important to the real estate professional, such as legal issues, I can better serve prospective clients and customers.

Information about GRI and the REALTOR® Institute from the National Association of Realtors®

The REALTOR® Institute is designed to educate practitioners about local, state and national real estate practices that affect them, their clients and customers. The Institute is taught by leading real estate professionals from around the country.

The GRI designation sets the individuals who have attained it apart from other practitioners because it indicates to the public that the individual has obtained a professional educational foundation on which to base the services they provide and that they are a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Obtaining the GRI designation is a beneficial way for a REALTOR® to advance their professional image. The extra measure of knowledge and prestige achieved by completing this course work is a tool that will advance a career in real estate on attracting and building new business.

The REALTOR® Institute has been in existence for more than twenty-five years and has graduated thousands of REALTORS®.

For more information about the GRI designation, go to http://www.realtor.org/griclear.nsf/pages/WhyGRI?opendocument or contact your State Association.