KATE MARRONE, Graduate REALTOR Institute
From October 2012 to October 2013, I drove all over creation (okay, not really… just all over Colorado) to complete my GRI. With few courses offered in our small mountain community, I drove to Colorado Springs, Denver, Castle Rock and Littleton to complete most of my designation requirements. While classes are offered online, I felt the additional value and knowledge gained from experienced, live professors and their decades of hands-on, industry experience were well worth a couple early morning commutes and Friday afternoons spent sitting on I-70WB.
Most brokers take 2-4 years to complete their GRI but I was on a mission! To become a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR Institute), you must complete 90 credit hours of additional coursework in a variety of areas related to real estate. These studies are on top of the 168 credit hours initially required to obtain your real estate license and also in addition to the 36 hours of continuing education required (per 3 year period) to maintain an active license.
In short, those with a GRI have gone above and beyond, in order to better serve their clients. The investment GRIs make in advanced coursework is a direct benefit to their customers. The GRI is an esteemed institution of the National Association of Realtors. Only 20% of all Realtors nationwide hold the GRI Designation.
Here are some words on GRIs from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR):
The Value of a Realtor with the GRI Designation
The Graduate, REALTOR Institute (GRI) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation. Realtors powered with the Graduate, REALTOR Institute designation have pursued additional knowledge and skills to help guide you through any real estate transaction smoothly and easily. Whether buying or selling, experience more by working with a Realtor committed to providing the best professional service. Work with a GRI!