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Friday, 07 October 2016

How Are my Dues Dollars
Put to Work?!?

Dues renewal season is upon us!
Click above to read what we have
been up to over the past year!

 
IPP Enrollment Information
Thursday, 06 October 2016

Installment Payment Program (IPP)

Guidelines for New Realtor Members

New this year, GPBR is offering an Installment Payment Program (IPP) for primary Realtor members who wish to have the sum of their board dues broken down into monthly payments. Those who wish enroll in the IPP must complete and return the Installment Payment Agreement (IPA) 2-page form (along with an application to join GPBR and other related documents) via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or via fax to 313-882-6062. Click here to download the 2-page IPA form.

Brokers & Office Managers must have a Broker Opt-In Form on file in order for member to participate. Click here to download the Broker Opt-In Form.

IPP payments for New Realtor Members will be collected according to the following schedule:

  • An initial payment of 205-dollars will be collected at the time your application is processed.
  • Monthly payments of 46-dollars will be collected on the 15th day of each month thereafter.
  • Be sure to carefully review all policies and procedures outlined in the 2-page IPA & ACH Authorization Form.

The ONLY accepted form of payment for IPP participants is ACH debit from a checking account. IPP participants are NOT eligible to make payments online via credit card. Please DO NOT log in to the Members Area section of our website (where you would ordinarily go to pay your annual dues order in full) and make a credit card payment if you are enrolling in the Installment Payment Program.

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Guidelines for 2017 Dues Renewal

New this year for 2017 dues renewals, GPBR is offering an Installment Payment Program (IPP) for primary members who wish to have the sum of their board dues broken down into monthly payments. Please note: There is an earlier due date for payment and related paperwork for IPP participants. The deadline to enroll in the IPP for your 2017 dues renewal is October 24, 2016.

Annual dues renewal orders will be electronically distributed as usual. Those who wish enroll in the IPP must complete and return the Installment Payment Agreement (IPA) 2-page form no later than 10/24/16 via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or via fax to 313-882-6062. Click here to download the 2-page IPA form.

Brokers & Office Managers / Designated Realtors: You must complete and return a Broker Opt-In Form by 10/17/16 via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or via fax to 313-882-6062 to allow your agents to participate in the IPP. Click here to download the Broker Opt-In Form.

IPP payments for 2017 dues renewals will be collected according to the following schedule:

  • An initial payment of 105-dollars will be collected on October 31, 2016.
  • Monthly payments of 46-dollars will be collected on the 15th day of each month thereafter.
  • Be sure to carefully review all policies and procedures outlined in the 2-page IPA & ACH Authorization Form.

The ONLY accepted form of payment for IPP participants is ACH debit from a checking account. IPP participants are NOT eligible to make payments online via credit card. Please DO NOT log in to the Members Area section of our website (where you would ordinarily go to pay your annual dues order in full) and make a credit card payment if you are enrolling in the Installment Payment Program.

Questions about the Installment Payment Program should be directed to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
GPBR Volunteer Opportunities
Monday, 23 November 2015

Networking. Personal growth. Giving back. These are just three of the reasons that we recommend getting more involved with your local board. By serving on a GPBR committee, you will be an integral part of our forward momentum, helping us achieve our objective of making our members productive, successful, and profitable. Please see the descriptions of our standing committees below and email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in volunteering your time.

Standing Committees

Budget & Finance - Meets approximately 5 times per year
Reviews monthly board finances and sets budget.

Community Outreach - Meets monthly
Reviews and recommends Smart Growth and Placemaking Grant Requests. Ensures NAR Core Standards compliance.

Education - Meets monthly
Plans educational content for three General Membership Meetings a year. Works to provide designation and certification courses throughout the year.

Fair Housing & Diversity - Meets monthly
Provides programs focused on the benefits of diversity. Offers the NAR At Home With Diversity designation annually. Administers the broker "All In" campaign.

Governmental Affairs - Meets monthly
Ensures NAR Core Standards compliance, focuses on local, state, and federal public policy. Participates in candidate interviews and oversees RPAC fund raising. Promotes Broker Involvement Program.

Member Services - Meets once every other month
Accesses, reviews, and recommends to the Board of Directors the needs of the membership. Oversees new member orientation, agent services, affiliate services, and member news campaigns.

Professional Standards - Meets as required (determined by number of complaints received)
This committee is made up of two parts, Grievance (which determines the validity of ethics and/or arbitration requests) and the Hearing Panel (which determines cases brought forth by the Grievance committee.) Requirements: Must be a REALTOR member for five years, and be familiar with state laws, regulations, and Code of Ethics. Additionally, committee members must attend a mandatory (and annual) half-day ethics and arbitration training.


Task Forces

Bylaws - Meets at least once year
Determines changes needed to Bylaws and Policy & Procedures Manual, and recommends those changes to the Board of Directors.

Golf Outing - Meets as needed (usually no more than 4 times before event)
Assists with event planning for our annual golf outing, including sponsor solicitation, promotion, and working the day of the event.

Home, Garden & Lifestyle Expo - Meets as needed (usually no more than 4 times before event)
Assists with event planning for our largest and best known event for the public, including vendor & sponsor solicitation, event promotion, and staffing on the day of the event.

Officer Installation & Holiday Party - Meets as needed (usually no more than 4 times before event)
Assists with planning for our annual holiday party in December. Duties include planning, sponsor solicitation, event promotion, encouraging donations for our toy drive, and staffing for event.

Nominating - Meets 3-4 times
Identifies candidates for board election, and rewards. One Member-At-Large seat available.

Strategic Planning - Meets at least once a year in January
Reviews current strategic plan for relevance, and makes course correction recommendations to Board of Directors. Identifies the need for adjustments based on changes in policy and/or market environment or the need for a new strategic plan.

 

 

 
Michigan REALTORS Announces Leadership Academy
Monday, 19 October 2015

Michigan REALTORS has a new program aimed at emerging REALTOR leaders who have demonstrated a committment to expand their involvement in the industry. Ideal applicants will have some experience participating at the local, state, or national level of a REALTOR association, and/or have exhibited leadership potential through job-related or community activities. The goal of this program is to identify emerging REALTOR leaders, empower them to maximize their leadership potential and encourage them to effectively participate in association committee and/or leadership roles. 

Only fourteen applicants will be chosen for the year long program, which requires attendance at four multi-day sessions over the course of the year. Tuition for this program is 0 and includes course materials, meals, and overnight accomodations, based on double occupancy. Participants are responsible for their own travel fees.

For futher information, and to download the application, please visit the Michgan REALTORS Leadership Academy page.

 

 
REALTOR Designation Awareness Month
Monday, 10 November 2014

Reposted from the RisMedia article originally found here.

Successful REALTORS® are required to keep current on a wide range of evolving issues, including technology, changing legalities, highly-specialized transactions and many other central components of our business. This is why the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) offers a series of designation and certification programs designed to help busy REALTORS® stay ahead of the curve, maintain ethical practices, and manage profitable businesses that are built to last.

Specialized Learning Leads to Increased Sales
Increased marketability is a key benefit REALTORS® gain when they secure an NAR designation or certification. According to the 2013 NAR Member Survey, the median annual income of REALTORS® with no designation was ,500 vs. ,000 for those with at least one designation, a difference of ,600.

Continuing Education Encompassing a Variety of Specialties
NAR and its Institutes, Societies and Councils offer numerous designations and certifications that enable REALTORS® to become experts in a variety of real estate specialties. While you may be familiar with some of our more popular programs, take time to explore other options designed to keep your office on top of today’s changing markets:

  • Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)
    International buyers are a growing segment of the real estate market both in the U.S. and overseas. CIPS will provide you with the knowledge and skills to globalize your business.
  • Military Relocation Professional (MRP)
    The newest NAR certification, MRP educates REALTORS® about working with current and former U.S. service members, veterans and their families to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and to help them take full advantage of available benefits and support. Covered are the basics of VA financing and an understanding of the processes and procedures involved in military relocation.
  • 8Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®)
    This designation is for REALTORS® who want to be able to meet the special needs of maturing Americans when selling, buying, relocating, or refinancing residential or investment properties. By earning the SRES® designation, REALTORS® are prepared to approach mature clients with the best options and information for them to make life-changing decisions.

REALTOR® Designation Awareness Month
November is REALTOR® Designation Awareness Month. Throughout the month, members can enjoy 20 percent off of online NAR official designation and certification courses through REALTOR® University. It’s the perfect time for you and your agents to increase your professionalism, marketability, proficiency and income through pursuance of an officially endorsed NAR designation or certification.

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Visit www.REALTOR.org/designations to learn more about all NAR designation and certification courses and continuing education opportunities.

Master of Real Estate
REALTOR® University offers a Master of Real Estate degree for real estate professionals who are interested in furthering their education to enhance their career and improve their business. REALTOR® University’s Master of Real Estate helps brokers and their agents differentiate themselves with concentrations that cater specifically to the practical needs of real estate professionals.

For more information, visit www.RealtorU.com.

 

 
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