GRI - Let Me Tell You Why!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

GRI - Let Me Tell You Why!

GRI Class

Graduate_realtor_institute, the designation many real estate agents aspire to achieve. Why is this? First of all, the dedication and time commitment in order to earn the designation is intensive. Agents who put in the time to complete all three of the modules, have invested valuable time in order to complete the requirements.


No matter how long an agent has been in the business, continuing education, working on designations and certifications is something that should never cease. This business of real estate is ever-changing and therefore, requiring those who practice in this field, continue to learn all they can throughout their career. Being the best in your line of work is essential.


GRI stands for Graduate REALTOR® Institute. The course consists of three individual modules. GRI Contracts to Close, GRI Marketing & Business Skills, & GRI Real Estate Brokerage. Each module requires 4 full days of training. 


While the full days of training can be very challenging for a busy, self-employed agent, the benefits of this program far exceed the time away from the day-to-day business. Agents who have earned the GRI designation are typically more equipped with the latest advances in the business and have stepped up their game big time.


Although I have been in the business for 15 years, I have never been able to complete the required courses due to time constraints and location of the classes. Now that I am in Granbury, our Granbury Association of REALTORS® offered the courses which, are right in my neck of the woods. I decided to dive in and make completing this designation a priority.


As the broker/owner of Beam & Branch Realty, PLLC, I am committed to excellence in my profession of real estate. The agents in my office are encouraged to continuously strive for the professional designations and certifications that will enhance the service they provide to our clients. Therefore, our clients can feel confident that any of our agents are equipped and ready to assist them.


GRI is a great choice for any agent to consider. Make sure and choose a REALTOR® who shows a true commitment to their profession. One way to know this is to check out their real estate on-going education. For a Texas agent, simply go to TREC, place the agent's name in the search bar and then click on their name. You will be able to see exactly the continuing education any agent has completed.


In this day and age of increased information, don't you desire to work with an agent who is consistently striving to be the best they can be? Give us a call today! We are ready and prepared to represent you with your next real estate transaction!


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   Paula L. McDonald ~ REALTOR®, 

        Granbury, Texas 

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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Paula, for sharing your experience and your advice.

Sep 26, 2019 12:11 PM #1
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Good for you Paula McDonald !  GRI is an excellent series of courses. I suggest agents get their GRI often, particularily newer agents. Honestly you could teach this course in your sleep!!

Sep 26, 2019 12:51 PM #2
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Congratulations, Paula. I'm very glad I took the GRI courses and earned the designation. Far more learning than the required 40-hours continuing ed required in California every 4 years.

Sep 26, 2019 09:41 PM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Paula.

I didn't know you were the owner of Beam & Branch, congratulations, or commiserations.  Have fun 

Sep 27, 2019 01:00 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Paula. I've been a GRI for some 20 years now... it was one of the first designations I earned after I got my North Carolina license... some of the best classes I've ever taken.

Sep 27, 2019 04:24 AM #5
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Great information Paula McDonald .  I think that's something I need to look into.

Sep 27, 2019 04:41 PM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I toyed with this many times, but found the course times and locations diffuclt to attend. I too have been at since 2004, but as you say, we should always keep on learning. 

Sep 28, 2019 08:13 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Paula- I am not familiar with all of the letters after the names but it is so important to continue to learn and grow. What this shows me is that you try! 

Sep 28, 2019 09:57 AM #8
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

I got my GRI years ago. And while it was a great program, I can tell you I learned more here in Active Rain about blogging and such! 

Sep 29, 2019 05:50 PM #9
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I am half  way through mine and it has been difficult to get some of the classes for distance reasons. I don't see any reason to travel six hours in one day to take an 8 hour class. Hopefully, the ones I need will be offered a little closer to home in the upcoming months!

Sep 30, 2019 04:51 PM #10
Paula McDonald ~ GRI
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

That's great Anne Corbin! Yes, the distance can be a challenge. Stay with it! :)

Oct 10, 2019 07:07 PM #11
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It is a really good set of courses.  It is one of the first designations that I pursued. I hope you enjoy the road to your designation.

Oct 17, 2019 08:24 AM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

As long as you do things for the right reasons, everything else handled itself quite a bit more than we think

Nov 03, 2019 11:08 PM #13
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Looking back at this post a couple of days later, people just don’t understand the time and effort it takes really and truly.

Nov 11, 2019 08:14 AM #14
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