NJ REALTORS® is your exclusive resource in New Jersey for earning the Graduate REALTOR® Institute designation. Earning the nationally-recognized GRI designation is a way to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers as a REALTOR® who has gained in-depth market knowledge, increased proficiency in a broad array of subjects to enhance professionalism and business success.
The GRI program has helped the best and the brightest in the industry achieve the highest level of understanding.
What You Gain
- Higher earnings: the median income of GRI designees in 2012 was $61,000, compared to the median income of non-designees of $33,500
- Be better able to serve and protect your increasingly sophisticated clients though an understanding of new technology, laws, and procedures
- Use of GRI logos
- Marketing materials
- GRI referral form
- Network with other GRI designees
How to Earn It
Each state REALTOR® association sets specific curriculum requirements; these will include courses on issues unique to your state as well as courses on local or national issues that affect you and your clients. A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required, and subjects covered generally include:
- Sales process: Business development, sales and marketing, customer and client services, and cultural diversity
- Legal and regulatory: Fair housing, brokerage relationships, contracts, and environmental issues
- Technology: Communications, general technology, and real estate business technology
- Professional standards: NAR Code of Ethics and Standards, arbitration, and mediation
The National Association of REALTORS® has allowed state associations to reduce the hours required for the GRI designation from the original 90 hours to 60 hours. If you have finished at least two of the three original GRI courses, you may take an equivalency exam to earn your GRI designation meeting the new credit hour requirements. The exam will consist of real estate subjects from the GRI courses, as well as real-life experiences to ensure that all will be afforded the same learning objectives as the point of earning the designation.
GRI Classes Now Count Toward ABR Designation
The National Association of REALTORS® has announced that the GRI designation will now count as an elective towards Accredited Buyer Representative designation! This is great news for those interested in pursuing either designation or both.
If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, contact Karen Truncale, GRI Program Manager, at 732.494.5616.