New Member Orientation is the final step in the Membership process before your application can be approved by the GKAR Board of Directors.
After submitting your application and payment, you will be registered for the next available orientation course. This required course must be completed within two consecutive orientation sessions of your membership application.
2020 Orientation Courses & SchedulesContact Heather Atteberry for a current online completion option.
Sessions and Instructors
The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice are the Rules of Engagement for REALTORS®. The enforceable Code of Ethics establishes the ethical duties that all REALTORS® agree to follow as a condition of their Membership. These duties provide a high level of service and professionalism to clients/customers and are the key factor separating REALTORS® from all other real estate practitioners.
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) requires all Members to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time within a three-year cycle. The GKAR Orientation class meets the requirement for the current cycle ending December 31, 2021. The Code will be reviewed in detail including sample ethics cases as a helpful learning tool.
Origins of the Code of Ethics
This session is designed to introduce new Members to forms that are made available to them through GKAR. Forms reviewed will include: disclosures, service provision agreements, Buy & Sell Agreement, and other affiliated forms.
Know Your Association
Membership has its rewards! When you join GKAR, you also join the state association Michigan REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®, which means you now have access to a wealth of tools and resources to help you build your network, market your business, increase your professional knowledge, give back and get involved with the community, and ultimately accelerate your real estate career. When you attend Know Your Association, you gain a comprehensive understanding of your local, state, and national Member Rewards Programs to ensure you maximize your Membership dollars.
NAR 2020 New Member Orientation
Multiple Listing Services (MLS)
Learn the basics of flexmls and all related MLS products offered by the Association. The Association offers a number of resources as Member benefits. New Members will become acquainted with what the products are used for, a basic understanding on how to use the products, and where to find them. Master where to find forms and further MLS training classes offered by GKAR. Then delve into flexmls to learn the basics of the MLS with hands on instruction.
An overview of the GKAR MLS Policy will be given. This includes, but isn't limited to: discussion on frequent Policy violations, fines associated with these violations, and where to find the Policy.
Spend time learning everything lockbox-related. Lockbox Policy and fines are discussed along with how to obtain lockboxes and costs associated with the boxes. Begin to understand the SentriSmart® mobile app and what features can be found at your fingertips. Experience a hands-on lesson with SentriLock lockboxes. This will include how to open a lockbox, assign a box to listings, generate one-day codes, and much more!
When can I call myself a REALTOR®?
Once licensed, you may call yourself a "licensed real estate salesperson" or "real estate agent." When you are approved by the GKAR Board of Directors and complete your GKAR New Member Orientation, you may call yourself a "REALTOR®." This is a trademark term of the National Association of REALTORS® and is granted upon completion of all steps of membership. Until that time, an agent who has submitted application and payment will have access to the MLS and may work and be referred to as a Real Estate Salesperson. Learn more...