At GKAR, our mission is to effectively provide REALTORS® with the resources to be ethical, professional and successful. We serve all aspects of real estate in Kalamazoo and its surrounding area.
Based halfway between Detroit and Chicago, The Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS® is a professional organization affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS®, the nation's largest professional association with over 1,000,000 members. Our mission is symbolized by our commitment to the following tenants:
GKAR prides itself on being tremendously responsive to our over 700 REALTOR® and Business Partner members. With a staff trained, experienced and educated in virtually every aspect of REALTOR® issues and association management, we dedicate ourselves to ensuring that the interests of our members are served and advanced through our day-to-day activities, as well as through the development and follow-through of our annual strategic plan.
We work hard to respond to the needs of our members, and to enhance the vision of our association within the community. Our staff is proud to be an integral part of the success of all of the members of the Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS®.
Any person willing to make the sacrifices necessary to become a REALTOR® must have the assurance that the organization they join will become an indispensable partner in ensuring they will have the best opportunity to educate themselves as to how best serve their client. Members of GKAR have the opportunity to participate in educational offerings that will best prepare them to serve you.
All members of GKAR undergo an intensive annual Continuing Education process, sanctioned by the State of Michigan, that will equip them with the tools they need to be successful. Our association has expended significant resources to ensure their needs are met.
Anyone wishing to assist the public in buying and selling a home needs to be trained in the most recent technology that will make this process as positive as possible. GKAR members have the opportunity to train on the latest equipment, with the most advanced instruction available.
GKAR members participate in an internet-based Multiple Listing Service, which means any home that is listed with one of them, is able to be seen by anyone who can navigate the Web. This allows our members to better serve you in buying or selling a home, no matter what you need, or where you are.
Our state-of-the-art facility is an illustration of our commitment to excellence, and allows us to best meet the needs of REALTORS® throughout southwest Michigan. Those interested in renting our facility may do so by contacting the rental coordinator at (269) 382-1597 to obtain more information.
The Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS® has an established history as being one of the strongest organizations of its kind in the nation. Our Board of Directors, made up of twelve Directors, continually reviews the mission and goals of the organization, and plans accordingly.
As one of eleven REALTOR® associations in the Michigan Regional Information Center, L.L.C. (MichRIC), we take an aggressive position in making sure the entire region benefits from the experience of our membership, and work collaboratively to address issues pertinent to issues facing the industry.
We also work tirelessly to represent REALTOR® and homeowner issues to local, state and national units of government, and are very active in public policy at the local level.