2016 November GRI Graduates!


Congratulations to Jennifer Ritzman, Joel Johnson, Christine Madison and Matthew J. Kennedy for completing the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation this November 2016!

 Jennifer Ritzman


Joel Johnson


Christine Madison



Minnesota is the #4 state by percentage of REALTORS® who have earned their GRI Designation!

Don’t be left out! Be the next GRI Designee

Minneapolis Association classroom, 5750 Lincoln Drive, Edina:

December 5th | 9AM-Noon | Counseling Sellers with John Anderson

  • Learn how to identify your sellers’ specific wants and needs as well as competently counsel your seller clients about marketing their property, objective pricing, and current market conditions. In addition, the instructor will cover licensees’ responsibilities to sellers from initial interview through closing. Federal and state fair housing laws and MN agency and disclosure law will also be discussed.

December 5th | 1PM-4PM | The Role of Diversity Marketing in Your Real Estate Practice with Julia Isreal

  • Recognize opportunities in marketing to diverse populations and provide helpful resources to effectively represent sellers and buyers from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

December 14th | 1PM-4PM | Proper Pricing and Secrets of the CMA with Zoe Liston

  • This course covers various aspects of researching, developing and presenting a Comparative Market Analysis when working with sellers. Topics will include information on what real estate value is and isn’t, tips on handling sellers’ common pricing misconceptions as well as how agents can educate sellers on the benefits of properly pricing a property to meet the sellers’ goals. The instructor will present elements of a thorough CMA, how market dynamics affect pricing, and the relation of pricing to timing.

St. Paul Association classroom, 325 East Roselawn Avenue, St. Paul:

 December 7th | 9AM-Noon | Professional Standards and Best Practices with Deb Greene

  • This course will provide an in-depth look at legal and ethical principles, rules, and duties in communication. The instructor will cover customs and etiquette in responsible business communication, professional communication with clients in managing expectations and negotiating, and the importance of perserving the transaction, even in the face of difficult behaviors and personalities. Models of communication will be included.

December 7th | 1PM-4PM | Risk Management with Susan Dioury

  • Get answers to frequently asked questions in the risk management area including insights into best practices for both issues that frequently arise in your practice and those that are unique, including compensation, disclosure, agency, and contractual issues.

REALTOR Association of Southern MN, 2115 Rolling Green Lane, North Mankato:

 December 7th | 1Pm-4PM | Code of Ethics: Case Studies II with Jonathan Kopecky

  • Explore common scenarios faced by real estate professionals and their legal and ethical duties when these situations arise.

*All classes approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 3 hours of real estate continuing education each unless otherwise shown.


The Minnesota REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.


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The Minnesota REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.


Legislative Update


Depending on when you are reading this article, the 2016 campaign season is either drawing to a close or Election Day (November 8th – get out and vote!) has passed and our state and country are moving forward, as we always do.

Campaigns and elections are characterized by candidates with different visions of where they want to take us, and by passionate supporters who work hard to make that vision a reality by turning out to vote for their preferred candidate. Election Day represents validation for the winners and their supporters; and prompts introspection, and often frustration, for the losers and their supporters.

What does Election Day mean for Minnesota REALTORS?

Elections have consequences; and which party controls the State Senate and State House matters greatly with respect to the many policy, tax, and budget issues of importance to REALTORS® and homeowners that will be decided at the Capitol over the next two years.

It is also true that one of our strengths as an organization is our emphasis on “REALTOR® Party” issues that are not tied to a particular candidate, political party, or election outcome.

Minnesota REALTORS® work to protect, promote, and advance homeownership opportunities at the State Capitol. Democrats and Republicans can work together on important issues related to homeownership, and Minnesota REALTORS® are always prepared to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle to advance the interests of Minnesota’s current and future homeowners.

The Minnesota REALTORS® Governmental Affairs (“GA”) Committee, made up of volunteer members from across the state, develops and approves our legislative agenda and provides direction for Minnesota REALTORS® lobbying activities.

As a member of the Minnesota REALTORS®, you are represented at the Capitol by your Governmental Affairs (lobbying) team. Our job is to support your success by advocating on your behalf at the Legislature and with regulatory agencies.

Your Minnesota REALTORS® Governmental Affairs team is honored to represent you at the State Capitol, and we look forward to working with you to advance the REALTOR® Party agenda in 2017!

The Minnesota REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate business.