Editor’s Note: Mary Applegate was awarded a Galloway Scholarship in 2014. Applications for the 2015 scholarship are being accepted through January 30, 2015.
I want to thank the Tallahassee Board of REALTORS® and the Galloway Scholarship committee for providing me a scholarship in 2014 to complete my Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation. I strongly encourage every REALTOR® to take the GRI series of courses.
I relocated to Tallahassee from southwest Florida in July 2011, where I worked previously as a REALTOR® from 2005 until 2011. Tallahassee and the surrounding counties are different than southwest Florida—different hospitalities, lifestyles, much less traffic, and totally different contracts. It felt all new to me and, yes, I felt as if I was starting all over again in my real estate career! Goals for me are important, and when I came on board with TBR, I knew I needed to start all over again, so I purchased the REALTOR® Enrichment Program (REP) pass and attended several courses and the weekly marketing meetings.
In 2012, I decided that I was going for my GRI designation, and I passed my GRI II and GRI III classes online. Then, in 2013 GRI classes weren’t available online and it was very hard for me to take time off to complete the classroom training.
In early 2014 I knew I was ready to make a change. I noticed that the Bay County Association in Panama City was offering the GRI I course, the last course to complete my GRI designation, and it was close to home; so, I took seven days off work and took the GRI 1 classes.
What a wonderful learning experience! I am thankful I took the time off for myself. I learned more in the classroom than both online GRI courses previously taught me. The instructors were Patti Ketcham, broker of Ketcham Realty Group in Tallahassee, and Stephanie White, Bay County Executive Director and former REALTOR® member of TBR. Their training provided practical knowledge, legal but common-sense training, and important tools: networking, negotiating, making a presence in the market, knowing your niche, advertising, and continuing education.
If you’re a hands-on or visual learner, or enjoy networking with other REALTORS® in different areas, you may want to consider taking GRI classes. To anyone that is sitting on the fence, I highly recommend the GRI program; you have five years to complete the three courses.
In 2015, I will purchase TBR’s REALTOR® Enrichment Program (REP) pass to keep up with contract changes further my professional development, continue to volunteer on TBR committees, and attend marketing meetings and socials. Networking with my peers is important, as is continuing my education and training, and I also plan to attend FAR and NAR conventions.
Thank you again TBR for providing the Galloway Scholarship; I am ever so grateful!
Rossetti Realty, Inc