In 2012, only twenty five (25) New Jersey REALTORS® achieved the prestigious GRI designation, and I’m proud to say that I was one of them. We were recognized by Shirley M. Rader, Dean of the New Jersey REALTOR® Institute on Wednesday, December 5th at a special awards ceremony held during the tri-state (NJ/PA/NY) real estate convention in Atlantic City.
The GRI designation stands for Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, and REALTORS® who’ve earned the designation are allowed to use the initials after their names. The GRI is nationally-recognized as the highest designation in the real estate industry, and has been compared to the CPA designation in the accounting industry and the CLU designation in the insurance industry. In order to earn the GRI, a REALTOR® must take a rigorous 90 hours worth of course work and 3 written examinations covering a wide variety of topics related to real estate.
Having spent most of my life as a hospital administrator, I realize how important it is to have your competency certified by an independent, nationally-recognized board or organization. While board-certification has been part of healthcare for many years, the importance of a designation such as the GRI is relatively new in the real estate industry. Oh, you’ll see various initials after the names of some REALTORS® (I’ve used the letters SRES to indicate that I’m a Seniors Real Estate specialist), but if you ask any REALTOR® to name the designation (initials) that is the hardest to achieve and the most highly prized, he/she will invariably tell you it’s the GRI.
Added Dec 9, 2012: Here’s a link to the Atlantic City Press article that covered the convention:
Leonard “Len” Dunikoski, GRI
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