Fall event for GRI Grad suspended

Illinois REALTORS® values its GRI Grad members and appreciates their participation in Association events.

As members know, Illinois REALTORS® is constantly evaluating its programs to ensure they provide the best use of of resources for its members. While the GRI Grad live program traditionally held in the Fall has its loyal attendees, the event has ultimately not proven sustainable. The Executive Committee has made the difficult decision to suspend the GRI Grad live course tentatively scheduled for later this Fall. Those who have registered will be issued refunds for this program.

Grads will continue to enjoy the professional benefits that come from earning this designation. Illinois REALTORS® is looking forward to the future and will continue exploring new resources for GRI Grads and all members.

Advance your career with the GRI designation

Would you like to become more valuable to your brokerage and attract top-level clients? Earn the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation.gri-housesget-started-gri-button

Becoming a GRI Grad positions you for career advancement. With GRI, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of client systems, laws and technology that will place you ahead of the competition.

Added benefits of the GRI designation program include CE credit for many GRI courses and an optional component of training which includes the E-Pro designation. Once you earn the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation, you will hold it for life with no renewal required. You will also be eligible to attend the annual live course where Grads earn CE and network with other GRI Graduates.

Deciding to earn the GRI designation is the first step in taking your real estate career to the next level. Learn more and enroll today.

GRI Grad kicks off with panel of top producers

Illinois REALTORS GRI Grad course kicks off in East Peoria on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. From left are moderator Jim Kinney, Kyle Killebrew, Kay Phillips and Matt Silver who took part in a top producers panel.

Illinois REALTORS GRI Grad course kicks off in East Peoria on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. From left are moderator Jim Kinney, Kyle Killebrew, Kay Phillips and Matt Silver who took part in a top producers panel.

One of Illinois REALTORS’ signature education programs began Wednesday with a panel that explored the tactics necessary to become a top agent.

Nobu Hata, NAR's director of digital engagement, speaks at GRI Grad in East Peoria.

Nobu Hata, NAR’s director of digital engagement, speaks at GRI Grad in East Peoria.

The association’s GRI Grad program runs through Thursday at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center in East Peoria. The grad course is an annual program which brings in some of the best speakers in the real estate business and provides up to six hours of continuing education.

Former Illinois REALTOR President Jim Kinney moderated the top producer panel. Among the hot topics: The need to build a list on online recommendations.

While some agents are reluctant to ask for referrals and recommendations, REALTOR Kay Phillips of Libertyville said it is a necessity.

“Don’t be shy about asking,” she said.

For REALTORS who are just starting to build their referral networks, Phillips suggested reconnecting with anyone a broker has come-in contact in the past.

Springfield REALTOR Kyle Killebrew agreed.

“People are making decisions on this type of information, so you have to do it,” he said. “If someone only has three reviews, that’s better than nothing.”

Worried about getting a negative comment? Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS said there are lessons to be learned from any negative feedback.

“If I get a negative comment, it gives me pause and makes me want to find out why,” he said. “Don’t be afraid of negativity — use it to get better.”

The panel was the first session of the day. Also tapped to speak at the program are Nobu Hata, NAR’s director of digital engagement, and noted trainer Bruce Aydt.

The GRI Grad course concludes Thursday with sessions by Illinois REALTORS Marki Lemons-Ryhal and Carrie Bey-Little, who will talk about using video for online success.

Top producers to share their strategies at GRI Grad Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Hear how these GRI Grad top producers made it to where they are today, and what they’ve learned that could help you become a top producer! This event is only open to GRI Grads.  

register-buttonThe GRI Grad Top Producer Panel is an opportunity for GRI Grads to pick the brains of five top-producing Illinois brokers and broker/owners who will share their strategies and tips for thriving in the real estate business. Jim Kinney, Illinois REALTORS® Immediate Past President, will moderate this panel of industry leaders and award-winning agents, which includes Kyle Killebrew, Shari Kindle, Kay Phillips and Matt Silver.

Register by midnight, November 23 for just $229. You will be able to attend exclusive live educational sessions and networking, and earn up to 6 hours of CE. REunite, REconnect and REenergize at the LIVE GRI Grad course November 30-December 1 at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Illinois! 

GRI Grad Top Producer Panelists:

kyle-killebrewKyle Killebrew is a broker and partner of The Real Estate Group in Springfield. He has been in business since 2004 and specializes in commercial, condo, farm property and residential real estate. Kyle also currently serves on three NAR committees.

shari2Shari Kindle is broker/owner of Sunshine Realty Solutions in Edwardsville. She earned her salesperson license in 1995 and her broker license in 1997. Shari has served as an Illinois REALTORS® Ombudsman since 2014, and specializes in short sales and foreclosures.

kay-phillipsKay Phillips is a broker associate with @properties in Libertyville. She moved to Illinois from Texas in December 2006 and began her real estate career in 2010. Kay specializes in residential real estate transactions.
matt-silverMatt Silver is a partner with Urban Real Estate, serving the Chicago and North Shore markets. He began his career in the commercial real estate sector in 1998 before making the transition to focus on residential transactions. Matt is currently serving as 2017 President of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.

Moderator Jim Kinney:

jim-kinneyJim Kinney is a broker with Baird & Warner in Chicago. His career spans more than 30 years. He has been active with the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, serving on the board of directors and several committees and task forces. On a statewide level, his contributions to the Illinois REALTORS® includes serving on several committees and as 2016 president.