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GRI graduates earn up to 30% more than their peers.

Growth is an important part of every real estate professional’s personal development. Without growth, you can become stagnant and irrelevant. NC REALTORS® membership provides multiple opportunities, across the state and online, for our members to grow in their profession, business, and life. By earning specialty designations, staying on top of the latest real estate trends and best practices, and participating in continuing education opportunities, you can increase your earning potential and build better relationships with your clients.

Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI)

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In today’s competitive business environment, it often takes more than just motivation and initiative to succeed. Earning the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is a way to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers as a trusted resource and a REALTOR® who has in-depth knowledge on the fundamentals of real estate. GRI is the most recognized professional designation in the real estate industry.

The North Carolina GRI program is owned by NC REALTORS® and offers online courses and live courses hosted by local associations in their respective markets. The course curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of our members and to meet the educational standards established by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

The designation requires 60 hours to complete; 48 of these hours are from our Core Courses.

  • Live Core Courses (32 hours)
    The four live core courses are required to complete the designation. Local associations around the state host the courses throughout the year.
  • Online Core Courses (16 hours)
    The four online core courses are required to complete the designation. You can take them at any time and you can take up to 45 days to complete each course.
  • Elective Hours (12 Hours) 
    The final 12 elective hours of the program can be completed in a variety of ways.

As you can see, the program provides great tools and education to improve your business and sharpen your skills as a REALTOR®. Contact Chelsea Hughes with any questions about GRI or any other educational opportunities.

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Online CE Courses
REBAC Designations

The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that help members increase their skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

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The North Carolina Real Estate Educational Foundation, Inc. (NC REEF) is the real estate educational resource for REALTORS®, non-licensees and consumers in North Carolina. Through original video tutorials, scholarships and other content, NC REEF elevates the real estate profession through education.

The foundation routinely develops and offers Continuing Education courses to address trending topics in real estate. Additionally, NC REEF has a long-standing relationship with the UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan Flagler Business School through an endowment that promotes real estate education.

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Who to Contact
  • Chelsea Hughes Chelsea Hughes
    Education Manager
    (336) 808-4239 x239
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    Contact Chelsea Hughes for help with: Professional Development opportunities, Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI).

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