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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A GRI Student's Experience

Student Anna Campell shares her GRI experience in her blog.

California Association of Realtors® provides Graduate Realtor® Institute (GRI) for all associated real estate agents within the California area. The GRI designation provides real estate agents, real estate brokers, and the general public an opportunity to learn about every area pertaining to real estate in depth.

Attending the Environmental Concerns, Construction overview and Land Use Course 112 on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 in Pleasanton, CA provided me with an in depth understanding about how the environment affects property values and insurance claims. How construction styles and levels of quality impact home buyers and sellers. And how land use can effect the level of use and value.

Our instructor, Mr. Ignacio Gonzalez, had over twenty (20) years of experience in various fields directly effected by environmental concerns, construction, and land use. Mr. Gonzalez provided us with real life experiences, stories, and examples so that we could understand how each of these areas can impact us as real estate agents and also home sellers or home buyers. The practical information Mr. Gonzalez provided also included why vacant homes often have a "sewer" type smell in them during a showing. This is caused by the tubing connecting the sinks, toilets, and showers to the sewer line. While in use, a small amount of water catches in the pipe and blocks the “sewer” smell from entering. However, when the sinks, toilets, and showers are not used for a certain length of time, that water evaporates and the "sewer" smell is able to get through.

While this class was a day long event, it was needed in order to pass on the amount of information and practical knowledge this specific instructor had to share.

The class concluded with an exam that was being graded later with the scores and/or certificates being sent to the attendees at a later date. The entire course consists of fourteen (14) classes. I would encourage anyone that owns a property, interested in purchasing a property, or becoming a real estate agent or broker to attend these courses.

For more information about what a GRI designation can provide for you or about individual classes visit the California Association Realtor®'s approved website: http://edesignations.com

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