The Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® (GMAR) has been inducted to the 2014 Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council's (REBAC) "Hall of Fame" presented by REBAC of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR).
GMAR was nominated for the 2014 REBAC Hall of Fame by fellow REBAC members and was selected by an independent panel of real estate industry leaders. The local REALTOR® association has been an outstanding leader in the real estate community and has made a visible difference for buyer's representation needs in the Detroit metropolitan area. GMAR serves a membership base of over 6,000 and provides a multifaceted array of assistance and services. GMAR exhibits itself as an outlet of knowledge for REALTORS® in working with buyers and has shown high principles and furtherance of good practice principles among REALTORS®.
The Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council, REBAC, was founded in 1988 to promote superior buyer representation skills and services. An affiliate of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® since 1996, REBAC's membership now numbers well over 30,000 and is the world's largest organization of real estate professionals concentrating on buyer representation. Members who meet all course and professional experiential requirements are awarded the ABR® (Accredited Buyer's Representative) and/or ABRM (Accredited Buyer's Representative Manager) designation(s). Both are the only designations of their type recognized by NAR.
GMAR Education Director Vickey Livernois stated, "We've been teaching REBAC courses for many years, but when the market in our area started to slow down, our association created the MemberMax™ program that would enable our members to attend our courses and increase their education and professionalism." MemberMax™ is a type of membership that allows members to pay their GMAR, Michigan Realtors®, and NAR dues monthly while affording them 2 designation courses and a slew of other continuing education courses at no additional cost. Since its 2010 inception, GMAR had just under 3,000 REALTORS® who completed a REBAC course through MemberMax™. GMAR CEO Duane Marsh said, "GMAR agent training focuses on elevated service level and designs offerings that prepare today's real estate professional for the new, emerging buyer client."