The NMAR REALTOR® Growth and Involvement Program

Become an effective volunteer for your REALTOR® Association!

Two thousand and twenty (2020) is the third session of this NMAR program. Graduates from the first two programs include NMAR Officers, District Vice Presidents, Committee Chairs and Members, Member Board Officers and Directors, and Committee Members.

This program is designed to build your volunteer skills while giving you an insight into the REALTOR® organization at the local, state, and national levels – and explain how they interrelate and work together. Participants will gain confidence, leadership skills, and motivation to become more involved in their local and state associations of REALTORS®.

The Program is open to NMAR Members and Member Board Association Executives and is designed to increase participants’ awareness of real estate and association management issues/challenges, and teach problem-solving activities that can be used to improve our association and our industry. Step up and make an impact! Your journey to be a part of the next generation of REALTOR® movers, shakers, and leaders begins when you complete and submit the application.

A maximum of 12-18 individuals will be selected to participate in the program. Participants will be chosen by the NMAR Growth and Involvement Committee members based on the information supplied in the following application, including a track record of volunteer performance for their local association and/or civic organizations, and a desire to grow in their REALTOR® volunteer activities.

The goal of this Program is to train NMAR members to serve in leadership positions at their Member Board and at the state association. Be sure to check with your local association, as they may be willing to pay all or part of your tuition costs if you are accepted to the program.

Download the Growth & Involvement Overview (PDF flier)

2022 Growth & Involvement Application

James M Russ III – Ruidoso

“…I’ve always wanted to be involved…but it wasn’t until I took the Growth and Involvement class that everything came together and I knew that I could succeed.”

Beth Stephens – Santa Fe

“Growth and Involvement gave me confidence, practice, and the assurance that, ‘I can do this’.”

Parick Hankins – Albuquerque

“Teamwork is the key to success and your team is only as strong as the weakest link. So build yourself up and you’ll build up your team.”

Kriston Roberts – Otero County

“Going into this class, I didn’t know what to expect. What I walked away with is priceless – confidence, a true insight of leadership skills, and lifelong friendships.”

Marcia Tidwell – Roswell

“The program changed my life! It not only encouraged me to become more involved in REALTOR® organization, it also made all aspects of my life better. Everything from work to personal relationships improved.”

Jean Duran – Albuquerque

“The program was beneficial to me personally, to my business, and to my association involvement growth and development”

Troy Briggs, Ruidoso

Daniel Huberman, Santa Fe

Nancy Kennedy, Albuquerque

Ramona Kilpatrick, Roswell

Mindy Longmire, Roswell

Jenn Cody, Albuquerque

Susan McKee, Roswell

Josh Price, Albuquerque

Jake Roberts, Alamogordo

Emmary Simpson, Las Cruces

Amparo Usrey, Gallup


The New Mexico Real Estate Commission (NMREC) was created by state law in 1959 and is charged with enforcing the Real Estate License Law and the Real Estate Commission Rules.

The mission of the New Mexico Real Estate Commission (NMREC) is to protect the public and enhance the professional competence of real estate brokers.

The Real Estate Commission’s primary services and products are:

  • The issuance, renewal, and transfer of real estate broker’s licenses
  • The establishment and enforcement of real estate broker pre-licensing and continuing education requirements
  • The certification of providers of real estate broker education
  • Information to consumers and real estate brokers about the Real Estate License law and the Commission Rules
  • Investigation and adjudication of consumer and real estate broker complaints about potential and actual violations of the Real Estate License Law and Commission Rules
  • NMREC Continuing Education Requirements, Course Lists and Approved Instructors, Schools and Sponsors.

Upcoming CE classes: Continuing Education Course List

Code of Ethics
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) adopted the Code of Ethics in 1913. REALTORS® are real estate professionals who have chosen to join the National Association and abide by its strict Code of Ethics.

Overview – NAR Code of Ethics Principles
Mandatory Ethics Training – NAR Online Course

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Designation

Reference Information

The GRI designation is a powerful tool to attract and build new business. You’ll increase your skill level across the entire landscape of real estate with in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process.

Earning a GRI can make a difference in your business and potentially boost your income. REALTORS® with at least one designation:

  • Earned a median of $61,000 while those without the designation earned a median income of $33,500, a difference of $27,600. (Source: 2013 NARMember Profile)
  • Reported that they were better able to serve and protect their increasingly sophisticated clients because of their understanding of new technology, laws, and procedures.

The GRI designation is awarded only to those REALTORS® who have completed the required GRI Curriculum. The GRI program is delivered by the New Mexico Association of REALTORS® and meets the standards established by the National Association of REALTORS®. GRI does not require annual renewal as long as you remain an active member in good standing of the National Association of REALTORS®.

The cost of the GRI is a one-time application fee to NMAR with submission of credits: $50. Course fees will vary depending upon instructor and class.

The GRI Curriculum consists of 40 hours of GRI Core Courses, plus 24 hours of courses selected by the candidate from specific categories of New Mexico Real Estate Commission (NMREC) approved continuing education courses. A student has five (5) years to complete all designation requirements. Courses may be taken in any order.

Electives must include courses from each of the GRI “core competency” area as defined by the National Association of REALTORS®:

  • Market Knowledge: Neighborhoods and property amenities, considerations for housing types, developing CMAs and impact of MLS, financing options and home-buying programs, inspections and appraisals/valuations
  • Business Skills: Prospecting, buyer and seller services, creating your niche market, negotiations, creating and implementing your brand
  • Systems and Tools: Record retention, form platforms and applications, website portals, marketing tools, hardware and software to streamline your business.
  • Avoiding Setbacks, Fines, and Lawsuits: Professional standards, contract to close, risk management, agency relationships, and advertising.

Download the NMAR GRI Brochure – Provides an overview of the program and a complete list of Core and Elective Course requirements.

Visit the NMAR Continuing Education Course Calendar for GRI and other course information.

For additional information contact NMAR Membership Services at 505-982-2442 or e-mail

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