REALTOR® Safety: Promoting Safety Culture in the Real Estate Industry

REALTOR® Safety - Promoting Safety Culture in Real Estate | Mississippi REALTORS® Institute

REALTOR® Safety: Promoting Safety Culture in the Real Estate Industry

In the dynamic world of real estate, where opportunities and connections abound, safety should always remain a paramount concern. As September marks REALTOR® Safety Month, designated by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), it’s the perfect time to delve into the critical importance of fostering a culture of safety within the real estate community. At the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute, we take this mission to heart, striving to empower agents and clients alike with knowledge and tools to ensure secure transactions and interactions.

Embracing REALTOR® Safety: A Vital Imperative

In a profession that often involves meeting new clients, visiting vacant properties, and conducting open houses, safety must be a primary concern. September, designated as REALTOR® Safety Month by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), serves as a reminder that safety should always be at the forefront of our interactions. According to the 2020 REALTOR® Member Safety Report, nearly a third of real estate professionals have experienced situations that triggered fear. This stark reality underscores the urgent need for incorporating safety measures into every facet of our business.

Education as the Cornerstone of Safety Culture

At the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute, we firmly believe that education is the foundation of safety awareness. Whether you’re an experienced agent or just starting your real estate journey, staying informed about safety best practices is a collective responsibility. Our institute provides an array of resources, guidance, and training to empower professionals to seamlessly integrate safety protocols into their daily routines.

Creating a Secure Workspace

Safety begins within the walls of your office. Brokers play a critical role in fostering a culture of safety within their teams. At the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute, we advocate for brokers to establish safety as a core value from the very beginning. By doing so, brokers lay the groundwork for safer interactions among agents, clients, and colleagues.

Maintaining detailed records of clients and meetings, as well as requesting photo identification, significantly enhances security. These simple yet impactful measures not only establish safety protocols but also contribute to an office environment that prioritizes the wellbeing of all individuals involved.

Safe Practices for Client Engagement

Engaging with clients is an integral aspect of the real estate profession, and safety must be paramount during these interactions. For initial meetings, we recommend choosing neutral locations like coffee shops or meeting at the office. Open houses present an excellent opportunity to enhance safety by inviting a colleague to accompany you, ensuring a safer environment for both you and your visitors.

Leveraging safety apps and sharing your whereabouts with trusted contacts can add an extra layer of protection. Aligning with the principles of the REALTOR® Safety Pledge, which emphasizes conducting business in a reasonably safe manner, reinforces the commitment to the safety and wellbeing of all parties involved in a transaction.

Preserving Property and Privacy

Property showings are a crucial part of real estate, but they also introduce potential risks. To safeguard property and enhance privacy, it’s prudent for sellers to remove valuable items, personal information, prescription medications, and firearms from the premises. The Mississippi REALTORS® Institute strongly recommends collaboration between sellers and REALTORS® to implement the Safe Listings Form, ensuring that showings are limited to pre-qualified or properly identified buyers.

Unlocking Resources for a Safer Real Estate Experience

The Mississippi REALTORS® Institute understands the value of accessible safety resources. Partnering with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), we provide a range of tools designed to enhance safety awareness and education. The Resources for Personal Protection page offers insights, safety applications, and products to empower real estate professionals to make informed decisions about their safety measures.

A Safer Future Awaits

As REALTOR® Safety Month takes center stage in September, the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute invites the entire real estate community to embrace safety practices as an integral part of their daily operations. From securing the office environment to ensuring safe client interactions, prioritizing safety ensures a successful and secure future for everyone.

Safety isn’t just an individual responsibility; it’s a shared commitment that shapes the essence of the real estate industry. Together with the National Association of REALTORS®, the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute takes proactive strides toward establishing a safer and more secure real estate landscape.

Register for our REALTOR® Safety Course

To further enrich your safety awareness and expertise, consider enrolling in our two-hour elective continuing education course, Avoiding Safety Pitfalls. This course will guide you through evaluating your existing safety practices and equipping you with tangible tools to prevent potential safety issues while working with clients and within your workspace. Check our course listings to see if this course is currently available and seize the opportunity to enhance your safety acumen. You can find more information about our in-person continuing education classes on our course listings page.

For any inquiries or to explore how the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute can elevate your real estate career while prioritizing safety, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Your safety and success remain our foremost concern, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

Online REALTOR® Classes vs In Person: Which One is Best for You?

REALTOR® Classes - Online vs. In Person | Mississippi REALTORS® Institute

When it comes to launching a successful career in real estate, obtaining your real estate license is the crucial first step. The Mississippi REALTORS® Institute offers a variety of courses designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the real estate industry. But with the option of online and in-person classes, how do you choose the best fit for your learning style and schedule?

The Convenience of Online Classes

Online courses have revolutionized the way we learn, providing flexibility and convenience that appeals to many aspiring real estate professionals. With online classes, you have the freedom to study at your own pace and schedule. Whether you have a full-time job, family commitments, or other responsibilities, online courses allow you to learn from the comfort of your own home.

The convenience of accessing course materials, videos, and assignments at any time means you can tailor your study sessions to fit your lifestyle. Need to revisit a challenging concept or review critical information before an exam? No problem! Mississippi REALTORS® Institute’s Online classes enable you to revisit and reinforce your understanding until you feel confident in your knowledge. You have six months to complete your online course so do plan accordingly to complete your class during that time frame. 

The Benefits of In-Person Learning

While online classes offer convenience, some individuals thrive in a more traditional learning setting. In-person classes provide an immersive and interactive experience that can lead to a deeper understanding of complex topics.

In a classroom setting, you can engage in real-time discussions with experienced instructors and fellow students. This dynamic learning environment fosters valuable networking opportunities and encourages immediate clarification of doubts or questions.

Furthermore, in-person classes offer structure and accountability. By attending scheduled class sessions, you stay on track with your learning journey and benefit from a guided curriculum designed to optimize your progress.

Finding Your Perfect Fit

The decision between online and in-person classes ultimately comes down to your individual learning style, schedule, and preferences. Consider your strengths, study habits, and lifestyle to determine which format best aligns with your needs.

If you are self-motivated, excel in a self-paced environment, and value convenience, online classes may be the perfect choice for you. On the other hand, if you thrive on real-time interactions, face-to-face communication, and a structured learning environment, in-person classes might better suit your preferences.

At the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute, we understand that every student’s journey is unique. That’s why we offer a range of learning options to accommodate various needs and preferences. Whether you choose online or in-person classes, rest assured that our comprehensive courses, led by experienced instructors, will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in your real estate career.

Take the First Step

Ready to embark on an exciting journey in the world of real estate? The Mississippi REALTORS® Institute has everything you need to achieve success in your real estate career. Visit our website to explore our comprehensive Salesperson Pre-License Courses, Salesperson Post-License Courses, and Exam Review Courses.

Our courses are carefully designed to provide you with a strong foundation, advanced knowledge, and the confidence to excel in the real estate industry. Whether you choose to study online or attend in-person classes, you’ll find the guidance and support you need to thrive.

Your future in real estate awaits! Enroll with the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute today and take the first step towards a rewarding and fulfilling career in the world of real estate. We’re here to help you achieve your real estate career goals. Contact us for more information and to take necessary steps in your real estate education.

Mastering the Code of Ethics with Mississippi REALTORS® Institute

Mastering the Code of Ethics with Mississippi REALTORS® Institute - Elevate Your Real Estate Career

Are you passionate about real estate and ready to take your career to new heights? At Mississippi REALTORS® Institute, we are dedicated to providing you with the knowledge and resources to excel in the industry. One crucial aspect of being a successful real estate professional is mastering the Code of Ethics. In this blog post, we invite you to explore the significance of the Code of Ethics, its key components, and how our institute can help you become a proficient and ethical REALTOR®. Whether you are just starting your journey or seeking to enhance your existing skills, Mississippi REALTORS® Institute is here to support you every step of the way.

What is the Code of Ethics?

As aspiring real estate professionals, understanding and embracing ethical standards is essential. The Code of Ethics, established by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR), serves as a guiding light, setting REALTORS® apart from others in the industry. It embodies the principles of professionalism, integrity, and exceptional client service that form the foundation of our profession. REALTORS® are required by NAR to complete Code of Ethics training every three years. The current cycle deadline is December 31, 2024. 

Embracing Ethical Practices

At Mississippi REALTORS® Institute, we believe that by mastering the Code of Ethics, you not only enhance your credibility but also build stronger relationships with clients and colleagues. Let’s delve into some key elements of the Code:

1. The Preamble: Inspiring Ethical Excellence

The Preamble to the Code of Ethics encapsulates the values and aspirations that drive our profession. It highlights our commitment to serving clients, upholding fairness, and making a positive impact on communities. By internalizing the principles outlined in the Preamble, you will have a solid ethical foundation on which to build your real estate career.

2. Ethical Standards: A Distinctive Edge

While general business ethics provide a starting point for ethical behavior, the REALTOR® Code of Ethics offers specific guidelines tailored to our industry. By comparing and contrasting these two sets of ethics, you gain a deeper understanding of the unique responsibilities and expectations placed on REALTORS®. It is through this distinction that you can truly stand out as a professional dedicated to ethical practices.

3. Key Articles: Navigating Ethical Challenges

The Code of Ethics comprises seventeen articles that cover a wide range of ethical considerations. Articles 1, 2, 12, and 17 address critical elements that shape the REALTORS®’ professional conduct. By studying and comprehending these articles, you develop the skills to navigate complex ethical situations and ensure that your actions align with the highest standards of integrity.

4. Professional Standards Process: Upholding Ethical Accountability

At Mississippi REALTORS® Institute, we not only educate you on the Code of Ethics but also provide insights into the professional standards process for enforcing ethical conduct. We familiarize you with the procedures, including the duty to arbitrate and the critical elements of due process. Understanding these processes empowers you to address ethical concerns effectively and contribute to a fair and transparent real estate environment.

5. Hearing Panels: Resolving Ethical Disputes

In instances where ethical violations occur, hearing panels play a vital role in resolving disputes. Through our interactive learning methods, including case studies and group discussions, we provide insights into the factors considered by hearing panels in procuring cause disputes. By gaining a comprehensive understanding of the hearing process, you can actively participate and contribute to fair resolutions.

Mississippi REALTORS® Institute: Enroll Today and Embrace Ethical Excellence

At Mississippi REALTORS® Institute, we understand the importance of ethical practices in fostering trust, credibility, and long-term success in the real estate industry. To embark on your journey of mastering the Code of Ethics, enroll in our courses today! Our comprehensive courses, available both in-person and through convenient online options. Visit our Code of Ethics page for more information and gain access to the resources that will shape your ethical foundation. Let us be your trusted partner in elevating your real estate career through ethical excellence.

We’re here to help you achieve your professional goals. Contact us for more information and take the first step towards excellence.

Unlock Your Potential: Exploring Advanced Designations and Certifications for Real Estate Professionals

Real estate professional studying advanced designations and certifications.

In the competitive and ever-changing world of real estate, continuous learning and professional development are essential for success. As a dedicated real estate professional in Mississippi, you have access to a range of advanced designations and certifications offered by the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute. These designations and certifications provide specialized knowledge, skills, and a significant competitive edge in the industry. In this blog post, we will explore four valuable designations and certifications: ABR®, GRI, PSA, and AWHD.

ABR® – Accredited Buyer’s Representative Designation

If you focus on working directly with buyer-clients, the ABR® – Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation is tailored for you. This designation elevates your skills and knowledge in the eyes of homebuyers, giving you a competitive advantage in the market.

By earning the ABR® designation, you gain access to valuable real estate education that helps you better serve homebuyers. You will stay informed about industry trends, receive specialized information and updates, and access members-only marketing tools and resources offered by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC). This designation emphasizes your commitment to excellence in buyer representation and provides you with a solid foundation for success.

GRI – Graduate, REALTOR® Institute

The GRI – Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation is one of the most recognized and respected designations in the real estate industry. This comprehensive program consists of a minimum of 60 hours of coursework that covers a wide range of topics, ensuring you have a solid understanding of the complexities of real estate transactions.
Throughout the GRI coursework, you will delve into subjects such as contract law, professional standards, sales and marketing, technology, and finance. By completing the GRI designation, you demonstrate your commitment to professionalism, ethical practices, and advanced knowledge in all aspects of real estate. The GRI designation sets you apart as a trusted advisor and positions you for continued success in your career.

PSA (Pricing Strategy Advisor) Certification

Accurately pricing properties is a critical skill that directly impacts your clients’ buying and selling decisions. The PSA (Pricing Strategy Advisor) Certification course is designed to enhance your pricing expertise as a real estate professional.

During the PSA course, you will explore the intricacies of comparative market analysis (CMA) and gain insights into the factors appraisers consider when determining property values. This course teaches you effective strategies for presenting CMAs to clients, combining facts and numbers to recommend price ranges, and fostering productive relationships with appraisers. By earning the PSA certification, you will provide your clients with accurate and informed pricing guidance, setting yourself apart as a pricing expert in the industry.

At Home with Diversity® (AHWD) Certification

The At Home with Diversity® (AHWD) is a one-day certification course that equips real estate professionals with the knowledge and expertise to build a multicultural business model. In today’s diverse marketplace, understanding the dynamics and demographics of various communities is crucial for success.

The AHWD course dives into the historical context of fair housing, educates on fair housing issues, and provides strategies to serve customers and clients effectively. By completing this course, you will become more comfortable embracing diversity and better equipped to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse client base. The AHWD designation demonstrates your commitment to inclusivity and positions you as a trusted advisor for all clients.

Unlock Your Potential Today!

Investing in advanced designations through the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute is a smart decision for real estate professionals in Mississippi. The ABR® and GRI designations and AHWD and PSA certifications offer enhanced skills, credibility, a competitive edge, and networking opportunities that can propel your career forward. By unlocking your potential through these valuable designations and certifications, you stay ahead in the ever-evolving real estate industry.

Embrace the pursuit of knowledge and continuous professional growth as a lifelong journey in real estate. Invest in yourself, seize the opportunities that await you, and reap the rewards of a successful and fulfilling career.

Take the next step today and explore the advanced designations and certifications offered by the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute. Unlock your potential and set yourself up for a thriving career in the dynamic world of real estate!

Contact us for more information and start your journey towards professional excellence.

How to Elevate Your Real Estate Career: The Benefits of Earning a GRI Designation

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How to Elevate Your Real Estate Career: The Benefits of Earning a GRI Designation

If you’re a real estate professional looking to take your career to the next level, then you might want to consider pursuing the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation. The GRI symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation.

Buying property is a complex and stressful task, and real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated. New technology, laws, procedures, and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers require real estate practitioners to perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism. The GRI designation can help you meet these challenges and set yourself apart as a master of the real estate profession.

What is a GRI Designation?

The GRI designation sets a REALTOR® apart by indicating they have completed a minimum of 60 hours of education. They have developed a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to navigate the current real estate climate—no matter what its condition. GRI designees are recognized nationally and are committed to serving their clients and customers with the highest ethical standards.

REALTORS® with the GRI designation have in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, and professional standards, as well as the sales process. The GRI program consists of a variety of courses designed to enhance REALTORS® market knowledge, increase business skills, and allow those with the GRI designation to have the opportunity to network with other GRI designees. GRI graduates are usually the top performers in most real estate offices.

Why Should You Care If a REALTOR® Is a GRI?

The GRI designation is widely recognized as a symbol of excellence within the real estate industry and is to real estate what the CPA designation is to accountants. These agents are considered the elite of the business. Only REALTORS® who successfully complete a minimum of 60 hours of comprehensive training can be called a GRI. They are set apart as masters of the real estate profession, possessing advanced skills and techniques, making it easier for them to provide the best service possible to their increasingly sophisticated clients.

Earning Your GRI in Mississippi

To earn the GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation in Mississippi, one must complete a minimum of 60 hours of in-person instructor-led coursework within 5 years through the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute. Divided into three sections, the first section covers legal and ethical aspects of real estate transactions such as contracts, agency relationships, fair housing laws, and safety considerations. The second section provides practical skills and knowledge for managing risks, marketing properties, improving business practices, understanding foreclosures, and utilizing technology in real estate. The third section requires 20 hours of coursework in any of the Designation/Certification courses such as ABR, SRS, RENE, CRB, C-RETS, The Right Start, and Real Estate Professional Assistant, to gain specialized knowledge and skills in specific areas of real estate.

After you have completed the requirements, you will be granted the GRI certification, which you can showcase proudly on your website, business cards, and marketing materials. And, you will be eligible for exclusive perks, including specialized training, networking events, and marketing resources.

If you are interested in pursuing your GRI designation, take a look at our list of coursework and requirements in Mississippi or contact the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute (MRI) for more information on the coursework and application process. Take your real estate career to the next level with a GRI designation and join the ranks of the top performers in the industry.

Now is the time to earn your GRI Designation

Obtaining the GRI certification requires completing a rigorous training program that covers a wide range of subjects, including technology, professional standards, legal and regulatory issues, and the sales process. The program aims to enhance your knowledge of the market and business skills. Its curriculum includes topics such as marketing, finance, contracts, ethics, agency relationships, and risk mitigation. Getting your GRI designation can be a great way to set yourself apart from other real estate professionals and demonstrate your commitment to providing the highest level of service to your clients. With advanced knowledge and skills in legal and regulatory issues, technology, and professional standards, GRI designees are recognized as leaders in the real estate industry.

Fair Housing Month | MS REALTORS Institute | Flowood, MS

Fair Housing Month at Mississippi REALTOR® Institute

Celebrating Fair Housing Month with the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute

What is Fair Housing Month?

Fair Housing Month is an annual event in April that commemorates the passingof the Fair Housing Act of 1968. This landmark legislation made it illegal to discriminate in the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, familial status, or disability.

The Fair Housing Act has helped to promote diversity, inclusion, and equal access to housing for millions of Americans. However, the fight for fair housing is far from over, and there is still much work to be done to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to find their perfect home.

What does Fair Housing Month mean for the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute?

At the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute, we are committed to promoting fair housing practices and helping to build more equitable communities. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to find the perfect home, regardless of their background.

To achieve this goal, we offer training and education programs that teach our members about fair housing laws and how to avoid discriminatory practices. We also work closely with local organizations to promote fair housing practices and to provide resources and support for those who have experienced discrimination in their search for housing.

As REALTORS®, we have a unique role to play in the fight for fair housing by promoting diversity and inclusion in our communities. By working together and committing to fair housing practices, we can help to build a more equitable future for all.

What can you do to support fair housing?

As a consumer, you can support fair housing by educating yourself about your rights and by speaking out against discrimination when you see it. If you have experienced discrimination in your search for housing, you can report it to the appropriate authorities and seek legal assistance if necessary.

As a REALTOR® you can support fair housing by committing to education and training programs that teach you about fair housing laws and practices. You can also work to promote fair housing in your community by partnering with local organizations and by advocating for policies that promote diversity and inclusion.


Fair Housing Month is an important reminder of the progress we have made in the fight for equal access to housing, as well as the work that still needs to be done. At the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute, we are committed to promoting fair housing practices and to building more equitable communities. We invite you to join us in this important work and to help us create a future where everyone has the opportunity to find their perfect home.

Real Estate Continuing Education 101

Real Estate Continuing Education 101 | MS REALTORS Institute | Flowood, MS

As a real estate professional, staying up-to-date with industry trends and regulations is crucial. Continued education is a necessary component to remain competitive in a constantly evolving market. Continued education ensures that REALTORS® know about changes in the industry, including new laws, updated regulations, and emerging market trends. As a result, continued education provides REALTORS® with a competitive edge that benefits their clients, their businesses, and the industry as a whole.

Real Estate Continuing Education in Mississippi FAQs 

If you’re a REALTOR® or planning to be one, continuing education is your best way of keeping yourself abreast of the latest trends in the industry. Mississippi REALTORS® Institute is here to answer all of your questions regarding continuing education for REALTORS® to give a clearer picture of what you need to know.

How many hours of continuing education are required to renew a license in Mississippi?

In Mississippi, the Real Estate Commission requires REALTORS® to complete 16 hours of continuing education every two years to renew their licenses. REALTORS® in Mississippi must complete eight hours of required law classes: 4 hours of agency law, 2 hours of contract law, and 2 hours of license law, in addition to 8 hours of elective continuing education classes. 

Can continuing education for Mississippi REALTORS® be completed online? 

Fortunately, REALTORS® in Mississippi can complete their continued education online. Online courses provide flexibility and convenience, allowing REALTORS® to fit their coursework into their busy schedules.

How many hours of education are required to earn a real estate license in Mississippi? 

Individuals must complete 60 hours of pre-licensing education and pass the state licensing exam as well as work under the supervision of a Mississippi real estate broker. 

How many hours of post-licensing education is required to maintain a real estate license in the first year?

Individuals must complete  30-hours of post-licensing education within one year after being issued the temporary salesperson’s license. 

Become a REALTOR® in Mississippi Today | Continued Education Courses at MS REALTORS® Institute  

Continued education is essential for real estate professionals. For REALTORS® seeking a top-notch education experience, the Mississippi REALTORS® Institute is the best solution. The Institute offers a wide range of courses that meet the Real Estate Commission’s requirements and provide REALTORS® with the tools they need to succeed.

We offer online and in-person courses that are engaging, informative, and designed to equip REALTORS® with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in today’s market. All courses are taught by experienced real estate professionals. By investing in continued education, REALTORS® can stay ahead of the curve and provide their clients with exceptional service. Review our course offerings and book your next continuing education course online today.


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