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SRES® Requirements

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Instructor: Lee Barrett

Date: May 20th - 21st, 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: GKAR Classroom


  • GKAR Members - $179
  • Non-Members - $279

Credit: Course C132742 - Con Ed 2 hours Legal and 13 hours Elective

"Never a Dull Moment!"

Lee is a member of a family-owned Las Vegas Real Estate Business and is a Las Vegas native. He received his real estate license in 1977 and is a second generation Broker/President of Barrett & Co. Inc.  Lee teaches with humor and knowledge of today’s market complexities.

Lee has the following REALTOR® designations: ABR, ABRM, CRB, CRS, RRG, SRES, CDPE and MCNE. He is approved by NAR as an ABR, CRB Instructor and as an ‘At Home with Diversity’ instructor and also a Senior CRS Instructor.

Lee has served the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® as the 2004 Board President and as a National Senior CRS Instructor. He serves the community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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The Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) designation is for REALTORS® who want to be able to meet the special needs of maturing Americans when selling, buying, relocating, or refinancing residential or investment properties. By earning the SRES® designation, REALTORS® are prepared to approach mature clients with the best options and information for them to make life-changing decisions.


RENE Requirements

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Instructor: Lynn Madison

Date: October 29th - 30th, 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: GKAR Classroom


  • GKAR Members - $179
  • Non-Members - $279

Credit: Course C132758 - Con Ed 2 Hours Legal and 12 Hours Elective

Knowledge. Power. Success!

Lynn is the owner of Lynn Madison Seminars, a full service training and development company devoted to the advancement of professionalism in real estate.

Formerly Lynn was Vice President and Director of Career Development for The Prudential Preferred Properties in Chicago, a 25 office firm with over 900 associates, where she authored and trained their New Agent Institute. Before that she held the same position with First United Realtors, a local independent with 28 offices. She was manager of two different offices for First United. Prior to that, she was an award winning salesperson – receiving their Salesperson of the Year honors.

Lynn speaks annually at the NAR conventions and is an ABR, BPOR, GRI, SFR, SRES, and SRS instructor and has conducted classes in over 30 states. Lynn's involvement with REBAC goes beyond instructing. She conducts the trainer recertification program for REBAC instructors annually and has authored or co-authored the SFR, ABR and BPOR courses.

Lynn regularly conducts the New Member Orientation program for many of the associations in the Chicagoland area, as well as Professional Standards and Leadership training sessions for many state and local Associations. She is the Treasurer of Main Street Organization of REALTORS® her local 14,000+ member association.

At the National level, Lynn currently serves on the NAR Professional Development Committee the RPAC Participation Council and has served on Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity as well as Professional Standards and Risk Management. Lynn has been honored with two NAR Hall of Fame memberships - RPAC and REBAC.

At the state level Lynn has served as Chair of the RPAC Fund Raising Committee, Professional Standards Committee, GRI Board of Governors and has served as a member of the License Law Rewrite Task Force, License Law Scope & Structure Working Group, the Equal Opportunity Working Group, Education MIG as well as IAR’s Strat Plan and Convention Committees. She is the author of over 20 continuing education classes in Illinois. She has also served on the state Continuing Education Task Force and the CE Curriculum and Instructor Development Subcommittees. As a member of the Illinois Agency Task Force Lynn has been instrumental in the creation and training of new agency policies.

Lynn is ITI certified, a member of the Real Estate Educators Association, was a National Educator of the Year award winner, has received the Educator of the Year award from AIREE, the Illinois real estate educator of the year and REALTOR® of the Year honors from her local association in 2003 and was named the Illinois Association REALTOR® of the Year for 2011.



The Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) certification is for real estate professionals who want to sharpen their negotiation skills. The RENE certification program gives REALTORS® the tips and tools they need to be skillful advocates for their clients.

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