Education Calendar

Date: 05/19/15

New York Salesperson Licensing Course

The Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® (GCAR) is offering the 75-hour Qualifying Course at their location: 451 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 

Course Dates: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 through Saturday, July 11, 2015

 Tuesday  Thursday  Saturday 
Jun 2 Jun 4 Jun 6
Jun 9 Jun 11 Jun 13
Jun 16 Jun 18 Jun 20
Jun 23 Jun 25 Jun 27
Jun 30 Jul 2 Holiday
Jul 7 Jul 9 Jul 11


This course will be held Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 9:35 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be no class on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

Final Exam will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 @ 6pm 

Course Fee (due at time of registration): 

$400.00 which includes course text book: ‘New York Real Estate For Salespersons’ by Marcia Spada, 5th edition 

$428.00 which includes both the course text book and an optional study guide book: Cram For The Exam’ (5th edition) your guide to passing the NY Real Estate Salesperson & Broker Exams.

Registration Information:

 Call Debbie or Michele at 518-464-0191 x15 to pay by credit card: American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa

 Register in person at the GCAR office at 451 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

 Mail in the attached form & make checks payable to: GCAR

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Date: 05/19/15

Join ListHub for a Free Educational Seminar “Mastering Online Marketing”

Join ListHub for a Free Educational Seminar   

“Mastering Online Marketing” 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 

At GCAR: 451 new Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 

To learn about the latest trends in online marketing and a suite of tools to help you communicate more effectively with clients.


 How leading brokers are arming their top-producing agents with simple tools to win listings and get referrals

 How to gain insights on which properties and zip codes are getting the most traffic

 Where the best leads are coming from

 How to manage and respond to leads even faster

 Tools for engaging clients and demonstrating value


BROKER SESSION: 2pm-3pm Click Here to RSVP 

AGENT SESSION: 3:30pm-4:30pm Click Here to RSVP 

Call Debbie Isom @ 464-0191 x15 with any questions

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Date: 05/19/15

Proven Tax Strategies For The Real Estate Professional

Proven Tax Strategies For The Real Estate Professional

Friday, June 12, 2015 

10:00 am — 12:00pm 

(Please arrive at 9:45 am for registration.) 

A glimpse of Information you will learn: 

 How to dramatically increase your take home income by understanding your tax options

 How you can turn your family’s medical expenses into tax-favored busi-ness expenses

 Important steps to take advantage of the healthcare Reform deduction!

 Time saving techniques and strategies for avoiding an IRS audit

 How the new law affects purchase of cars, computers, and equipment for your business!

Plus many other pertinent insights that can save you money! 

RSVP: Deb Isom, Education Coordinator 464-0191 x15

No– Shows will be billed $20.00 

Instructor: Maine Shafer 

of Bradford and Company Inc., 

Free offer to members. 

Non-members $10

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Date: 05/19/15

April 2015 Sales Statistics

The second quarter of the 2015 housing market is already off to a promising start.

Locally, Pending Sales increased more than 25 percent from April 2014. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors, noted this is a nationwide trend. Nationally, existing-home sales are measurably higher than a year ago, and strengthened in March as more buyers entered the market as the spring buying season got underway.

“Sustained job growth and interest rates below 4 percent have been the catalyst behind the improvement in sales,” said Yun.

Locally, inventory levels market-wide were down just over 11 percent, but this is still not quite cause for alarm, as the selling season is just underway in most neighborhoods – delayed due to the extended winter season. Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® President, Cathy Griffin, Keller Williams Capital District, shared her perspective, “Homes are moving quickly, especially if they’re priced right. This is encouraging news for sellers who may be considering listing their property. If history is any indication, the choices buyers have will increase quite a bit over the next few weeks.”

Prices are up over last year. The Median Sales Price increased 6 percent to $190,347 signaling a healthy, growing market. Sellers are receiving 93 percent of Original List Price.

The national homeownership percentage is the lowest since 1993. Rental prices continue to astonish with accelerated price growth, which may cause some to think twice before locking in a 12-month lease. Lending practices and mortgage rates will also have a decided effect on the number of buyers who will become homeowners this year. Laura Burns, CEO of the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® noted, “Rising rents in the region should result in an increase in homebuyers as they determine that building equity in their own home while taking advantage of the mortgage interest deduction may be in their best interest financially”.


The Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade association officially representing the real estate industry since 1920 (formerly the Albany County Association of REALTORS®) and is the local chapter for the New York State and National Associations of REALTORS®. GCAR is composed of a broad base of professionals including licensed real estate brokers and sales agents, multi-dwelling owners, appraisers, mortgage and banking professionals, title and abstract companies and other companies servicing the real estate industry.