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Education Schedule

Education is now included with your GCAR membership.

GCAR’s school, The Real Estate Professionals’ Institute is pleased to offer a skill-building calendar that will increase your knowledge and drive up your business! You can take continuing education courses, designations, and seminars free of charge!

Classes are offered in Saratoga, Malta, Schenectady, and Troy, as well as our training room in Albany. If we offer the class, we’ll track it for you too. All the classes you take through GCAR are recorded in the ‘class history’ section of your membership file. Log in to the GCAR membership portal, click on class history, and you can see all the classes and credits you have taken.

Class Cancellation Policy: Cancel at least 24 hours in advance. No shows are charged a $25 cancellation fee.

To cancel your class registration, complete the following steps:

  1. Sign in to Member Services

  2. Enter your Login ID (the same # used to log into Paragon) & Password (initially the word ‘password’ until you change it)

  3. Under Personal Services, click on ‘Your Education History’

  4. Then click on ‘Classes You are registered for’

  5. On the right side of the page you’ll see a cancellation link, click it.

  6. Then click ‘Submit Cancellation.’ There is a ten-second delay before it notes that you have canceled

  7. If you don’t see a cancellation link then you are within the 24 hour period where you need to pay the $25 cancellation fee

How to be added to a class waitlist: Call GCAR reception at 518-464-0191 and ask to be added to a class waitlist.

Too many class receipts when signing up?  No need to call, the database only recognizes you once, you are not taking up multiple spots!

Credit policy: To obtain continuing education (CE) credit for any class, you must arrive on time and sign in plus, stay for the duration of the class and sign out in observance of DOS’ requirements.

Photo and video release: Registering for a class grants us your consent to reproduce, edit, broadcast or rebroadcast any video, film, soundtrack recording and photo reproductions of yourself and/or your narrative account of your experience within said activities, for publication, display, or exhibition thereof in promotions, advertising, education, and legitimate business uses without any compensation to, and/or claim by you.

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General Membership Meeting @ Hilton Garden Inn
Jun 21 @ 3:00 pm

Broker Owner Manager Session
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Cyber Security Presentation
Chloe Hecht, Senior Counsel, NAR Legal Affairs
Chloe will discuss what brokers should be aware of to protect their agency and to what degree they are responsible for what their agents do on their websites, with the client information, etc.
Sean Dowling, Director of Technology, NYSAR
Sean will provide the brokers with systems and software they may want to know about for use in their offices.
Steve Lobel, Certified Insurance Counselor, Anchor Agency
Steve will provide information on what kind of protection is available in case a broker or agent gets hacked or their records are compromised.
Q&A Session

Association Update

General Membership Meeting
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Cyber Security Presentation
Representatives from NAR and NYSAR will provide members an overview of current problems, legal actions, and trends in business cybersecurity. Real estate transactions have become more and more susceptible to risk and liability as members and their clients gravitate to electronic mail, social media and text messaging to conduct their real estate transactions.  Breach of client financial and/or personal information can expose our members to possible litigation and serious public relations challenges and even more serious costs.

Association Update and Prize Drawings

Member Mixer
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Toiletry Drive

The community relations committee is collecting toiletries to be donated to area shelters. Please bring your donations to the membership meeting.

Independence Day
Jul 4 all-day

The GCAR and ENYR MLS offices will be closed today.

Enjoy the holiday!

Sprinkler Mandate Informational Meeting @ GCAR
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm


What to Expect Regarding the Proposed Sprinkler Mandate

NYSAR has called this meeting to prepare GCAR members who live and/or do business in Albany County for the UPCOMING Albany County Legislative meeting in September which will cover the imposition of mandated sprinklers in new construction in Albany County.
Lunch will be provided.


General Membership Meeting @ Shaker Ridge Country Club
Sep 13 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

8:30am – Registration
9:00am – Meeting Starts

Continental breakfast will be provided.

Trade Show @ Rivers Casino
Oct 18 @ 12:30 pm

All successful REALTORS® attribute NETWORKING as the number one reason for hitting their income mark! The Trade Show is the biggest networking event that GCAR organizes to help your business grow!

9:30am – 12:30pm  Cash in the Code with Ellen Boyle
$45 members/$65 non-members*
Learn how to use the Code of Ethics to help grow your business, secure listings, work better with sellers, work professionally with buyers, win negotiations, and improve relationships with cooperating agents. This upbeat class will highlight specific articles from the REALTORS® Code of Ethics with an accent on the WHY & the HOW. *In addition to trade show admission
12:30pm Exhibit Hall
1:30pm – 2:30pm Safe Business = Smart Business with Phil Goodson (1 CE)
3:00pm – 4:00pm An Educated Buyer is a Happy Buyer with Ellen Boyle (1 CE)
4:30pm – 6:00pm   Cocktail Reception

We’re assembling businesses from across the Capital Region involved in every aspect of the real estate community. Hear expert advice, see new products, and NETWORK with businesses your clients should know about. Use these new contacts in your listing/buyer presentations and show value by being your clients’ referral source for services. You’ll find many of the vetted GCAR business affiliate members at the show!

Expect hourly prizes to be given away on the trade show floor from sponsors and exhibitors for electronics, restaurants, and even dues! Must be present on the trade show floor to win.

This year, money raised from auction sales will benefit RPAC! RPAC is at the heart of GCAR’s mission where, through member lobbying, political conversations, and call to action responses, RPAC helps protect the public’s rights and keeps the real estate industry affordable. RPAC Ensures REALTORS® have a business!

Raffle gift baskets are needed to auction off, please contact Meghan Reed, GCAR Marketing/Communications Manager at with questions or drop off a basket at the GCAR office by September 21, 2018, with your name and value on it (you will get RPAC credit for any donations).


YPN Top Producer Panel @ GCAR
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch provided and sponsored by Verner Inspections Services.

Christine Marchesiello, Keller Williams Capital District
Rachel Henley, Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.
Jeffery Decatur, RE/MAX Capital
Chris Culihan, Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

All proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Albany

Member Mixer @ Hyatt Place Malta
Nov 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Meet and greet with local flooring retailers, consumers, and builders following the Fabulous Floors class.
There will be a chance to win an Echo Show and a free ethics class.
Light refreshments will be provided and you will receive one drink ticket.
Sponsored by Mohawk Flooring.
Paint and Sip @ Il Faro
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of merriment, wine tasting, hors-d’oeuvres, and painting festive glassware. Your admission fee will benefit RPAC. Register in advance, tickets will be $35 at the door.


Contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS, the New York State Association of REALTORS or any of its local boards or associations will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed. 70% of each contribution is used by your state PAC to support state and local political candidates. Until your NYSAR PAC reaches its PAC goal, 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a; after NYSAR PAC reaches its RPAC goal, it may elect to retain your entire contribution for use in supporting state and local candidates.  

Annual Meeting @ Park Manor Hotel
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.

2019 Slate of GCAR Officers and Directors
In accordance with Article XI Section 4 of the bylaws of the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® a Nominating Committee was appointed by President Sommers and approved by the Board of Directors. The Committee was charged with the preparation of a slate of officers and directors for 2019. The Committee met and reports the following proposed candidates for 2019:
Officers Nominated 
Tom McGroder, President-Elect • Term expires: December 2019
Jeffrey Decatur, Secretary-Treasurer • Term expires: December 2019
Directors Nominated
Kirsten Blanchard • Term expires: December 2021
Christopher Culihan • Term expires: December 2021
Michelle Poccia • Term expires: December 2021
Kathleen Sullivan • Term expires: December 2021
Cynthia Quade • Term expires: December 2019
NYSAR Directors
Rory O’Connor • Term expires: December 2019
Kathleen Sullivan • Term expires: December 2020
Nina Amadon • Term expires:  December 2021
Janet Besheer • Term expires:  December 2021
Cathy Griffin • Term expires:  December 2021
Those previously elected or serving in accordance with the Bylaws:       
Jay Christiana, President • Term expires: December 2019
Susan Sommers, Past President • Term expires: December 2019
Additional candidates for office may be placed in nomination by petition signed by at least 50 REALTOR® members eligible to vote. The petition shall be filed with the Secretary-Treasurer at least two weeks before the Annual Meeting. Notice of any additional nominations shall be provided in advance of the meeting to all members eligible to vote.
Bylaw Amendment Notice
Each year the National Association of REALTORS® requires local associations to review their bylaws for accuracy and currency and to make any amendments mandated by NAR and necessary as a result of changes in practices at the state or local level.
While NAR has mandated changes and suggestions (appear in red), the Bylaws Review Workgroup and the GCAR directors amended some items and sections to update and more closely identify with the strategic plan and the operations of GCAR (appear in yellow highlight).
RPAC Spring Mixer @ Henry Street Taproom
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

♦ Appetizers • Cash Bar • Silent Auction

♦ Network with colleagues while supporting RPAC. RPAC is your best resource to influence the long-term growth and stability of the real estate industry.

Learn more about RPAC

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