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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.

Jul
24
Wed
Paragon Pro @ GCAR
Jul 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Paragon Pro @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States

CE Credit: 3

♦ Instructor: Jeffrey Decatur

♦ Bring your laptop to follow along.

♦ Dive deeper into the Paragon features you use daily; creating CMA’s, more in-depth information on searches and their results and a whole lot more!

♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.

Realtor.com Professional Search @ GCAR
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

CE Credit: 0

Lunch will be provided.

On July 24th, realtor.com will be updating its Find application within Paragon.

Realtor.com is replacing its legacy professional search experience “Find” with a new, more modern experience that leverages the ease of use of its successful consumer experience while still providing professional-level listing and property data.

The transition is a very simple process.  On July 24th all “Find” links within Global MLS will connect you to the new realtor.com Professional Search experience.

To sign up for a Professional Search training webinar or to view the professional search support page please visit https://realtor.com/prosearch. From here you can view the FAQ’s, watch videos and sign up for a training webinar.

 Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info

Jul
30
Tue
Selling Homes to Multicultural Consumers @ GCAR
Jul 30 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Selling Homes to Multicultural Consumers @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States

♦ CE Credits: 1

♦ Instructor: Pratik Shah, Trustco Bank

♦ Learn how clients from different cultures view the process of purchasing a home and how their different belief systems, ideas & feelings are tied into the purchase process.

  • Recognize a bargaining culture and how to respectfully work with them while educating them on appropriate times to bargain and when not to.
  • Learn how different cash centric cultures need some education on the traditional American financial programs.
  • How the cultural importance of numbers, colors and the direction of a house plays an important part in the selection process of a home.

♦ Sponsored by Trustco Bank

 Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info

Jul
31
Wed
Women and Leadership @ GCAR
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

♦ CE Credits: 0

♦ Instructor: Lisbeth Calandrino who has over 25 years of experience in the business world and marketing and sales. She is also a magazine editor, national instructor, blogger, entrepreneur, and author.

♦ Join GCAR and the Women’s Council of REALTORS® for a women’s leadership seminar. In this interactive seminar, we’ll explore the components and style of a successful leader and discuss ways to overcome hurdles and that nasty inner critic! Walk away with the next steps to become a better leader and the goals you’ll need to establish to be successful!

 Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info

Aug
1
Thu
Understanding the Client and the Marketplace @ GCAR
Aug 1 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Understanding the Client and the Marketplace @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States

CE Credit: 3

Learn to understand your local market and property values.

  • Learn the characteristics of a Buyer’s and Seller’s market
  • Identify the basic principles of real estate value
  • Compare/contrast cost versus value as it relates to real estate
  • Learn the three approaches to value used in the appraisal process
  • Recognize how underwriting guidelines impact the valuation process

Instructor: Rory O’Connor

This class is Module 2, Session 1 of the Systems & Strategies Course. You can take all 10 classes or just one and in any order.

Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info

Aug
7
Wed
The Renovation Loan Process @ Saratoga Springs Public Library
Aug 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
The Renovation Loan Process @ Saratoga Springs Public Library  | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

♦ CE Credits: 1.5

♦ Instructor: Kristen Zorda, Prime Lending

♦ A discussion of what properties/scenarios qualify for a renovation loan and a review of the products covering their similarities and differences: FHA-203K, Conventional, VA renovation loans plus a review on some extra steps required for renovation loans.  We’ll also discuss how to obtain contractors.

 Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info

Aug
9
Fri
Paragon Beginner @ GCAR
Aug 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Paragon Beginner @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States

♦ CE Credit: 3

♦ Instructor: Tracey LaFleur

♦ Bring your laptop to follow along.

♦ Learn the features of the Global MLS system: Paragon. Discover the basic functional elements: creating a search, entering a listing, CRS tax auto-fill, CRS property search, adding and managing contacts and learning the help features plus much more!

♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.

Aug
14
Wed
Fair Housing @ The King's Inn
Aug 14 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fair Housing @ The King's Inn

♦ CE Credits: 3

♦ Instructor: Mary Peyton

♦ Understand the fair housing rules as they apply to everyone, regardless of culture and what it means to you the REALTOR®.  Apply regulations to how they relate to property management to keep you within the law… Didn’t think some rules applied to you? Learn how they do!

 Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info

SONYMA 2019 & Beyond: Benefits to NY Home Buyer @ GCAR
Aug 14 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
SONYMA 2019 & Beyond: Benefits to NY Home Buyer @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States

♦ CE Credit: 3

♦ Instructor: Bill Teague, Assistant VP, SONYMA

♦ Obtain an overview of the State of New York Mortgage Agency, their role in lending and the new mortgage loan products they have available to assist various types of home borrowers. You’ll learn about the lending process for SONYMA loans common obstacles to finance, the revised processes and procedures implemented to streamline and expedite the process.  Also, learn the benefits of financing with SONYMA and borrower/property eligibility.

♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.

Law of Agency for REALTORS @ The King's Inn
Aug 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Law of Agency for REALTORS @ The King's Inn

♦ CE Credits: 2

♦ Instructor: Mary Peyton

♦ Agency relationships defined and discussed for the REALTOR®: Agent-Principle-Customer. What is dual agency and agency alternatives? This class is required by DOS to renew your license but, understanding agency can make the difference in your professionalism or save you a trip to ‘REALTOR® court.’

 Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info

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