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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.

Ethics, Fair Housing, Agency @ Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ethics, Fair Housing, Agency @ Saratoga Chamber of Commerce | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

CE Credits: 7

Instructors: Rory O’Connor, Mary Peyton, Jeffrey Decatur, Jill Birdsall

Take Ethics, Fair Housing, and 1 hour of Agency all in one day to complete 7 Hours of continuing education.

  • Every REALTOR® must complete Ethics by December 2018 – we are in cycle 5- new 2-year requirement by NAR
  • Every REALTOR® must complete Fair Housing prior to renewing their license
  • Every REALTOR® MUST COMPLETE 1 HOUR OF Agency if licensed for 3+ years (2 hours if in first two years of licensing)

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Rags To Riches & Beyond @ GCAR
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

CE Credits: 3 hours

Instructor: Ellen Boyle, Author, National speaker & real estate coach

Discover easy solutions for the daily challenges agents deal with in their business.  This energy-charged class will provide attendees with many essential business tools necessary in building a highly successful and professional career. Attendees will learn how often the smallest change can make the biggest difference.

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Cash In The Code @ GCAR
Mar 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CE Credits: 3 hours

Instructor: Ellen Boyle, Author, National speaker & real estate coach

Attendees will learn how to use the CODE to help grow their business, secure listings, work better with the sellers, work professionally with buyers, win negotiations and improve relationships with cooperating agents. This upbeat class will highlight many specific Articles from the REALTORS® CODE OF ETHICS with an accent on the WHY & the HOW.  Attendees will gain a better understanding of the importance of utilizing the CODE in their everyday practice.

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Top 15 Real Estate Trends @ GCAR
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Top 15 Real Estate Trends @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States

CE Credits: 3 hours

Instructor: Len Elder, DREI, JD, CDEI

We are going to be discussing everything from suburban properties and millennials to drones and the nature of today and tomorrow’s clients. You can’t afford to miss this avalanche of well-researched insight into our business along with practical “How To” tips of what should you be doing to take the most advantage of all that is changing in real estate.

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Protecting & Promoting Client Interests in a Virtual World @ GCAR
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CE Credits: 3 hours

Instructor: Len Elder, DREI, JD, CDEI

This class will highlight the obligation to uphold and elevate professionalism in the real estate industry and prepare them to better protect the interests of the public when using the internet and technology tools that consumers are utilizing today. Attendees will learn how to make their actions and communications with clients compliant with statutes, rules, and regulations when utilizing these venues.

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Safety Matters @ GCAR
Mar 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Collaborative Realtor® Safety Class
Safety Matters: Safe Business = Smart Business

  • Safe systems
  • Your personal safety toolkit
  • Property showing safety
  • Open house and model home safety
  • Showing vacant properties
  • Social Media–Are you revealing too much?
  • Flight or fight?
  • Escape the situation
  • Should you try to defend or arm yourself?

Sponsored by GCAR and Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association

CE Credits: 1

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How Do You Find Those Comps? @ GCAR
Mar 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
How Do You Find Those Comps? @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States

CE Credits: 6 hours

Instructor: Rebecca Jones, NYS Appraiser and USPAP instructor

Lunch sponsored by Cutco Closing Gifts

Come learn what influences the property value, how old the comparable should be, what needs to be adjusted, and how this information can best serve your customers and clients. Come let us show you how the appraiser gets those figures!  Please bring your calculator.  Hands-on cases studies.

Resort & Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS) @ The Mabee Building
Apr 9 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

CE Credit: 7 hours

Instructor: Roseann Farrow, ABR, CIPS, CRB, ePRO, GREEN, GRI, RSPS, SFR, SRES

Gain the knowledge and skill base you need to specialize in buying, selling, or managing resort properties and second homes for recreation, investment, and development.

Attend to learn how to:

  • Help clients evaluate and select the type of property, form of ownership and financing options to best suit their needs.
  • Analyze and explain the tax implications of converting investment property to personal use property.
  • Tap into sources of information on complying with local, state, and national regulations of second home vacation and investment properties.

Earn the RSPS certification by passing this course, completing three free one-hour webinars and submitting an application (one-time fee of $195).

Fabulous Floors Certification @ GCAR
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm
Fabulous Floors Certification @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States

CE Credits: 9 hours

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Learn how flooring affects home sales
Flooring can make or break your sale. Replacing flooring in a house is a major expense. It is important to understand the types of flooring available and their pros and cons so that you can advise your clients.

  • This course will explore the various flooring products, maintenance, how to file a claim, if necessary, and what buyers and sellers should know about slip/fall and fire codes.
  • Consumers want their flooring to look good, therefore, we will review the different types of cleaning materials and how to properly care for floors to make them last longer.
  • Consumers buying commercial or residential properties may find themselves with difficult site conditions such as moisture challenges. Knowing what products work best with moisture prone areas is essential to the purchase of the correct product.
  • We will discuss how to determine if upgrading or refinishing the flooring in property is necessary.
  • We will review flooring options or modifications for those consumers who are aging and want to remain in their homes longer.

Upon completion of the course you will receive:

  • Free subscription to Fabulous Floors magazine.
  • Your photo and contact info will be featured in Fabulous Floors magazine (reach 45,000 consumers).
  • Opportunity to write an article for Fabulous Floors or Premier Flooring Retailer.
  • Offers and discounts through local flooring retailers that you can pass on to your clients.
  • Listing on
  • FREE Ethics, Fair Housing, & Agency combo class, 7 hours of CE credit and required DOS/NAR classes for FREE (GCAR members only) More info on this offer.

April 11 | 9am – 3:30pm
Overview of flooring products: Carpet • Wood • Laminate • Vinyl • Bamboo • Cork • Tile • Stone

  • Pros and Cons of each product
  • Trends and development of products

April 12 | 9am – 12pm
Advanced flooring systems and troubleshooting

  • Maintenance
  • Moisture
  • Concrete problems
  • Subfloors
  • Standard flooring codes
  • Aging in place

Instructor: Lisbeth Calandrino
Lisbeth Calandrino is considered a floorcovering expert and has recently been recognized by Floor Covering News as one of the top ten people making a difference in the flooring industry. For the past twenty years, she has produced flooring training classes for major manufacturers and retailers including Mohawk Industries and The Home Depot. As a certified independent flooring inspector, she is technically savvy on maintenance, warranties, and flooring problems. Lisbeth is currently Associate Publisher of Fabulous Floors Magazine and author of Red Hot Customer Service.

HUD Home Sales Training Seminar @ GCAR
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
HUD Home Sales Training Seminar presented by Gersch Real Estate Group, LLC
  • how to use the HUD website
  • how to register and login as a selling agent
  • how to find info such as PCD, Lead Base Addendum
  • what kind of financing available, each property is different
  • how to place an offer
  • if you are the winning bidder what your responsibilities are
  • electronic signatures

Instructors: Patrick Campbell and Greg Gersch

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