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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.

May
23
Thu
Social Media Mastery @ Saratoga Casino Hotel
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

CE Credit: 3

♦ Instructor: Jeremias Maneiro, ABR, GRI, MRP, SRES, e-PRO

♦ Participants will evaluate the different social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Linked in & YouTube.  Identify the best ways to effectively represent your clients in the real estate transaction while still maintaining your fiduciary duty. Social media best practices will be discussed in order to comply with the Code Of Ethics and avoid misrepresentation while providing exceptional service to clients across all social media platforms.

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

YouTube TV & Live Video Success @ Saratoga Casino Hotel
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
YouTube TV & Live Video Success @ Saratoga Casino Hotel | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

CE Credit: 3.5

♦ Instructor: Jeremias Maneiro, ABR, GRI, MRP, SRES, e-PRO

♦ Spend an hour and a half on YouTube content alone and develop a content creation strategy based on finding your niche & demonstrating your expertise. You’ll design a YouTube channel for real estate that complies with Article 12 in the code of ethics. But wait, there’s more!  Develop an effective LIVE video strategy and learn how you can avoid the common violations that happen with Live video. We’ll be discussing how live video can benefit sellers and buyers in any market and how EASY and successful it can be for you!

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

Jun
5
Wed
Aging in Place @ Hyatt Place
Jun 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Aging in Place @ Hyatt Place | Albany | New York | United States

CE Credit: 3

♦ Learn the important considerations to know when purchasing a ‘forever home.’  The class will focus on the entryways, kitchen, bathrooms, living space and bedrooms and what features need to exist for the aging homeowner.  Features like doorway width and hallways, critical elements of lighting, floor surfaces, paint colors, stairways; Accessories to make the home safer. Plus, a discussion on one level homes vs two levels and how to modify a two-level home to fit the needs of an aging owner.

♦ Instructor: Lisbeth Calandrino

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

Jun
7
Fri
Global MLS Basic Training @ The Queensbury Hotel
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join Mary Peyton to learn how to use the MLS Paragon system. The course will cover the following topics:

  • Login
  • Homepage
  • Adding and managing contacts
  • Listing input
  • Statistics
  • Photo and document uploading
  • Customization of agent information
  • Property searches and search result reports

In addition, the course will review ShowingTime, Homesnap, CRS Tax Data, and Supra.

Jun
27
Thu
Increase Home Worth – Understanding the Renovation Lending Process & Benefits @ Holiday Inn
Jun 27 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Increase Home Worth - Understanding the Renovation Lending Process & Benefits @ Holiday Inn | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

♦ CE Credits: 3

♦ Instructor: Matt Hemphill, Regional Manager, HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc.

♦ Discover several different residential home renovation products available on the market today. The focus will be on the lower down payment renovation products currently available. These products allow home buyers to get into and renovate homes at a reasonable price, ultimately ending up with a home worth significantly more than the original purchase price.

 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

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

Sep
25
Wed
The Renovation Loan Process @ Saratoga Springs Public Library
Sep 25 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
The Renovation Loan Process @ Saratoga Springs Public Library  | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

♦ CE Credits: 1.5

♦ Instructor: Kristen Zorda, Prime Lending

♦ Lunch Sponsored by Prime Lending 12:30 – 1:00pm
♦ Class 1:00 – 2:30pm

♦ 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

Oct
24
Thu
Trade Show @ Saratoga City Center
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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