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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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Instagram Basics for Business 1:00 pm
Instagram Basics for Business @ GCAR
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Instagram Basics for Business @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
♦ CE Credits: 0 ♦ Instructor: Nicole Parker, Filmworks 109 ♦ This class will teach you how to set up an Instagram personal account and create or convert a business account. Explore the back-end of Instagram to customize your settings and create and manage content. This class will also cover creating and managing advertisements on Instagram. Please bring your computer or tablet, as well ...
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SONYMA 2019 & Beyond: Benefits to NY Home Buyer 9:30 am
SONYMA 2019 & Beyond: Benefits to NY Home Buyer @ GCAR
Sep 9 @ 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 ...
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GRI 4 – Legal 8:30 am
GRI 4 – Legal @ GCAR
Sep 10 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
GRI 4 – Legal @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
♦ Reduce your risk of claims, fines, and lawsuits. Gain a complete understanding of: Advertising that is legal and ethical. Contracts, forms, deposits, disclosures and record retention. Risk management strategies. Title insurance and settlement procedures. ♦ Instructor:  James Braman, Esq. ♦ CE Credit: 7.5 hours ♦ The Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI) Designation is the foundation for your success. It’s designed to: increase your productivity; reduce your risk; ...
Buyer Checklist 6:00 pm
Buyer Checklist @ GCAR
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Buyer Checklist @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
♦ Module 4 of 5: Session 1 ♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ Are you a new REALTOR® wondering how to get started, enhance productivity and profit? Or, are you a veteran REALTOR® looking for a skills-based course to reconnect with the strategies that drive financial success? Systems & Strategies for Success will reconnect you with the information that can you’re your business thrive. There are five distinct ...
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Safety Seminar 10:00 am
Safety Seminar @ GCAR
Sep 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Safety Seminar @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
♦ CE Credit: 0 ♦ Instructor: Colonie Police ♦ Join us as the Colonie Police share tips on how to keep yourself safe while conducting your REALTOR® business! Officer Ruecker will update you on neighborhood crime stats, situations to be aware of and how to prevent becoming a victim.  Learn how to stay aware of your surroundings. Learn safety tips for most potential situations ...
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Commercial Tips for Residential Agents 9:30 am
Commercial Tips for Residential Agents @ GCAR
Sep 13 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Commercial Tips for Residential Agents @ GCAR
♦ CE Credits: 3 (includes 1-hour of Agency) ♦ Instructor: Mike Smith ♦ Do you have a good client who wants you to handle their commercial property as well as their housing needs? Are you unsure of how to proceed so you don’t lose a good client?  This class provides the basic vocabulary, forms, and marketing tips for handling commercial properties. Learn some effective ...
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Become an Expert Listing Agent: Stop Presenting & Start Consulting 9:00 am
Become an Expert Listing Agent: Stop Presenting & Start Consulting @ GCAR
Sep 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Become an Expert Listing Agent: Stop Presenting & Start Consulting @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ Lunch sponsored by Cutco Closing Gifts 12:00pm – 1:00pm ♦ Instructor: Chris Abazis ♦ Designed for new or experienced salespeople that want to learn how to transform their listing presentations into an expert consultation. Attend and learn how to powerfully articulate your value, conduct a thorough needs analysis, overcome common listing objections, and utilize powerful language to obtain your ...
Listing Platinum 12:00 pm
Listing Platinum @ GCAR
Sep 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Listing Platinum @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ Lunch sponsored by Cutco Closing Gifts 12:00pm – 1:00pm ♦ Instructor: Chris Abazis ♦ Learn the techniques on how to service your seller client at the highest level resulting in more satisfied clients, receive higher ratings and obtain more client referrals.  You’ll create a written marketing and service plan for your seller clients and learn how to: implement new ...
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Agreement through Closing 6:00 pm
Agreement through Closing @ GCAR
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Agreement through Closing @ GCAR
♦ Module 3 of 5: Session 2 ♦ CE Credit: 1.5 ♦ Are you a new REALTOR® wondering how to get started, enhance productivity and profit? Or, are you a veteran REALTOR® looking for a skills-based course to reconnect with the strategies that drive financial success? Systems & Strategies for Success will reconnect you with the information that can you’re your business thrive. There are five distinct ...
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The Renovation Loan Process 12:30 pm
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 ...
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I Have a Seller Lead, Now What? 12:30 pm
I Have a Seller Lead, Now What? @ GCAR
Sep 27 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
I Have a Seller Lead, Now What? @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ Includes 2 hours of Law of Agency ♦ Instructor: Jeffrey Decatur ♦ This class is designed for new licensees.  It will provide students with a refresher on Agency & Disclosure & agent responsibilities.  It will instruct you on filling the paperwork out properly, preparing a seller consultation, CMA overview, managing seller expectations and mistakes and pitfalls to avoid. ♦ Free ...
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Paragon Advanced 10:00 am
Paragon Advanced @ GCAR
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Paragon Advanced @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
CE Credit: 3 ♦ Learn advanced techniques for the Global MLS system: Saving searches, auto emailing, CRS auto-fill, customizing your email signature and much more! ♦ Bring your laptop to follow along. ♦ Instructor: Jennifer Vucetic ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info
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