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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.

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Historic Homes Hold Value 12:30 pm
Historic Homes Hold Value @ GCAR
Feb 1 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Lisbeth Calandrino ♦ Learn why historic home property values appreciate significantly faster in a good market and appreciate equivalent to the market in a bad market. Find out how historic homes obtain their designation; features of historic homes and what makes them valuable. Learn how to locate historic homes, neighborhood associations and historic societies; discover their influence and ...
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Purchase Contract 9:00 am
Purchase Contract @ GCAR
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Bill Alston ♦ Want to avoid problems at closing? A canceled contract? The need for an addendum? Title work to be redone? An appraisal being amended? Learn how to complete these vital contracts correctly the first time and sale smoothly through your closing! ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.
Listing Contract 1:00 pm
Listing Contract @ GCAR
Feb 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Bill Alston ♦ Want to avoid problems at closing? A canceled contract? The need for an addendum? Title work to be redone? An appraisal being amended? Learn how to complete these vital contracts correctly the first time and sale smoothly through your closing! ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.
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Paragon Pro 12:30 pm
Paragon Pro @ GCAR
Feb 7 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Jennifer Vucetic ♦ 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.
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Ethics: Providing A Positive Experience for the Consumer 9:00 am
Ethics: Providing A Positive Experience for the Consumer @ GCAR
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
♦ CE Credits: 6 ♦ Instructor: Linda Page ♦ Gain a full understanding of the conduct of ethics and arbitration hearings, enforcement procedures, and disciplinary guidelines. Learn about the mediation process and its benefits. Explore the mandatory Ombudsman program and citation options. ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.
Media Adverting for Realtors: Keeping Within the Law 9:00 am
Media Adverting for Realtors: Keeping Within the Law @ DoubleTree
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Becky Jones ♦ This class will review the New York Real Estate License Law (12A) section 175.25 Real Estate advertising. Looking at what is defined as advertising and on different types of media; content of the ads, do you need to have your license type or number; and placement, what about Facebook and other social media. ♦ Free for ...
Market Going Up or Down? Learn How to Measure It 1:00 pm
Market Going Up or Down? Learn How to Measure It @ DoubleTree
Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
♦ CE Credits: 3 (appraisers/agents/brokers) ♦ Instructor: Becky Jones ♦ Are Appraisers killing your deal? Know what to tell the appraiser and how to communicate your information to save the deal!  Students will learn how to analyze, interpret, and forecast the market. ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.
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Understanding Fair Housing for Cultural Diversity and Property Management 9:30 am
Understanding Fair Housing for Cultural Diversity and Property Management @ GCAR
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
♦ CE Credit: 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 ...
The Law of Agency 1:30 pm
The Law of Agency @ GCAR
Feb 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
♦ CE Credit: 2 ♦ Instructor: Carlton Troeger ♦ 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 ...
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Commercial & Investment Real Estate Certification Program 9:00 am
Commercial & Investment Real Estate Certification Program @ GCAR
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm
♦ CE Credit: 22.5 ♦ Instructor: Ed Smith, CREI, ITI, CIC, GREEN, MICP, CNE ♦ This extensive program teaches the foundations needed to provide commercial and investment real estate brokerage services. Includes the mandatory 3 hours of Fair housing/Discrimination and 1 hour of Agency training. CIREC 101: Working with office, retail, and industrial buildings and leases and green concepts How to classify and list office ...
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SOLD OUT GRI-2 Business 8:30 am
SOLD OUT GRI-2 Business @ GCAR
Feb 25 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
♦ Email disom@gcar.com to get on the waitlist. ♦ CE Credit: 7.5 ♦ Instructor: Michael Smith, ABR, GRI, SRES, SFR ♦ Take your business to the next level and gain market share. Provides the building blocks to: create an effective business plan, build support structures using assistants and teams, prospect successfully and tap into niche markets, and develop policies to avoid risk. ♦ Lunch ...
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Build A Winning Team 9:00 am
Build A Winning Team @ GCAR
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
♦ CE Credit: 7.5 ♦ Instructor: Chris Abazis ♦ Are you thinking about starting a team, or do you already have one? Are you a Broker or thinking of becoming one? This course is for you! Join Chris Abazis, National Speaker in this energetic, engaging course designed for experienced real estate salespeople who want to be effective business owners or leaders with the right ...
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