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Education is the foundation for professionalism in the real estate industry. GCAR’s school, The Real Estate Professional’s Institute, offers a skill-building calendar to meet the NY Department of State and the National Association of REALTORS’ education requirements. Classes are offered throughout the Capital District and at our headquarters located at 451 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Class Cancellation Policy: Cancel at least 24 hours in advance using the online cancelation process shown below. Members who register for a class and do not show 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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Programs, Products, and Partners for 1st Time Homebuyers 12:30 pm
Programs, Products, and Partners for 1st Time Homebuyers @ TRIP and RCHR HomeOwnership Center
Mar 1 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Carlton Troeger ♦ REALTORS® will learn about the particular needs of first-time homebuyers (FTHBs), the programs and products that are available to them, and how to access these resources- including down payment assistance programs, mortgage products, construction/ rehabilitation products, and housing and financial counseling and education. REALTORS® will understand the processes involved, how consumers can access such services, ...
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Paragon Advanced 10:00 am
Paragon Advanced @ Landmark Motor Inn
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Mary Peyton ♦ Learn advanced techniques for the Eastern NY Regional MLS system: Saving searches, auto emailing, CRS auto fill, customizing your email signature and much more! ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.  
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Multiple Offers, Handle with Care 9:30 am
Multiple Offers, Handle with Care @ GCAR
Mar 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Multiple Offers, Handle with Care @ GCAR | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States
♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ This class will help you negotiate the ethical and strategic paths through multiple offers in the way that they commonly occur. Learn how to deal with simultaneous offers, contingent offers and what you may disclose and may not disclose to other agents and customers. An organized approach to multiple offers means fewer consumer complaints too. ♦ Instructor: Mike Smith, ...
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Aging in Place 12:30 pm
Aging in Place @ GCAR
Mar 11 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Lisbeth Calandrino ♦ 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. ...
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GRI-7 Property 8:30 am
GRI-7 Property @ GCAR
Mar 13 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
♦ CE Credits: 7.5 ♦ Instructor: Randy Templeman, ABR, CRB, CRS, GREEN, GRI, SRES, SRS, AHWD, ePRO, MRP, PSA, SFR ♦ Learn about all the factors impacting value and close more deals. Discover the myriad elements that affect property value including, types of housing, appraisals and inspections, neighborhoods and amenities, energy efficiency and environmental issues, lender requirements, and much more! ♦ Free for GCAR ...
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Paragon Beginner 12:30 pm
Paragon Beginner @ GCAR
Mar 18 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Mary Peyton ♦ Learn the features of Eastern NY’s Regional 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.
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Understanding Appraisals in Today’s Market 5:30 pm
Understanding Appraisals in Today’s Market @ Shaker Ridge Country Club
Mar 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
♦ A buffet dinner will be provided, beginning at 5:30 pm ♦ CE Credits: 1.5 ♦ Instructor: Dan Gastle ♦ Moderator will discuss the residential appraisal process in detail to help real estate agents gain a better understanding of the appraisal process. ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.
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Increase Your Business and Decrease Your Risk 12:30 pm
Increase Your Business and Decrease Your Risk @ GCAR
Mar 21 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
♦ CE Credit: 4 ♦ Instructor: Ellen Boyle ♦ The real estate business has been changed with the use of technology, yet the skill sets of a sales business have not changed. Learn the fundamental techniques that work when it comes to increasing your business. It’s also being aware of the dos and don’ts, the rights and wrongs that will keep you out of ...
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How Do You Find Those Comps? 9:00 am
How Do You Find Those Comps? @ GCAR
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
♦ CE Credit: 6 ♦ Instructor: Becky Jones ♦ 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. Are you ready to do the math? Do you find yourself confused and wondering where the appraiser got those figures? Let us show you how it’s done! ...
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