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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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Fabulous Floors Certified 9:00 am
Fabulous Floors Certified @ GCAR
Apr 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
♦ CE Credit: 6 ♦ Instructor: Lisbeth Calandrino ♦ Get yourself up to speed and make new connections. Understanding flooring and options can definitely help you sell a home. There are lots of important things to know; what products are available, what colors are selling, which products last long, how to avoid problems, ‘easy fix problems’ for your customer and many more exciting topics. ...
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Four Necessary Sales Steps to Selling Real Estate 10:00 am
Four Necessary Sales Steps to Selling Real Estate @ GCAR
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
♦ CE Credit: 2.5 ♦ Instructor: Phil Goodson ♦ We will examine, dissect and critique the anatomy of a typical real estate agent’s sales presentation and identify when and how to incorporate the required real estate Law of Agency information that must be discussed with each client, prior, during and before any completed transaction.  Learn the winning formula for a successful presentation. Hour of ...
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Dress 4 Success for Women 10:00 am
Dress 4 Success for Women @ GCAR
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
♦ Lunch will be provided from 12:15 – 1:45pm. ♦ CE Credit: 0 ♦ Instructor: Brandon Dewyea ♦ Do you own many clothes yet wear very little of your wardrobe? Would you love to look and feel more “put together”? Are you bored with your look yet not sure where to begin? Do you find dressing and shopping for your body type and or ...
Dress 4 Success for Men 2:00 pm
Dress 4 Success for Men @ GCAR
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
♦ Lunch will be provided from 12:15 – 1:45pm. The class starts at 2pm. ♦ CE Credit: 0 ♦ Instructor: Brandon Dewyea ♦ Do you own many clothes yet wear very little of your wardrobe? Would you love to look and feel more “put together”? Are you bored with your look yet not sure where to begin? Do you find dressing and shopping for ...
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Business Development: Lead Generation 6:00 pm
Business Development: Lead Generation @ GCAR
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
♦ Module 1 of 5: Session 1 ♦ CE Credit: 0 ♦ Instructor: Mary Peyton ♦ Learn a systematic approach to enhancing communications and transactions. Ethical, legal and data protection considerations will be covered as they relate to electronic communications, video representation, mobile devices and transmittal of client information. Identify the tools needed for paperless communications. Learn ways to avoid misrepresentation in the electronic ...
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Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) 9:00 am
Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) @ GCAR
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – Apr 12 @ 4:30 pm
Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) @ GCAR
CE Credit: 12 ♦ Instructor: Don Scanlon, CRB, GRI, SRES ♦ Specialize in the 50+ real estate market by expanding your knowledge of current lifestyle and housing trends, how life stages impact real estate choices, and how to develop a network of resources. This course also provides elective credit for the ABR designation. Tuition includes your first year’s SRES Council dues. ♦ Free for ...
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Paragon Pro 12:30 pm
Paragon Pro @ GCAR
Apr 15 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Paragon Pro @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Jeffrey Decatur ♦ 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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Introduction to Multi-Family Investing 9:00 am
Introduction to Multi-Family Investing @ GCAR
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Introduction to Multi-Family Investing @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
CE Credit: 7.5 ♦ Instructor: Carl Schiovone ♦ Learn about the outstanding cash flow and wealth generating benefits of investing in multi-family properties. Create a skill set foundation & learn how to be prepared, how to locate and analyze properties for financial success, highlight benefits and risks associated with investing in this business model, how to implement effective risk management strategies, and concepts to ...
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Getting Started as a Property Rehabber & Flipper 9:00 am
Getting Started as a Property Rehabber & Flipper @ GCAR
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Getting Started as a Property Rehabber & Flipper @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Carl Schiovone ♦ This introductory course will help to prepare the beginner RE investor on the basic concepts of property flipping and rehabbing. The material will also prepare the RE agent and broker on how to effectively work with Investors. ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.
Property Flipping & Rehabbing – Beyond the Basics 1:00 pm
Property Flipping & Rehabbing – Beyond the Basics @ GCAR
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Property Flipping & Rehabbing - Beyond the Basics @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Carl Schiovone ♦ A deeper dive into property flipping and rehabbing; this course will prepare the licensed real estate agent or broker with advanced topics to competently work with and advise their experienced RE investor clients. ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info.
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Business Development: Goal Setting & Time Management 6:00 pm
Business Development: Goal Setting & Time Management @ GCAR
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Business Development: Goal Setting & Time Management @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
Module 1 of 5: Session 2 ♦ CE Credit: 0 ♦ Instructor: Mary Peyton ♦ Learn how to set personal goals and determine the necessary activities to achieve them.  You’ll learn how to program the mind to be alert for goal achieving input. Failure…it’s an indispensable prerequisite for success, learn why. Plus, you’ll learn to identify and handle the roadblocks to goal setting and ...
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I Have A Buyer, Now What? 9:00 am
I Have A Buyer, Now What? @ GCAR
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
I Have A Buyer, Now What? @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Jeffrey Decatur ♦ This class is a back to the basics review of how to work with a buyer effectively and the steps necessary to represent them successfully. The course will review agency & disclosure, agent responsibilities and how to write an offer that protects the buyer. We’ll review how to prepare a buyer consultation, MLS tools as well ...
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Renovation Loans & Home Purchases/ Refinances 12:30 pm
Renovation Loans & Home Purchases/ Refinances @ GCAR
Apr 29 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Renovation Loans & Home Purchases/ Refinances @ GCAR | Albany | New York | United States
CE Credit: 1.5 ♦ Instructor: Kristen Zorda ♦ 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.
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