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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.

Mar 18 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
12:30 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.
GCAR
9:00 am
Registration at 9:00am Meeting at 9:30am – 11:00am Reviewing the newly developed Global MLS Rules & Regulations, exclusive right to sell listing agreement, contract for purchase and sale of real property, and listing notification form.
Shaker Ridge Country Club
Mar 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm
1:00pm – 2:00pm – Review of Global MLS Rules and Regulations and forms 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Review of revisions to the Global MLS System
Holiday Inn Express
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
9:00 am
9:00am – 12:00pm – Global MLS/Paragon Core Training 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch and review of Global MLS Rules and Regulations and forms 1:00pm – 4:00pm – MLS Tools Tech Training: Supra Lock Box, ShowingTime, and CRS Tax Data System   Directions/Parking Info Exiting I-87 from exit 20 turn right onto Route 9 going south Turn right at Six Flags Drive Drive past the ...
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge
5:30 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.
Shaker Ridge Country Club
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6:00 pm
♦ Appetizers • Cash Bar • Silent Auction ♦ Network with colleagues while supporting RPAC. RPAC is your best resource to influence the long-term growth and stability of the real estate industry. ♦ Learn more about RPAC
Henry Street Taproom
Mar 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
9:00 am
9:00am – 12:00pm – MLS Tools Tech Training: Supra Lock Box, ShowingTime, and CRS Tax Data System 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch and review of Global MLS Rules and Regulations and forms 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Global MLS/Paragon Core Training
The Queensbury Hotel
12:30 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 ...
GCAR
Mar 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
9:00 am
9:00am -12:00pm – Global MLS/Paragon Core Training 12:00pm -1:00pm – Lunch and review of Global MLS Rules and Regulations and forms
Saratoga Casino Hotel
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
9:00 am
♦ 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! ...
GCAR
Apr 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
9:00 am
♦ 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. ...
GCAR
10:00 am
♦ 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 ...
GCAR
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
10:00 am
♦ 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 ...
GCAR
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2:00 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 ...
GCAR
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6:00 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 ...
GCAR
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – Apr 12 @ 4:30 pm
9:00 am
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 ...
GCAR
Apr 15 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
12:30 pm
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.
GCAR
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am
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 ...
GCAR
9:00 am
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.
GCAR
1:00 pm
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.
GCAR
6:00 pm
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 ...
GCAR
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
9:00 am
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 ...
GCAR
12:30 pm
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.
GCAR
1:00 pm
CE Credit: 0 ♦ This course will teach you the basics of taking photos for listing a house. Learn how to frame a picture, tips for staging a home, and how to edit your photos. We’ll also cover photo size requirements for MLS and how they differ from social media, website, and print. Please bring your computer or tablet, as well as your cell ...
GCAR
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6:00 pm
You must register for this event in advance. If you have any questions about registration, contact Meghan Reed at GCAR at 518-464-0191 or mreed@gcar.com.
Spare Time
9:00 am
CE Credit: 3 ♦ This course will explain the process of filing a tax grievance with the local board. What are the important dates such as valuation date and property condition dates. What sales are acceptable to the assessor, grievance board, and small claims court. Learn how this can be done while staying within your licensing law 12A for salesperson/brokers and USPAP for appraisers. ...
Double Tree
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm
CE Credit: 3 ♦ Learn the types of mold, testing, removal, and the proper steps to take when listing/selling a home with mold. What NY requirements are. The cost to cure for appraisers and home inspectors.  Steps to keep you and your clients safe. ♦ Instructor: Becky Jones ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info
Double Tree
May 7 @ 8:30 am – May 8 @ 5:00 pm
8:30 am
CE Credit: 12 ♦ Elevate your standards, enhance your performance and demonstrate the skills essential to professionally and ethically represent sellers. This course will guide you through the entire process from preparing for the listing appointment and securing the commitment of potential sellers to marketing the listed property and assisting through to the closing. Satisfies two-hour agency requirement for NYS license renewal. ♦ Instructor: ...
GCAR
9:00 am
CE Credit: 7.5 ♦ Includes 1 hour of fair housing credit ♦ Create passive income by buying and holding multi-unit properties and flipping houses. ♦ Instructor: Richard Carr ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info
GCAR
9:00 am
CE Credit: 3 ♦ This course will heighten member awareness of the key tenets of the Code of Ethics; create an awareness of and appreciation for the role the Code can and should play in their professional lives; enhance professionalism and competency; and encourage REALTORS® to view their Code of Ethics as a living, viable guide in their daily dealings with clients, customers, and ...
GCAR
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