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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.

9:30 am
♦ 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 ...
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Feb 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
1:30 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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9:00 am
♦ 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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Feb 25 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
8:30 am
♦ 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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Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am
♦ 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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12:30 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, ...
TRIP and RCHR HomeOwnership Center
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
10:00 am
♦ 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.  
Landmark Motor Inn
Mar 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
9:30 am
♦ 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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Mar 11 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
12:30 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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Mar 13 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
8:30 am
♦ 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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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.
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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 ...
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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! ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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