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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.

Jun 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
9:30 am
CE Credit: 3 ♦ 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. Plus, a discussion on one ...
Hyatt Place
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am
Instructors: Mary Peyton & Rory O’Connor ♦ If you like what you’re doing, becoming a broker might be the next best thing for your business. ♦ BE YOUR OWN BOSS! ♦ Work independently, manage your own firm, develop a winning sales force or simply take the next logical step – invest in your career – become a licensed Broker or Associate Broker.
GCAR
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
10:00 am
Join Mary Peyton to learn how to use the MLS Paragon system. The course will cover the following topics: Login Homepage Adding and managing contacts Listing input Statistics Photo and document uploading Customization of agent information Property searches and search result reports In addition, the course will review ShowingTime, Homesnap, CRS Tax Data, and Supra.
The Queensbury Hotel
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
10:00 am
♦ Learn how to use the HUD website, register, and login as a selling agent, how to find info such as PCD and Lead Base Addendum, what kind of financing is available, how to place an offer, and more. ♦ Instructor: Greg Gersch and Pat Campbell ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info
GCAR
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6:00 pm
Module 3 of 5: Session 1 ♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Mary Peyton ♦ As a result of this session, participants will be able to: Describe essential activities before, at and after the listing proposal. List the components of a Seller Needs Analysis. Compare the benefits of the one-call versus the two-call listing approach. Prepare a hard-copy or downloadable pre-listing and listing package/kit. ...
GCAR
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am
Instructors: Mary Peyton & Rory O’Connor ♦ If you like what you’re doing, becoming a broker might be the next best thing for your business. ♦ BE YOUR OWN BOSS! ♦ Work independently, manage your own firm, develop a winning sales force or simply take the next logical step – invest in your career – become a licensed Broker or Associate Broker.
GCAR
Jun 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
12:00 pm
Sponsored lunch provided by Trustco Bank ♦ CE Credit: 4 ♦ Includes 2 hours of Law of Agency ♦ Instructor: Jeffrey Decatur ♦ This class is designed for new licensees.  It will provide students with a refresher on Agency & Disclosure & agent responsibilities.  It will instruct you on filling the paperwork out properly, preparing a seller consultation, CMA overview, managing seller expectations and ...
GCAR
Jun 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am
Instructors: Mary Peyton & Rory O’Connor ♦ If you like what you’re doing, becoming a broker might be the next best thing for your business. ♦ BE YOUR OWN BOSS! ♦ Work independently, manage your own firm, develop a winning sales force or simply take the next logical step – invest in your career – become a licensed Broker or Associate Broker.
GCAR
Jun 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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 the ...
Holiday Inn
Jun 13 @ 12:45 pm – 3:45 pm
12:45 pm
CE Credit: 3 ♦ 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! ♦ Instructor: Mary Peyton ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info
Holiday Inn
Jun 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
4:00 pm
CE Credit: 1 ♦ 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.’ ♦ Instructor: Mary Peyton ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info
Holiday Inn
Jun 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
12:00 pm
CE Credit: 0 ♦ Instructor: Tracey Lafleur ♦ Learn some fundamental staging methods that will enhance your seller’s property and help it spend less time on the market. Discuss the philosophy and methods used to stage, which rooms are most important and some easy tips and tricks that anyone can use. ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info
GCAR
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
10:00 am
Join Tracey LaFleur to learn how to use the MLS Paragon system. The course will cover the following topics: Login Homepage Adding and managing contacts Listing input Statistics Photo and document uploading Customization of agent information Property searches and search result reports In addition, the course will review ShowingTime, Homesnap, CRS Tax Data, and Supra.
Holiday inn Express Rensselaer
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am
Instructors: Mary Peyton & Rory O’Connor ♦ If you like what you’re doing, becoming a broker might be the next best thing for your business. ♦ BE YOUR OWN BOSS! ♦ Work independently, manage your own firm, develop a winning sales force or simply take the next logical step – invest in your career – become a licensed Broker or Associate Broker.
GCAR
Jun 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am
Instructors: Mary Peyton & Rory O’Connor ♦ If you like what you’re doing, becoming a broker might be the next best thing for your business. ♦ BE YOUR OWN BOSS! ♦ Work independently, manage your own firm, develop a winning sales force or simply take the next logical step – invest in your career – become a licensed Broker or Associate Broker.
GCAR
9:00 am
Schedule 8:30am – 9:30am | Breakfast 9:00am | General Membership Meeting Association Update Industry News NYSAR Briefing MLS Update Toiletry Drive The community relations committee is collecting toiletries to be donated to area shelters. Please bring your donations to the membership meeting.
Hyatt Place Malta
6:00 pm
Module 3 of 5: Session 2 ♦ CE Credit: 0 ♦ Instructor: Mary Peyton ♦ Are you a new REALTOR® wondering how to get started, enhance productivity and profit? Or, are you a veteran REALTOR® looking for a skills-based course to reconnect with the strategies that drive financial success? Systems & Strategies for Success will reconnect you with the information that can you’re your business thrive. There ...
GCAR
9:30 am
♦ CE Credits: 3 ♦ Instructor: Matt Hemphill, Regional Manager, HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc. ♦ Discover several different residential home renovation products available on the market today. The focus will be on the lower down payment renovation products currently available. These products allow home buyers to get into and renovate homes at a reasonable price, ultimately ending up with a home worth significantly more ...
Holiday Inn
Jul 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:45 am
9:30 am
♦ CE Credits: 0 ♦ Instructor: Todd Colthorp, EVP MLS Relations ♦ Complimentary Breakfast & Lunch Provided 30 Minutes Prior To Events. The #1 social media boot camp for real estate professionals is coming to YOU for one day only! Learn how to leverage the hottest social channels to capture referrals, increase your sphere, & gain more business. We’ll share easy-to-implement tips, tricks & strategies ...
GCAR
Jul 10 @ 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm
12:30 pm
♦ CE Credits: 0 ♦ Instructor: Todd Colthorp, EVP MLS Relations ♦ Complimentary Breakfast & Lunch Provided 30 Minutes Prior To Events. The #1 social media boot camp for real estate professionals is coming to YOU for one day only! Learn how to leverage the hottest social channels to capture referrals, increase your sphere, & gain more business. We’ll share easy-to-implement tips, tricks & strategies ...
GCAR
Jul 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:45 am
9:30 am
♦ CE Credits: 0 ♦ Instructor: Todd Colthorp, EVP MLS Relations ♦ Complimentary Breakfast & Lunch Provided 30 Minutes Prior To Events. The #1 social media boot camp for real estate professionals is coming to YOU for one day only! Learn how to leverage the hottest social channels to capture referrals, increase your sphere, & gain more business. We’ll share easy-to-implement tips, tricks & strategies ...
Courtyard Marriott
Jul 11 @ 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm
12:30 pm
♦ CE Credits: 0 ♦ Instructor: Todd Colthorp, EVP MLS Relations ♦ Complimentary Breakfast & Lunch Provided 30 Minutes Prior To Events. The #1 social media boot camp for real estate professionals is coming to YOU for one day only! Learn how to leverage the hottest social channels to capture referrals, increase your sphere, & gain more business. We’ll share easy-to-implement tips, tricks & strategies on how to ...
Courtyard Marriott
Jul 16 @ 8:30 am – Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm
8:30 am
For those who: Are currently real estate instructors. Wish to become real estate instructors. Serve as sales managers, team leaders or coaches. Want to communicate with others in a more meaningful, impactful way. Achieve Results – Not your typical training program, this institute is designed to produce real results with participants actively engaged in building their skills, before, during and after the program. You’ll explore: ...
GCAR
Jul 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
9:30 am
CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Jeffrey Decatur ♦ Bring your laptop to follow along. ♦ 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
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
1:00 pm
♦ CE Credit: 0 ♦ Lunch will be provided. ♦ On July 24th, realtor.com will be updating its Find application within Paragon. Realtor.com is replacing its legacy professional search experience “Find” with a new, more modern experience that leverages the ease of use of its successful consumer experience while still providing professional-level listing and property data. The transition is a very simple process.  On July ...
GCAR
Jul 30 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
1:30 pm
♦ CE Credits: 1 ♦ Instructor: Pratik Shah, Trustco Bank ♦ Learn how clients from different cultures view the process of purchasing a home and how their different belief systems, ideas & feelings are tied into the purchase process. Recognize a bargaining culture and how to respectfully work with them while educating them on appropriate times to bargain and when not to. Learn how ...
GCAR
12:30 pm
♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ Learn to understand your local market and property values. Learn the characteristics of a Buyer’s and Seller’s market Identify the basic principles of real estate value Compare/contrast cost versus value as it relates to real estate Learn the three approaches to value used in the appraisal process Recognize how underwriting guidelines impact the valuation process ♦ Instructor: Rory O’Connor ...
GCAR
Aug 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
9:30 am
♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Tracey LaFleur ♦ Bring your laptop to follow along. ♦ Learn the features of the Global 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 ...
GCAR
Aug 14 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
9:30 am
♦ CE Credits: 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 for non-member ...
The King's Inn
Aug 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
1:30 pm
♦ CE Credits: 2 ♦ Instructor: Mary Peyton ♦ 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 info
The King's Inn
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