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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.

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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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: ...
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May 9 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am
CE Credit: 9 ♦ 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
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May 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 ...
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May 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 ...
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May 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
4:00 pm
CE Credit: 2 ♦ 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
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May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6:00 pm
Module 2 of 5: Session 1 ♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ Learn to understand your local market and property values. ♦ Instructor: Rory O’Connor ♦ 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 ...
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May 20 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
12:30 pm
CE Credit: 3 ♦ Retrofitting commercial space is outpacing new construction. Understand the different types of commercial flooring and their specific usage. We’ll address the types of material, maintenance, durability, installation, and noise attenuation. Learn about the importance of flooring maintenance and how to protect the investment. Plus, gain an understanding of what an independent claims inspector is and how they help with flooring ...
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May 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
9:00 am
CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Jeremias Maneiro, ABR, GRI, MRP, SRES, e-PRO ♦ Participants will evaluate the different social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Linked in & YouTube.  Identify the best ways to effectively represent your clients in the real estate transaction while still maintaining your fiduciary duty. Social media best practices will be discussed in order to comply with the Code Of Ethics ...
Saratoga Casino Hotel
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
12:00 pm
CE Credit: 3.5 ♦ Instructor: Jeremias Maneiro, ABR, GRI, MRP, SRES, e-PRO ♦ Spend an hour and a half on YouTube content alone and develop a content creation strategy based on finding your niche & demonstrating your expertise. You’ll design a YouTube channel for real estate that complies with Article 12 in the code of ethics. But wait, there’s more!  Develop an effective LIVE ...
Saratoga Casino Hotel
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6:00 pm
Module 2 of 5: Session 2 ♦ CE Credit: 1.5 ♦ Learn to define characteristics of buyers and sellers ♦ Instructor: Rory O’Connor ♦ 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 ...
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12:30 pm
CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Joe Fasolino, Top Gun Inspection Services ♦ Become an excellent resource for your client, come learn about home features from Joe Fasolino, Home Inspector. Gain product knowledge about a home’s features: the roof & ventilation system, attic, exterior building structure, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry, common living area, fireplaces (gas, wood and wood stoves) and foundations. You don’t want to be ...
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May 31 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
12:30 pm
CE Credit: 3 ♦ Learn advanced techniques for the Global MLS system: Saving searches, auto emailing, CRS auto fill, customizing your email signature and much more! ♦ Instructor: Mary Peyton ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info
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Jun 5 @ 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.
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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 ...
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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.
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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. ...
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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.
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Jun 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm
CE Credit: 3 ♦ 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 mistakes and pitfalls to avoid. ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info
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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.
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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
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Jun 19 @ 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.
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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.
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6:00 pm
Module 3 of 5: Session 2 ♦ CE Credit: 0 ♦ 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 are five distinct modules ...
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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: ...
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