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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 27 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Holiday Inn
♦ 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 ...
Jul 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:45 am GCAR
♦ 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 ...
Jul 10 @ 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm GCAR
♦ 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 ...
Jul 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:45 am Courtyard Marriott
♦ 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 ...
Jul 11 @ 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm Courtyard Marriott
♦ 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 ...
Jul 16 @ 8:30 am – Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm GCAR
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: ...
Jul 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm GCAR
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.
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm GCAR
♦ 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 ...
Jul 30 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm GCAR
♦ 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 ...
Aug 1 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm GCAR
♦ 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 ...
Aug 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm GCAR
♦ 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 ...
Aug 14 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm The King's Inn
♦ 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 ...
Aug 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm The King's Inn
♦ 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
Aug 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:45 am Holiday Inn Express
♦ CE Credits: 0 ♦ Instructor: Todd Colthorp, EVP MLS Relations ♦ Complimentary breakfast provided 30 minutes prior to the event ♦ The first 1.5 hours of time is a social media class and the last 45 minutes is about Elevate’s products for purchase for which you are not obligated to stay. Did you know referrals and recommendations from friends on social media has ...
Aug 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm Holiday Inn Express
♦ CE Credits: 0 ♦ Instructor: Todd Colthorp, EVP MLS Relations ♦ Complimentary breakfast provided 30 minutes prior to the event ♦ The first 1.5 hours of time is a social media class and the last 45 minutes is about Elevate’s products for purchase for which you are not obligated to stay. Did you know referrals and recommendations from friends on social media has ...
Aug 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Saratoga Springs Public Library
♦ 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 ...
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credits: 0 ♦ Instructor: Nicole Parker, Filmworks 109 ♦ This class will teach you how to set up an Instagram personal account and create or convert a business account. Explore the back-end of Instagram to customize your settings and create and manage content. This class will also cover creating and managing advertisements on Instagram. Please bring your computer or tablet, as well ...
Sep 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Bill Teague, Assistant VP, SONYMA ♦ Obtain an overview of the State of New York Mortgage Agency, their role in lending and the new mortgage loan products they have available to assist various types of home borrowers. You’ll learn about the lending process for SONYMA loans common obstacles to finance, the revised processes and procedures implemented to streamline ...
Sep 10 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm GCAR
♦ Reduce your risk of claims, fines, and lawsuits. Gain a complete understanding of: Advertising that is legal and ethical. Contracts, forms, deposits, disclosures and record retention. Risk management strategies. Title insurance and settlement procedures. ♦ Instructor:  James Braman, Esq. ♦ CE Credit: 7.5 hours ♦ The Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI) Designation is the foundation for your success. It’s designed to: increase your productivity; reduce your risk; ...
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm GCAR
♦ Module 4 of 5: Session 1 ♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ 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 ...
Sep 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am GCAR
♦ CE Credit: 0 ♦ Instructor: Colonie Police ♦ Join us as the Colonie Police share tips on how to keep yourself safe while conducting your REALTOR® business! Officer Ruecker will update you on neighborhood crime stats, situations to be aware of and how to prevent becoming a victim.  Learn how to stay aware of your surroundings. Learn safety tips for most potential situations ...
Sep 13 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credits: 3 (includes 1-hour of Agency) ♦ Instructor: Mike Smith ♦ Do you have a good client who wants you to handle their commercial property as well as their housing needs? Are you unsure of how to proceed so you don’t lose a good client?  This class provides the basic vocabulary, forms, and marketing tips for handling commercial properties. Learn some effective ...
Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Twisted Vine
Contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may contribute more or less than the suggested amount.  You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS, the New York State Association of REALTORS or any of its local boards or associations will not favor or disfavor any member because ...
Sep 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Chris Abazis ♦ Designed for new or experienced salespeople that want to learn how to transform their listing presentations into an expert consultation. Attend and learn how to powerfully articulate your value, conduct a thorough needs analysis, overcome common listing objections, and utilize powerful language to obtain your objective. ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing ...
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ Instructor: Chris Abazis ♦ Learn the techniques on how to service your seller client at the highest level resulting in more satisfied clients, receive higher ratings and obtain more client referrals.  You’ll create a written marketing and service plan for your seller clients and learn how to: implement new strategies that will drive more buyer traffic systematize your communication ...
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm GCAR
♦ Module 3 of 5: Session 2 ♦ CE Credit: 1.5 ♦ 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 ...
Sep 25 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Saratoga Springs Public Library
♦ CE Credits: 1.5 ♦ Instructor: Kristen Zorda, Prime Lending ♦ Lunch Sponsored by Prime Lending 12:30 – 1:00pm ♦ Class 1:00 – 2:30pm ♦ 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 ...
Sep 27 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm GCAR
♦ CE Credit: 3 ♦ 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 mistakes and pitfalls to avoid. ♦ Free ...
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm GCAR
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! ♦ Bring your laptop to follow along. ♦ Instructor: Jennifer Vucetic ♦ Free for GCAR members only. Click here for non-member pricing info
Oct 3 @ 9:15 am – 3:30 pm Holiday Inn Johnstown
♦ 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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