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GCAR Good Neighbor Award Program

A local program to recognize a GCAR member who is making an extraordinary impact through community service. Nominees should have contributed volunteer hours to a program that improves the livability of a community.  (The program’s activities aren’t limited to real estate or housing issues and may include such things as crime prevention, youth mentoring and homelessness prevention.) Nominees will be judged on the level …

News Feb 15, 2019 0 Continue Reading
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Why should I invest in RPAC? RPAC is the muscle behind NAR. RPAC represents more than 1.3 million REALTORS® that members of Congress want as their friends. 100% of your investment is used to elect candidates at the local, state, and national levels who both understand and support REALTOR® issues. RPAC looks to build the future by putting dollars in places that will help …

Blog Feb 06, 2019 0 Continue Reading
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Legislative Update – Jan/Feb

By Conor Gillis Government Affairs Field Rep, NYSAR I’d like to a minute and introduce myself to those who do not know me. My name is Conor Gillis and I am NYSAR’s newest Government Affairs Field Representative. In my role with NYSAR, I work with several REALTOR Boards, including GCAR, to increase their local government, and political advocacy. While REALTOR advocacy efforts at the …

Blog Jan 31, 2019 0 Continue Reading
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RVP Update – Jan/Feb

Happy New Year, GCAR! I have the honor of representing you as the New York State Association of REALTORS® 2019 Regional Vice President for the Capital Region. For those of you who don’t know me: I’ve been a REALTOR® for 34 years, getting my start back in 1984 in Southern California. I’ve been back in the Capital District since 1997 when I joined RealtyUSA …

Blog Jan 29, 2019 0 Continue Reading

Home Prices Up in ’18 But Lower Than Recent Year...

Due to slow wage growth, housing affordability remains a concern for 2019. Although inventory is poised to improve in 2019, homes that become available may prove to be too costly for first-time buyers. The National Association of REALTORS® forecasts 2019 sales to increase only slightly to 5.4 million nationally (a 1 percent increase over 2018). The national median existing-home price is expected to rise …

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With the President

Happy New Year! I’m honored to serve as your 2019 GCAR President. This will be a productive year for our association and its 3,600 members. Being a member of GCAR carries with it many benefits. Your membership connects you with exclusive products, programs, and services. Your association membership entitles you to professional standards and mediation, free educational programs, CE courses, and more. We advocate …

Blog Jan 23, 2019 0 Continue Reading
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Meet The Directors

Jason Christiana, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Blake President Jay serves as President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Blake, REALTORS® with 9 branch offices in Upstate New York. He was recognized in 2012 as one of the Albany Business Review’s 40 under 40 and received the small business leadership award from Workplace Dynamics and the Albany Times Union in 2015 and 2018. Jay is proud of his …

Blog Jan 11, 2019 0 Continue Reading

Prices Continue to Gain Traction

Freddie Mac recently reported that the 30-year fixed rate fell to 4.63 percent – the lowest it has been since mid-September. Mortgage rates have either fallen or remained flat for five consecutive weeks and nationally purchase applicants are responding with an uptick in demand given these lower rates. Though the Capital Region’s sales were reported down, the combination of low unemployment and the recent …

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