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Continuing Education

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at the GSAR offices at 5958 East Taft Rd., N. Syracuse, NY 13212.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to download our continuing education booklet.

CLICK HERE  to register OR download our registration forms below.  You can also contact the education department at or 315-457-5979 x 224.

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Scheduled Classes

CANCELLATIONS: Requests for cancellation must be received in writing no later than 72 hours prior to the class to avoid a $25 penalty.

REFUNDS: If a written cancellation request is received less than 72 hours prior to the course start date, a refund less a $25 processing fee will be granted. No refunds will be granted after the start date of the course. NO EXCEPTIONS. Send cancellation requests to 

(E) - Course Fulfills NAR's Ethics Requirements - The new Code of Ethics cycle began January 1, 2017 and ends December 31, 2018

(FH) - Course Fulfills DOS Fair Housing Requirement - Required: 3.0 hours for each license renewal

(A) - Course fulfills DOS agency requirement - Required: 2.0 hours for the first license renewal, 1.0 hour for each renewal thereafter

2018 Education Schedule

 (E) Grievance, Arbitration and Procuring Cause with Fran Carroll

January 10,  9:00am-12:00pm  3HRS CE  $36 for GSAR members/ $45 for Non-members

Exactly what is procuring cause?  Learn how procuring cause is determined as your instructor discusses the grievance and arbitration process.  This course satisfies the NAR Code of Ethics training requirement.


Fair Housing - It's Everyone's Right with Don Radke

January 25,  9:00am-12:00pm  3HRS CE  $36 for GSAR members/ $45 for Non-members


(E) (A) Ethics for REALTORS

February 15,  9:00am-12:00pm  3HRS CE  $36 for GSAR members/ $45 for Non-members



As the Appraiser Sees It I: Selecting Comparables with Jane Mostow

February 27,  9:00am-12:30pm  3.5 HRS CE   $42 for GSAR members/$53 for non-members

This course is designed as an introduction to the principles of appraisal practice as it relates to the sale of real property.  Choosing comparable properties for the appraisal analysis will be discussed.  You will learn about housing styles, components of the property inspection, and how location (e.g., town, school district) affects the appraised value of a property.  

As the Appraiser Sees It II: Data Collection & Analysis with Jane Mostow

February 27,  1:00pm-4:30pm  3.5 HRS CE   $42 for GSAR members/$53 for non-members

A continuation of “As the Appraiser Sees It: I”.  This class will increase your understanding of the appraisal process.  The instructor will focus on the importance of proper information gathering and recording, requirements for the secondary market, how to read and interpret appraisal reports, and how to refute an appraisal.  Upon completion of this course, you will be better able to effectively communicate with the appraiser.


Lead-Based Paint: Getting It Right with Mike Smith

March 27,  9:00am – 12:00pm   3HRS CE  $36 for GSAR members/ $45 for Non-members

A review of the lead-based paint disclosure laws, including the “doomsday scenarios” for sellers, buyers and agents that make this an important part of the risk reduction area for every real estate practitioner. Learn the three most common errors that agents make with this form and how they will be perceived by clients, attorneys and the EPA. This class is a must for agents dealing with historic homes.


(A) Agency Update with Mike Smith

March 27, 1:00pm-4:00pm 3.0 HRS CE  $36 for GSAR Members/$45 for Non-members

Review of basic agency, common agency pitfalls, confusion, and misunderstanding. Students will gain an understanding of compliant behavior and generate the documentation for broker risk reduction. Satisfies 2.0 hours of DOS agency requirement.


(FH) Fair Housing Compliance - Easier Than You Think with Fran Carroll

April 11, 9:00am - 12:00pm  3Hrs CE   $20 for GSAR members/$45 for non-members

Can you afford a fine in excess of $15,000 for a first time offense? Learn how to protect yourself from charges of discrimination.  If charged, you are presumed GUILTY unless you can prove your innocence.  (At least three hours of fair housing/anti-discrimination training must be included in the 22.5 hours of CE required for license renewal).


You Said What? with Fran Carroll

May 8,  9:00am - 12:00pm  3Hrs CE   $36 for GSAR members/$45 for non-members

Clear, accurate communication is crucial to your success as a real estate professional. A poor choice of words could get you into trouble, leading to violations of fair housing and agency laws.  If you are not an engineer or home inspector, should you be making statements about the structural condition of a property?  Or telling your buyer that the other houses in the neighborhood have no radon issues?  This course will make you "think first" about what you say and how you say it when dealing with the consumer and your fellow real estate agents.


(E) (A) (FH) Agency, Ethics & Fair Housing - Only Good  Business with Don Radke

June 11, 12 & 14(3 days)  22.5 hours CE  $270 for GSAR members/315 for Non-members 

This course combines an in-depth discussion of agency relationships and agency law with a review of the NAR REALTOR Code of Ethics and Fair Housing laws and regulations.  Upon completion of this class, all of your mandatory education requirements will be satisfied


Short Sales with Donavan Pieterse

November 13, 9:00am - 1:30pm  4Hrs CE  $48 for GSAR Members/$60 for Non-Members.

If you are looking for an in-depth discussion of the short sale, you will not want to miss this class.  You will learn how to process the short sale and will be introduced to the subtle short sale warning signs and elements of a deal that make a short sale unlikely.  The foreclosure process, disclosure issues, and listing issues (e.g., tax liabilities, liens, the BPO and the rel estate commission) will be discussed.  The course closes with a group discussion of on-going and past short sale experiences.  Donavan will teach you how to successfully manage a short sale transaction step by step.


Creative Financing with Donavan Pieterse

November 14, 9:00am - 1:30pm  4Hrs CE  $48 for GSAR Members/$60 for non-members.

Donavan will show you how to look at every real estate transaction as a possible addition to your personal real estate portfolio while at the same time helping the seller. Learn how to use seller financing, land contracts, lease options and more.  You will gain a better understanding of the benefits of owning real estate personally during inflationary times.

*Note: this is not a class on how to help buyers get a bank loan.