What is REALTOR® Fest?
REALTOR® Fest is a week-long festival of continuing education, panel discussions, workshops and professional development. Registrants can take all the continuing education they can fit into the week (we are offering Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia requireds and electives). We’re even holding classes after 5 p.m. and on Saturday for your convenience!
When is REALTOR® Fest 2021?
Monday-Saturday, July 12-17.
Where is REALTOR® Fest being held this year?
Due to the concerns and restrictions around COVID-19, REALTOR® Fest will once again be held virtually via Zoom.
I've registered for REALTOR® Fest. What if I need help with the virtual format?
Read through our FAQs or check out our REALTOR® Fest Q&A Sessions.
How do I access my REALTOR® Fest class(es) and event(s)?
Each class or event at REALTOR® Fest has a unique Zoom link. To access each link, simply log in to your GCAAR account. Under “My Registered Events and Classes,” you will be able to see each class or event you are registered for. Click on “View Details” to locate the Zoom link.
The waiting room for each class will open 15 minutes before the start of the class. You are welcome to join any time between then and the start of the class. We encourage you to arrive 10 minutes early to give yourself time to resolve any technical difficulties.
Our distance education policy states that students are responsible for the performance of their own technology, including audio volume, video clarity and reliable internet connection.
If you have questions prior to the start of the class, please contact the GCAAR Education team at email@example.com or call the REALTOR® Fest hotline at 301.590.8789.
How do I register for REALTOR® Fest?
Register here! NOTE: You will have to select “*REALTORFest 2021 Event Reg” before you can select additional classes. This list item must be in your cart in order to be prompted to pay for the event registration. Then you will be able to register for the individual classes at $0. You can then proceed to “pay by credit card” for just the event registration or click “Register for More” to add additional class.
I've registered for REALTOR® Fest. Now what?
Once you have signed up for REALTOR® Fest and decided which classes you’ll be attending, please submit your MD, D.C. and/or VA real estate license number(s) and photo identification that clearly shows both your name and photo to our Education team at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will help speed along our identification process and qualify you to receive the credits for your classes.
How much does it cost to register for the entire, week-long event?
The GCAAR member price is $50. The non-member price is $95.
Do GCAAR’s secondary and affiliate members qualify to pay the $50 price?
Of course! GCAAR members include our primary, secondary, affiliate and emeritus members.
Can non-GCAAR members attend?
Yes, non-members can register for $95. Additionally, non-members can join GCAAR and receive member pricing. Visit the membership page of GCAAR’s website for more information.
I’m not a member – how do I register using your website?
You can create an account by visiting gcaar.com, then clicking My Account. Select the “Non-Member” option and then follow the instructions to create your account.
Can I cancel my registration?
You can cancel your registration for specific classes and events within REALTOR® Fest on our website. Simply log in to your GCAAR account at gcaar.com – My Account. Under “My Registered Events and Classes,” you will be able to see each class or event you are registered for. Click on “View Details.” On the next screen, click the blue “Registration Cancellation” button and then “Submit Cancellation” on the following screen.
For registrants who wish to change to another class or event, GCAAR advises cancelling the first class/event and registering for the second class/event – this is also to be completed online using the same process above. Please note all cancellations and new registrations must be done by 4pm the day before the specific class or event.
To cancel your REALTOR® Fest registration, please email our Education Team at email@example.com. Refunds for the REALTOR® Fest event are available until June 13, 2021.
What classes are available during REALTOR® Fest 2021?
Can I add a class to my schedule?
Yes! You can register for additional classes until 4 p.m. the day before the class by going to My Account.
Do I have to pay separately to attend the classes?
All class costs are included in your REALTOR® Fest registration fee. Once you have registered for REALTOR® Fest, you are free to attend any of the classes or professional development sessions we offer throughout the event. When registering for classes, you must add the required REALTOR® Fest item into your cart. If that is not in your cart, you will not be able to register for the individual REALTOR® Fest classes and professional development sessions.
How will classes be offered?
All classes and professional development sessions will be offered virtually via Zoom. If you’re new to Zoom, be sure to register for one of our REALTOR® Fest Q&A Sessions, available with your REALTOR® Fest registration. You can take a look at the Zoom sessions or other classes, or log in to register.
When will I receive the Zoom links to get into my classes?
Each class at REALTOR® Fest has a unique Zoom link. To access each link, simply log in to your GCAAR account at gcaar.com – My Account. Under “My Registered Events and Classes,” you will be able to see each class you are registered for. Click on “View Details” to locate the Zoom link and important compliance steps. The waiting room for each class will open 15 minutes before the start of the class. You are welcome to join any time between then and the start of the class. We encourage you to arrive 10 minutes early to give yourself time to resolve any technical difficulties.
How do I change my name in a Zoom class?
To change your name after you enter the class, hover your mouse over your picture (the box showing your camera). You should see a blue button with three dots in the upper-right corner of that box. Click that button, then click “Rename.” Make sure to enter your full name as it appears on your real estate license(s).
How do I communicate in Zoom classes?
Your audio will be muted as you enter the meeting; please remain on mute throughout the class. You will be able to use the Zoom chat feature to ask questions or post comments throughout the class, and the instructor will address questions at specific intervals as they determine.
How will I get credit for the CE classes I sign up for?
In order to get any credit for attending your REALTOR® Fest classes, you must do the following to comply with the rules of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia real estate commissions:
- Be ON TIME.
- Be visible AT ALL TIMES with a functioning webcam.
- Be engaged in the class at all times and in an environment conducive to learning. This means no driving, walking around, talking on the phone or having other conversations outside of the class.
If you need help with Zoom before REALTOR® Fest, please attend one of our REALTOR® Fest Q&A Sessions.
When will my credits be reported to the state real estate jurisdictions?
It is not an automated process; we do it by hand, one by one. Please give us 10 days following your class to get the credits reported (but we’re hoping it’s much faster!). For Maryland and Virginia, you may verify your credits by logging on to the website for each state where you hold a license:
- Maryland Real Estate Commission website or 888-218-5925, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Virginia Real Estate Commission website or 804-367-8500, REBoard@dpor.virginia.gov
D.C. only: For D.C. licensees taking classes eligible for D.C. required or elective credit, you will be issued a certificate within 10 days of successful class completion. This is to be used as your proof of completion for the self-attestation application process being used for 2021 renewals. Since their new system has not launched, there is currently no way for GCAAR to report your credits to the D.C. Real Estate Commission nor for you to verify your credits. You can access additional information at the DC Real Estate Commission’s website, including contact information, at Real Estate | dcra.
Why aren’t my credits on the GCAAR website?
Our website tracks only your attendance at classes, not your credits. The website for the state where you hold your license is where you can find your credits. Please check via the links in the previous question.
You can check the classes you’ve completed by going to gcaar.com → My Account → My Education History → Classes You Have Taken. Our website does not show credit hours for all classes, but does track attendance.
Credit status for classes attended:
- V: Virtually attended
- NC: No continuing education credit provided
- NS: No-show
- Blank: GCAAR only tracked attendance prior to July 20, 2020
What classes do I still need to take to renew my license?
GCAAR lists the licensing requirements for Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia on our website. You should check your credits with each jurisdiction’s real estate commission directly.
Can I take classes at REALTOR® Fest for my D.C. Brokers License?
What happened to the MREC Agency - Residential class?
The name of MREC Agency – Residential has been changed to MREC Brokerage Relationships.
I took a CE class at REALTOR® Fest and did not receive credit. Who do I contact?
Remember that GCAAR must uphold the rules of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia real estate commissions – we don’t make the rules, we just have to enforce them or jeopardize our accreditation. If you were late to class, not visible during the entire class or not in an environment conducive to learning, GCAAR will not be able to offer you CE credits.
If you have a question about how your credit was recorded, please email email@example.com and our team will look into your situation.