About

The Professional Institute for Real Estate Training (PIRT) is a licensed and accredited real estate proprietary school in New York State, based in Watertown, NY.  The main focus of  PIRT is to teach real estate pre-licensing courses to those interested in becoming real estate salespersons and brokers in New York. As well, PIRT also designs and teaches many continuing education courses for licensees in New York.

PIRT is a sole proprietorship owned and operated by Patrick F. Fields but his principal instructor is his wife, Lin. Lin teaches all courses, but PIRT has a group of guest instructors including, for construction – Pat Fields.  Pat is the President of P.S.G. Plumbing, Heating and Air-Conditioning, and has had over 33 years plumbing/HVAC experience. We are also pleased to have Lisa L’Huillier Lic. R.E. Broker and owner of Hefferon Real Estate as our Property Management Instructor, David Buskey, President of McEvoy Insurance as our guest instructor for insurance, and a variety of guest instructors for finance, including Pat Wolf from Homestead Funding, Chris Andiorio from Northern Credit Union, and Beth Augustus from Carthage Federal Savings and Loan.

Lin’s background is extensive. In 1980, after several occupations and educational degrees (including an A.A.S. in Science, Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Master of Science degree in Genetics, a paralegal degree with honors in 1998, and a nursing degree), Lin entered the real estate field. Having had some experience in selling, she became a licensed real estate salesperson in Rochester NY. Along with her part time position in sales, she continued to be employed as a private duty nurse — you can’t jump into real estate in the ’80’s without a back-up job! For 2 years she worked in both fields – successfully we might add – until she entered real estate full time. During this time, she was involved with residential real estate and began to learn the commercial end of the business as well. At the urging of a friend, and a strong belief in Fair Housing, Lin accepted a part time position as an instructor with the Real Estate Training Center in Rochester, teaching Fair Housing.  She continued to teach for RETC until 1986, when she moved to Watertown NY.  Realizing that Watertown had no hands-on real estate education, she began to teach through the Professional Education Association. In 1990 she married the plumber (shouldn’t everyone :O) and in 1991, she and her husband formed PIRT and has been teaching real estate courses in Northern NY ever since. However, because Lin is now venturing out in to the world of teaching for the New York State Association of REALTORS®, she no longer owns the school but is the principal instructor for it. She was also elected as a Director of the St. Lawrence County Board of REALTORS® with her term ending in 2015.  She serves as their chair of the education committee, and has been the chair of the Jefferson Lewis Board of REALTORS® Education Committee since 2007.  In 2015 she was appointed to Chair of the NYSAR Cultural Diversity and Fair Housing Committee  and is now an instructor with the New York State Association of REALTORS® and yes — once in awhile she does sleep! 🙂