Friday, December 28, 2007

Weekly Facts - December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!
The GTAR/NORES office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31, and closed all day on Tuesday, January 1.

December 21 to January 2 — Board Store Closed for Inventory
The GTAR/NORES Board Store will be closed for inventory from noon on Friday, December 21 until noon on Tuesday, January 2, 2008, so please plan ahead. This will not affect Key and KeyBox purchases.

2008 Dues are Late!
If dues are not paid by January 1, 2008, MLS services will be suspended and keys shut off. To reinstate will require a $40 reinstatement fee and new paperwork from the broker.

This Week! Deadline for Commercial REALTOR® of the Year Nominations
Honor a GTAR Commercial REALTOR® member by nominating him/her for Commercial REALTOR® of the Year. The award will be announced at the second annual REALTORS® Commercial Alliance Celebration on January 25, 2008 at the Tulsa County Club. You can obtain a nomination form by clicking on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/rca/croy.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by December 31.

This Week! Deadline for Nominations – January 2
Brokers and managers: We need your help! The deadline to submit nominations for Sales Associate of the Year and REALTOR® of the Year is this week and we need nominations! Reward an outstanding associate by nominating him/her for Sales Associate of the Year. Just nominating your sales associate for this award will let them know that you recognize their efforts and will reflect how highly you regard them. To obtain a nomination form, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-SA-of-the-Year-07.pdf. Please also encourage your sales associates to submit possible candidates to you to be nominated for Sales Associate of the Year. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by January 2, 2008.
Nominations are also being accepted for REALTOR® of the Year. Sales associates, as well as brokers and managers can submit nominations for this award. Please encourage your sales associates to submit nominations to GTAR for REALTOR® of the Year. For a nomination form and criteria for this award, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-REALTOR-of-the-Year-07.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by January 2, 2008.

This Week! National Criminal History Check Goes Into Effect – January 1
Effective January 1, 2008, anyone applying for a real estate license will be required to submit to a state and federal background check per HB 1006. Background checks will be required on anyone wishing to obtain a Provisional Sales, Sales Associate or Broker License, whether they are applying as a resident or non-resident licensee. The cost for the background check will be approximately $45, and must be submitted to OREC with the appropriate completed form and fingerprint card. OREC will have an order form on their Web site to request a fingerprint card from them. The cost to obtain fingerprints has been estimated at $10, and locations to obtain those prints will also be available on OREC’s Web site.

What this means to you as a licensed associate or broker: Do not let your license expire/lapse!
Be sure to obtain all your necessary CE credits and submit applications and renewal fees promptly. You do not want to find yourself in a situation where your license is “expired,” otherwise, you will be seeking a license under the new law, and will be subject to delays in obtaining a new license. OREC says applicants and “expirees” should allow approximately 60 days for background checks to be completed.

More than ever, do not wait until the end of your 3-year period to complete your required 21 hours of CE!
Once you complete your CE hours, ALWAYS follow-up with OREC to make sure all your hours have been recorded before the end of your licensing period; if OREC does not show credit for a class you have taken, call the school that you took the class from, whether it’s GTAR or another one. It is YOUR responsibility to ensure OREC has properly recorded your hours!

Thursday, January 10 – CE Class
Introduction to Commercial Green Building/Development

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center with architect Randy Bright. This new course will focus on green building as it relates to the commercial real estate market but should have cross-over interest for those in the residential market. Currently pending 3 hours CE credit with OREC. For details and to register online, go to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education Enroll-in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

Thursday, January 17 – CE Class
Thinking Outside the Bubble: The Truth about Real Estate, Foreclosures, and Today’s Homebuyers in Tulsa
This is a special market update specifically focused on the economic climate and current housing market for the greater Tulsa metropolitan area, which is being presented by Jason Oelrich with Countrywide Home Loans. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel – Registration and breakfast compliments of Countrywide will start at 8:00 a.m. Cost for GTAR members is $15 pre-registered and $20 the day of the event (provided seats are still available). Currently pending 3 hours CE credit with OREC. For details and to register online, go to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education Enroll-in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

Sales Associate Forums in January at GTAR
Community Action Project (CAP) Affordable Housing Services: Thursday, January 10, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Representatives from CAP will be here to discuss their housing orientation, financial readiness assessment, and home buyer education seminar. Come learn how you as real estate professionals can help your clients meet their housing needs.
Tulsa Public Schools – Edison Preparatory School and Thoreau Demonstration Academy: Friday, January 18, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Principal, Stacey Vernon from Edison and Principal, Tom Padalino from Thoreau will be here to discuss their schools’ achievements, programs, and plans for the future. This is the first of a series of Sales Associate Forums this year that will feature different TPS schools.
These forums are free to members but registration is required. For details and to register online, go to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education Enroll-in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

2008 Roster
Preparations are being made for the 2008 Roster. Please take the time to verify that your personal contact number and email address in MarketLinx are correct.

GTAR/NORES Inclement Weather Policy
We are entering that time of year when the weather does not always work in our favor; therefore, GTAR/NORES has established the following inclement weather policy for all education classes at GTAR (CE, Computer, New Member Orientation, Post Licensing): If Tulsa Public Schools are closed the day of a scheduled class, the GTAR/NORES class is cancelled. Depending on the type of class being cancelled, the class will either be rescheduled for a future date or a full refund will be issued. Please be sure to check one of the local news channels the night before and/or morning of a scheduled class for school closings.

2nd Annual REALTORS® Commercial Alliance Celebration Banquet – Friday, January 25
Recognizing the achievements of Commercial REALTOR® members within the profession and the community and honoring the 2007 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year (to be announced at the Celebration); cost is $50 per person. The banquet will be at the Tulsa Country Club; cocktails start at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m. For more information and to make reservations online with Visa or MC: Under Member Resources, click on GTAR Events, then click 2008 RCA Celebration or click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/2008RCACelebration.pdf. You can also print out the reservation form and fax it to 663-8815 or mail the form to us with a check or call 663-7500.

Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll for Classes, then click Register in Classes. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab.

Catylist Search: Monday, January 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Publisher: Friday, January 11, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Friday, December 21, 2007

Weekly Facts - December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

GTAR/NORES Holiday Schedule
Monday, December 24: Office closed
Tuesday, December 25: Office closed
Tuesday, January 1: Office closed

December 21 to January 2 — Board Store Closed for Inventory
The GTAR/NORES Board Store will be closed for inventory from noon on Friday, December 21 until noon on Tuesday, January 2, 2008, so please plan ahead. This will not affect Key and KeyBox purchases.

Brokers and Managers: We Need Your Help!
The deadline to submit nominations for Sales Associate of the Year and REALTOR® of the Year is fast approaching and we need nominations!
Reward an outstanding associate by nominating him/her for Sales Associate of the Year. Just nominating your sales associate for this award will let them know that you recognize their efforts and will reflect how highly you regard them. To obtain a nomination form, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-SA-of-the-Year-07.pdf. Please also encourage your sales associates to submit possible candidates to you to be nominated for Sales Associate of the Year. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by January 2, 2008.

Nominations are also being accepted for REALTOR® of the Year. Sales associates, as well as brokers and managers can submit nominations for this award. Please encourage your sales associates to submit nominations to GTAR for REALTOR® of the Year. For a nomination form and criteria for this award, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-REALTOR-of-the-Year-07.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by January 2, 2008.

Honor a GTAR Commercial REALTOR® member by nominating him/her for Commercial REALTOR® of the Year. The award will be announced at the first annual REALTORS® Commercial Alliance Celebration on January 12, 2007 at the Tulsa County Club. You can obtain a nomination form by clicking on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/rca/croy.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by December 31.

REMINDER: January 1, National Criminal History Check Goes Into Effect
Effective January 1, 2008, anyone applying for a real estate license will be required to submit to a state and federal background check per HB 1006. Background checks will be required on anyone wishing to obtain a Provisional Sales, Sales Associate or Broker License, whether they are applying as a resident or non-resident licensee. The cost for the background check will be approximately $45, and must be submitted to OREC with the appropriate completed form and fingerprint card. OREC will have an order form on their Web site to request a fingerprint card from them. The cost to obtain fingerprints has been estimated at $10, and locations to obtain those prints will also be available on OREC’s Web site.

What this means to you as a licensed associate or broker: Do not let your license expire/lapse!
Be sure to obtain all your necessary CE credits and submit applications and renewal fees promptly. You do not want to find yourself in a situation where your license is “expired,” otherwise, you will be seeking a license under the new law, and will be subject to delays in obtaining a new license. OREC says applicants and “expirees” should allow approximately 60 days for background checks to be completed.

More than ever, do not wait until the end of your 3-year period to complete your required 21 hours of CE!
Once you complete your CE hours, ALWAYS follow-up with OREC to make sure all your hours have been recorded before the end of your licensing period; if OREC does not show credit for a class you have taken, call the school that you took the class from, whether it’s GTAR or another one. It is YOUR responsibility to ensure OREC has properly recorded your hours!

Thursday, January 10
New CE Course! Introduction to Commercial Green Building/Development
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center with architect Randy Bright. This new course will focus on green building as it relates to the commercial real estate market but should have cross-over interest for those in the residential market. Currently pending 3 hours CE credit with OREC. For details and to register online, go to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education Enroll-in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

Thursday, January 17
Thinking Outside the Bubble: The Truth about Real Estate, Foreclosures, and Today’s Homebuyers in Tulsa

This is a special market update specifically focused on the economic climate and current housing market for the greater Tulsa metropolitan area, which is being presented by Jason Oelrich with Countrywide Home Loans. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel – Registration and breakfast compliments of Countrywide will start at 8:00 a.m. Cost for GTAR members is $15 pre-registered and $20 the day of the event (provided seats are still available). Currently pending 3 hours CE credit with OREC. For details and to register online, go to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education Enroll-in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

Exciting news from GE Security!
We are pleased to announce that the following devices will be certified for use with eKEY starting December 20, 2007: AT&T Treo 750 (WinMo 6); Alltel Treo 755p, Treo 650, PPC6800 (WinMo 6); Verizon XV6800, Treo 755p; Qwest – Any device that is currently supported on Sprint is also supported on Qwest (they share the same network). For a current list of all eKEY certified devices, please visit Supra’s Web site at
www.supraekey.com (click on “eKEY” compatible devices); while there, be sure to check out the latest wireless carrier “special offers” on eKEY and many certified devices.

2008 Roster
Preparations are being made for the 2008 Roster. Please take the time to verify that your personal contact number and email address in MarketLinx are correct.

GTAR/NORES Inclement Weather Policy
We are entering that time of year when the weather does not always work in our favor; therefore, GTAR/NORES has established the following inclement weather policy for all education classes at GTAR (CE, Computer, New Member Orientation, Post Licensing): If Tulsa Public Schools are closed the day of a scheduled class, the GTAR/NORES class is cancelled. Depending on the type of class being cancelled, the class will either be rescheduled for a future date or a full refund will be issued. Please be sure to check one of the local news channels the night before and/or morning of a scheduled class for school closings.

2nd Annual REALTORS® Commercial Alliance Celebration Banquet – Friday, January 25
Recognizing the achievements of Commercial REALTOR® members within the profession and the community and honoring the 2007 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year (to be announced at the Celebration); cost is $50 per person. The banquet will be at the Tulsa Country Club; cocktails start at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m. For more information and to make reservations online with Visa or MC: Under Member Resources, click on GTAR Events, then click 2008 RCA Celebration or click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/2008RCACelebration.pdf. You can also print out the reservation form and fax it to 663-8815 or mail the form to us with a check or call 663-7500.

2008 Dues are Late!
A $20 late payment fee is required. The invoices include local, state, and national dues. REALTOR® dues are now $400 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues are $370 (includes the late payment fee). You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard by logging on to tulsamls.net; under Financial Services, click GTAR Accounts Receivables. Please note: If you pay your dues online, the $20 late fee will be assessed manually – you will be mailed an invoice. Payment can also be made by personal check or cash. If you are planning on moving your license, all transfers will have to have paid 2008 dues prior to transferring to a new company. If dues are not paid by January 1, 2008, MLS services will be suspended and keys shut off. To reinstate will require a $40 reinstatement fee and new paperwork from the broker.

Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll for Classes, then click Register in Classes. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab.

Realist Tax System: Thursday, December 27, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

REALTOR® Applications
Comments on the following REALTOR® applicants should be submitted by REALTOR® members to the Membership Committee, c/o GTAR, PO Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74147.

Karla Lowrimore, d/b/a RealCo Pros (Second Publication)
Randal W. Rogers, d/b/a Circle R Rogers (Second Publication)



Friday, December 14, 2007

Weekly Facts - December 17, 2007

GTAR/NORES Holiday Schedule
Tuesday, December 18: Office closes at 3:45 p.m.
Monday, December 24: Office closed
Tuesday, December 25: Office closed
Tuesday, January 1: Office closed

December 21 to January 2 — Board Store Closed for Inventory
The GTAR/NORES Board Store will be closed for inventory from noon on Friday, December 21 until noon on Tuesday, January 2, 2008, so please plan ahead. This will not affect Key and KeyBox purchases.

Free “Good Thing You’re in Tulsa” Yard Signs Available to Principal Brokers
The GTAR/NORES Boards of Directors voted to give the Principal Broker of each company one FREE “Good Thing” sign for every two listings their company has as of 11-30-2007. Only the Principal Broker or their designated representative can order and pick up the free signs. The signs available for immediate pick up include Tulsa, Jenks, Owasso, Bixby, Claremore, Sapulpa, and Sand Springs; Broken Arrow is currently on backorder. To place an order or if you would like a city not listed, please call 663-7500 and ask to speak with Gloria for more information. The signs are 12” x 18” corrugated (rigid plastic) with yard stakes. If you wish to purchase additional signs, they are also available for $2.55/ea.To view a sample sign, click on the following link:
http://nores.net/12x18.htm

GTAR/NORES Inclement Weather Policy
We are entering that time of year when the weather does not always work in our favor; therefore, GTAR/NORES has established the following inclement weather policy for all education classes at GTAR (CE, Computer, New Member Orientation, Post Licensing): If Tulsa Public Schools are closed the day of a scheduled class, the GTAR/NORES class is cancelled. Depending on the type of class being cancelled, the class will either be rescheduled for a future date or a full refund will be issued. Please be sure to check one of the local news channels the night before and/or morning of a scheduled class for school closings.

Oklahoma Real Estate Commissioner Vacancies – Request for Nominees
Two positions of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission will come up for appointment next year — one in District 2 and one in District 4.OAR has the opportunity to submit a list of three nominees for each position to the governor; although he is not required to select appointees from the list. OAR’s Nominating Committee will be meeting in January to consider OAR’s nominees for these positions, and the Committee members need your input. For a nomination form and criteria for the positions, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NominationForm-ORECCommissioner.pdf. For questions, contact Jennifer Mauldin at OAR, 800-375-9944 or email Jennifer@oklahomarealtors.com. State law prohibits OREC from having more than two commissioners from the same congressional district on the Commission. Nominees may be considered from congressional districts one, two, three, and four. Please return your nominations by certified mail, return receipt requested, no later than December 30, 2007.

2nd Annual REALTORS® Commercial Alliance Celebration Banquet – Friday, January 25
Recognizing the achievements of Commercial REALTOR® members within the profession and the community and honoring the 2007 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year (to be announced at the Celebration); cost is $50 per person. The banquet will be at the Tulsa Country Club; cocktails start at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m. For more information and to make reservations online with Visa or MC: Under Member Resources, click on GTAR Events, then click 2008 RCA Celebration or click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/2008RCACelebration.pdf. You can also print out the reservation form and fax it to 663-8815 or mail the form to us with a check or call 663-7500.

2008 Dues are Late!
A $20 late payment fee is required. The invoices include local, state, and national dues. REALTOR® dues are now $400 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues are $370 (includes the late payment fee). You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard by logging on to tulsamls.net; under Financial Services, click GTAR Accounts Receivables. Please note: If you pay your dues online, the $20 late fee will be assessed manually – you will be mailed an invoice. Payment can also be made by personal check or cash. If you are planning on moving your license, all transfers will have to have paid 2008 dues prior to transferring to a new company.

Nominations for GTAR Commercial REALTOR of the Year
Honor a GTAR Commercial REALTOR® member by nominating him/her for Commercial REALTOR® of the Year. The award will be announced at the second annual Commercial REALTOR® of the Year Banquet on January 25, 2008 at the Tulsa County Club. You can obtain a nomination form by clicking on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/rca/croy.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by December 31.

Reward an Outstanding Associate – Nominate Him/Her for Sales Associate of the Year!
Brokers and Managers: Do you have an associate who is a good sales producer; has served on a GTAR Committee or assisted with GTAR functions; has been involved in charitable or civic organizations; is a good example of ethical behavior and professionalism; or continues to improve professionalism through educational courses? Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate him/her for GTAR’s 2007 Sales Associate of the Year. Just nominating your sales associate for this award will let your sales associate know that you recognize his/her efforts and reflects how highly you regard him/her. The Nominating Committee will consider all of the associate’s activities, contributions, and production. To obtain a nominating form, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-SA-of-the-Year-07.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by Friday, January 2, 2008.

Nominations for GTAR REALTOR® of the Year
Nominations are also being accepted for REALTOR® of the Year. Sales associates, as well as brokers and managers can submit nominations for this award. For a nomination form and criteria for this award, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-REALTOR-of-the-Year-07.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by January 2, 2008.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2008 GTAR/NORES Inaugural Gala
2008’s Inaugural Gala will be Friday, February 22 at the new Central Hall building on the Tulsa Fairgrounds. This year, complimentary valet parking will be provided; more details coming soon.

Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll for Classes, then click Register in Classes. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab.

MarketLinx 1: Monday, December 17, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (FULL!)
MarketLinx 2: Wednesday, December 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (FULL!)
Realist Tax System: Wednesday, December 19, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 3: Thursday, December 20, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (FULL!)
Realist Tax System: Thursday, December 27, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

REALTOR® Applications
Comments on the following REALTOR® applicants should be submitted by REALTOR® members to the Membership Committee, c/o GTAR, PO Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74147.

Karla Lowrimore, d/b/a RealCo Pros (First Publication)
Randal W. Rogers, d/b/a Circle R Rogers (First Publication)
John Noveskey, d/b/a Bailey Properties, LLC (Second Publication)
Rhonda Cantwell, d/b/a Realco Pros (Second Publication)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Weekly Facts - December 10, 2007

This Week! Common Home Inspection Concerns – Wednesday, December 12
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center with Dan LaBrake. Come find out why GTAR members are saying this is the best home inspections class they’ve ever taken. OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE credit. For details and to register online, log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes. Center, unless otherwise indicated. (Last offered July 2007)

This Week! Sales Associate Forum: Ask the Taxman – Thursday, December 13
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Taxes but were Afraid to Ask: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the GTAR Training Center with David Amon, CPA. Plan now for next year; this forum is free to members but registration is required. Don’t miss your opportunity to get free information from a Certified Public Accountant! For more information and to register online: Under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

Free “Good Thing You’re in Tulsa” Yard Signs Available to Principal Brokers
The GTAR/NORES Boards of Directors voted to give the Principal Broker of each company one FREE “Good Thing” sign for every two listings their company has as of 11-30-2007. Only the Principal Broker or their designated representative can order and pick up the free signs. The signs available for immediate pick up include Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Owasso, Bixby, Claremore, Sapulpa, and Sand Springs. To place an order or if you would like a city not listed, please call 663-7500 and ask to speak with Gloria for more information. The signs are 12” x 18” corrugated (rigid plastic) with yard stakes. If you wish to purchase additional signs, they are also available for $2.55/ea.To view a sample sign, click on the following link:
http://nores.net/12x18.htm

GTAR/NORES Inclement Weather Policy
We are entering that time of year when the weather does not always work in our favor; therefore, GTAR/NORES has established the following inclement weather policy for all education classes at GTAR (CE, Computer, New Member Orientation, Post Licensing, etc.): If Tulsa Public Schools are closed the day of a scheduled class, the GTAR/NORES class is cancelled. Depending on the type of class being cancelled, the class will either be rescheduled for a future date or a full refund will be issued. Please be sure to check one of the local news channels the night before and/or morning of a scheduled class for school closings.

Oklahoma Real Estate Commissioner Vacancies – Request for Nominees
Two positions of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission will come up for appointment next year — one in District 2 and one in District 4.OAR has the opportunity to submit a list of three nominees for each position to the governor; although he is not required to select appointees from the list. OAR’s Nominating Committee will be meeting in January to consider OAR’s nominees for these positions, and the Committee members need your input. For a nomination form and criteria for the positions, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NominationForm-ORECCommissioner.pdf. For questions, contact Jennifer Mauldin at OAR, 800-375-9944 or email Jennifer@oklahomarealtors.com. State law prohibits OREC from having more than two commissioners from the same congressional district on the Commission. Nominees may be considered from congressional districts one, two, three, and four. Please return your nominations by certified mail, return receipt requested, no later than December 30, 2007.

GTAR/NORES Holiday Schedule
Tuesday, December 18: Office closes at 3:45 p.m.
Monday, December 24: Office closed
Tuesday, December 25: Office closed
Tuesday, January 1: Office closed

December 21 to January 2 — Board Store Closed for Inventory
The GTAR/NORES Board Store will be closed for inventory from noon on Friday, December 21 until noon on Tuesday, January 2, 2008, so please plan ahead. This will not affect Key and KeyBox purchases.

2nd Annual REALTORS® Commercial Alliance Celebration Banquet – Friday, January 25
Recognizing the achievements of Commercial REALTOR® members within the profession and the community and honoring the 2007 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year (to be announced at the Celebration); cost is $50 per person. The banquet will be at the Tulsa Country Club; cocktails start at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m. For more information and to make reservations online with Visa or MC: Under Member Resources, click on GTAR Events, then click 2008 RCA Celebration or click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/2008RCACelebration.pdf. You can also print out the reservation form and fax it to 663-8815 or mail the form to us with a check or call 663-7500.

2008 Dues are Now Late!
A $20 late payment fee is required. The invoices include local, state, and national dues. REALTOR® dues are now $400 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues are $370 (includes the late payment fee). You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard by logging on to tulsamls.net; under Financial Services, click GTAR Accounts Receivables. Please note: If you pay your dues online, the $20 late fee will be assessed manually – you will be mailed an invoice. Payment can also be made by personal check or cash. If you are planning on moving your license, all transfers will have to have paid 2008 dues prior to transferring to a new company.

Nominations for GTAR Commercial REALTOR of the Year
Honor a GTAR Commercial REALTOR® member by nominating him/her for Commercial REALTOR® of the Year. The award will be announced at the second annual Commercial REALTOR® of the Year Banquet on January 25, 2008 at the Tulsa County Club. You can obtain a nomination form by clicking on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/rca/croy.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by December 31.

Reward an Outstanding Associate – Nominate Him/Her for Sales Associate of the Year!
Brokers and Managers: Do you have an associate who is a good sales producer; has served on a GTAR Committee or assisted with GTAR functions; has been involved in charitable or civic organizations; is a good example of ethical behavior and professionalism; or continues to improve professionalism through educational courses? Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate him/her for GTAR’s 2007 Sales Associate of the Year. Just nominating your sales associate for this award will let your sales associate know that you recognize his/her efforts and reflects how highly you regard him/her. The Nominating Committee will consider all of the associate’s activities, contributions, and production. To obtain a nominating form, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-SA-of-the-Year-07.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by Friday, January 2, 2008.

Nominations for GTAR REALTOR® of the Year
Nominations are also being accepted for REALTOR® of the Year. Sales associates, as well as brokers and managers can submit nominations for this award. For a nomination form and criteria for this award, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-REALTOR-of-the-Year-07.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by January 2, 2008.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2008 GTAR/NORES Inaugural Gala
2008’s Inaugural Gala will be Friday, February 22 at the new Central Hall building on the Tulsa Fairgrounds. This year, complimentary valet parking will be provided; more details coming soon.

Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll for Classes, then click Register in Classes. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab.

CIE Manager: Monday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Realist Tax System: Monday, December 10, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 1: Wednesday, December 12, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 2: Friday, December 14, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 3: Monday, December 17, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

REALTOR® Applications
Comments on the following REALTOR® applicants should be submitted by REALTOR® members to the Membership Committee, c/o GTAR, PO Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74147.

John Noveskey, d/b/a Bailey Properties, LLC (First Publication)
Rhona Cantwell, d/b/a Realco Pros (First Publication)

Friday, November 30, 2007

Weekly Facts - December 3, 2007

2008 Dues are Now Late!
A $20 late payment fee is required. The invoices include local, state, and national dues. REALTOR® dues are now $400 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues are $370 (includes the late payment fee). You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard by logging on to tulsamls.net; under Financial Services, click GTAR Accounts Receivables. Please note: If you pay your dues online, the $20 late fee will be assessed manually – you will be mailed an invoice. Payment can also be made by personal check or cash. If you are planning on moving your license, all transfers will have to have paid 2008 dues prior to transferring to a new company.

Congratulations New GTAR/NORES Officers for 2008!
The GTAR and NORES Boards of Directors elected new officers for 2008 during their monthly meeting. For GTAR, the new President-Elect is Harriett Dunham with Century 21/Neokla; Treasurer is Mike Lester with Lester and Associates; Secretary is Sheryl Chinowth with Chinowth and Cohen. For NORES, the new President-Elect is Gloria Allred with Coldwell Banker/RaderGroup; Treasurer is Mike Gray with Michael J. Gray Real Estate Appraisals.

GTAR/NORES Holiday Schedule
Tuesday, December 18: Office closes at 3:45 p.m.
Monday, December 24: Office closed
Tuesday, December 25: Office closed
Tuesday, January 1: Office closed

December 21 to January 2 — Board Store Closed for Inventory
The GTAR/NORES Board Store will be closed for inventory from noon on Friday, December 21 until noon on Tuesday, January 2, 2008, so please plan ahead. This will not affect Key and KeyBox purchases.

CE Classes at GTAR This Month
When CE courses are added to the calendar, the first place you will find out about them is online at tulsamls.net; all the information you need is available right there, and it’s also the easiest, fastest way to enroll for a class. Log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes. All CE classes are in the GTAR Training Center, unless otherwise indicated.

This Week! Tuesday, December 4: INCOG and Zoning Law
NEW: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with attorney Louis Reynolds. This course is geared toward the commercial real estate market but may be of interest to associates and brokers in the residential market. OREC approved: 3 hours elective CE.

This Week! Friday, December 7: Taking Real Estate to the Next Level
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with Bonnie Baker. Plan now for a great 2008 in real estate! (Last offered January 2007)

Wednesday, December 12:Common Home Inspection Concerns
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with Dan LaBrake. Come find out why GTAR members are saying this is the best home inspections class they’ve ever taken. (Last offered July 2007)

Sales Associate Forum: Ask the Taxman – Thursday, December 13
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Taxes but were Afraid to Ask: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the GTAR Training Center with David Amon, CPA. Plan now for next year; this forum is free to members but registration is required. For more information and to register online: Under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

Nominations for GTAR Commercial REALTOR® of the Year
Honor a GTAR Commercial REALTOR® member by nominating him/her for Commercial REALTOR® of the Year. The award will be announced at the second annual Commercial REALTOR® of the Year Banquet on January 25, 2008 at the Tulsa County Club. You can obtain a nomination form by clicking on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/rca/croy.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by December 31.

Reward an Outstanding Associate – Nominate Him/Her for Sales Associate of the Year!
Brokers and Managers: Do you have an associate who is a good sales producer; has served on a GTAR Committee or assisted with GTAR functions; has been involved in charitable or civic organizations; is a good example of ethical behavior and professionalism; or continues to improve professionalism through educational courses? Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate him/her for GTAR’s 2007 Sales Associate of the Year. Just nominating your sales associate for this award will let your sales associate know that you recognize his/her efforts and reflects how highly you regard him/her. The Nominating Committee will consider all of the associate’s activities, contributions, and production. To obtain a nominating form, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-SA-of-the-Year-07.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by Friday, January 2, 2008.

Nominations for GTAR REALTOR® of the Year
Nominations are also being accepted for REALTOR® of the Year. Sales associates, as well as brokers and managers can submit nominations for this award. For a nomination form and criteria for this award, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-REALTOR-of-the-Year-07.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by January 2, 2008.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2008 GTAR/NORES Inaugural Gala
2008’s Inaugural Gala will be Friday, February 22 at the new Central Hall building on the Tulsa Fairgrounds. This year, complimentary valet parking will be provided; more details coming soon.

Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll for Classes, then click Register in Classes. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab.

Catylist Search: Monday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
ZipForm Online: Thursday, December 6, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
CIE Manager: Monday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Realist Tax System: Monday, December 10, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 1: Wednesday, December 12, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 2: Friday, December 14, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 3: Monday, December 17, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Weekly Facts - November 26, 2007

REMINDER! The GTAR/NORES Office will be Closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.
Please plan accordingly! We will be open regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21.

2008 Dues will be Delinquent on December 1, 2007!
Payment is due now! Starting December 1, a $20 late payment fee will be charged.
You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard by logging on to tulsamls.net; under Financial Services, click GTAR Accounts Receivables. Payment can also be made by personal check or cash. REALTOR® dues are $380 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues are $350. If you are planning on moving your license, all transfers will have to have paid 2008 dues prior to transferring to a new company.


GTAR PR Campaign “Good Thing You’re in Tulsa”
Yard signs and lapel pins are now available through the Board store, and decals and static cling postcards will be available the week of November 26. In addition to the “Good Thing You’re in Tulsa” yard signs, we also have a supply of signs with Broken Arrow, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks, Sapulpa, Sand Springs, and Claremore on them. These signs are customizable, so they can be ordered with other communities or areas not listed above; the minimum order is 25 signs. If you are interested in custom ordering signs, please send your request to
orders@tulsarealtors.com. To see examples of the items available, click on the following link: http://nores.net/prlogos.htm

Friday, November 16, 2007

Weekly Facts - November 19, 2007

HAPPY Thanksgiving!
The GTAR/NORES Office will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

Newly Redesigned TulsaRealtors.com Web Site Now Online
Click on the following link to check it out:
http://www.tulsarealtors.com/

GTAR PR Campaign “Good Thing You’re in Tulsa” Officially Underway
The new PR campaign was officially launched on November 15. Over the next few months, you will start seeing the slogan "Good Thing You're in Tulsa" appearing in print, television, billboards, and bus wraps. Yard signs and lapel pins are available now through the Board store, and decals and static cling postcards will be available the week of November 26. In addition to the “Good Thing You’re in Tulsa” yard signs, we also have a supply of signs with Broken Arrow, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks, Sapulpa, Sand Springs, and Claremore on them. These signs are customizable, so they can be ordered with other communities or areas not listed above; the minimum order is 25 signs. If you are interested in custom ordering signs, please send your request to
orders@tulsarealtors.com. To see examples of the items available, click on the following link: http://nores.net/prlogos.htm

Last Week to Pay 2008 Dues Without Penalty!
Payment is now due and will be delinquent on December 1, 2007 at which time a $20 late payment fee will be charged. You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard by logging on to tulsamls.net; under Financial Services, click GTAR Accounts Receivables. Payment can also be made by personal check or cash. If you have not received your 2008 dues statement, please contact your broker. REALTOR® dues are $380 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues are $350. Note: If you are planning on moving your license in the near future: Be aware, all transfers: November 1, 2007 or after will have to have paid 2008 dues prior to transferring to a new company.

CE Classes Coming to GTAR in December
When CE courses are added to the calendar, the first place you will find out about them is online at tulsamls.net; all the information you need is available right there, and it’s also the easiest, fastest way to enroll for a class. Log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes. All CE classes are in the GTAR Training Center, unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, December 4: INCOG and Zoning Law
NEW: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with attorney Louis Reynolds. This course is geared toward the commercial real estate market but may be of interest to associates and brokers in the residential market. Currently pending 3 hours elective CE credit with OREC.

Friday, December 6: Taking Real Estate to the Next Level
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with Bonnie Baker. Plan now for a great 2008 in real estate! (Last offered January 2007)

Wednesday, December 12: Common Home Inspection Concerns
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with Dan LaBrake. Come find out why GTAR members are saying this is the best home inspections class they’ve ever taken. (Last offered July 2007)

Important Reminder from OREC Concerning Your License!
Effective January 1, 2008, anyone applying for a real estate license will be required to submit to a state and federal background check per HB 1006. Background checks will be required on anyone wishing to obtain a Provisional Sales, Sales Associate or Broker License, whether they are applying as a resident or non-resident licensee. The cost for the background check will be approximately $45, and must be submitted to OREC with the appropriate completed form and fingerprint card. OREC will have an order form on their Web site to request a fingerprint card from them. The cost to obtain fingerprints has been estimated at $10, and locations to obtain those prints will also be available on OREC’s Web site.
What this means to you as a licensed associate or broker: Do not let your license expire/lapse!
Be sure to obtain all your necessary CE credits and submit applications and renewal fees promptly. You do not want to find yourself in a situation where your license is “expired,” otherwise, you will be seeking a license under the new law, and will be subject to delays in obtaining a new license. OREC says applicants and “expirees” should allow approximately 60 days for background checks to be completed.
More than ever, do not wait until the end of your 3-year period to complete your required 21 hours of CE! Once you complete your CE hours, ALWAYS follow-up with OREC to make sure all your hours have been recorded before the end of your licensing period; if OREC does not show credit for a class you have taken, call the school that you took the class from, whether it’s GTAR or another one. It is YOUR responsibility to ensure OREC has properly recorded your hours!

Don't Forget to Register Your Open House Information to Display
www.TulsaOpenHouse.com
This is a great marketing tool for getting people to your open houses, and it's FREE, so make sure you register! Saturday, Sunday and Monday are the highest hit count days for open houses. For instructions on entering an open house, click on the following link:
http://forums.tulsarealtors.com/viewtopic.php?t=11

Reward an Outstanding Associate – Nominate Him/Her for Sales Associate of the Year!
Brokers and Managers: Do you have an associate who is a good sales producer; has served on a GTAR Committee or assisted with GTAR functions; has been involved in charitable or civic organizations; is a good example of ethical behavior and professionalism; or continues to improve professionalism through educational courses? Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate him/her for GTAR’s 2007 Sales Associate of the Year. Just nominating your sales associate for this award will let your sales associate know that you recognize his/her efforts and reflects how highly you regard him/her. The Nominating Committee will consider all of the associates activities, contributions, and production. To obtain a nominating form, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-SA-of-the-Year-07.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by Friday, January 2, 2008.

Nominations for REALTOR® of the Year
Nominations are also being accepted for REALTOR® of the Year. Sales associates, as well as brokers and managers can submit nominations for this award. For a nomination form and criteria for this award, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-REALTOR-of-the-Year-07.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by January 2, 2008.

REALTOR® Applications
Comments on the following REALTOR® applicants should be submitted by REALTOR® members to the Membership Committee, c/o GTAR, PO Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74147.

Bradley Sides, d/b/a Metro Home Investors, LLC. (Second Publication)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Weekly Facts - November 12, 2007

GTAR PR Campaign Officially Rolls Out – Thursday, November 15
Starting November 15, we will be doing something unprecedented in GTAR’s history: We will be launching a PR campaign to promote the real estate market in the Northeastern Oklahoma area. Over the next few months, you will start seeing the slogan "Good Thing You're in Tulsa" appearing in print, television, billboards, and bus wraps. In the next couple of weeks, we will also have the following items available for purchase: lapel pins, decals, yard signs, and static cling postcards. To see examples of these items, click on the following link:
http://tulsarealtors.com/pr.htm

This Week! Sales Associate Forum: GTAR PR Campaign and TulsaRealtors.com – Friday, November 16
9:00 – 11:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center. Come find out what GTAR’s new PR Campaign is all about. Also, learn about GTAR/NORES’ new TulsaRealtors.com Web site including the Public Forum, which will go live next week, and TulsaOpenHouse.com, which has already rolled out. Mike Cotrill will show you how to use both Web sites and explain how these will be valuable marketing tools in your real estate business. This forum is free but registration is required. You can register online by logging on to tulsamlsnet; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

Deadline is This Week! 2008 GTAR/NORES Committee Volunteers
It’s that time of year again. GTAR/NORES is looking for members who are interested in getting involved in their Association by serving on a committee in 2008. Your participation does make a difference! In 2007, everyone who volunteered was placed on a committee. For a list of all committees and a volunteer form, see pages 3 and 4 of this month’s GTAR World Newsletter; you can access it by clicking on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/Newsletter/GTARWorld_November2007.pdf Reminder: If you are currently serving on a committee and would like to continue serving, you still need to submit the volunteer form; the deadline is November 15!

2008 Dues Are Now Due!
Payment is now due and will be delinquent on December 1, 2007 at which time a $20 late payment fee will be charged. You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard by logging on to tulsamls.net; under Financial Services, click GTAR Accounts Receivables. Payment can also be made by personal check or cash. If you have not received your 2008 dues statement, please contact your broker. REALTOR® dues are $380 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues are $350. Note: If you are planning on moving your license in the near future: Be aware, all transfers: November 1, 2007 or after will have to have paid 2008 dues prior to transferring to a new company.

This Week! Two HOT CE Classes with Monica Wittrock, Esq.
When CE courses are added to the calendar, the first place you will find out about them is online at tulsamls.net; all the information you need is available right there, and it’s also the easiest, fastest way to enroll for a class. Log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes. All CE classes are in the GTAR Training Center, unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, November 15: Nuts & Bolts of Foreclosures, Tax Deeds and Other Distressed Property Issues
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This will be the fourth time this course has been offered in the last year, and it’s been a sell out every time, so don’t wait to register! OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit.

Thursday, November 15: RESPA for REALTORS®
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. She’s making a day of it. If you need a RESPA refresher, this is the class for you, and if you don’t have a clue what RESPA is or why it’s important, you really can’t afford to miss this class! OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit. (Last offered November 2005)

Don't forget to Register Your Open House Information to Display
www.TulsaOpenHouse.com
This is a great marketing tool for getting people to your open houses, and it's FREE, so make sure you register! Saturday, Sunday and Monday are the highest hit count days for open houses. For instructions on entering an open house, click on the following link:
http://forums.tulsarealtors.com/viewtopic.php?t=11

Reward an Outstanding Associate – Nominate Him/Her for Sales Associate of the Year
Brokers and Managers: Do you have an associate who is a good sales producer; has served on a GTAR Committee or assisted with GTAR functions; has been involved in charitable or civic organizations; is a good example of ethical behavior and professionalism; or continues to improve professionalism through educational courses? Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate him/her for GTAR’s 2007 Sales Associate of the Year. Just nominating your sales associate for this award will let your sales associate know that you recognize his/her efforts and reflects how highly you regard him/her. The Nominating Committee will consider all of the associates activities, contributions, and production. To obtain a nominating form, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-SA-of-the-Year-07.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by Friday, January 2, 2008.

Nominations for REALTOR® of the Year
Nominations are also being accepted for REALTOR® of the Year. Sales associates, as well as brokers and managers can submit nominations for this award. For a nomination form and criteria for this award, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/NomForm-REALTOR-of-the-Year-07.pdf. All nominations must be submitted to GTAR by January 2, 2008.

Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll for Classes, then click Register in Classes. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab.

CIE Manager: Monday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

REALTOR® Applications
Comments on the following REALTOR® applicants should be submitted by REALTOR® members to the Membership Committee, c/o GTAR, PO Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74147.

Bradley Sides, d/b/a Metro Home Investors, LLC. (First Publication)
James H. Cannon, d/b/a John D. Sleeper Agency, Inc. (Second Publication)
Edward Peck, d/b/a Your Agent Realty (Second Publication)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Weekly Facts - November 5, 2007

2008 Dues Are Now Due!
Payment is now due and will be delinquent on December 1, 2007 at which time a $20 late payment fee will be charged. You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard by logging on to tulsamls.net; under Financial Services, click GTAR Accounts Receivables. Payment can also be made by personal check or cash. If you have not received your 2008 dues statement, please contact your broker. REALTOR® dues are $380 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues are $350. Note: If you are planning on moving your license in the near future: Be aware, all transfers: November 1, 2007 or after will have to have paid 2008 dues prior to transferring to a new company.

Keybox Reminder
We return to Central Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. on November 4, which means access for keyboxes will be 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (not 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.).

CE Classes Coming to GTAR in November
When CE courses are added to the calendar, the first place you will find out about them is online at tulsamls.net; all the information you need is available right there, and it’s also the easiest, fastest way to enroll for a class. Log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes. All CE classes are in the GTAR Training Center, unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, November 15:
Nuts & Bolts of Foreclosures, Tax Deeds and Other Distressed Property Issues

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with one of GTAR members’ favorite instructors, Monica Wittrock, Esq. This will be the fourth time this course has been offered in the last year, and it’s been a sell out every time, so don’t wait to register! OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit.

Thursday, November 15:
RESPA for REALTORS®
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. with Monica Wittrock, Esq. — She’s making a day of it. If you need a RESPA refresher, this is the class for you, and if you don’t have a clue what RESPA is or why it’s important, you really can’t afford to miss this class! OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit. (Last offered November 2005)

Don't forget to Register Your Open House Information to Display www.TulsaOpenHouse.com
This is a great marketing tool for getting people to your open houses, and it's FREE, so make sure you register! Saturday, Sunday and Monday are the highest hit count days for open houses. For instructions on entering an open house, click on the following link: http://forums.tulsarealtors.com/viewtopic.php?t=11

Wanted! 2008 GTAR/NORES Committee Volunteers
It’s that time of year again. GTAR/NORES is looking for members who are interested in getting involved in their Association by serving on a committee in 2008. Your participation does make a difference! In 2007, everyone who volunteered was placed on a committee. For a list of all committees and a volunteer form, see pages 3 and 4 of this month’s GTAR World Newsletter; you can access it by clicking on the following link: http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/Newsletter/GTARWorld_October2007.pdf Reminder: If you are currently serving on a committee and would like to continue serving, you still need to submit the volunteer form; the deadline is November 15!

Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll for Classes, then click Register in Classes. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab.

Catylist Search: Monday, November 5, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 2: Monday, November 5, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Publisher: Tuesday, November 6, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Excel: Thursday, November 8, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 3: Friday, November 9, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CIE Manager: Monday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

REALTOR® Applications
Comments on the following REALTOR® applicants should be submitted by REALTOR® members to the Membership Committee, c/o GTAR, PO Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74147.

James H. Cannon, d/b/a John D. Sleeper Agency, Inc. (First Publication)
Edward Peck, d/b/a Your Agent Realty (First Publication)
Linda DiMercurio, d/b/a Mercury Alliance Tulsa LLC (Second Publication)
John D. Sleeper, d/b/a John D. Sleeper Agency (Second Publication)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Weekly Facts - October 29, 2007

We Reached Our 2007 RPAC Goal!
Congratulations and thank you to all GTAR members who contributed to RPAC this year – thanks to you, we made our goal! Now it’s time to start working on 2008.

This Week! Sales Associate Forum – Friday, November 2
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the GTAR Training Center. Find out what’s happening in surrounding communities. Representatives will be here to discuss what issues they are facing, what’s happening now and their goals for the future. The purpose of this forum is to educate the REALTOR® community about present and anticipated area growth, and increase awareness of the issues facing our communities. In this forum, Broken Arrow, Glenpool, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, and Tulsa will be represented. This forum is free, but registration is required. Log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

This Week! Sales and Marketing Council’s Economic Forecast Seminar –
Tuesday, October 30

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Forest Ridge (CafĂ© Savannah’s Veranda Room). Presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa. Cost: SMC members – free and non-SMC members $10 (lunch included). Featuring: “Mortgage Market Update” by David Laughlin, president of Bank of Oklahoma Mortgage, “Is the Housing Bust Over” by Mike Means, executive vice president of Oklahoma HBA, and “Real Estate in Tulsa” by our very own Ron Sumner, president of GTAR. If you are interested in attending, please contact Stacey Hendrickson at HBA, (918) 663-5820 or
shendrickson@tulsahba.com

CE Classes Coming to GTAR in November
When CE courses are added to the calendar, the first place you will find out about them is online at tulsamls.net; all the information you need is available right there, and it’s also the easiest, fastest way to enroll for a class. Log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes. All CE classes are in the GTAR Training Center, unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, November 15: Nuts & Bolts of Foreclosures, Tax Deeds and Other Distressed Property Issues
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with one of GTAR members’ favorite instructors, Monica Wittrock, Esq. This will be the fourth time this course has been offered in the last year, and it’s been a sell out every time, so don’t wait to register! OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit.

Thursday, November 15: RESPA for REALTORS®
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. with Monica Wittrock, Esq. — She’s making a day of it. If you need a RESPA refresher, this is the class for you, and if you don’t have a clue what RESPA is or why it’s important, you really can’t afford to miss this class! OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit. (Last offered November 2005)

Positive News for Tulsa
Forbes.com generated their “Best Cities for Jobs” list last week and Tulsa ranked #6. To read the complete article, click on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/CurrentInfo/ForbesArticle.pdf

Don't forget to Register Your Open House Information to Display
www.TulsaOpenHouse.com
This is a great marketing tool for getting people to your open houses, and it's FREE, so make sure you register! Saturday, Sunday and Monday are the highest hit count days for open houses.
October statistics include the following:

Total Hits = 15,177
Total Property Searches = 1,059
Property Detail Selection = 988
Email leads Sent to Associates = 20
Visited Agent Web Site = 9
Virtual Tours viewed = 19

For instructions on entering an open house, click on the following link:
http://forums.tulsarealtors.com/viewtopic.php?t=11

2008 Dues Have Been Mailed to Your Broker!
The invoices include local, state, and national dues. Payment is due November 1, 2007, and will be delinquent December 1, 2007 at which time a $20 late payment fee will be charged. You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard by logging on to tulsamls.net; under Financial Services, click GTAR Accounts Receivables. Payment can also be made by personal check or cash. If you have not received your 2008 dues statement, please contact your broker. REALTOR® dues will be $380 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues will be $350. Note: If you are planning on moving your license in the near future: Be aware, all transfers: November 1, 2007 or after will have to have paid 2008 dues prior to transferring to a new company.

Wanted! 2008 GTAR/NORES Committee Volunteers
It’s that time of year again. GTAR/NORES is looking for members who are interested in getting involved in the Association by serving on a committee in 2008. Your participation does make a difference! In 2007, everyone who volunteered was place on a committee. For a list of all committees and a volunteer form, see pages 3 and 4 of this month’s GTAR World Newsletter; you can access it by clicking on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/Newsletter/GTARWorld_October2007.pdf Reminder: If you are currently serving on a committee and would like to continue serving, you still need to submit the volunteer form; deadline is November 15!

REALTOR® Applications
Comments on the following REALTOR® applicants should be submitted by REALTOR® members to the Membership Committee, c/o GTAR, PO Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74147.

Linda DiMercurio, d/b/a Mercury Alliance Tulsa LLC (First Publication)
John D. Sleeper, d/b/a John D. Sleeper Agency (First Publication)
Lillian Jayne, Lillian Jayne Real Estate (Second Publication)
Loetta Sanders, Loetta Sanders (Second Publication)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Weekly Facts - October 22, 2007

This Week! GTAR/NORES Annual Business Meeting – Wednesday, October 24
3:00 p.m. in the Training Center for all GTAR and NORES voting members; hors d’oeuvres will be provided. The meeting will be preceded by the dedication of the Memorial Garden at 2:15 p.m. Voting members may request absentee ballots by emailing
NORES2007Ballot@tulsarealtors.com or GTAR2007Ballot@tulsarealtors.com; faxing a request to 663-8815 or mailing a request to the Association office at P.O. Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74147.

This Week! Sales Associate Forum – Friday, October 26
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the GTAR Training Center. Find out what’s happening in surrounding communities. Representatives will be here to discuss what issues they are facing, what’s happening now and their goals for the future. The purpose of this forum is to educate the REALTOR® community about present and anticipated area growth, and increase awareness of the issues facing our communities. In this forum, Bixby, Collinsville, Coweta, Jenks, and Owasso will be represented. There will be another forum on November 2, in which Broken Arrow, Glenpool, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, and Tulsa will be represented. These forums are free, but registration is required. Log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

CE Classes Coming to GTAR in November
When CE courses are added to the calendar, the first place you will find out about them is online at tulsamls.net; all the information you need is available right there, and it’s also the easiest, fastest way to enroll for a class. Log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes. All CE classes are in the GTAR Training Center, unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, November 15: Nuts & Bolts of Foreclosures, Tax Deeds and Other Distressed Property Issues
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with one of GTAR members’ favorite instructors, Monica Wittrock, Esq. This will be the fourth time this course has been offered in the last year, and it’s been a sell out every time, so don’t wait to register! OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit.

Thursday, November 15: RESPA for REALTORS®
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. with Monica Wittrock, Esq. — She’s making a day of it. If you need a RESPA refresher, this is the class for you, and if you don’t have a clue what RESPA is or why it’s important, you really can’t afford to miss this class! OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit. (Last offered November 2005)

Reminder: Register Your Open House Information on http://www.tulsaopenhouse.com/
This is a great marketing tool for getting people to your open houses, and it’s FREE, so make sure you register! In the FIRST week of being online to the public, the site received 9,748 total hits! Other statistics include the following: Total Images Viewed = 3412; Total Property Searches = 731; Property Detail Selection = 661; Email leads Sent to Associates = 17; and Visited Agent Web Site = 7. For instructions on entering an open house, click on the following link:
http://forums.tulsarealtors.com/viewtopic.php?t=11

2008 Dues Have Been Mailed to Your Broker!
The invoices include local, state, and national dues. Payment is due November 1, 2007, and will be delinquent December 1, 2007 at which time a $20 late payment fee will be charged. You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard by logging on to tulsamls.net; under Financial Services, click GTAR Accounts Receivables. Payment can also be made by personal check or cash. If you have not received your 2008 dues statement, please contact your broker. REALTOR® dues will be $380 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues will be $350. Note: If you are planning on moving your license in the near future: Be aware, all transfers: November 1, 2007 or after will have to have paid 2008 dues prior to transferring to a new company.

Wanted! 2008 GTAR/NORES Committee Volunteers
It’s that time of year again. GTAR/NORES is looking for members who are interested in getting involved in the Association by serving on a committee in 2008. Your participation does make a difference! In 2007, everyone who volunteered was place on a committee. For a list of all committees and a volunteer form, see pages 3 and 4 of this month’s GTAR World Newsletter; you can access it by clicking on the following link:
http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/Newsletter/GTARWorld_October2007.pdf Reminder: If you are currently serving on a committee and would like to continue serving, you still need to submit the volunteer form; deadline is November 15!

REALTOR® Applications
Comments on the following REALTOR® applicants should be submitted by REALTOR® members to the Membership Committee, c/o GTAR, PO Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74147.

Lillian Jayne, Lillian Jayne Real Estate (First Publication)
Loetta Sanders, Loetta Sanders (First Publication)
Larry Frederick, d/b/a United Country Frederick Auction & Realty (Second Publication)
Cynthia Kuhnemund, Pelican Agency (Second Publication)
Eddie R. Peters, d/b/a T & E Enterprises, LLC (Second Publication)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Weekly Facts

Weekly Facts – October 15, 2007

www.tulsaopenhouse.com

is Now Online and Live!

The general public now has access to our new tulsaopenhouse.com Web site. This is a great marketing tool for getting people to your open houses, so make sure you register! For instructions, click on the following link: http://forums.tulsarealtors.com/viewtopic.php?t=11

This Week! 2007 OAR Education Conference & Trade Show – October 15 through October 17
This year’s theme is Building for the Future. Monday, October 15 through Wednesday, October 17 at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Hotel and Cox Conference Center. Among other events, there will be some CE classes offered by some very well-known instructors including Karel Murray, Pat Zaby, and Oliver Frascona. Pre-registration ended on October 10, so you may not be able to get into some of the classes. For more information, go to http://www.oarconference.com/

GTAR/NORES Annual Business Meeting – Wednesday, October 24
3:00 p.m. in the Training Center for all GTAR and NORES voting members; hors d’oeuvres will be provided. The meeting will be preceded by the dedication of the Memorial Garden at 2:15 p.m. Voting members may request absentee ballots by emailing NORES2007Ballot@tulsarealtors.com or GTAR2007Ballot@tulsarealtors.com; faxing a request to 663-8815 or mailing a request to the Association office at P.O. Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74147.

Coming Up! Two New Sales Associate Forums – Friday, October 26 and Friday, November 2
Both forums are from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the GTAR Training Center. Find out what’s happening in Tulsa and surrounding communities. Representatives will be here to discuss what issues they are facing, what’s happening now and their goals for the future. The purpose of these forums is to educate the REALTOR® community about present and anticipated area growth, and increase awareness of the issues facing our communities. On October 26 will be Bixby, Collinsville, Coweta, Jenks, and Owasso, and on November 2 will be Broken Arrow, Glenpool, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, and Tulsa. These forums are free, but registration is required. Log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

2008 Dues are in the Mail!
The invoices include local, state, and national dues. Payment is due November 1, 2007, and will be delinquent December 1, 2007 at which time a $20 late payment fee will be charged. You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard by logging on to tulsamls.net; under Financial Services, click GTAR Accounts Receivables. Payment can also be made by personal check or cash. If you have not received your 2008 dues statement by October 8, please contact your broker. REALTOR® dues will be *$380 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues will be *$350. (*Provided OAR does not raise their dues for 2008.) Note: If you are planning on moving your license in the near future: Be aware, all transfers: November 1, 2007 or after will have to have paid 2008 dues prior to transferring to a new company.

Wanted! 2008 GTAR/NORES Committee Volunteers
It’s that time of year again. GTAR/NORES is looking for members who are interested in getting involved in the Association by serving on a committee in 2008. Your participation does make a difference! In 2007, everyone who volunteered was place on a committee. For a list of all committees and a volunteer form, see pages 3 and 4 of this month’s GTAR World Newsletter; you can access it by clicking on the following link: http://ims.tulsarealtors.com/GTAR/Newsletter/GTARWorld_October2007.pdf Reminder: If you are currently serving on a committee and would like to continue serving, you still need to submit the volunteer form; deadline is November 15!

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Changes to Wood Infestation Reports
Effective November 1, wood rot will no longer be included on Wood Infestation Reports prepared by termite inspectors. Visible wood rot will continue to be reported by licensed home inspectors as outlined in their rules and regulations. If you are aware of a home inspector who is not reporting visible wood rot, please contact the Home Inspector Unit of the State Department of Health at (405) 271.5779. The Oklahoma Real Estate Contract Form Committee is aware of these changes and adjusting the statewide uniform contract. The updated version of the contract will be available to the public by the end of the year. Questions? Contact Charla Slabotsky at OAR by calling (800) 375.9944 or by emailing: Charla@OklahomaRealtors.com.

New User Forum Now Online
Want Help? Try our new NORES User Forum; go to http://forums.tulsarealtors.com/.This site contains member questions with staff answers. These are questions we receive every day and wanted to create a resourceful database of information for you to search.

Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, log on to tulsamls.net; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll for Classes, then click Register in Classes. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab.
Realist Tax System: Monday, October 15, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
ZipFormOnline: Friday, October 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

REALTOR® Applications
Comments on the following REALTOR® applicants should be submitted by REALTOR® members to the Membership Committee, c/o GTAR, PO Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74147.
Larry Frederick, d/b/a United Country Frederick Auction & Realty (First Publication)
Eddie R. Peters, d/b/a T & E Enterprises, LLC (First Publication)
Cynthia Kuhnemund, Pelican Agency (First Publication)
Janet B. Abraham, associated with CB/RaderGroup (Second Publication)
Larry Frederick, d/b/a United Country Frederick Auction & Realty (Second Publication)
Patricia Gassaway, d/b/a Gassaway Real Estate (Second Publication)
Lindsay D.Hendrix, d/b/a Trademark Properties of Oklahoma LLC (Second Publication)
Sherri E. Jones, d/b/a Prospectors Real Estate, Inc. (Second Publication)
Donna Morris, associated with CB/RaderGroup (Second Publication)

Firm Affiliate:
First Fidelity Bank, Designated Individual Amy J. Sherry (Second Publication)

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