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 Web Site Now Online
Click on the following link to check it out:

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 To see examples of the items available, click on the following link:

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; 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; 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; 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
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:

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: 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: 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)