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: 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: 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: 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; 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; 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 (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: 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; 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; 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)