Thursday, March 27, 2008

Weekly Facts – March 31, 2008

2008 Fair Housing Poster Contest
April has been designated Fair Housing month by NAR, and to commemorate this theme in our community, GTAR’s Equal Opportunity Committee is sponsoring a poster contest for all elementary school children in Tulsa and surrounding communities – 30,000 flyers were printed and sent to all elementary schools in the communities that GTAR/NORES serves. The contest is open to anyone in grades 1 through 5 who wish to participate. If you know a child who would like to participate, please give them a flyer! You can access the flyer with all the details by clicking on the following link:

A grand prize winner will be selected from each grade level and awarded $100! From April 21 to April 30, posters will be on display at the GTAR office, and the winners will be determined by YOU, our members! So be sure to come by the office and vote for your favorite!

Coming Up in Just ONE Week!
REALTOR® Appreciation Day on It’s New Day – Thursday, April 10

GTAR’s annual REALTOR® Appreciation Day Trade Show and special CE class is at a new time; Plan now to attend the free Trade Show at UMAC from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. brought to you by GTAR’s wonderful affiliate members. Visit more than 55 booths of information and services, while enjoying free food, and as usual, there will be tons of door prizes given away during the show. New this year: Look for the row of tech booths including Top Producer and e-PRO. For more information on the Trade Show, click on the following link:

Prior to the Trade Show, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at UMAC in the Redskin room, earn 3 hours of elective CE credit in the class eStrategies: How to Give Consumers What They Really Want with national instructor, Verl Workman. Over the last 15 years, Mr. Workman has been educating, motivating and training sales associates, entrepreneurs, real estate agents and brokers and other audiences worldwide. His exposure and knowledge covers all aspects of sales, marketing, self-promotion, real estate, management and technology tools. Verl has delivered more than 500 seminars over the past 8 years and has helped thousands of people reach their goals through his empowering presentations, tools, and personal coaching programs.Cost for GTAR members is $15 pre-registered and $20 the day of class (if it’s not sold out). For more information on the class and to register online with Visa or MC: Under Member Resources, click Education–Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

Certification for Homebuyer Education Professionals: Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 11
It’s never been more important to protect the value of homeownership! The Oklahoma Homebuyer Education Association is offering Certification for Homebuyer Education Professionals 5-day training sessions with OHEA Certification Exam April 7 – 11 in Tulsa, and September 8 – 12 in OKC. Prospective homeowners need to hear the whole story from someone they trust—make it you! Know what every homebuyer should know before buying; learn how to help prospective buyers understand what you know; teach your clients the principles for successfully maintaining homeownership. OREC approved for 21 hours elective CE credit. Advance registration: $315 for five days (includes all fees and membership dues through December 2008). For more information, call (405) 949-1495 or email or visit You can also click on the following link:

National Association of Home Builders Sales & Marketing with Henry Thomas – Thursday, April 24
The NAHB class that combines the best of Essential Closing Strategies & Marketing on a Shoe String Budget, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Tulsa HBA Office; continental breakfast and lunch included; registration fee is $250 – member discounts available for Sales & Marketing and HBA members. Pending 8 hours elective CE with OREC. For more information, call Stacy Hendrickson at (918) 663-5820 or email her at
Teleconference: OREC Revised OK Contract and Related Addenda – Friday, April 25
OREC is offering this new class statewide via teleconference at two times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. GTAR will be hosting these classes in the GTAR Training Center. The classes will be lecture only, and broadcast from Metro Technology Center in OKC. The instructor will be Terry Pufahl, who serves on the OREC Contract Committee. OREC approved for required HOT CE credit. Attendees will receive a copy of the forms, and the instructor will explain the changes to the contract and related addenda. These classes are free but registration is required. For more information on the class and to register online with Visa or MC: Under Member Resources, click Education–Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award Opens Call for Entries
Nominations are now open for the National Association of REALTORS® ninth annual REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Awards. The program recognizes REALTORS® whose extraordinary commitment to volunteer work has helped make their community a better place to live. The five winners will be announced in November in REALTOR Magazine. Each winner will be recognized at the 2008 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida, receive travel expenses to the conference, national media exposure for his or her community cause, and a $10,000 grant. In addition to the winners, five honorable mentions will each receive a $2,500 grant. Good Neighbor Awards entries must be received by Friday, May 23, 2008. For more details and a nomination form, call (800) 874-6500, visit and click the Good Neighbor button, or see the March 2008 issue of REALTOR® Magazine.

OK Broker Relationships CE Class – Monday, April 21
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center with Ann Lloyd. OREC approved for 3 hours required (BRA) CE credit. Register online with Visa or MC: Under Member Resources, click Education–Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes.

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: Friday, April 4, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Excel: Monday, April 7, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Publisher: Friday, April 11, 9:00 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.

Mitchell Thiessen, associated with Keller Williams Realty (First Publication)
Rodney McCalman, associated with Chinowth & Cohen (Second Publication)
Mark A. Trujillo, d/b/a United Country Realty (Second Publication)
Holly Walters, d/b/a Walters Real Estate (Second Publication)