Friday, June 20, 2008

Weekly Facts – June 23, 2008

This Week! will be Redirected – Thursday, June 26

Thursday, June 26, there will be a MarketLinx publish;
Click Here for more information. will also be redirected to and all members will log in to the Member Services page from this site. GTAR’s public website, has been updated with significant new changes; the new version includes the following:

1. “REALTOR® benefit” section highlighting the things REALTORS® do for consumers; this is at the bottom of the home page
2. Parade of Homes link (temporary until after the parade)
3. A more prominent “Find a REALTOR®” button
4. Demographic link on each listing detail page (our new eNeighborhoods product that will be on the MLS next week).

There will also be an “Estimate Your Home’s Value” button coming soon.
Click Here to view a step by step online demonstration to update your photo and biography. If you have any questions, contact

This Week!
Successfully Selling HUD Homes – Wednesday, June 25

This class is only offered once a year, so if you’re interested in learning about HUD homes, don’t miss this class! 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center with Margo McKay, vice president of First Preston Management in Dallas, Texas. Margo will present the latest policies and procedures regarding the marketing of HUD-owned homes; OREC approved for 4 hours elective CE credit. For full course details and to register online, log on to; Under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then Register for Classes.

This Week!
Bullet Train Thinking: Retool, Re-engineer & Rethink the Way You Do Real Estate – Friday, June 27

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center with national speaker Verl Workman. It’s time to rise up, retool, re-engineer, and rethink your strategy, and start creating some cash flow.” In this energetic and inspiring presentation, Verl will show you how other successful agents are making the transition with ease and style—even on a limited budget. OREC approved: 3 hours elective CE credit. For full course details and to register online, log on to; Under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then Register for Classes.

This Week!
RPAC Online Auction Closes – Thursday, June 26

The RPAC Committee’s online auction ends Thursday, June 26. If you are interested in bidding on items, go to

This Week!
2008 Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes – Saturday, June 21 – Sunday, June 29
Presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa, and sponsored by ProBuild. Homes open 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. daily; the 2008 Parade includes 196 homes in Bartlesville, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Collinsville, Coweta, Glenpool, Jenks, Kiefer, Oologah, Owasso, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook and Tulsa. A complete guide of homes will be available in the Friday, June 20 issue of the Tulsa World, and on sale at participating QuikTrip locations, June 21 - 29. For full event details, click on the following link:

Coming Up!
Professional Standards Training – Wednesday, July 2

For Grievance Committee, Professional Standards Hearing Panel, and Appeals Panel
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with national instructor Oliver Frascona, Esq. If you are a REALTOR® member interested in serving on GTAR’s Grievance Committee or Professional Standards Committee, you need this course to qualify; this course will only be offered once per year, so don’t miss this opportunity! OREC approved for 3 hours required PSC CE credit. For course details and to register, log on to; under Member Resources, click on the Education-Enroll in Classes link, then click Register for Classes.

A Day of Technology with Dick Betts – Thursday, July 10
Both of these new courses will be in the GTAR Training Center and each are OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE credit.

The Newest/Latest/Greatest Technology Out There!
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. In this forum-style class you will walk away with so many ideas! As this is a constantly growing, ever-changing field, Dick Betts will cover a wide variety of topics, options, and ideas that today’s real estate professional must be aware of and start learning. Some of the concepts covered include, but are not limited to: creating a technology plan, websites and your presence in the online world, domain marketing, email hosting and branding, blogging (the biggest thing to hit the real estate world since leaving MLS books!), and more.

Smartphone Fundamentals for the Real Estate Professional
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
This is a “get to know your device” type course. It will show you how to navigate around the device, the six different ways to input information, how to look up information with just a thumb, how to “set up” contacts, where to store information the easiest, and some “Tips & Tricks” about getting the most out of the device. Dick will review some basic ways for agents to implement contact management and time management systems to better organize your business.

Don’t wait to register – we expect these classes to fill up quickly! If you are interested in taking both courses, you will need to register for both of them. The cost of each class for members is $15 (pre-registered) and $20 (day of). For full course details and to register online, log on to; Under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then Register for Classes.

Help with Cultural Diversity Class
The Equal Opportunity Committee is seeking panel members for a new cultural diversity class which it is developing. If you or anyone from your office is interested in educating your fellow REALTORS® on your culture, please contact Connie Montalbano at or Daniele Holland at, or call GTAR at 663-7500.

Backpacks for Kids Update
Thanks to the generosity of our members, GTAR’s PR Committee has now raised $12,581.05 for this year’s Backpacks for Kids project. We just need $2,418.95 to reach our goal of $15,000 to provide 300 deserving kids with backpacks filled with essentials to start school this August. We need to have $15,000 raised by July 1 to make this happen! All donations are tax deductible; please make checks payable to the GTAR Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 470603, Tulsa, OK 74146.

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.

Catylist Manager: Monday, June 23, 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.

Lori B. Oller, associated with GO Realty (First Publication)