Friday, July 11, 2008

Weekly Facts Blog – July 14, 2008

This Week!
OK Broker Relationships CE Class – Monday, July 14

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. The next opportunity to take this course through GTAR will be Monday, October 27, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Volunteers Still Needed!
Host a Housing Specialist from Uzbekistan through Tulsa Global Alliance
Tulsa Global Alliance (TGA) invites you to serve as volunteer citizen diplomats by opening your home and your life to international visitors and building a bridge to people from halfway around the world! TGA is pleased to announce the upcoming visit of a delegation of ten visitors from Uzbekistan coming to Tulsa to learn about “Supporting Reforms in Housing and Municipal Services” July 29 to August 14. They will be here under the auspices of the Community Connections Program, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Tulsa Global Alliance is looking for host families who would like to host visitors (as many as two per home) from Uzbekistan July 29 to August 14. To find out how you can participate by being a volunteer host family, please call Bob Lieser at 918-591-4750 or send an email to

Federal Regulations Which May Affect Your Business
The Affiliate Marketing Regulations which goes into effect on October 1, 2008
requires a company to provide a notice to consumers and an opportunity to opt out before an affiliated company can use certain information for marketing purposes.The affiliate marketing notice is in addition to the privacy notices already mandated, and would be a second required notice and opt out opportunity. To learn the details about these requirements, see the
Affiliate Marketing Regulations FAQs.

The Identity Theft Red Flags and Address Discrepancy Rules will go into effect November 1, 2008. These rules require all users of credit reports to take certain actions whenever a credit report contains a notice of an address discrepancy. The rules also require all creditors, and those that regularly arrange for credit to be provided, to establish policies and procedures to protect against identity theft. To learn the details about these requirements, see the
Identity Theft Red Flags FAQs.

NAR has also produced a podcast explaining how these rules affect real estate licensees. To view the podcast go to

SRES® Designation Course Being Offered at GTAR
Monday & Tuesday, August 25 & 26

GTAR will be offering the two-day SRES® (Senior Real Estate Specialist) Designation course for the first time on Monday and Tuesday, August 25 and 26; class will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. Cost for the course is $325, if registered by August 15 and $395 after that date (the cost includes the first year’s dues of $99 in the SRES® Council). The course is currently pending 16 hours of elective CE credit with OREC. The SRES® Designation is recognized by NAR and has over 16,000 members across the United States. Baby Boomers represent the largest and wealthiest group of buyers in the country; understand what motivates this growing market and how to address their mature needs by earning the prestigious SRES® Designation. For course details and online registration, log on to; under Member Resources, click Education-Enroll in Classes, then click Register for Classes. For more detailed information about the SRES® Designation, including member benefits, visit

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.

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.

MarketLinx 2: Wednesday, July 16, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 3: Friday, July 18, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CIE Manager: Monday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Realist Tax System: Tuesday, July 22, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 1: Wednesday, July 30, 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.

Kathryn Jones, associated with Coldwell Banker Select (First Publication)