Friday, June 12, 2009

Weekly Facts Blog – June 15, 2009

GTAR/NORES now accepts payments with American Express and Discover credit cards, in addition to Visa and MasterCard.

Help Plan Tulsa’s Future—You Decide

PLANiTULSA’s “Which Way, Tulsa?” survey asks you how you want Tulsa to grow in the future. Read all about it online and take the survey, or if you prefer, get a printed copy of the newsletter and survey at Tulsa Kum and Go Stores, library branches in the City of Tulsa, and other public places. The newsletter will tell you how to submit the survey by mail, fax, or drop off, so your voice will be heard. Don’t miss this chance. Complete the survey by June 18. For more information, go online to or call 918-576-5684.

Wednesday, June 24
Contract to Closing: The Closing Process

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center with attorneys Bob and Carol Parker. Accepting a contract on a house is only the beginning—there are crucial steps between the time a contract is obtained to the time you reach the closing table that can make or break a deal, or at least slow down the process if mishandled. This course takes an in-depth look at the closing process and covers the following: Abstracts and abstract provisions in a contract; title insurance/title opinion; mortgage plat inspection; HUD-1 Settlement Statement; responsibility of the closer; and much more. OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE credit. Register Online: Log on to and click the red Education button on the main Member Services page. For details on the class:
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Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, log in to and click the red Education Button on the main page. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab.

WYQ: What’s Your Question?: Friday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Publisher: Tuesday, June 23, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Effective July 1
Change in NORES Billing

All NORES Participants and Users: Starting July 1, users will begin receiving a quarterly bill for NORES fees such as MLS, CIE, and key fees. Bills will be sent by email, so it is imperative that your contact information on file with GTAR/NORES, especially your email address, be current and accurate. For details on the billing change, refer to page 3 of the June GTAR World newsletter online now. An automatic charge option will be available—if you prefer this method of payment, click on the following link, complete the Payment Authorization form, and return it to GTAR:
GTAR/NORES Payment Authorization Form

New Online CE Provider
GTAR now has a new online CE provider: McKissock 100% Education. Our partnership with McKissock will provide our members with a better variety of courses more pertinent to today’s market, AND will also offer CE courses for real estate appraisers, as well as, pre-licensing and license upgrade courses for appraisers. Anyone enrolled in an online course with GTAR’s old provider, (Virtual University) will be able to complete the course. For more information, refer to pages 1 and 10 of the June GTAR World newsletter online now. To access:
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Foreclosure Data
NORES users will be able to access foreclosure data via the Realist Tax System. To view the Foreclosures Quick Start Guide:
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Only 106 Backpacks to Go!
Backpacks for Kids Update: Thanks to the generosity of our members, GTAR’s Community Relations Committee has raised $9,758.46—enough to provide 194 backpacks (one backpack costs $50). We need your support so that we can provide 300 deserving kids with backpacks filled with essentials to start school this August. The remaining $5,241.54 needs to be 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. For more information on Backpacks for Kids and a donation form, click here:
Backpacks for Kids Donation Form

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.

Ruth Barnhart, d/b/a Prudential Grand Lake Wistrom Realty (First Publication)
Terri Button, d/b/a Button Realty, LLC (Second Publication)
Jeff Hilst, d/b/a Watermark Commercial Properties (Second Publication)