Friday, June 5, 2009

Weekly Facts Blog – June 8, 2009

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

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 much 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 but starting. For more information, refer to pages 1 and 10 of the June GTAR World newsletter online now:
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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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Tuesday, June 9
Real Estate and the Fair Housing Act

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center with new instructor James Collins. OREC approved for 3 hours required FHR CE credit. (If you previously took this course at GTAR, course number FHR080, and are still in the same licensing period at the time of this offering, you cannot receive CE credit this time.) Register online at – Log in and click the red Education button on the main page.

Tuesday, June 9
2009 Parade of Homes Kick Off Event – Builder REALTOR® Party

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Home Builders Association. Tulsa area builders and REALTORS® working together—telling the public “Tulsa. It’s Rock Solid.” One lucky REALTOR® will win a cruise for two. Please RSVP by fax no later than Friday, June 5. For details and an RSVP form:
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Wednesday, June 10
OREC Meeting in Tulsa – Earn Free Required HOT CE Credit

The next Oklahoma Real Estate Commission meeting will be in Tulsa at the Radisson Hotel (10918 E. 41st Street); 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Those not on the agenda and that do not participate in the meeting will qualify for required HOT CE credit. Don’t miss this special opportunity to observe how the complaint and penalty processes work in real life cases. No registration is required and there is no cost to attend. If you have any questions regarding this meeting, call OREC at (866) 521-3389.

Thursday, June 11
CIE - Xceligent Basics

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Open to all current CIE subscribers. Pre-registration is required. To enroll, log in to and click the red Education Button on the main page. Class will be in the GTAR Computer Lab. If you have any questions, please contact Renae at or call 663-7500.

Wednesday, June 17
Meth Madness: The New Epidemic

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center with Bill Coye, owner of APEX BioClean. Thanks largely to the new “shake-and-bake” and “one-pot” cooking methods, there’s a new meth epidemic in town. And since meth labs are most often assembled in residential areas, including houses and apartment complexes, it is more important now than ever to not only be an alert neighbor but an alert real estate professional, and education is the key. OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit. For more information and to register online: Log on to and click the red Education button on the main Member Services page.

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.

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.

1004MC for Appraisers: Wednesday, June 10, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
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

Only 133 Backpacks to Go!
Backpacks for Kids Update: Thanks to the generosity of our members, GTAR’s Community Relations Committee has raised $8,394.66—enough to provide 160 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 $6,605.34 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.

Terri Button, d/b/a Button Realty, LLC (First Publication)
Jeff Hilst, d/b/a Watermark Commercial Properties (First Publication)