Monday, February 1, 2010

Weekly Facts Blog – February 1, 2010

Today, Monday, February 1 is the Last Day to Buy Tickets for the February 5th GTAR/NORES Installation & Awards Banquet. Absolutely no reservations will be accepted after February 1.
To make your reservations online with a credit card, go to; under Member Resources, click GTAR Events, then 2010 Presidents’ Banquet. Or, call GTAR at 918-663-7500 during office hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.).

Build Your REO Business with this Dynamic REO Course!
In this new two-day course (REO Specialist) you will learn how to obtain BPOs and REO listings, manage REO listings, work with the REO purchaser, finance the REO transaction, and much more. More than 12,000 agents nationwide have completed this course. Don’t miss out! Tuesday and Wednesday, February 23 and 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center with Marlene Burkhart. Cost is $179. OREC approved for 12 hours of elective CE credit. Click on the following link for detailed course information and registration: REO Specialist Course Details. To learn more about how becoming an REO Specialist can help you immediately increase your business: Click Here for Video

Upcoming CE Classes
For details and online registration, log on to; on the main Member Services page, click the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes. All classes are in the GTAR Training Center and cost $15 pre-registered or $20 the day of class, unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, February 9: Commercial Fair Housing and Other Legal Issues (required FHR), 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Learn how fair housing does and does not relate to commercial real estate; this class is open to both commercial and residential members. Click Here for Course Details

Thursday, February 11: Home Inspection and the Law (required HOT), 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
New Course: Learn what will and will not be inspected, how to prepare your listing for a good inspection, and more. Click Here for Course Details

Tuesday, February 16: Basic Contracts (required HOT), 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This course will benefit sales associates who are new to real estate, as well as associates needing a refresher on accurately completing the contract of sale. The latest version of the Oklahoma Uniform Contract of Sale of Real Estate and related forms will be used for this class. Click Here for Course Details

Wednesday, March 17: RESPA (required HOT), 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Due to the high demand for "What the 2010 RESPA Changes Mean to Me and My Business" course we have scheduled an additional class with Monica Wittrock. If you are interested in attending this course, DO NOT WAIT TO REGISTER or you may miss out! Both classes scheduled for Wednesday, February 3 are FULL. (If you were registered for this class, you were notified via email that your registration has automatically been moved to the new date. If this date works for you, no further action is needed on your part. If you cannot make the new date, you can receive a full refund, but you MUST call 663-7500 or email BEFORE February 3.) Click Here for Course Details

Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, log in to and click the red Education bar on the main page. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab.

MarketLinx 1: Wednesday, February 3, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Computer Basics: Monday, February 8, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 2: Tuesday, February 9, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 3 (Prospect Gateway): Friday, February 12, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Exciting News from GE Security
GE Security has released a new version of eKEY for Windows Mobile (version 4.3.19). This version adds eKey support for Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 touch screen smartphones. For a complete list of Certified Devices that adds several new devices, including: HTC Touch Pro 2; HTC Imagio; HTC Pure; HTC Tilt 2; Samsung Intrepid; Samsung Omnia 2, please go to the Supra website. This release supports all Windows Mobile touch screen smartphones running Windows Mobile 5.0 or greater. For those devices that do not have Infrared, it will still be necessary to use an eKEY fob. Fobs can be purchased directly from GE Security for $49.95 plus shipping and applicable taxes.

CRS205: Financing and Tax Course
Thursday and Friday, February 18 and 19 at the Marriott Oklahoma City with Dale Carlton. Register online at This course is being offered by the Oklahoma CRS Chapter and OKCMAR.

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.

David E. Whisenhunt, Whisenhunt Realty (First Publication)