Monday, January 24, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – January 24, 2011

TODAY—LAST Day to Make Reservations!
Annual RCA Celebration
Reservations must be received by 5:00 p.m. TODAY, Monday, January 24—no exceptions! RCA Celebration is this Friday, January 28 at the Tulsa Historical Society’s Travis Mansion; cocktails start at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m.; cost is $50 per person. To make reservations online with a credit card, log on to; under the Member Resources tab, click GTAR Events, then RCA Celebration. You can also print a Reservation Form and fax to 918-663-8815, or call 918-663-7500.
TODAY—LAST Chance for $50 Tickets!
2011 GTAR/NORES Installation & Awards Banquet
Monday, January 24 is the last day to purchase tickets for $50 each—starting tomorrow tickets will cost $60. (Absolutely no reservations will be accepted after January 31) This year’s banquet theme is Don’t Stop Believin’; the banquet will be at the DoubleTree Hotel Tulsa-Downtown; cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m.; entertainment by Dave and the Wavetones. For more information and to make reservations online with a credit card, log on to; under the Member Resources tab, click GTAR Events, then 2011 Presidents’ Banquet. You can also print a Reservation Form and fax to 918-663-8815 or mail it with a check.
It has come to our attention that a recent agreement has been signed between and, in which will fully power the real estate search on; this is expected to become effective sometime in the first week of February.  Effective immediately, will not be updating or accepting new listings until this transition is complete. We expect this to generate an increase of inquiries regarding old or stale data on from your clients. Please understand that there is nothing anyone can do at this time to correct these issues. Zillow and Yahoo expect all data issues to be resolved by the time of the cutover—tentatively planned for February 4, 2011.
2010 December Home Sales Stats Now Available 
Click Here:  We have also compiled a few graphs showing how our market has performed over time; these include year-end figures for the total number of listings taken, number of closings, and average and median sales prices from 1994-2010. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) will begin releasing monthly home sales statistics around the 15th of each month. GTAR will also begin reporting monthly home sales statistics as close to the 15th as possible to mirror the new NAR schedule. In order to provide timely and accurate data, it is extremely important that you update closing and pending information in the MLS system as soon as possible. A link to GTAR’s latest home sales statistics will be included in the GTAR Weekly Facts and posted on the MarketLinx Desktop page as soon as data is available. The statistics will continue to be released to NAR, as well as local media. 

Wednesday, February 2
REO Specialist Certification
Enhance your real estate business by connecting with banks, lenders, and their third party outsource companies in assisting with their foreclosed properties. Learn the theory and fundamentals required to participate in today's REO industry. More than 35,000 agents nationwide have now attended the REO Specialist Certification course. Cost is now $129. OREC approved: 6 hours required HOT CE credit. Register online at (Member Services, click red Education bar, then Register for Classes. Click Here for Course Details

Thursday, February 3
HAFA Short Sales Course
This new course from NAR looks at all three HAFA programs from the U.S. Treasury, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. Why do REALTORS® need to know about HAFA? The REALTOR® Code of Ethics contains numerous Articles and Standards of Practice that relate to the importance of learning about HAFA. Plus, "it is incumbent upon 'state of the art' real estate professionals to learn about these programs to assist their short sale sellers in reaching their goals." Cost is now $99. OREC approved: 6 hours required HOT CE credit. Register online at (Member Services, click red Education bar, then Register for Classes). Click Here for Course Details
Upcoming CE Classes at GTAR
Don’t wait until the end of your three-year licensing period to start working on your CE hours. As CE classes are scheduled, information and registration will be available on (Member Services, click red Education bar, then Register for Classes). All classes are in the GTAR Training Center unless otherwise indicated.
Working in Historic Neighborhoods: Thursday, February 17, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Elective)
Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required; space is limited to 14 per class. For more information and online registration: log on to on the Member Services page, click the red Education bar, then Register for Classes. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab.
Microsoft Publisher: Tuesday, January 25, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 1: Wednesday, February 9, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 2: Tuesday, February 15, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 3 (Prospect Gateway): Thursday, February 17, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Doc Manager: Thursday, February 17, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Membership 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.
Audra Brown, Audra Brown Appraisals (First Publication)
Firm Affiliate:
Main Street Title Company, Designated Individual Carla Miller (First Publication)

REMINDER: GTAR/NORES Winter Weather Policy
We are in that time of year when the weather does not always work in our favor; therefore, GTAR/NORES has established the following inclement weather policy for all education classes at GTAR (CE, Computer, New Member Orientation, etc.): If Tulsa Public Schools are closed the day of a scheduled class due to hazardous driving conditions, the GTAR/NORES class is canceled. Depending on the type of class being canceled, the class will either be rescheduled for a future date or a full refund will be issued. In addition, for those of you who live outside the Tulsa area, if schools in your area are closed the day of class or you are uncomfortable making the drive, you can still receive a refund, but you MUST call or email us that day (day of the class). You cannot just be a “no show” and expect a refund. Please be sure to check one of the local news channels the night before and/or morning of a scheduled class for school closings.