Monday, January 3, 2011

Weekly Facts Blog – January 3, 2011

If GTAR dues were not paid by January 1, 2011—by any sales associate—their GTAR membership and MLS services were suspended and keys shut off TODAY, January 3. To reinstate will require a $40 reinstatement fee, 2011 GTAR dues payment, and new paperwork from the broker. Click Here for Required Paperwork
Scam Alert!
Reports are being received of homes for sale being listed on Craigslist as rentals. The scammers are using information from website postings to make the ads look legitimate. They are asking for security deposits and first month rent to be sent to them. This is an ongoing scam. For more information, Click Here  or Google Craigslist rental scams.

Brokers/Managers: Please Update Your Files
There is a new schedule of fees for 2011 local, state, and national dues. Effective January 1, 2011, the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) is requiring GTAR to collect an additional $50 application fee for each new member. Click Here for Fee Schedule
Latest Home Sales Statistics Now Available
GTAR’s Home Sales Statistics for November 2010 are now available: Click Here

OREC Required CE Credit Hours in January
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; from the main Member Services page, simply click the red Education bar.
(FHR) Fair Housing and Ethical Practices: Thursday, January 13, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
(PSC) REALTOR® Ethics: Thursday, January 20, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
(BRA) OK Broker Relationships: Monday, January 24, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
January 19 & 20
Broker in Charge Course
Attention ALL Real Estate BROKERS: Your OREC Continuing Education Requirements are changing! If your license type is a Broker Manager (BM), Proprietor Broker (BP), or Branch Broker (BB) (even if only for ONE day during that license term) AND your real estate license expires on or after June 30, 2012, then you are required to complete an approved 15-hour Broker in Charge (BIC) class PLUS an additional 6 hours of required subject matter in at least two core courses (BRA, PSC, FHR or HOT) prior to your license renewal. Three BIC courses are currently scheduled for 2011; the first one will be Wednesday and Thursday, January 19 and 20, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in GTAR’s North Conference Room. Cost is $90. Class size is limited to 15. For more information and to register, log on to; from the Main Menu click the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes. Click Here for Course Details   
January 28
Annual REALTORS® Commercial Alliance  Celebration
Recognizing the achievements of Commercial REALTOR® members within the profession and the community and honoring the 2010 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year (to be announced at the Celebration); cost is $50 per person. The banquet will be at the Tulsa Historical Society’s Travis Mansion; cocktails start at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m. For more information and to make reservations online with a credit/debit card, go to; under Member Resources, click GTAR Events, then RCA Celebration. You can also print a Reservation Form and fax it to 918-663-8815 or mail it with a check. (Reservations must be received by January 25!)
Friday, February 4
2011 GTAR/NORES Installation & Awards Banquet
Don’t Stop Believin’: This year’s banquet is going to be at the DoubleTree Hotel Tulsa-Downtown; start with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. then enjoy a sit-down dinner and entertainment by Dave and the Wavetones. Cost is $50 per person through January 24 and $60 per person after; absolutely no reservations will be accepted after January 31. For more information and to make reservations online with a credit card, go to; under Member Resources, click GTAR Events, then 2011 Presidents’ Banquet. You can also print a Reservation Form and fax it to 918-663-8815 or mail it with a check
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.
“It’s a Good Time to Buy” Yard Signs
We still have a few “It’s a Good Time to Buy” signs left: Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks, and blank ones (no city listed); we are out of Tulsa and Owasso signs. The PR campaign yard signs are available to all GTAR members at no additional cost—all you have to do is come by the GTAR office and get them. A number of other marketing tools are available to you with this PR campaign. For more information: Click Here