Monday, February 21, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – February 21, 2011

January 2011 Home Sales Stats Now Available 
Click Here:  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. 

2010 Award Recipients
Congratulations to Jan Gordon on being named 2010 REALTOR® of the Year; Monty Berry on being named 2010 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year; and David Palik on being named 2010 GTAR Sales Associate of the Year. Royce Ellington received the 2010 President’s Award; Susan Beach received the 2010 Committee Chair Award; and Karen Burnette received the 2010 President’s Outstanding Service Award. Dan Staudt was recognized as a GTAR Life Member.

Monday, February 28
Coming to Realist
MLS data that differs from Realist data will be visible on the Realist Property Detail Report. The MLS data integration on to the reports is scheduled for Monday, February 28. Click Here for Examples
Tuesday, March 1
Changes to ZipForm
On March 1, the OKREC library will be removed from the ZipForm libraries available to GTAR primary members Click Here for more information on how to ensure your ZipForm OKREC library transactions are viewable after March. GTAR/NORES is pleased to continue providing our members with ZipForm Online at no additional cost.
Tuesday, March 1
Give Yourself a Raise…
Attend Tax Strategies for the Real Estate Professional, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at GTAR. Thomas Rich with Bradford and Company, Inc. will help you identify between $2,500 and $27,000 in new deductions that can be used right away to pocket thousands in tax savings—and he’ll present it in laymen’s terms, so everyone can understand. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required; register online at (click red Education bar, then Register for Classes). Click Here for Seminar Details
Wednesday, March 9
What do YOU know about Tulsa’s historic neighborhoods?
Probably not as much as you may think! Unravel the misconceptions of working in historic neighborhoods: attend GTAR's encore presentation of Working in Historic Neighborhoods, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at GTAR. Leave the class armed with the essential information your prospective buyers and sellers need to know. OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE credit. Register online at; Click Here for Course Details  
Wednesday, March 23
Do you work in Tulsa’s commercial real estate market?
If you do, then you won’t want to miss the 2011 Greater Tulsa Commercial Market Update, now in its 12th year! 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Chad Wilkerson, vice president and OKC branch executive of the OKC branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Mr. Wilkerson will discuss the current economic environment and predicated future trends. Brokers from area companies will provide an in-depth review of activity in each commercial market segment (Office, Retail, Land/Development, Industrial, and Multi-Family) over the last year to help identify trends and determine growth areas. Pending OREC approval for 3 hours required HOT CE credit. Take advantage of early-bird savings! Cost is $40 through March 9—after, cost will be $60. Register online at Click Here for Details and Registration Form
Thursday, April 7
Plan now to attend GTAR’s most popular annual event!
REALTOR® Appreciation Day at UMAC! Start your day with a very special CE class being taught by Brian Copeland of HGTV fame: Creating Buyer Urgency in a Challenged Market, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pre-registration cost for GTAR members is only $20—but don’t wait to register—we expect this class to sell out! After class, head over to the gymnasium for the annual free Trade Show brought to you by our wonderful affiliate members. Visit lots of booths filled with information and services, while enjoying free food, and as usual, there will be tons of door prizes given away during the show. (You do not have to attend class to attend the Trade Show!) Then, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. join Brian Copeland again for a very special YPN (Young Professionals Network) kick-off meeting; Brian is the 2011 YPN President for the National Association of REALTORS®.  (There is no cost to attend this special meeting.) Click Here for Details
Data Co-Op Program Now Available
GTAR/NORES is proud to announce our new Data Co-Op program, which is now accessible in Marketlinx. The program allows users to search other MLS’ data. The first “Data Co-Op” will be with the Oklahoma City MLS (OKMAR) system.
“It’s a Good Time to Buy” Yard Signs
We still have some “It’s a Good Time to Buy” signs left: Broken Arrow, Bixby, and Jenks. 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
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.
Daniel D. Draper, III, d/b/a Bedlam Realty, LLC (First Publication)
Angela Tinsley, d/b/a Property Solutions Real Estate Company (First Publication)