Monday, February 28, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – February 28, 2011

Monday, February 28
Now Available on Realist
MLS data that differs from Realist data is now visible on the Realist Property Detail Report. Click Here for Examples
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
Tuesday, March 1
Changes to ZipForm
On March 1, the OKREC library will be removed from the ZipForm libraries available to GTAR primary membersClick 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.
Party Pics: 2011 GTAR/NORES Installation & Awards Banquet
Over 350 GTAR members and their guests attended the annual banquet on February 18. Take a walk down memory lane—courtesy of Obeo—view photos taken over the last five GTAR/NORES Banquets, including this year’s. Thank you 2011 Banquet Sponsors for making this event possible.
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.

Attention Brokers/Managers:
When sending a new associate for processing, please be sure you refer to the 2011 REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® Dues Breakout.  You can find New Member information at under Forms & Contracts; Click Here for Fee Schedule

January 2011 Home Sales Stats Now Available 
Wednesday, March 9
Do YOU know Tulsa’s historic neighborhoods?
Amanda DeCort and Ed Sharrer with the Tulsa Preservation Commission will unravel the misconceptions of working in historic neighborhoods in their 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 over the last year to help identify trends and determine growth areas. OREC approved 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: 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
CRS 200 in Oklahoma City
Business Planning & Marketing for the Residential Specialist: Create a strong business that will withstand any market condition—while making a profit. Presented by Robert Morris, this course will be held at the OKC Metropolitan Association of REALTORS (3131 NW Expressway); two-day course, Thursday, March 31 through Friday, April 1. For more information, click on the following link: CRS 200 Course Details and Registration

Make Sure Your Calls Go Through
In April of this year, the new 539 area code will be available in Oklahoma. You'll still be able to request a 918 area code, but only as long as they remain available. This is going to affect all of us because beginning March 5, it will be necessary for everyone of us to dial all 10 digits in every phone number you dial, whether from your landline or from your cell phone. As you look around your house and your business, think about those devices that might require a phone number that you don't usually think of, and add the area code to the numbers. Be sure to check all your devices such as burglar alarms with auto dialers, fax machines, and of course, the numbers stored in the phonebook on your cell phone. Do it now while you’re thinking about it—you'll be glad you did! (From GTAR Affiliate Member, Dave Block, Block Business Solutions)
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.
Donald C. Casey, d/b/a Onyx Realty Group, LLC (First Publication)
Daniel D. Draper, III, d/b/a Bedlam Realty, LLC (Second Publication)
Angela Tinsley, d/b/a Property Solutions Real Estate Company (Second Publication)