Tuesday, May 31, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – May 30, 2011

Open Houses Open Doors to Buying Opportunities!
So what could be better than a weekend full of open houses? GTAR will be encouraging consumers to tour homes and learn more about the benefits of home ownership. Plan to be a part of the 2011 REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend, hosted by GTAR and the National Association of REALTORS®, as well as, other local associations across the country, on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5. The Nationwide Open House Weekend offers buyers a stress-free way to visit homes for sale in different neighborhoods where they might want to live. For sellers, the weekend provides a high-visibility effort to promote traffic and drive home sales. To enter an Open House in tulsarealtors.com: Click NORES Member Login; Log in to the site; at the main menu, click on Open House/View Webstats; select the property to add as an Open House; pick the date and time; click Save. To view a video of instructions: Click Here
Signs for Nationwide Open House Weekend – June 4-5
Your GTAR store is well-stocked with all the signs you need to host your open houses during the Nationwide Open House Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, 2011, including Open House, For Sale, Open Saturday, Open Sunday, directional, and riders.
Attention Brokers/Managers
Please make sure that ALL of your associates have paid their second quarter NORES fees by May 31. ALL COMPANIES who have outstanding NORES invoices on June 1, 2011, will be SUSPENDED from ALL NORES services (MLS, Keys, Xceligent). In addition, a $50 reinstatement fee will be added to the broker which must be paid before NORES services are reinstated.
Early-Bird Registration thru June 6!
Broker Price Opinion (BPO): The Agent’s Role in the Valuation Process
With the changing real estate landscape and the increased use of broker price opinions (BPOs) by market participants, the National Association of REALTORS® has launched a new certification, BPO Resource, recognizing REALTORS® who have completed NAR’s new BPO education program. Be among the first in Oklahoma to take this course—GTAR is the first association to offer it! “As the real estate market evolves, we are seeing more demand for broker price opinions, and it’s imperative that REALTORS® are knowledgeable and educated about how BPOs work, as well as the risks involved,” said NAR President Ron Phipps.“The BPO Resource certification not only adds value to the services provided by REALTORS®, but also it helps practitioners grow their business.” Early-bird price is $99—late registration (after June 6) is $129. Space is limited, so don’t wait to register! Class is Wednesday, June 16, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. OREC approved: 6 hours elective CE credit. Register online at tulsarealtors.com. Click Here for Course Details  
Early-Bird Registration thru June 6!
Short Sales and Foreclosures: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know
This popular course by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) of NAR was specifically designed to show how the real estate practitioner can serve as a resource for sellers and buyers in the brokerage of distressed properties. Early-bird price is $99—late registration (after June 6) is $129. Space is limited, so don’t wait to register! Class is Thursday, June 16, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. OREC approved: 6 hours required HOT CE credit. This is also a qualifying course for the Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) Designation. Register online at tulsarealtors.com. Click Here for Course Details
Tuesday, June 7
Commercial Fair Housing and Other Legal Issues
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with Kathryn Jones and Attorney, Kelly Monaghan. Learn how fair housing does and does not relate to commercial real estate; this class is open to both commercial and residential members. OREC approved: 3 hours FHR CE credit. Register online at tulsarealtors.com.  
You’re Invited! Parade of Homes Kick-Off Party
HBA is hosting a REALTOR® and builder party, Thursday, June 2, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the HBA of Greater Tulsa. This is your chance to get a sneak peek at what homes and price ranges will be available during this year’s Parade of Homes, along with participating developments. There will be cash prizes, drinks, and food. Please RSVP to Marlena at 918-663-5820 or mturley@tulsahba.com. View Invitation
Tulsa and Bartlesville School District changes have now been updated in MLS
All users need to update their current listings with the new school information. Click here to verify your grade school and middle school information. Union Schools are still being updated in the system.

Backpacks for Kids Needs Your Help!
$5,653.95 of our $15,000 goal has been raised—thank you to everyone who has contributed so far! We only have until June 30 to collect the remaining two thirds, so we can provide 300 backpacks filled with basic essentials to deserving kids. No donation is too small or unappreciated—it’s your generosity that makes this project a success! To learn more about GTAR’s Backpacks for Kids program and get a donation form, visit www.BPJustforMe.com 
Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required; space is limited to 14 per class. For more information and to enroll: log on to tulsarealtors.com, click the red Education bar on the Member Services page, then click Register for Classes. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab.
MarketLinx 3 (Prospect Gateway): Tuesday, May 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Realist Tax System: Wednesday, June 1, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Publisher: Thursday, June 16, 1:00 – 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.
Larry Waits, Atlas Appraisal (Second Publication)
GTAR/NORES Office Under Construction
For the next few weeks the front lobby will be closed. Please use the north (back) entrance to the building.