Friday, June 24, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – June 27, 2011
(If you have a problem with any of the links below, please use this link: http://gtarweeklyfacts.blogspot.com/)

Reminder: The GTAR/NORES office will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. We hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!
Changing of the Guard
Al J. Unser, chief executive officer of GTAR/NORES will retire June 30, 2011, after 20 years with the association. Mike Cotrill, GTAR/NORES’ chief operating officer for the past six years will succeed Al as CEO at that time.
Happy Retirement Al!
We wish Al a happy, healthy, fun-filled retirement! If you would like to leave Al a personal message as he embarks on his new adventures in retirement, click here
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 2: Monday, June 27, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 3 (Prospect Gateway): Wednesday, June 29, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Realist Tax System: Wednesday, July 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Get All 12 OREC Required CE Hours in July!
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 $15 pre-registered and $20 day of class, unless otherwise noted. All classes are held in the GTAR Training Center.
Fair Housing and Ethical Practices: Wednesday, July 6, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Kathryn Jones (req. FHR CE)
Encore Presentation: The New HUD Internet Training: Wednesday, July 13, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Mary Berry (req. HOT CE)
NEW: Risk Management: Thursday, July 14, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Lori Morgan (elective)
OK Broker Relationships: Monday, July 18, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Ann Lloyd (req. BRA)
REALTOR® Ethics: Thursday, July 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; (req. PSC); No Cost
Home Ownership Matters
Proposed Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rules may lead to high down payment requirements for future home buyers. Fortunately, the public has until August 1 to provide their feedback on this controversial and troubling proposal. NAR voices support for H.R. 1859, legislation that takes a comprehensive approach to reforming the housing finance market.

Tell Congress: Ensure Your Clients Have Access to Affordable Mortgages

On September 30, the cost of a mortgage could rise significantly. If this happens, many of your clients run the risk of being priced out of the American Dream of home ownership. Even worse, this could hold back the housing recovery. As REALTORS®, you know that well-qualified buyers don't need yet another hurdle to access affordable mortgage financing. Please contact Congress today and communicate clearly that a housing recovery depends on keeping mortgages affordable, and that Congress needs to prevent these higher loan limits from taking effect.

Amended City of Tulsa Zoning Code
The City of Tulsa Zoning Code has been updated, and includes all amendments as of May 27, 2011. See Amendment Inventory for new amendments. 
Tulsa Designer Showcase Needs Your Help
Tulsa Designer Showcase, benefiting the Foundation for Tulsa Schools, is seeking a location for its 2012 fundraising event. To be considered, house needs minimum square footage of 5,000, up street parking available, and curb appeal. Locations Desired: Woody Crest, Maple Ridge, Gillette, Ranch Acres, Southern Hills, Riverside, Riverview, Swan Lake, Yorktown, Bolewood Acres (most anywhere in midtown). Ideal Scenario: House recently purchased in need of updating and d├ęcor; a difficult to sell property that has been on the market for extended period (will receive huge media attention). Benefits to the Owner: Heavily discounted draperies, furnishings, rugs and accessories; donated paint/paint finishes and labor; more than 20 local designer design ideas and consultation for free. If you have a location that you think meets these qualifications, and are interested in applying, please call Paula Dellavedova @ 918.746.6602 or 918.902.0809 or email pauladell@cox.net.
May 2011 Home Sales Stats Now Available
New Advertising Opportunities Now Available to GTAR Affiliate Members
GTAR Affiliate members can now buy advertising in the monthly GTAR World Newsletter and GTAR Weekly Facts. For pricing information and ad specs, click here
Under Construction: GTAR/NORES Office
We’re still under construction. Please use the north (back) entrance to the building.

Monday, June 20, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – June 20, 2011


May 2011 Home Sales Stats Now Available
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.
Doc Manager: Monday, June 20, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 1: Tuesday, June 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 2: Monday, June 27, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 3 (Prospect Gateway): Wednesday, June 29, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Realist Tax System: Wednesday, July 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
July CE Classes at GTAR
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 $15 pre-registered and $20 day of class, unless otherwise noted. All classes are held in the GTAR Training Center.
Fair Housing and Ethical Practices: Wednesday, July 6, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Kathryn Jones (req. FHR CE)
Encore Presentation: The New HUD Internet Training: Wednesday, July 13, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Mary Berry (req. HOT CE)
NEW: Risk Management: Thursday, July 14, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Lori Morgan (elective)
OK Broker Relationships: Monday, July 18, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Ann Lloyd (req. BRA)
REALTOR® Ethics: Thursday, July 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; (req. PSC); No Cost
New Advertising Opportunities Now Available to GTAR Affiliate Members
GTAR Affiliate members can now buy advertising in the monthly GTAR World Newsletter and GTAR Weekly Facts. For pricing information and ad specs, click here
Are You Interested in Serving as an OAR Director?
If you are please email your contact information to: jbays@tulsarealtor.com by June 22, 2011.
Backpacks for Kids Needs Your Help!
$7,615.95 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 half, 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 
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.
REALTOR®:
Annie Hamilton, Hamilton Group Real Estate (Reinstatement, Second Publication)
Under Construction: GTAR/NORES Office
For the next few weeks the front lobby will be closed. Please use the north (back) entrance to the building.

Monday, June 13, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – June 13, 2011

This Week!
Wednesday, June 15
Broker Price Opinion (BPO): The Agent’s Role in the Valuation Process
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Be among the first in Oklahoma to take this new certification course from NAR—GTAR is the first association to offer it! “The BPO Resource certification not only adds value to the services provided by REALTORS®, but also it helps practitioners grow their business.” Cost is now $129. OREC approved: 6 hours elective CE credit. Register online at tulsarealtors.com. Click Here for Course Details  
This Week!
Thursday, June 16
Short Sales and Foreclosures: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This popular course from 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. Cost is now $129. 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
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.
Publisher: Thursday, June 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Doc Manager: Monday, June 20, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 1: Tuesday, June 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
New Advertising Opportunities Now Available to GTAR Affiliate Members
GTAR Affiliate members can now buy advertising in the monthly GTAR World Newsletter and GTAR Weekly Facts. For pricing information and ad specs, click here
Tulsa, Union and Bartlesville School District changes have now been updated in MLS
All users need to update their current listings with the new school information. Go to www.tulsarealtors.com/schools to verify your grade school and middle school information. 
Are You Interested in Serving as an OAR Director?
If you are please email your contact information to: jbays@tulsarealtor.com by June 22, 2011.
OAR REALTOR® of the Year
The Oklahoma REALTOR® is seeking nominations for its 2011 OAR REALTOR® of the Year. Click here for a list of previous REALTOR® of the Year recipients. To request more information, please contact jbays@tulsarealtors.com.
Backpacks for Kids Needs Your Help!
$7,615.95 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 half, 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 
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.
REALTOR®:
Annie Hamilton, Hamilton Group Real Estate (Reinstatement, First Publication)
Firm Affiliate:
Gregory Pitts Insurance Agency, Inc., Designated Individual Gregory Pitts (Second Publication)
Under Construction: GTAR/NORES Office
For the next few weeks the front lobby will be closed. Please use the north (back) entrance to the building.

Monday, June 6, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – June 6, 2011


Over 800 Open Houses!
Great job GTAR members! Thanks to you, Nationwide Open House Weekend was a great success—over 800 open houses were listed on tulsarealtors.com over the weekend.


Early-Bird Registration ENDS June 8!
Broker Price Opinion (BPO): The Agent’s Role in the Valuation Process
Be among the first in Oklahoma to take this new certification course from NAR—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 8) is $129. Space is limited, so don’t wait to register! Class is Wednesday, June 15, 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 ENDS June 8!
Short Sales and Foreclosures: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know
This popular course from 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 8) 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
This Week!
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.  
THIS WEEK!
Tuesday, June 7
You Could Have Just Overpaid Your Taxes…Pay Less Tax…Starting Now!
Attend the encore presentation of 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 tulsarealtors.com (click red Education bar, then Register for Classes). Click Here for Details
April 2011 Home Sales Stats Now Available
New Advertising Opportunities Now Available to GTAR Affiliate Members
GTAR Affiliate members can now buy advertising in the monthly GTAR World Newsletter and GTAR Weekly Facts. For pricing information and ad specs, click here
Tulsa, Union and Bartlesville School District changes have now been updated in MLS
All users need to update their current listings with the new school information. Go to www.tulsarealtors.com/schools to verify your grade school and middle school information. 
Backpacks for Kids Needs Your Help!
$5,703.95 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 
OAR REALTOR® of the Year
The Oklahoma REALTOR® is seeking nominations for its 2011 OAR REALTOR® of the Year. Click here for a list of previous REALTOR® of the Year recipients. To request more information, please contact jbays@tulsarealtors.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.
Publisher: Thursday, June 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Doc Manager: Monday, June 20, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 1: Tuesday, June 21, 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.
Firm Affiliate:
Gregory Pitts Insurance Agency, Inc., Designated Individual Gregory Pitts (First Publication)
Under Construction: GTAR/NORES Office
For the next few weeks the front lobby will be closed. Please use the north (back) entrance to the building.



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