Friday, June 24, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – June 27, 2011
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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, 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, 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 décor; 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
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.