Monday, July 18, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – July 18, 2011

July CE Classes
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.
TODAY! OK Broker Relationships: Monday, July 18, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Ann Lloyd (req. BRA)
THIS WEEK! REALTOR® Ethics: Thursday, July 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; (req. PSC); No Cost—only a few seats left!
July 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.
THIS WEEK! Doc Manager: Wednesday, July 20, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
MarketLinx 1: Monday, July 25, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 2: Wednesday, July 27, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 3 (Prospect Gateway): Friday, July 29, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
August 9 & 10
Broker in Charge Course
Attention ALL Real Estate BROKERS: Your OREC Continuing Education Requirements are changing! If your license type is a Broker Manager (BM), Proprietor Broker (BP), or Branch Broker (BB)—even if only for ONE day during that license term—AND your real estate license expires on or after June 30, 2012, then you are required to complete an approved 15-hour Broker in Charge (BIC) class PLUS an additional 6 hours of required subject matter in at least two core courses (BRA, PSC, FHR or HOT) prior to your license renewal. Class is 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days and the maximum class size is 12. Cost is $90. For more information and to register, log on to; from the Main Menu click the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes. (The next BIC class will be November 2 & 3.)
August 17
Are You Keeping Up with Technology?
GTAR will be offering two special classes with Dick Betts: Top Technology Trends, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Smartphones, Tablets and Pads…Oh My! 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The 30,000 real estate professionals who attend Dick’s training each year have much success at rethinking and retooling the way they conduct business. The end result is a much improved level of customer service care being achieved by those embracing the technology and practices covered in his classes. Each class is OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE credit. Cost is $15 pre-registered or $20 the day of class. Register online at To learn more about these two classes, click here
August 19
Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS® Night at the Ballpark
Click Here for tickets to the Firework Show when the Tulsa Drillers host the Midland Rockhounds at ONEOK Field. For easy step-by-step instructions, go to
Offset Negative Media with Local Stats
Recording available from NAR on using local statistics to counteract negative housing market coverage at the national level.
Fannie, Freddie Conflicts-of-Interest Rules
Questions have been raised about conflicts of interest and other policies applicable to REO properties acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Brokers can lose their current and future REO listings for violations, so it’s important to understand these policies. Summary of the rules.
July 28
Webinar: Bed Bugs: Know Them, Eliminate Them – Available from NAR at No Cost
Bed bugs are a growing problem in both residential and commercial real estate. Hear from one of the country’s top bed bug authorities, Lyn Garling of the Integrated Pest Management Program at Penn State University, on how sales associates and property managers can help their clients identify them, get rid of them, and, if they don’t already have then, keep them out. The hour-long presentation will include visuals and links to brochures, fact sheets, and other free resources that can be passed along to clients. When: Thursday, July 28, 3 p.m., Eastern Time. Register and share link with your members.
Recording available from NAR: Offset Negative Media with Local Stats
Make available to your members the archived version of yesterday’s webinar on using local statistics to counteract negative housing market coverage at the national level.
Call for Action: Tell Congress to Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program
Right now Congress is debating whether to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It expires on September 30, 2011. This is the tenth time in three years this program has been set to expire. It’s time we stop the band-aid approach to flood insurance and give the program a long-term extension. For this reason we are urging Congress to reauthorize NFIP for five years. Do you know what happens every year when the deadline nears? Lenders stall closings, adding more uncertainty to our already tentative marketplace. Over 20,000 communities nationwide depend on this program to buy and sell real estate. You simply cannot acquire a mortgage without flood coverage, and a policy cannot be issued without the assistance of this program. Maintaining available and affordable flood insurance for all Americans that need it is vital to keeping the market running smoothly. Please take action today.

Call for Action: Maintain Federal Loan Limits
FHA and the conforming loan limits of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac expire at the end of the federal fiscal year, September 30. If lawmakers take no action, the limits drop to 115 percent from 125 percent of the area median home price, and the high-cost limits are reduced to $625,500 from $729,750. Such a reduction would destabilize the housing market at a time when sales are struggling to recover, NAR says. The association is asking lawmakers to support bi-partisan legislation, H.R. 1754, by Gary Miller (R-Calif.) and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), to keep limits where they are. Please contact Congress today, tell your lawmakers to support this bill and maintain current loan limits. Learn more about the issue in a short video with NAR Government Affairs. Access a chart showing how loan limits would change in your area.
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.
Ryan Feilen, Ryan Feilen Realty (First Publication)
Cynthia Minick, d/b/a Spotlight Realty, LLC (First Publication)
Debra Norman, Debbie Norman, Inc. (First Publication)
Firm Affiliate:
Award Listing Program, Designated Individual Quinton Dodd (First Publication)