Monday, July 25, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – July 25, 2011

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.
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.
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 them, 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.
GTAR/NORES Support Site is Changing
When you go to you will be able to create and submit a ticket with your question or problem, which will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member for help. You will also be able to check the status of your ticket. In addition, there will be a new “knowledgebase” with the ability to search frequently asked questions and other helpful information.
New Version of Your Realist Tax System Coming in August! 
You don’t want to miss out on the free training. Register online to attend a demonstration now. All classes will be held in the Training Center.
Wednesday, August 10, 9:00-10:30 a.m. and 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 11, 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Monday, August 15, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
In addition, Realist will be hosting three webinars. To register for one, click on the appropriate link:
Wednesday, August 3, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 4, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 9, 9:00-10:30 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—only 3 seats left! 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
Gardening Tips for Cultivating Relationships
Cultivate relationships with clients by helping them cultivate a lush garden. You can brand, print, and deliver a free article on seven gardening mistakes to avoid, or personally deliver that plus other free gardening articles to their clients. REALTOR® Content Resource.
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.
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.
Jordan K. James, associated with JKJ Realty Company (First Publication)
William Craig Tubb, associated with John D. Sleeper Agency (First Publication)
Ryan Feilen, Ryan Feilen Realty (Second Publication)
Cynthia Minick, d/b/a Spotlight Realty, LLC (Second Publication)
Debra Norman, Debbie Norman, Inc. (Second Publication)
Firm Affiliate:
Award Listing Program, Designated Individual Quinton Dodd (Second Publication)