Monday, August 1, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – August 1, 2011

GTAR/NORES Office Hours Expanded
Effective August 1, office hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:30 p.m. Services available Friday afternoons will be limited to key, keyboxes, payments, member processing, and helpdesk.
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. click here
Thursday, August 4, 3:00-4:30 p.m. click here
Tuesday, August 9, 9:00-10:30 a.m. click here
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.
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.
Teresa O’Rourke, O’Rourke Real Estate (Reinstatement, First Publication)
Jordan K. James, associated with JKJ Realty Company (Second Publication)
William Craig Tubb, associated with John D. Sleeper Agency (Second Publication)