Monday, September 19, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – September 19, 2011

THIS WEEK! September 21
13th Annual Landlord Training Seminar
Presented by the Tulsa Fair Housing Partnership and hosted by GTAR. This year’s seminar will add “hands on” exercises: The first will engage all participants in a hypothetical role play exercise; the second will compare and contrast Fair Housing and Landlord Tenant Laws. Thurman Miles, director of the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Programs Center at HUD’s Regional Office in Fort Worth, Texas will begin the morning with an overview of fair housing law touching on points most relevant to landlords, but will also offer suggestions from the tenant’s perspective—special emphasis will be on advertising, reasonable accommodations, and modifications. Seminar is 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., OREC approved for 4 hours required FHR CE credit, AND provided to GTAR members and the public at NO COST! Pre-registration is required—space is limited. Register online at Continental breakfast provided courtesy of About Home Inspections Company.

More September 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.
Encore Presentation: Home Inspection and the Law: Wednesday, September 28, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.;
Dan LaBrake (HOT); sponsored by First American Home Warranty
REALTOR® Ethics: Thursday, September 29, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; Sherry Lewis; (PSC); No Cost
October 6
Get the Most Bang for Your Buck!
Learn to look at each listing and advertising opportunity for its ability to bring you closer to your goal. Spend less, sell more, and make more. The new Marketing Yourself and Your Listing course will include print and Internet advertising, direct marketing, and farming (no…we’re not talking about Farmtown or Farmville). 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. with Lori Morgan. OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE credit; sponsored by SellSmart Home Staging. Register online at
This is a new elementary school in Claremore that’s just been added to the MLS. Please refer to the Claremore Public School Site Boundary Map for more information. Remember: At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, some school boundaries were modified. Any time you take a listing, the best resource for verifying school information is to contact the school district directly. You can do this via a phone call to the district and/or checking their website. Many of the districts have look-up maps that are very useful in determining the schools for a specific property. Click Here to verify your grade school and middle school information.
Podcast: Learn About the FTC’s MAP Rule
In this free podcast, Tom Pahl, assistant director of the Financial Practices division at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), discusses how the FTC’s Mortgage Acts and Practices (MAP) rule will impact real estate professionals who provide information to consumers about mortgage products.
Free for Members: New Uses for Old Items
You can show clients a plethora of useful home ownership information—with a sense of humor. REALTOR® Content Resource offers a free article featuring four ways to repurpose old household items that you can post to your blog, starting with giving old CDs a new use. Also free are two more articles on reusing and salvaging building materials. Just a few of the 600-plus articles that can be posted to a blog, website, Facebook, or Twitter; included in e-newsletter or e-mail, or brand and hand-deliver.
Stay Safe in September and All Year Long
September is REALTOR® Safety Month, and NAR is offering associations and their members a number of resources to help real estate practitioners protect themselves in the field. You and your members can register for a webinar, download handouts, and get guidance on developing a safety strategy—all at no cost. Also, read this REALTOR® Magazine article on how to use your Smartphone to stay safe. For more information, email
Video: Start Tweeting Today!
According to the 2010 CRT Technology Survey, about 30 percent of REALTORS® are on Twitter. If your members want to know how to get started, but aren’t sure exactly how to go about using it, NAR’s Information Central has just completed a series of videos on Twitter basics, how to begin, where to find followers, and more. Take a look!
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.
David Sheppard, associated with Reddy, REALTORS® (First Publication)
Anna Yarbrough, REMAX/Preferred Properties (First Publication)