Monday, September 26, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – September 26, 2011

THIS WEEK! September 28
Home Inspection and the Law
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. In this popular course with Dan LaBrake, you will learn what inspectors are required to do and prohibited from doing by state law; how to see defects yourself; how to prepare your listing for a good inspection, and much more. OREC approved for 4 hours required HOT CE credit; sponsored by First American Home Warranty. Register online at

THIS WEEK! September 29
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. OREC approved for 3 hours required PSC CE credit. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited—fewer than 15 seats are currently available. Register online at
NORES 4th Quarter Billing
Notices will be emailed on October 3, and payment is due by October 15, 2011, to avoid late penalty. You can view your invoice and pay online at; from the main Member Services page, click the yellow View/Pay Bill bar, then click NORES Accounts Receivables.
Where Oh Where Do Your Dues Dollars Go?
It’s that time of year again—time to pay your annual GTAR dues for 2012. Notices will be emailed the first week of October, and payment is due by November 30, 2011. REALTOR® dues are $474 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues are $444; you may wonder: what’s included in those dues? Find out by going to
October 6
Get the Most Bang for Your Buck!
In the new course, Marketing Yourself and Your Listing, you will 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 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
August Home Sales Stats Now Available
Go to You can access the statistics page at any time by clicking on "REALTOR® Resources" on the menu to the left, then clicking on "Monthly Home Sales Statistics."

GTAR Ranked #1 in Top Performing MLS Consumer Websites for July

WAV Group, through its license with Experian Hitwise data recently analyzed the online performance of MLS consumer websites across the country based on various membership categories. Based on website visits, GTAR ranked #1 in the 2,500-4,999 members category with 200,122 visits to Read Full Story
“Strong Economy, Jobs Spell Good News for REALTORS®
According to Inman News, “Not only is Oklahoma thriving (personal income growth at 8 percent is the fifth best in the country), but unemployment is well below the national average, all sectors are showing job growth including construction, and the housing market is very healthy.” Read Full Story
2011 Contract of Sale of Real Estate and Other Related Forms
OREC is offering a new “live” course designed to explain changes to the state contracts, answer licensees questions, and to receive feedback. There will be two classes on October 6 at Tulsa Technology’s Riverside Campus taught by Terry Pufahl, broker and OREC Contract Committee member. OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit; no cost for class, but registration is required. Click Here for details. To register, call the Commission at (405) 521-3387 or toll free at 1-866-521-3389 and speak to a Commission employee. (This is not a GTAR course.)
CRS 112: Guiding the Buyer in the Distressed Property Market
With Frank Serio, senior CRS instructor; presented by the Oklahoma CRS Chapter; October 11, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the OKC Metropolitan Association of REALTORS®. Cost is $125 and includes lunch. For more information and registration, email or call 405-354-6233. (This is not a GTAR course.)
Tulsa Housing Summit Invitation
You are invited to the Tulsa Housing Summit, a one-day conference on affordable housing strategies and developments in the Tulsa metro area. This event is being presented by the City of Tulsa in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch, October 11, 9:30 - 3:30 p.m. Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills (Salon E, 1902 East 71st). The Tulsa Housing Summit will explore strategies and opportunities for expanding affordable housing in Tulsa. Participants will learn from local and national leaders about tools for supporting new homeowners, strengthening local neighborhoods, and accessing innovative financing. Register on-line now! (This is not a GTAR event.)
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.
William “Joe” Newhouse, TerraLegal (First Publication)
David Sheppard, associated with Reddy, REALTORS® (Second Publication)
Anna Yarbrough, REMAX/Preferred Properties (Second Publication)