Monday, October 31, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – October 31, 2011

This Week! November 2
Fair Housing and Ethical Practices
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. with Kathryn Jones; OREC approved for 3 hours required FHR CE credit. This is the last time this class will be offered this year! Register online at
This Week! November 3
Edutainment Day!
Don't miss out on this fun-filled morning of education and great door prizes brought to you by GTAR’s Sales Associate Committee! It's free and there's no CE, so come and go as you please...start your morning at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast courtesy of AHS. Then from 9:00 a.m. to12:00 p.m. get ready to learn: Techie Tricks & Treats with GTAR/NORES CEO Mike Cotrill—if you would like Mike to cover a specific question, you can submit your questions in advance using Twitter (use the hashtag #GTAR); What’s New in Video; Project Schoolhouse with Tulsa Public Schools Board President, Brian Hunt; Fear the Taxman with Tulsa’s Tax Coach, Bill Zumwalt, CPA, and more. Door prizes provided courtesy of our wonderful affiliate members. Register online at
November 10
Be Prepared for the Buyer Presentation!
Have the tools to overcome any objection and answer any questions regarding area sales, gain buyer loyalty and trust, and educate the buyer by explaining what can be expected during the home buying process, and problems that could arise. Understand the importance of keeping yourself (the real estate professional) on task, as well as the buyer to have a good buying experience and smooth closing. Plan to attend Working with Buyers: A Planned Approach—a new course from Lori Morgan, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE credit. Register online at
Deadline: November 30
“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” – Author Unknown
We’re looking for volunteers to serve on GTAR and NORES committees in 2012. Your participation will help make a difference in the Association. Volunteering can help you better understand motivations and deal with difficult situations, as well as increase your knowledge about association and real estate issues. Volunteering also offers you a chance to develop lasting personal and professional relationships. Take a moment to review the description of each committee in the October 2011 GTAR World Newsletter. To sign up click on: R & RA Volunteer Form  or Affiliate Volunteer form.
Due by November 30
GTAR 2012 Annual Dues
Notices were emailed October 5, and payment is due by November 30, 2011. REALTOR® dues are $474 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues are $444. For a breakdown of where your dues dollars go:
4th Quarter NORES Billing
If you have not paid your fourth quarter NORES invoice, you have now incurred an additional $20 late fee. Payment of the original NORES invoice(s) plus the $20 late fee must be received before November 1, 2011 or your NORES (MLS, Key, CIE) services will be suspended and an additional $30 reinstatement will be added. Invoices were posted online October 1 at; from the main Member Services page, click the yellow View/Pay Bill button, then click NORES Accounts Receivable.
Keybox Reminder: Fall Back is Around the Corner
We return to Central Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. November 6, which means access for keyboxes will be 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (not 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.).
Technology and your Next Generation MLS—“Fusion”
Holidays are fast approaching—and that means technology specials and great prices on new pc’s! Your new next generation MLS, “Fusion” (coming 1st quarter 2012), will require certain computer specs for optimum use. If you are on an old system—somewhere around three years old or more—you might consider investing in a new system. Check your current system stats by right clicking on My Computer, and selecting Properties. Watch for future GTAR communications for more upcoming info on your next generation MLS—“Fusion.”
September 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."
Upcoming 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, unless otherwise stated.
Doc Manager WebEx:  Tuesday, November 1, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 1: Tuesday, November 15, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Free: Tips on Heating System Maintenance
Before long, snow will blow, and clients will kick on their furnace and crank up their thermostat. Help ensure your clients’ heat actually comes on when that happens by posting to your Web site a free article on essential heating system maintenance from the REALTOR® Content Resource. Also, free to add to your Web site—and your other marketing materials—are four more articles on warming homes.
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.
Brent Doeksen, Boeksen Real Estate, LLC (First Publication)