Monday, November 14, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – November 14, 2011

This Week! Tuesday, November 15
Commercial Title Insurance v. Residential – Did You Know There’s a Difference?
Then you should attend GTAR’s new CE class: Title Insurance and the Commercial Transaction, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. with Stan Keeton, Esq. This new course looks at the basics of title insurance in Oklahoma, and the role of title insurance in a commercial transaction. By the end of class, you will know and understand why a commercial closing is different from a residential closing; the time deadlines under the real estate contract; what the customer wants and what the title company will require. You will also learn about the various endorsements available so you can better counsel your clients. Topics covered: Title Insurance Basics in Oklahoma; Title Insurance Endorsements in the Commercial Transaction; Practical Tips for a Smooth Closing. OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE credit. Register online at
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.
MarketLinx 1: Tuesday, November 15, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
MarketLinx 2: Wednesday, November 16, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Realist Tax System (hands-on): Thursday, Nov 17, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
MarketLinx 3 (Prospect Gateway): Friday, November 18, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Deadline: November 30
Wanted! 2012 GTAR/NORES Committee Volunteers
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 November 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:
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.”
We are open 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Services available Friday afternoons are limited to key, keyboxes, payments, member processing, helpdesk, and Board store.
GTAR Affiliate Members: Reach Your Target Market
Advertise in the monthly GTAR World newsletter and GTAR Weekly Facts. As a bonus, when you advertise in the newsletter, you will also get a banner ad on The first of every month a link to the GTAR World newsletter is emailed to all 3,400+ GTAR associates/brokers. Every Monday, the GTAR Weekly Facts is emailed to all 3,400+ associates/brokers. For more information, including pricing and ad specs, click here or call Connie at 918-663-7500.
The Answer is YES!
You can take all 21 CE hours online to fulfill OREC’s requirements. GTAR is partnered with both McKissock Education and Barnes Real Estate School to offer you a variety of online continuing education classes to fulfill your OREC requirements. In addition to CE classes, McKissock offers a variety of classes for appraisers; Charles Barnes offers the 45 Hour Post License and 90 Hour Brokers License courses...AND, the new 15 hour OREC required Broker in Charge course is now available online through Charles Barnes. So how does it work? Simply go to, click on the logos for either school, and follow the instructions. Any and all classes you take through McKissock and Charles Barnes are reported directly to OREC.
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.
Patty Bryant, Patty Bryant Real Estate (First Publication)
Steve Ryon, associated with McGraw, REALTORS (First Publication)
MLS Waiver Request:
Beau Williams, Smith & Smith, REALTORS (Second Publication)