Monday, November 21, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – November 21, 2011

The GTAR/NORES office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 and November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Deadline: November 30
Time is Running Out! Submit Your Volunteer Form Today!
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:
December 7
Easing Home Warranty Flabbergastation
The Old Gray Mare ain’t what she used to be…In this new course, Lindsay Padilla will help you have a better general understanding of home warranty contracts; identify the many advantages of full disclosure of home warranty contracts; and make you more aware of general limitations and exclusions with home warranty contracts. OREC Approved: 3 hours elective CE credit; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This class is FREEMerry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa! Register online at

Postal Service to Explain Direct Mail Program
Every Door Direct Mail, an initiative of the U.S. Postal Service, is intended to help companies reach each and every address in a target area with direct mail without having to maintain a database of the names and street addresses of the recipients. The program uses carrier routes rather than addresses to target customers within an area or zip code. Your members can learn more about this initiative in a free USPS-sponsored webinar hosted by REALTOR® Magazine. The webinar is scheduled for November 30, 2011 1:00 CST.

October Home Sales Stats are Now Available

Reminder about School Boundaries
As you might recall, 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.
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.”
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 (Second Publication)
Steve Ryon, associated with McGraw, REALTORS (Second Publication)
Firm Affiliate:
United Fidelity Funding, designated individual Wayne Pope (First Publication)