Monday, November 7, 2011

GTAR Weekly Facts – November 7, 201

Keybox Reminder
We returned 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.).
Vote for Tulsa City Council on November 8
The RPAC Trustees encourage you to exercise your individual right to vote on November 8. The RPAC Trustees voted to support the following candidates for Tulsa City Council: District 2 – Jeannie Cue; District 3 – David Patrick; District 4 – Blake Ewing; District 6 – Byron “Skip” Steele, III; District 7 – Tom Mansur; District 8 – Phillip Lankin, Jr.;  and District 9 – G.T. Bynum.   
Remember, your dues dollars are not used in support of candidates, and neither the GTAR nor NORES Board of Directors is involved in the decision of where the funds are distributed. If you would like to become involved in this process you may contribute as a member to the RPAC funds and volunteer to serve on the RPAC Committee.  Click here to learn more about RPAC.
Charter Amendments and Petitions on Ballot for November 8
Information on the Charter Amendments and Petitions which will be on the ballot can be found at the Tulsa County Election website; League of Women’s Voters; and Tulsa World.
This Week! 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
Tuesday, November 15
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. Pending OREC approval 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:
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, and helpdesk.
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.
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.”
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.
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 (Second Publication)
MLS Waiver Request:
Beau Williams, Smith & Smith, REALTORS (First Publication)