Monday, January 16, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – January 16, 2012

Get Your Nominations in!
GTAR 2011 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year
Do you know a Commercial REALTOR® or REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® who promotes the interest of the commercial real estate profession, the community, and their clients and customers? Nominate him/her for Commercial REALTOR® of the Year; it’s easy and almost anyone can do it (no self nominations are allowed). The winner will be announced at the GTAR Greater Tulsa Commercial Market Update & REALTOR® of the Year Luncheon, March 14 at the Tulsa Renaissance. Fill-in nomination forms are available online at or Click Here. Deadline to submit completed forms to GTAR is January 31, 2012.
Make Your Reservations Today!
2012 GTAR/NORES Installation & Awards Banquet
This annual event is changing format and time: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; seated dinner at noon on Thursday, February 16. Join us in honoring the outgoing Presidents, Pete Galbraith and Gary Griffith; incoming Presidents, Rodger Erker and Anne Pollard; officers and 2011 award winners.  This year’s theme is Cash Into Change, which reflects plans for 2012, from changing the banquet format to expanding REALTOR® Appreciation Day (RAD), to getting a new MLS system. We hope you will join us in making 2012 a year of change! Cost is $25 per person. For a special message from the Program Committee, and incoming GTAR President, Rodger Erker, watch this video. For banquet details and to make reservations online with a credit card, go to; under the Member Resources tab, click GTAR Events, then 2012 Presidents’ Banquet. You can also print a Reservation Form and fax it to 918-663-8815 or mail it with a check. (Absolutely no reservations will be accepted after 12:00 p.m. February 13)

January CE Classes at GTAR
Don’t wait until the end of your three-year licensing period to start working on your CE hours. As CE classes are scheduled, information and registration will be available on; from the main Member Services page, simply click the red Education bar.
This Week! (PSC) REALTOR® Ethics: Thursday, January 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Free, but registration required; class is almost full)
(FHR) Fair Housing and Ethical Practices: Wednesday, January 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Class Pass Eligible)
(BRA) OK Broker Relationships: Monday, January 30, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Class Pass Eligible)
Expanded REALTOR® Appreciation Day
REALTOR® Appreciation Day has been expanded to include an Education Conference featuring two CE class tracks—one for associates and one for brokers. The Associate Track will focus on technology, and be taught by nationally recognized technology guru, Dick Betts. The Broker Track will focus on issues pertaining to Brokerage Management, and be taught by strategic consultant, Theresa Stewart. All classes will be held at UMAC on April 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On April 5, the Education Conference will continue with one education track for everyone focusing on technology; this will be a fast-paced session with multiple topics and speakers. The Education Conference will end on a positive note with a presentation by world renowned motivational speaker and author, Jim Stovall entitled: Yes You Can. The Education Conference will cost just $50 per member; you can register online at But, if you want year-long, super-savings on CE classes, check out GTAR’s new Class Pass for only $25 more! (See information below.) Not to worry…we will still have the same great, Trade Show you know and love from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.—complete with valuable information, door prizes, food, and fun—and all for free thanks to GTAR’s Firm Affiliates!
GTAR Class Pass—Your Ticket to Learn in 2012!
With GTAR's Class Pass you get admission to the Education Conference classes and motivational speaker presentation (see description above), a $50 value, PLUS any and all regular CE classes GTAR offers in 2012—starting this month—for just $75! For more information and to purchase your GTAR Class Pass, log on to; from the Main Menu, click on the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes, and look for GTAR Class Pass.
Webinar Summit Looks at Social Media Strategies
REALTOR® University’s School of Professional Development and Continuing Education is hosting five noted real estate educators in a webinar summit on January 31. Program topics include strategies to sharpen Facebook marketing, using Google+, and building a referral network. The five sessions together cost $19.95. Register today and use the coupon code “RUWSF14” to save $5.00.  Access schedule and registration.
January 18: Fusion Beta-Testing Classes
There will be two classes: 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m. This is a BETA tester class for the new Fusion MLS system.  To qualify, you must be proficient with technology and the current MLS system (MarketLinx), and have the ability to be “self-taught” with new computer programs. If you are interested in being a Beta tester for Fusion, you must register for and attend one of these classes. Register online at, under Education, Register for Classes. There is no charge for these classes. (Note: Training for all members will be scheduled at a later date—watch for details.)  
December Home Sales Stats are Now Available
Coming in 2012: Your Next Generation MLS—Fusion
You won’t need a new PC to run the Fusion MLS system; however, you might want to compare your computer and consider the recommended stats for optimum performance of Fusion. IF your computer doesn’t meet the minimum recommendations, it is likely a very old PC, and you are missing out on much more than just MLS features. The speed and reliability of a newer computer can help to alleviate the pains and struggles of program lockups, timeouts, slow opening and closing of programs, reboots… and much more. Windows (Recommended): 1.8 GHz Intel Core Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200, or equivalent processor; 3 GB of RAM if using Windows XP; 4 GB of RAM if using Windows 7 or Vista. (Minimum) PC stats for running your upcoming 2012 new MLS-Fusion: 3 GHz Intel Pentium 4 (single core) or equivalent processor; 1 GB of RAM if using Windows XP; 2 GB of RAM (Windows 7 or Vista). Macintosh (Recommended): 1.33 GHz Intel Core Duo, or equivalent processor; 4 GB of RAM. (Minimum) Mac stats: 500 MHz Intel PowerPC (single core) or equivalent processor; 2 GB of RAM. You can check your current system stats by right clicking on My Computer, and selecting Properties. Call the Helpdesk at 918-664-0505 if you need assistance. Watch for future GTAR communications for more upcoming info on Fusion.
Synergy N Tulsa
Wednesday, January 25, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Central Center in Centennial Park (1028 E. 6th Street, Tulsa); presented by the City of Tulsa. Commercial brokers, developers, and community organizations: Take this opportunity to communicate with City staff experts in planning, economic development, and permitting on the ins and outs of developing in Tulsa. Find out the biggest challenges with developments in Tulsa and how to avoid delays and obstacles. Hear about opportunities to streamline your projects. Gain valuable knowledge of the tools and services available at City Hall to assist you and your clients. In addition, listen as the planning team takes you on a step by step journey of the long range planning initiatives underway. Together, let’s work to build Tulsa and make the process streamlined, efficient, and safe. RSVP to Tammy Fate at or 918-576-5561.
How was Your Commercial Market in 2011 Q4?
Happy New Year! We hope 2012 proves to be a better year. NAR is looking for information about your commercial market activity. Your responses help inform members and markets about the direction of commercial markets, sales, pricing, and leasing activity. Please take a few moments to respond to the brief Commercial Real Estate Market Survey, covering 4th Quarter 2011 sales and leasing activity. The survey takes about 5 minutes. Your individual responses on these important issues will remain completely confidential. Please go to by January 20, 2012. The results of this survey will be emailed to respondents in an advanced report before its official release. If you have any questions, please contact NAR Research at (202) 383-1033.
NAR Calls for Expansion of FHA’s 203(k) Program
Investors should be permitted to participate in the FHA Sec. 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Program to purchase vacant and foreclosed properties in need of rehab, NAR President Moe Veissi says in a letter to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. For more info contact Megan Booth,, 202/383-1222.
HOM: 1.9 Million Positive Impressions?
Media reports and other coverage in the last week totaled 1.9 million positive impressions about home ownership. Access the latest weekly update from NAR Public Affairs on NAR’s efforts to remind consumers about what matters most when it comes to home ownership.
Free Consumer Content: Finding Your New Home
The latest free content for your websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic’s REALTOR® Content Resource provides eight tips for finding your new home.
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.
Deborah K. George, C21/Hale Agency (First Publication)
Brenda Sand, associated with McGraw, REALTORS® (First Publication)
Linda D. Clark, associated with Keller Williams Realty (Second Publication)