Monday, January 23, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – January 23, 2012

GTAR 2011 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year
Get Your Nominations in! Deadline to submit completed forms to GTAR is January 31, 2012. If 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. 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.
2012 GTAR/NORES Installation & Awards Banquet
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! (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)
Special Event – Pat Zaby at GTAR!
Nationally acclaimed speaker, Pat Zaby will be at GTAR Wednesday, February 22, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. to teach Turn It On Automatic! Serving Repeat and Referral Customers. Repeat and referral customers account for the majority of transactions and relationships influence agent selection. Maintaining top of mind awareness is the determining factor that results in you getting the call when your contacts or their friends are buying or selling. This session will help you develop a system for leveraging your creative efforts through direct mail and social networking. Class is currently pending CE credit approval with OREC, and is free to GTAR members, but you must pre-register! We expect the class to fill quickly. Register online at
Who Doesn’t Want More of a Good Thing?
Everyone looks forward to GTAR’s annual REALTOR® Appreciation Day—it’s easily our most popular annual event—so we thought we’d make it even better. The new RAD Conference and Trade Show will include an Education Conference—a full day of education on April 4 featuring two CE class tracks—one on technology with Dick Betts, and the other on broker/managers issues with Theresa Stewart. April 5 will start with a fast-paced session covering multiple technology topics. The morning 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!
Your Ticket to Learn in 2012!
GTAR's Class Pass gets you 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.
Effective Immediately…
Key Boxes can be returned for exchange when the battery life is at 15%-20%. (If you are having trouble dropping the key container or opening the shackle, please return the box for exchange.)

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.
This Week!
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.
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 (Second Publication)
Brenda Sand, associated with McGraw, REALTORS® (Second Publication)
Firm Affiliate:
Apex Title & Closings, Designated Individual Ashlie Killingsworth (First Publication)
Emerald Falls, Designated individual Lucia Carbatto (First Publication)