Monday, January 9, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – January 9, 2012


2012 Real Estate Planners Now in GTAR Board Store
A limited supply is available. Prices range from $19.95 to $39.95. If you want one, don’t wait or you may miss out!
Get Your Nominations in for GTAR’s 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.
2012 GTAR/NORES Installation & Awards Banquet
This annual event is changing format and time: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; seated dinner at 12:00 p.m. 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 more information 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)
In January at GTAR—All 12 OREC Required CE Credit Hours
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.
New! This Week! (HOT) Basic Contract: Wednesday, January 11, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., OREC approved (Class Pass Eligible)
(PSC) REALTOR® Ethics: Thursday, January 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Free, but registration required)
(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 will expand 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 in January—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.
We will be getting a new MLS system called Fusion in 2012; 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 your next generation MLS—Fusion.
Banks Lay Groundwork for Commercial Comeback
(Dec. 30) A recent Federal Reserve Board survey of senior loan officers found that more than 13% of respondents noticed stronger commercial real estate demand in the fourth quarter, up from 1.8% a year earlier. Read more >
The Outlook for Commercial Real Estate
While commercial real estate markets have been relatively flat this year, improving fundamentals mean a more positive trend is expected in 2012. Read more >
Free Consumer Content: Home Financial Plans
The latest free content for your members’ websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic’s REALTOR® Content Resource is about how home owners can build their wealth and their home’s value in 2012.
Free Consumer Content: Smoke-Detectors
The latest free content for your members’ websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic’s REALTOR® Content Resource is about making sure a home smoke detector is working as it’s supposed to.
Insurance Options for Members
The New Year is a great time for your members to review their insurance options and make sure their family and business are covered. Through the REALTOR Benefits® Program, they have access to exclusive plans and rates for auto, home, renters, errors and omissions, dental, and limited medical insurance
150-plus Sales and Marketing Solutions
Your members can start planning for a successful year with the help of the Store and its more than 150 sales and marketing products. A wide selection of publications, brochures, and DVDs are available, many at special members-only pricing.
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.
Linda D. Clark, associated with Keller Williams Realty (First Publication)
Nathan Garrett, Garrett & Company Realty, LLC (Second Publication)