Monday, February 13, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – February 13, 2012

Noon TODAY – Deadline to Make Reservations!
For the 2012 GTAR/NORES Installation & Awards Banquet, 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino! 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; or call 918-663-7500. (Absolutely no reservations will be accepted after 12:00 p.m. February 13)
February 16: GTAR/NORES Office will be Closed
From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Banquet – Make your reservations by noon Monday, Feb. 13, and join us!
Today, February 13
Document Manager WebX, 3 - 4 pm
February 21-22
Broker in Charge Course
Only three seats are left for the February class! Registration is now open for the March 13-14 class. If your license type is a Broker Manager (BM), Proprietor Broker (BP), or Branch Broker (BB) (even if only for ONE day during that license term) AND your real estate license expires on or after June 30, 2012, then you are required to complete an approved 15-hour Broker in Charge (BIC) class PLUS an additional 6 hours of required subject matter in at least two core courses (BRA, PSC, FHR or HOT) prior to your license renewal. Cost is $90. Class size is limited to 15. For more information and to register, go to
February 22
Special Event – Pat Zaby at GTAR!
Nationally acclaimed speaker, Pat Zaby will be at GTAR 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 that influence agent selection. Maintaining top of mind awareness is the determining factor that results in your 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! The class is filling quickly. Register online at
If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, What’s a Bad Picture Worth?
According to the 2010 NAR Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 98% of home buyers who searched for a home on the Internet found photos to be among the most useful features of REALTOR® websites. In the new class, Photography for REALTORS, March 6, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Dennis McFeely will help you enhance your skills utilizing digital cameras, software editing applications, and Internet hosting platforms to effectively and professionally market your listings. Pending OREC approval for 3 hours elective CE credit. Register online at
Understanding the URAR Appraisal Report and UAD Guidelines
In this new course, the Uniform Residential Appraisal Report (URAR) form will be discussed in detail with emphasis on the new guidelines and how it will affect real estate professionals; the additional guidelines, Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD), pertain to how the URAR form is to be completed. Starting in March, Fannie Mae will require all reports submitted to them for purchase to be compliant with the new guidelines. Class is March 8, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit. Click Here for Course Details. Register online at
RAD Conference Update
The two technology classes Dick Betts is teaching have just been OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE credit—Mobile Technology…The Way of the World and Agent’s Digital Footprint…Got One? Click Here to learn more about the RAD Education Conference and Trade Show April 4-5. Cost is only $50 per member; register online at Don’t wait too long though—there are only 87 seats remaining for the conference! If you want year-long, super-savings on CE classes, check out GTAR’s new Class Pass for only $25 more! (See information below.) And don’t worry…we will still have the same great, free 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! (You do not need to register for the Trade show nor participate in the Education Conference to attend!)
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 as soon as you buy your class pass—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.
Land Investment Analysis Course
February 21, 22, and 23, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at OAR in Oklahoma City; this three-day course is presented by the ALC Oklahoma Chapter of the REALTORS® Land Institute. Cost is $449; CE is pending. To register, call Sherman Shanklin at 918-273-2344. Click Here for Course Details (This is not a GTAR course.)
CRS Sales Strategies
February 27-28 with instructor James Nellis, CEO of The Nellis Group; presented by the OK Chapter of CRS; 8:30 a.m-5:00 p.m. at the OKC Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® in Oklahoma City. Register online at (This is not a GTAR course.) There is also a free 30-minute Webinar Feb 14, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. promoting the class; click on the following link
Agent Access to the New MLS System Begins on March 20!
Training classes start that day too—all classes are free, but pre-registration is required—don’t wait until the last minute! Register online at (Education – Register for Classes). There are plenty of days and times to choose from; all classes will be in the GTAR Training Center, unless otherwise indicated.
MarketLinx will be Gone mid-April: Make Sure Your PC is Ready for Your Next Generation MLS System—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.
It’s Time to Register for THE Commercial Event of the Year!
2012 Greater Tulsa Commercial Market Update and GTAR Commercial REALTOR® of the Year Luncheon, presented by GTAR’s REALTORS® Commercial Alliance: Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Tulsa Renaissance Hotel. Delise Tomlinson, executive director of Downtown Development, Tulsa Metro Chamber will give a special presentation on all the exciting development happening in downtown Tulsa. New This Year: The GTAR Commercial REALTOR® of the Year Luncheon will immediately follow the Commercial Market Update. During this hour, a keynote address will be given by Tulsa City Councilor, District 4, Blake Ewing; Mr. Ewing will talk about development of the Blue Dome and Pearl districts in downtown Tulsa, as well as his plans as Tulsa City Councilor. Then, as the name suggests, the GTAR Commercial REALTOR® of the Year for 2011 will be announced. This honor is awarded to a commercial member, nominated by his or her peers, who promotes the interest of the commercial real estate profession, the community, and his or her clients. Take advantage of early-bird savings! GTAR members: Pay only $60 through March 2; non-members: $80 through March 2. Event Details and Registration Form
A settlement announced this week among state and federal officials and the nation's five largest banks is the largest joint state-federal settlement in history against an industry. Here's what it means for home owners. Read more >
A measure before the NAR Diversity Committee seeks to clarify Article 10 of the Code of Ethics to align with HUD's new policy prohibiting discriminating on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. Read more >
The Treasury Department is launching an investigation into allegations that Freddie Mac had a multi-billion-dollar investment that hinged on borrowers continuing to pay high interest rates, and may have put in roadblocks to make refinancing more difficult. Read more >
The Department of Housing and Urban Development passed a final rule extending protections to people in federally-supported housing programs regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. Read more >
NAR Committees to Look at Piracy Bills
NAR is working through its policy committee process to determine a position on online piracy bills that have attracted attention in Congress and in the media. The “Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA),” H.R. 3261, and the “Protect IP Act (PIPA),” S. 968, would target overseas sites such as Torrent Hub and The Pirate Bay that make movies and other digital content available for unauthorized download. On matters touching on online privacy and copyright protection, NAR has generally sought to protect members' intellectual property through copyright and trademark law while avoiding harmful unintended consequences from online restrictions. Access more info online or contact Melanie Wyne,, 202/383-1234.
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.
Debbie Solano, associated w/Coldwell Banker (First Publication)