Monday, March 19, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – March 19, 2012

Reminder:  Access for ALL MLS users to the new MLS Fusion system (brokers, agents, assistants, staff) will be available March 20.  Classes begin that day, and every user is encouraged to attend. Classes are free, but pre-registration is required. Some of you may want to take the class more than once, so plan ahead!  Come to one of the first classes, then go home, apply what you’ve learned, and enroll again if needed; we have plenty of classes to select from. 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.  Video help is available March 20 for Fusion at (Note: This site will be functional and working, but is being updated daily.)
April 4-5
RAD Conference Update
Dick Betts’ two technology classes: Mobile Technology…The Way of the World and Agent’s Digital Footprint…Got One? OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE credit. Theresa Stewart’s two brokerage management classes will be: The 360° Manager and Managing Into the Future; both are pending OREC approval for CE credit—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 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, 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.
April 11
Working in Historic Neighborhoods
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at GTAR; Amanda DeCort, preservation planner with the Tulsa Preservation Commission will unravel the misconceptions of working in historic neighborhoods in this encore presentation. Leave the class armed with the essential information your prospective buyers and sellers need to know. OREC approved: 3 hours elective CE credit. Register online at (If you want to use your GTAR Class Pass, please register by emailing or calling 918-663-7500. Don’t have a Class Pass? It’s not too late to buy one—see details above!)
April 17-18
Broker in Charge Course
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
Other CE in April
(FHR) Fair Housing and Ethical Practices: Wednesday, April 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Class Pass Eligible)
(BRA) OK Broker Relationships: Monday, April 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Class Pass Eligible)
Fusion Tutorials Available March 20
Video help is available March 20 for Fusion at (Note: This site will be functional and working, but is being updated daily.)

February 2012 Home Sales Stats are Now Available

Commercial Real Estate Website Under Construction
The commercial site is under construction and will be available soon including items from the Commercial Market Update Meeting

April 26
Oklahoma RCA Presents: 2012 State of the Market
This event will feature national speaker Mark Dotzour, chief economist of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, as well as an Oklahoma commercial market update from local panelists. Lunch is included, and a cocktail reception will follow the event. Cost is $50 early-bird through April 19, and $60 after. Event will be held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. For more information and to register, go to . (This is not a GTAR event.)
Now Available: Commercial Connections on Smart Growth
From NAR: In the most recent edition of the newsletter, smart growth—which emphasizes walkability, higher density, and transportation access as ways to more effectively use land—is discussed. Read more >
Bill to Make Mortgage Relief Permanent Introduced
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) has introduced legislation that would make the mortgage debt forgiveness rules permanent. The rules that currently provide relief for home owners in short sales, foreclosures or loan modifications expire Dec. 31, 2012. This relief is essential to affected home owners, as they will not have to pay tax on the forgiven debt. A companion bill in the House will be introduced soon.
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.
David E. Charney, d/b/a OLT Realty, LLC (First Publication)
Firm Affiliate:
Capital Homes, Designated Individual, Andrew Coles (Second Publication)
Chase Bank, Designated Individual, Juan Rodriguez (Second Publication)
Cox Environmental, Designated Individual, Stacy Price (Second Publication)
Envoy Mortgage, LTD., Designated Individual, Todd Johnson (Second Publication)
Oklahome Inspections, Designated Individual, Steve Allison (Second Publication)