Monday, July 16, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – July 16, 2012

June 2012 Home Sales Stats are Now Available
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Starting This Week!
Knock Out All 12 OREC Required CE Hours in July
The last two weeks of July all four OREC required CE categories will be offered at GTAR. For course details and online registration, log on to; from the Main Menu, click on the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes. (If you have a GTAR Class Pass, register by emailing or calling 918-663-7500.)
(FHR): Fair Housing & Ethical Practices, Wednesday, July 18, 1:00-4:00 p.m. with Kathryn Jones (Class Pass Eligible!)
(PSC): REALTOR® Ethics, Thursday, July 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m. with Kathryn Jones; this class is free, but you need to pre-register.
(BRA): OK Broker Relationships, Monday, July 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m. with Ann Lloyd (Class Pass Eligible!)
(HOT): Residential Sales Disclosures, Laws and Rules Review, Tuesday, July 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m. with Ann Lloyd (Class Pass Eligible!)
This new course was designed to highlight some of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission’s (OREC) most common required disclosures, laws, and rules. From time to time legislation is passed, rules are written, and changes are made. All real estate licensees are required to be familiar with, and in compliance with current disclosures, laws, and rules. Click here for course details
August 2
Photography for REALTORS®
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 this encore presentation, 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. Class is 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE credit. For course details course and online registration, log on to; from the Main Menu, click on the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes. (If you have a GTAR Class Pass, register by emailing or calling 918-663-7500.)
August 16
Professional Standards Seminar: Enforcing the Code and Its Standards
Are You a REALTOR® Member Interested in Serving on GTAR’s Grievance or Professional Standards Committee? Or, would you just like to find out what happens during an arbitration or ethics hearing without being a participant? If you answered yes to either question, then this class is for you! Through lecture, discussion, and case studies, Bruce Aydt, attorney and REALTOR®, will teach the concepts of professional conduct related to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and its enforcement processes. OREC approved for 6 hours required PSC CE credit (OREC will count 3 as PSC and the other 3 as elective); this course also satisfies NAR’s Code of Ethics training requirement. Cost is $30 for members. For course details and to register online, log on to; click the red Education bar on the main Member Services page, then click Register for Classes.
August 22-23
Broker in Charge Course
If your license type is Broker Manager (BM), Proprietor Broker (BP), or Branch Broker (BB), even if only for ONE day during that license term, your OREC CE requirements are no longer the same as those of a sales associate (SA) or broker associate (BA). From now on, to renew your real estate license, you will be required to complete an OREC 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). Whether you are a one-person office or a gazillion-person office, residential or commercial—this requirement applies to you!  Class is 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. both days; cost is $90; class size is limited to 15. For more information and to register, go to
September 6
Real Estate Agent Safety Training
This year we have a totally NEW Safety Seminar with a national safety expert who is also a former real estate agent! Tracey Hawkins understands first-hand, the dangers faced daily by real estate professionals. Her goal is to reach as many associates and brokers as she can to teach realistic ways to do your job safely. Class is 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Whether you need CE credit or not, this is a class you shouldn’t miss!  OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit. For course details course and online registration, log on to; from the Main Menu, click on the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes. (If you have a GTAR Class Pass, register by emailing or calling 918-663-7500.)
Work Smarter to Earn More
The CRS 200: Business Planning & Marketing course from the Council of Residential Specialists will help you create a strong business that will withstand any market condition—while making a profit. In this two-day course with instructor Pat Zaby, you’ll meet other top agents for prime networking opportunities. Find out what works for other pros—and what doesn’t, so you’re not stuck re-inventing the wheel. This course is open to all members whether you are a CRS designee, working on your designation, or just want the information to help you be a better agent. Class is September 17-18, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at GTAR. Course is OREC approved for 16 hours elective CE credit. Early-bird registration price is $250 through August 31; after that date, price will be $275. For course details and online registration, log on to; from the Main Menu, click on the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes.
NAR is having a “Know Your Ethics Sweepstakes”
REALTORS® who complete the NAR Code of Ethics Training Requirement between July 1 and August 31 will have a chance to win an Apple iPad 3. To enter the Know Your Ethics Sweepstakes, simply complete either of the two NAR Code of Ethics online training programs — for new members of the association or for existing members — successfully by Aug. 31, and you’ll automatically be entered to win. The winner will be notified by phone, mail, or email. (Note: These two NAR Ethics classes do not fulfill OREC’s PSC requirement!)
Try the New
It’s a great “all inclusive” mobile site for MLS and Realist tax data on your mobile device. works with Smartphones and Tablets of ALL kinds—android, iPhone, iPad, etc.
Now Available: Realist® Mobile App for iPhones and Android
Access the power of Realist while on the go using your smartphone! Get the details of all the houses in a neighborhood while on the road—instantly and with ease. The days of having to pull a report at the office are history. Realist Mobile® gives you the power to share essential market information with your clients. Download the Realist Mobile® App today: iPhones users, go to the App Store; android users, go to Google Play. Then, login to Realist desktop to create your User Name and password. For more information, click here; for FAQs, click here. Watch your email for a confirmation from
Upcoming Computer Classes at GTAR
Pre-registration is required; space is limited to 14 per class. For more information and to enroll: log on to, click the red Education bar on the Member Services page, then click Register for Classes. All classes are held in the GTAR Computer Lab, unless otherwise indicated.
Realist Tax System: Monday, July 16, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fusion Hands On: Tuesday, July 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fusion Hands On: Monday, July 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
NAR: Broad QM Is Critical for Housing Finance
NAR urged Congress and the Administration to develop a broadly-defined Qualified Mortgage (QM) regulation. The QM regulation is designed to ensure that lenders only make loans to borrowers who have the ability to repay the loan. If the QM regulation is too narrowly defined, it could threaten the burgeoning housing and economic recovery by denying creditworthy borrowers access to safe, quality loan products, said NAR’s 2012 Vice President and Liaison to Government Affairs Scott Louser in testimony before Congress today. Learn more.
Flood Insurance Program Reauthorized
NAR applauds Congress for passing a five-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 was passed late last week as part of a transportation funding bill and signed into law by the president last week. The legislation extends NFIP authority through Sept. 30, 2017.
Bidders Selected for Fannie REO Pilot Program
On July 3, the FHFA announced it had made selections of bidders in the first pilot program under its REO-to-Rental initiative. A final announcement of the winning bids will be made when transactions are ready to close, expected in the next several weeks. NAR continues to communicate with FHFA on the need to insure that bids that will undermine local housing market recovery are not accepted.  FHFA made that commitment in a Feb. 29 meeting with NAR leaders and has repeated the commitment publicly on several occasions. 
Free Info on Savings from Ceiling Fans
Heat wave fraying your nerves? Chill out by turning the scorching temps to your advantage. Post to your website free info from the REALTOR® Content Resource on reducing cooling costs by adding ceiling fans. Then it's easy to keep that momentum going with more posts to your website on the other four timely "Be Cool and Spend Less" articles. You can also post to Twitter, Facebook, your website, blog, or e-newsletter; e-mail; or brand, print, and hand-deliver those and the other 1,000 always-free home listing, selling, and ownership articles at the REALTOR® Content Resource.
Special Member Pricing on Insurance Coverage
REALTOR Benefits® partner Victor O. Schinnerer offers NAR members special pricing on real estate errors and omissions insurance, and with its extensive risk management resources, also helps to prevent claims before they arise. Visit or call 888/429-6638. Be sure to mention that you’re a member of NAR.