Monday, July 9, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – July 9, 2012

Available July 10: 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
Starting Next Week: Get All 12 OREC Required CE Hours at GTAR in July
July is your month to get all four OREC required CE categories—earn all 12 hours. 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
(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
(HOT): Residential Sales Disclosures, Laws and Rules Review, Tuesday, July 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m. with Ann Lloyd
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 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. 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.
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.
Fusion: Wednesday, July 11, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Training Center)
Fusion Hands On: Thursday, July 12, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
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.
Big Win: 5-Year Flood Insurance Reauthorization
After years of effort by REALTORS® to secure long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the House and Senate on Friday, June 29, passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 as a part of H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Conference Report. The President is expected to sign the measure this week. This is the culmination of a multiyear campaign by REALTORS® involving five calls for Action since 2008 and a final push at NAR’s Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in May, which included the Rally to Protect the American Dream on the National Mall in Washington. Congress had been extending the flood insurance program a few months at a time since 2008. Twice this led to shut downs, including one that stalled more than 40,000 home sales in June 2010 alone. Passage of this 5-year reauthorization will bring certainty to real estate transactions in more than 21,000 communities nationwide where flood insurance is required for a mortgage. The bill ensures the program will continue long-term for the more than 5.6 million businesses and homeowners that rely on it, and it achieves one of NAR’s top legislative priorities for the year. It also means taxpayers will spend less on federal assistance for flood disasters over the long run. NAR will continue to monitor the legislation as it is implemented.
Strong Appraisal Industry Called Key
Maintaining accurate appraisals is critical to improving market performance, appraiser Frank Gregoire told Congress last week in testimony on behalf of NAR. Gregoire is immediate past chair of NAR's Real Property Valuation Committee and in his remarks before a House Financial Services subcommittee, he said appraiser competency and the lack of oversight and regulation of appraisal management companies (AMCs) are among the key challenges today.
HouseLogic Has Flood Cleanup Guide Available
NAR's consumer-facing website, HouseLogic, is making available a Flood Cleanup Guide that households could find useful in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby in Florida and other destructive storms. The guide includes "What to Do in the First 24 Hours After a Flood," "Flood Cleanup Kits Prepare You for High Tides," and "Water Damage: 8 Ways to Dry Out and Move On," among others.
Free Consumer Content: Creating Shade
The latest free content for your websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic's REALTOR® Content Resource looks at quick ways to create shade
Learn About NAR Xceligent Deal
NAR Treasurer Bill Armstrong and NAR SVP for Marketing Bob Goldberg in a 5-minute video discuss NAR's recent deal with Xceligent to boost the competitive landscape for commercial property data. Under the deal, Xceligent and eProperty Data join forces to benefit commercial practitioners.
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.
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Jeffrey Bollinger, associated with Bailey-Foristell (Second Publication)