Monday, August 13, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – August 13, 2012

This Week!
Thursday, August 16
Would you like to find out what happens during an arbitration or ethics hearing without being a participant?
Are you a REALTOR® member Interested in serving on GTAR’s Grievance or Professional Standards Committee? If you answered yes to either question, then you need to attend the Professional Standards Seminar: Enforcing the Code and Its Standards! 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. Class is 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; 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; you can also register by calling 918-663-7500.
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; there are just a couple of spots left; the next BIC class won’t be until October. For more information and to register, go to
Early-bird Savings Ends August 31
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.
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.)
Help for Clients Applying for Jumbo Financing
What can you do to help your clients get jumbo financing for their home purchase? That's the focus of a webinar REALTOR® Magazine just hosted with lenders and a real estate broker who know the jumbo market well. It’s a good insider look at helping your clients get what they need as efficiently as possible even in today's difficult financing climate. Additionally, Ken Fears, an NAR economist, gives an overview of the jumbo market today. Download or playback the webinar.
Realist Classic Going Away
Going, going, GONE! The old Realist Classic will be gone on September 11. Realist 2.0 was introduced in 2010. Repeat, Realist Classic will be gone—no longer on the menu. If you haven’t been using Realist 2.0, now is the time. Interested in a Realist 2.0 class? Log on to from the Main Menu, click the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes.
All New Website
We are excited to announce an all new website launched on Thursday, July 26. The website has a brand new look and will be easier to navigate and find information; it will also bring you more training and information on Supra’s products. Below are some common questions and answers, and some sneak preview images of the new site. Come check out the new!
Q. How do I find the new pages?
A. Go to to see the new site.
Q. Do I need to change any of my Supra website bookmarks?
A. Yes, if you have any Supra sites bookmarked, it is best to update your bookmarks.
Q. Will there be any changes to my SupraWEB login and password?
A. Your SupraWEB login and password will not change.
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, August 20, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fusion (Lecture): Tuesday, August 21, 2:00-5:00 p.m. (Training Center)
Fusion 1 (Hands-on): Tuesday, August 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fusion 2 (Hands-on): Thursday, August 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
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.
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. Next, login to Realist through Fusion on your computer to create your User Name and password. For more information, click here; for FAQs, click here. Watch your email for a confirmation from
Key Step for RESPA Home Warranty Win
Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week clarifies that home warranties are not a settlement service under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). NAR strongly supports the legislation, and is working to get it taken up in the Senate.
Extension of Mortgage Cancellation Relief Advances
The Senate Finance Committee crafted and sent to the full Senate a package that would extend the mortgage relief provision for an additional year, through Dec. 31, 2013. The Senate was unable to act on the bill before adjourning for its August break and the party conventions. The Senate reconvenes on September 10.
Reminder: Know Your Ethics Sweepstakes
REALTORS® who complete the 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 August 31, and you'll automatically be entered to win. The winner will be notified by phone, mail, or email.
Water-Saving Irrigation Ideas for Consumers
Are you driving by brown lawn after brown lawn? They're a perfect opportunity for you to introduce yourself to home owners as someone who's around beyond the home purchase or sale. You can brand, print, and hand-deliver a free article from the REALTOR® Content Resource on water-saving irrigation strategies. It's just one of five free articles now available in the August "Water-Saving Gardening Tips" theme, and one of nearly 1,000 no-cost home listing, selling, and ownership articles at the REALTOR® Content Resource. They're always free for members to brand, print, and hand deliver, email, or post to Facebook, Twitter, your website, blog, or e-newsletter.
Order Your 2012 Membership Card
Visit the NAR Member Guide to customize the tools and information you value most, including the newly designed 2012 membership card. You can personalize your card by choosing a custom background, and you can add up to six of your designations and certifications or order a plastic version. Login to the Member Guide to get started.
HOM: 5.4 Million Positive Impressions
Media reports and other coverage in the last week totaled 5.4 million positive impressions about home ownership. Access the latest weekly update from NAR Public Affairs on NAR's efforts to remind consumers about what matters most when it comes to home ownership.
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.
Jared Brown, Water Rock Real Estate (Second Publication)
Kenneth D. Wright, A Seller’s Helper Realty Service (Second Publication, Reinstatement)