Monday, August 20, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – August 20, 2012

We’re Starting Earlier This Year
We’re looking for members to serve on GTAR and NORES committees in 2013. Your participation will help make a difference in the Association. Volunteering can help you better understand motivations and deal with difficult situations, as well as increase your knowledge about association and real estate issues. Volunteering also offers you a chance to develop lasting personal and professional relationships. Take a moment to review the description of each committee in the August 2012 GTAR World Newsletter (pgs. 3-4). To sign up click on: R & RA Volunteer Form  or Affiliate Volunteer form.
July 2012 Home Sales Stats are Now Available
Early-bird Savings Ends August 31
Successful real estate agents know how to run a business. They know how to define their goals and have the business planning, budgeting, and marketing skills to get them where they want to go. After taking the CRS 200 course: Business Planning & Marketing with Pat Zaby, you will know how to think like a business owner, with the ability to develop a complete business plan with strategies they can implement immediately. In this two-day course, 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
It’s NOT Getting Any Safer Out There!
September is NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Month, and this year GTAR is offering a totally NEW Real Estate Safety Training course with national safety expert Tracey Hawkins; Tracey is also a former real estate agent so she 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 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.)
September 12
14th Annual Landlord Training
The main focus of the 2012 training is a more business-focused approach to Fair Housing than in previous years, designed for more appeal and relevance to commercial real estate practitioners, while still maintaining relevance to the residential segment. The main topic: “The Nuts and Bolts of the Business Aspects of Property Rental and Management” will feature a variety of speakers on topics such as the danger and negative consequences of “redlining” and “steering,” both of which are new topics for this particular annual training event; what is acceptable and unacceptable in advertising with a special focus on the hidden pitfalls; showcasing the tremendous growth in north Tulsa that is commercial and residential, an often overlooked area of town; in what situations are landlords required to make repairs, and the difference between “repairs” and the “provision of service” and the consequences for failing to act; and the economic benefits in offering accessible housing and marketing to people with disabilities. Presented by the Tulsa Fair Housing Partnership and hosted by GTAR; class is 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; pending OREC approval for 3 hours required FHR CE credit; training is free and open to the public! Pre-registration is required due to space limitations. For course details and to register online, go to
NAR Safety Webinar
Registration for a free Sept. 17 REALTOR® Safety Webinar, "Are You and Your Data an Easy Target?" opens tomorrow. This FREE webinar is brought to you by NAR as part of its observance of REALTOR® Safety Month in September. Check out NAR’s has safety videos, archived webinars, and articles at
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
'The Doorway to Private Property Ownership'
Past President Ron Phipps shares inspiring words in the Voices of Real Estate blog as he reflects on the inscription at the base of the Statute of Liberty. That message, he says, speaks to the need for REALTORS® to remain vigilant about rules and laws that could undermine home ownership and keep our country from remaining an unconquerable nation of home owners.  
Caution on Eminent Domain for Underwater Mortgages
The Federal Housing Finance Agency has raised concerns over plans floated by localities to use eminent domain authority to take performing underwater mortgages out of private-label securities at a discounted value to modify the loan terms on behalf of the home owners. FHFA, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and is serving as the companies’ conservator, raised concerns in an Aug. 9 notice about the use of eminent domain for this purpose and indicated that Fannie, Freddie, and the Federal Home Loan Banks were likely to experience losses as a result. NAR is analyzing the potential effects on credit access and will provide comments to FHFA. Comments on FHFA’s notice are due Sept. 7.
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.
Free Consumer Content: Home Security
The latest free content for your website, blog, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic's REALTOR® Content Resource looks at home security systems and costs
One-third of Houses Sell within a Month
Time on market has been steadily declining, NAR Research says, and today about a third of houses are sold within a month. Just under 60 percent of houses are sold within three months. Click for graphs.
Be Part of Cost vs. Value
(From NAR) The Cost vs. Value survey, which REALTOR® Magazine conducts each year in partnership with Remodeling Magazine, is one of the magazine's most popular annual features and the results are widely reported in the media. You can have input into the results by participating in the survey. Share the survey link.