Monday, September 10, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – September 10, 2012

September 11
Realist Classic Goes Away!
The link to Realist Classic (the previous/old tax system) will be removed and no longer functional effective September 11.  Realist 2.0 has been available to ALL users for the last 2 years.  If when accessing the Realist Tax System, you do your search from the initial screen that comes up, you are already using Realist Tax System 2.0! If, however, when Realist Tax System opens, you click the link in the upper right that says “Realist Classic”—this is the link that will be removed on the September 11. If you haven’t been using Realist Tax System 2.0, now is the time. Interested in a Realist Tax System 2.0 class? Log on to from the Main Menu, click the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes.
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”; what is acceptable and unacceptable in advertising; in what situations are landlords required to make repairs, and the difference between “repairs” and the “provision of service”; the economic benefits in offering accessible housing and marketing to people with disabilities; and more. Presented by the Tulsa Fair Housing Partnership and hosted by GTAR; class is 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; OREC approved 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
September 12
ZipForm Webinar 1
10:00-10:30 a.m.; this is the first in a series of three free webinars designed to give you the basic understanding of how to start using this great program to streamline your forms workflow. This webinar will cover: starting a new transaction, selecting forms, working with a coversheet, and setting up a template. For more information and to register: log on to, click the red Education bar on the Member Services page, then click Register for Classes. Once you’ve registered, you will be sent an invitation email telling you how to login and participate in the webinar. You will join the webinar on your computer; it is not a class held at GTAR! (Note: You must be able to log into ZipForms before attending the webinar; we will not have time to help you get registered for ZipForm during the webinar.)
ZipForm Update
ZipForm is one of the member benefits NORES subscribers receive as part of their quarterly fees.  The decision by OAR to discontinue the ZipForm product WILL NOT affect NORES subscribers in any way.  In fact, last month NORES renewed its Zipform agreement for three additional years. NORES supports the OAR decision to discontinue this service from the state association as we feel it is a duplication of services that is not needed or used by the Tulsa membership. 
September 17-18
CRS 200: Business Planning & Marketing
There’s Still Time to Register! The CRS two-day course will help you create a strong business that will withstand any market condition—while making a profit. The 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. Cost is $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. (You may qualify for designation scholarship money from OAR! See details below under Education & Events.)
Plan Ahead for 2013 Dues
2013 local, state, and national dues will be billed during the week of October 8-12, 2012. REALTOR® members budget $484; REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® members budget $454. These amounts are subject to change; the State Association (OAR) has not set their dues amount for 2013 at this time.
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. Review the descriptions of each committee in the September GTAR World Newsletter. To sign up click on: R & RA Volunteer Form  or Affiliate Volunteer form.
September is REALTOR® Safety Month
NAR offers free tools and resources this month to help you stay personally and professionally safe. Materials include a new video on social media and cyber safety strategies, new articles and tips, archived webinars, and more.
September 27
“Living on Tulsa Time” Bus Tour
The tour will focus on new development and “mom and pop” shops in Downtown Tulsa! The first bus will leave at 1:00 p.m., and second bus will leave at 1:30 p.m. We will end the afternoon at OneOK Field (Driller’s Stadium) with Happy Hour hosted by the Young Professionals Network (4:00-6:00 p.m.). Cost is $15 per person. The buses will fill up quickly so register early! Log in to; Member Resources, GTAR Events, Bus Tour. There are still sponsorship opportunities available for this event! Contact Jennifer Smith at 918-663-7500 or email
October 3
Making MLS Easy for Appraisers & REALTORS®
This new course will provide practical applications for both appraisers and real estate professionals to use to maximize functionality of the NORES MLS system (Fusion) in conjunction with their business. Instructor Polly Choate will demonstrate system functionality on retrieving CMA data; provide information on how to easily locate unique property types (e.g., log homes, a-frame, 2nd house on parcel, etc.); demonstrate the Realist Tax System mapping utilizing the flood zone overlay maps, ZIP Code boundaries, and various other functionality of the tax system related to user needs; and MUCH more! This course is OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE credit AND OREAB approved for 3 hours elective CE credit! Class is 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center; cost is $15 pre-registered or $20 the day of class. For full course details and to register, go to
October 3-4
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.-4:30 p.m. both days (lunch is provided and break is 30 minutes); cost is $90; class size is limited to 15. For full course details and to register, go to
October 4
Edutainment Day is Back!
Save the date and don't miss out on this popular, fun-filled morning of education and great door prizes brought to you by GTAR’s Sales Associate Committee! It's free and there's no CE, so come and go as you please...start your morning at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast courtesy of Capital Homes. Then from 9:00 a.m. to12:00 p.m. get ready to learn: OREC Senior Investigator Sherry Kueffler, will be speaking on “How not to lose your license”; more speakers are in the works—watch for more information and registration coming soon!

Cash In on Designation Scholarship Money

Professional designations require a serious commitment from students. They take time, money and dedication. Wouldn’t you like a like a little help paying for your designation classes? One of OAR’s core value propositions is to support your business; and in an effort to help, we have a little-known scholarship fund that can help! This year OAR still has funding remaining for additional scholarships, so if you’re working toward the GRI, CRSCCIM, ALC or any other designations from the NAR Family of Designations cash in and see how earning a professional designation can be a little easier this year. Click the following link to view the OAR Professional Designation Scholarship Page and APPLY TODAY!
NAR Safety Webinar
Monday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. (Central): "Are You and Your Data an Easy Target?" This FREE webinar is brought to you by NAR as part of its observance of REALTOR® Safety Month in September. Space is limited – register at Visit for tools and resources, including archived webinars, articles, tips, and more to help keep you safe, personally and professionally.
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 Q&A Class: Thursday, September 13, 9:00-11:00 a.m. (FULL)
Fusion 3 (Hands-on) Class: Thursday, September 13, 2:00-4:30 p.m. (FULL)
Realist Tax System 2.0 Class: Wednesday, September 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Training Center)
Fusion Timeline Update
Currently, we have NOT set a date for Tempo MLS to be shut off. 
September 13
RCA Insight Social
Hosted by GTAR’s RCA Committee, Tammy Fate, retail development coordinator for the City of Tulsa, will give an update on retail development in downtown Tulsa, and a representative from the George Kaiser Family Foundation will talk about the Foundation’s continued vision for downtown Tulsa, including the River Parks area. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP to is required. The event will be 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Edward Delk’s Bar & Restaurant (427 S. Boston - Philtower Building). Hors d’oeuvres and drink tickets for the first 40 to arrive will be provided courtesy of our RCA Sponsors: Commercial Title and Escrow (Gold), Guaranty Abstract Company (Gold), FirsTitle & Abstract Services (Silver), RCA Oklahoma (Bronze).

October 11
Never Hear “No” Again!
GTAR’s RCA Committee is hosting the SIOR Negotiation Skills course with William Burgess, CCIM, SIOR, Thursday, October 11, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center. The course offers three phases of the negotiation process that can assist a broker with a commercial lease negotiation. Attend this seminar to refresh your knowledge of negotiation fundamentals and learn new tips and tricks to supplement your negotiation prowess. Whether you’re in your first year in the business or your fiftieth, SIOR designee or not, the Negotiation Skills course from the SIOR Center for Career Advancement can benefit you by increasing your knowledge and enhancing your business skills. Interested in earning the SIOR designation? Visit to learn how. Course is pending OREC Approval: 3 hours elective CE credit. Register now to take advantage of early-bird savings! Members’ early-bird price is $35 (through October 1); members’ late registration price is $45 (after October 1); non-member price is $50. Click Here for Course Details and Registration Information
NAR to CFPB: APR Changes Unhelpful
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should abandon its efforts to create an "all in" APR and focus instead on improving lending disclosures, NAR says in comments it submitted to the new federal agency. Consumers don't understand and don’t use the APR, and changing the calculation won't alter that, NAR says. The comments address a small part of a 1,100-page rule CFPB is working on to harmonize the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and will be sending more extensive comments later.
Which Scenario is Real Estate's Future?
About 1,600 association executives, real estate practitioners, and brokers shared their ideas on what's next for real estate as part of a REThink session, NAR's new "open source" strategic planning initiative, during the recent Leadership Summit. The high-level conversations explore how to adapt to many different future scenarios for the industry. Find out what was discussed.
Tip: Browse by Topic
Wondering what information NAR has on a particular subject, or just wondering what NAR is concerned about in general? Click the "Topics" link under "Browse" in the footer on every page of the Web site. You'll find a list of more than 100 issues NAR covers, from foreclosures to workforce housing. Go to now.
Free Consumer Content: Green Bathroom Remodeling Ideas
The latest free content for your websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic's REALTOR® Content Resource looks at green bathroom remodeling ideas.
Announcing NAR's Expanded Dell Partnership
REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner Dell has expanded its product line offerings to its members. The expanded partnership now includes access to products from Dell’s Small and Medium Business lines, in addition to its Consumer product line. Enhancements include discounts of up to 10% on top of already great offers. Visit or call 800/757-8442.
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