Monday, September 17, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – September 17, 2012

August 2012 Home Sales Stats are Now Available
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.
Designer Showcase 2013 – Celebrating 40 Years in Tulsa
The Tulsa Designer Showcase is looking for the perfect house to celebrate the fourth year as a fundraiser in the Tulsa Community. We are looking for a house that is: 4,000-5,000 square feet, and has curb appeal and street parking. This is a perfect opportunity for someone who has just purchased a new house or is selling a home.  Perks for the owners include: design donated by 30 of Tulsa’s top designers, paint donated, painting labor donated, and discounted prices on draperies, furniture, and accessories. If you have a property that you would like us to consider, please call Paula Dellavedova at 918-902-0809. All proceeds benefit The Foundation for Tulsa Schools helping Tulsa build a better community.
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 (If you have a GTAR Class Pass, register by emailing or calling 918-663-7500.)
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 coming soon! Edutainment Day is free to members but registration is required—log on to; click on the red Education bar, the click Register for Classes.

FHA Hosting Pre-foreclosure Sales Training
You can learn about selling properties with FHA-backed loans through the agency's pre-foreclosure sales process in an FHA-hosted webinar Wednesday,
September 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m., CDT. Webinar Registration

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.

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 2.0 Class: Wednesday, September 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Training Center)
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. 
Fusion Timeline Update
Currently, we have NOT set a date for Tempo MLS to be shut off. 
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: Stable Terrorism Insurance Needed
Any disruption in the availability of terrorism insurance would have serious consequences to commercial real estate, Linda St. Peter, vice chair of NAR's Commercial Committee, told a House Financial Services subcommittee in testimony last week. Since the September 11 attacks, the federal government has helped maintain the availability of terrorism insurance, which commercial property owners need to get financing. In her testimony, St. Peter said concern over whether the federal government will continue its involvement in the market could cause insurance prices to fluctuate and some insurers to leave the market, potentially exposing some owners to technical default on their mortgage.  
FTC Issues Privacy Guidelines for Mobile Apps
The Federal Trade Commission has released non-binding guidance for companies developing mobile apps to help ensure their programs meet federal privacy and truth-in-advertising principles. The guidelines should be helpful to companies that develop mobile apps for the real estate industry. Access a detailed FTC explanation.
FHFA Gives Banks Reason to Revisit Credit Overlays
A release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency last week might help ease home buyers' credit hurdles by giving lenders a reason to revisit the credit overlays that lenders have put in place to reduce their loan repurchase or buy-back risks. The credit overlays are underwriting standards that go above and beyond what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac require. Lenders impose them to lessen the chance a loan will go bad and they'll have to buy it back because the underwriting didn't conform to the agencies' "representation and warranty" requirements. Yesterday's FHFA release is intended to clarify Fannie and Freddie rules on loan repurchases. Learn more.
Do You Understand Online Copyright Law?
An article by NAR Legal Affairs helps provide perspective on online copyright law.
Free Consumer Content: Fall Yard and Garden Guide
The latest free content for your websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic's REALTOR® Content Resource looks at fall yard and garden upkeep.
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