Tuesday, September 4, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – September 3, 2012


Realist Timeline Update
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 tulsarealtors.com: from the Main Menu, click the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes.
Fusion Timeline Update
Currently, we have NOT set a date for Tempo MLS to be shut off. 
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 tulsarealtors.com; Member Resources, GTAR Events, Bus Tour. There are still sponsorship opportunities available for this event! Contact Jennifer Smith at 918-663-7500 or email jsmith@tulsarealtor.com.

GTAR Application Fees
By direction of the GTAR Board of Directors, GTAR application fees will increase by $25 effective immediately.  The
online forms packet has been updated to reflect this change.  Please print off a new set for your office. 

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.
Seller Safety Reminder
For the safety of sellers, they should not let potential buyers view their home without another person present, preferably a licensee.  Recently, a man posing as a buyer gained entry into a seller’s home. Once in the home the man proceeded to be alone in kitchen area where the Seller’s purse was, under the pretext of needing the seller to turn water on in another part of the home. Since this incident the seller’s home has been posted on website(s) with information that seems to have been gained when the man entered the home.  The July 2012 GTAR World newsletter contains an article on how to set up Google Alerts, so you will know when and where a listing(s) is being shown on the Internet.  You can also go to www.realtor.org/safety  for other safety related items. (And don’t miss GTAR’s annual Safety Seminar, Sept. 6!)

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.
September 6
Don’t Miss National Safety Expert Tracey Hawkins “The Safety Lady”
REALTORS® face more on-the-job dangers than many other professionals. September is NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Month, and a good time to keep safety in mind now, and all year long, starting with GTAR’s annual Safety Seminar. This year we’re is offering a totally NEW Real Estate Agent 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 tulsarealtors.com; 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 education@tulsarealtors.com 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.; 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 tulsarealtors.com.
September 17-18
CRS 200: Business Planning & Marketing
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 tulsarealtors.com; from the Main Menu, click on the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes.
Tax Implications of Real Estate
Presented by the OK Chapter of REALTOR® Land Institute; September 11-12, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Metro Tech Center in Oklahoma City; cost is $349. Click Here for Information (This is not a GTAR course.)
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 REALTOR.org/MVP. Visit www.REALTOR.org/Safety 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 tulsarealtors.com, 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 3 (Hands-on): Tuesday, September 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fusion 1 (Hands-on): Thursday, September 6, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
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 tulsarealtors.com, 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.)
FHFA Announces New Short-Sale Guidance
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), announced on Aug. 21 that the GSEs would be issuing new guidelines to enhance and streamline the short-sale process. Servicers are required to implement the changes by Nov. 1, 2012.
New Map Shows Global Business by State
Do you think global business doesn't apply to you? Data from the NAR State-by-State International Business Reports indicates that global business is taking place in all 50 states. Foreign buyers are purchasing homes in a wide range of markets for investment homes, student housing, and vacation properties. NAR has developed an interactive map to make it easier for members to identify who is buying in their areas as well as local economic activity. View the map and full reports.
Free Negotiating Info for Members
Under-confident buyers constantly second guess themselves—and their agent. You can build buyers' confidence by teaching them to be educated purchasers, and the REALTOR® Content Resource can help. You can brand, print, and hand deliver five free "Be a Savvy Buyer" articles, including how to negotiate your best house buy. At the REALTOR® Content Resource, you will find nearly 1,000 home listing, selling, and ownership articles you can use in their communications.
Resource: 3 Steps to a Successful Open House
It’s that time of year again: School's back in session, the leaves are about to turn, and real estate professionals have just a few months left to hit their sales goals for the year. Holding open houses can be a great way for agents to build business. Share this Quick Start Guide with members to help prepare an open house that’s designed for more sales in three easy steps.
Commercial Real Estate Recovering at a Slower Pace
Positive underlying fundamentals continue to support all of the major commercial real estate sectors, but a slowdown in job creation and ongoing tight loan availability has tempered growth in some areas, according to NAR's quarterly commercial real estate forecast. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said there are mixed results among the commercial sectors: "Job creation in the second quarter was about half of what we saw in the first quarter, which is moderating demand in the office sector," he said. "Industrial and warehouse space is holding on better because imports and exports have advanced."
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.
Deborah Hood, associated with Chinowth & Cohen (First Publication)
Lisa Mullins, associated with Coldwell Banker Select (Second Publication)
F. Lee Stevens, The Berach Realty & Estates (Second Publication)