Monday, October 22, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – October 22, 2012


Attention eKey Users
If you have the iPhone5 and want to use it for an eKey, you will need to purchase an adaptor from Apple prior to purchasing an adaptor from GTAR. The Apple adaptors are not available in the stores at this time but can be purchased online.
FYI for iPhone5 Users
Supra has certified that the eKEY application is compatible with the iPhone5 and the Apple’s Lightning Adapter. Please note that the Lightning Adapter is required to connect the iPhone5 to Supra’s eKEY Adapter.
September 2012 Home Sales Stats are Now Available
Volunteers Needed for 2013 GTAR/NORES Committees
Your participation does make a difference! Volunteering can help you better understand motivations and deal with difficult situations, as well as increase your knowledge about the association and real estate issues. If you’re interested in serving on a 2013 GTAR or NORES committee, we need your completed volunteer form by October 31, 2012. If you are currently serving on a committee, and would like to continue, you still need to submit a volunteer form. Review the descriptions of each committee in the October GTAR World Newsletter; then sign up by clicking on the appropriate link: REALTOR® & REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® Volunteer Form  or Affiliate Volunteer form.
2013 Annual Dues Billing
2013 local, state, and national dues invoices were emailed October 8, 2012; payment is due by November 30, 2012, to avoid a late penalty. REALTOR® members dues are $484; REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® members dues are $454.
Don’t be a News Maker
A trusting real estate agent in Colorado apparently provided two burglars with the security code for the lockbox. One of the burglars called the listing agent and pretended to be a sales associate from another company hoping to show the property. The listing agent provided the code to access the front door. When the homeowners returned, they discovered electronics, cash and jewelry missing, but no forced entry. (Source: Real Estate Intelligence Report)
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 3 (Hands-on): Tuesday, October 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fusion 3 (Hands-on): Wednesday, October 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Upcoming CE at GTAR
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.)
OK Broker Relationships, Monday, October 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m. with Ann Lloyd; req. BRA CE (Last one of the year)
The New HUD Internet Training, Wednesday, November 7, 1:00-4:00 p.m. with Mary Berry; req. HOT CE (Last one of the year)
Fair Housing & Ethical Practices, Thursday, November 8, 1:00-4:00 p.m. with Kathryn Jones; req. FHR CE (Last one of the year)
REALTOR® Ethics, Thursday, December 6, 1:00-4:00 p.m. with Kathryn Jones; this class is free, but you need to pre-register (Last one of the year)
December 6
Experience Art in Tulsa!
Enjoy an evening of art at Philbrook Museum, featuring the annual Festival of Trees! Win door prizes and receive a discount on yearly membership to Philbrook. Event is 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.; cash bar opens at 4:00 p.m. and hors d’oeuvres will be available at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Register online at; from the Main Menu, click on Member Resources tab, then GTAR Events. Deadline to register is November 29!
RLI Land Analysis Course
The REALTORS® Land Institute is offering a "hybrid" course to NAR members interested in learning about land investment analysis. The course combines self-study with weekly instructor-led conference calls. Among the topics covered: cash-flows, the time value of money, and traditional and alternative indicators for investment analysis. More.
Commercial Intelligence Briefing: Avoiding Litigation in Leases
In the newest NAR Commercial Intelligence Briefing podcast, attorney Jim Hochmanm, a NAR Signature Series Speaker, discusses the anatomy of a lease, avoiding litigation and more. As a partner at Coman & Anderson, Mr. Hochman represents many commercial real estate brokerage firms, receivers, landlords, tenants, and real estate investors by assisting in commercial and residential real estate transactions.
EPA Lead Paint Rulemaking: Delayed Three Years
The Environmental Protection Agency has further delayed its plans to propose and then finalize a Lead Renovation Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule for potential lead-based paint hazards in commercial and public buildings. Read The Source blog for details on NAR’s efforts thus far, including letters to EPA and oversight from the Hill which have resulted in a significant delay in EPA’s issuance of new regulations.
Commercial Real Estate Prices Rising
At least in regards to prime commercial real estate properties, prices have been making a very nice recovery. Commercial real estate prices in September were up 6.2 percent from one year ago, and are now very close to the peak prices achieved in 2007. NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun delves deeper into what this means for the industry in NAR’s Economist Outlook Blog.
Mortgage Servicing Rules on Right Track
NAR expresses its general support for efforts by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to improve mortgage servicing, including by getting servicers to take earlier intervention when a borrower runs into trouble and to give delinquent borrowers a single point of contact with the servicer. 
Free Consumer Content: Halloween Fun
The latest free content for your websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic's REALTOR® Content Resource looks at ideas for Halloween fun.
Xerox Direct Offer Extended
Xerox, a REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, has extended their latest offer. Through Dec. 31, you can enjoy 10 percent off on any color printer and free standard shipping. Offer includes color printers as low as $224 after instant savings.
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.
Eddie Hasan, US Open Realty, LLC (First Publication)
Mary Rodriguez, associated with Trinity Properties (First Publication)
Julie Smith, associated with Keller Williams (Second Publication)