Monday, October 8, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – October 8, 2012

2013 Annual Dues Billing
2013 local, state, and national dues invoices will be emailed this week, 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.
NORES 4th Quarter Billing
Notices were emailed October 1, and payment is due by October 15, 2012, to avoid a $20 late penalty charge on October 16. You can view your invoice and pay online at; from the main Member Services page, click the yellow View/Pay Bill bar, then click NORES Accounts Receivables.
October 31
Deadline to Submit Volunteer Forms to Serve on 2013 GTAR and NORES Committees
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: REALTOR® & REALTOR®-Associate Volunteer Form  or Affiliate Volunteer form. (Deadline to submit form is October 31.)
THIS WEEK! October 11
There’s Still Time to Register! SIOR Negotiation Skills Course
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. OREC Approved: 3 hours elective CE credit. Member cost is $45; non-member price is $50. Click Here for Course Details and Registration Information
October 25
OKCMAR 2012 RCA Bus Tour
The OKC Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® is hosting an RCA Bus Tour on October 25. Check-in for the bus tour will start at 11:00 a.m. at OKCMAR (3131 NW Expressway), and the bus will leave promptly at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be on the 50th floor of the new Devon tower in downtown OKC; tour will end at 5:00 p.m. Cost is $50. If any GTAR RCA members would like to attend, you can register through this link: OKCMAR RCA Bus Tour. (This is not a GTAR event.) 
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 (Lecture): Tuesday, October 9, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Fusion 1 (Hands-on): Wednesday, October 10, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Fusion 1 (Hands-on): Friday, October 12, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Fusion 2 (Hands-on): Monday, October 15, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Fusion 2 (Hands-on): Tuesday, October 16, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Realist Tax System: Thursday, October 18, 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)
It’s a “Sellout”
Debra Jones’ class “Street Savvy Selling” on October 24 at GTAR is completely full. There may be cancellations between now and the day of class; you can check online. We will not be keeping a waiting list, and we will not be able to accommodate “walk-ins” the day of class.
October 16
Techy Time with Amy Smythe-Harris
Presented by the Oklahoma CRS Chapter; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at GTAR; $60 for non-members and $50 for Chapter members. Learn “Marketing on a Dime” and have an “’App’tastic Time” learning what real estate apps you should be using, and much more. For more details: Click Here or visit (This is not a GTAR event.)
October 17-18
OAR Education Conference & Trade Show
Presented by your state association—OAR; this year’s Conference is in Tulsa at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel; a variety of CE classes are being offered during the two days at a very affordable price, so take advantage! For details and registration information: Click Here
Land Courses to Start in November
Two courses will be starting November 1 for members interested in land sales: Essentials of Negotiations and Land Investment Analysis. The two courses are from the REALTORS® Land Institute. RLI is also offering an hour-long web seminar called 7 Keys to Power Consulting on December 5. 
Long-term Update to Sec. 502 Loans Needed
The U.S. Rural Housing Service has taken administrative steps to keep some 900 communities in 48 states from losing eligibility for popular Sec. 502 loans, which allow households to get affordable mortgage financing in thousands of communities around the country. But once RHS applies 2010 Census data to the program, those 900 communities will lose eligibility. NAR has been urging Congress to bring the program's population criteria up to date, and will issue a call for Action on the issue. More on the RHS administrative action.
Sprint, NAR’s Newest REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner
NAR's newest REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, Sprint, offers members and AEs savings of 18 percent on select wireless monthly service plans, and 20 percent on select accessories. The Sprint Discount Program is available to both new and existing Sprint customers. Obtain the offer by calling 866/639-8354 or visiting a Sprint retail store. Proof of NAR membership is required.
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