Monday, December 3, 2012

GTAR Weekly Facts – December 3, 2012

2013 Annual Dues
If you have not paid your GTAR dues, a $20 late payment fee has been added to your account. Payment was due by November 30, 2012. REALTOR® dues are $484 and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues are $454. For a breakdown of where your dues dollars go:
Tuesday, December 4
Helen Allen turns 90 in December!  We would like you to help her celebrate on December 4. There will be an Open House from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the GTAR Training Center. Please let us know if you are able to stop by; RSVP by emailing Deb LaManque at There will be plenty of food and drink, and a dangerous birthday cake. Hope to see you there! Shhhhh…it’s a surprise! (Helen supposedly doesn’t use email, so she shouldn’t be reading this!)
Help Nominate the GTAR 2012 Sales Associate of the Year
The winner will be announced at the GTAR/NORES Installation & Awards Banquet January 24, 2013. Don’t miss the opportunity to recognize an outstanding Sales Associate. Nomination forms are available online at or click here. Deadline to submit completed forms to GTAR is December 15, 2012.
Help Nominate the GTAR 2012 REALTOR® of the Year
The winner will be announced at the GTAR/NORES Installation & Awards Banquet January 24, 2013. Don’t miss the opportunity to recognize a REALTOR® (Broker) for their service to the real estate industry. Nomination forms are available online at or click here. Deadline to submit completed forms to GTAR is December 15, 2012.
Thursday, December 13: Office closes at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, December 24: Office closes at 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 25: Office is closed all day
Tuesday, January 1: Office is closed all day
December 26 until January 2: Board Store Closed for Inventory
The GTAR/NORES Board Store will be closed for inventory Thursday, December 26 until noon on Wednesday, January 2, 2012, so please plan ahead. This will not affect Key and KeyBox purchases.
Registration is Now Open!
2013 GTAR/NORES Installation & Awards Banquet: Seated dinner will be Thursday, January 24, 12:00 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino; cost is $25 per person. This year’s theme is Let the Good Times Roll. Join us in honoring our outgoing presidents, incoming presidents, officers and 2012 award winners. For banquet details and to make reservations online with a credit card, log on to; under the Member Resources tab, click GTAR Events, then 2013 Presidents’ Banquet. Or, complete the Reservation Form and fax it to 918-663-8815.
Problematic Basel III Bank Rules Delayed
Regulators have delayed implementation of controversial Basel III international banking accords, citing the concerns of lawmakers and industry groups over the potential impact upon implementation. Among other concerns is the impact of subjecting regional and community banks to the accords, which have historically been applied only to large financial institutions that operate globally. NAR has expressed its concerns as well, which focus on the negative impact proposed capital standards are expected to have on the availability and affordability of mortgage financing for both residential and commercial real estate.
Data Security, Privacy Issues Heating Up
Data security and privacy issues are likely to heat up as law makers at the federal level look at whether nationwide rules are needed to ensure businesses maintain adequate safeguards of consumers' personal information, both digitally and on paper, and that they have in place appropriate policies for maintaining privacy of people's personal information. Already, most states have some types of protection laws in place. Access a new video and blog post on how your members can take the first steps to having an adequate system in place so they're prepared as data security issues come under closer scrutiny.
Four Cases Selected for Legal Action Funding
The NAR Board of Directors last month approved funding for four cases of importance to real estate, including a U.S. Supreme Court case on whether a requirement that a property owner pay a fee or make off-site property improvements before being granted a permit amounts to an unauthorized government taking. The other three cases involve enforcement of an association’s arbitration award, defending an appeal in an antitrust case that real estate brokerages successfully defended against at the trial level, and preventing construction project delays and denials because of reissuance of new nationwide permits under the Clean Water Act.
Free Consumer Content: Holiday Decorating Ideas
The latest free content for your websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic's REALTOR® Content Resource looks at holiday decorating ideas.
REALTOR Benefits® Program Partners: Countdown to Savings
AEs: The REALTOR Benefits® Program offers you special savings from partners like Chrysler, Dell, FedEx, HP, Lenovo, Lowe’s, Office Max, Sprint, and more, all designed to help save time and money during the busy holiday season. Visit  for details.
Video: Meet 2013 President Gary Thomas
In a short video, members are introduced to 2013 NAR President Gary Thomas, a second generation real estate professional from Orange County, Calif., and the broker-owner of Evergreen Realty.
Commercial Vacancies Declining, Rents Rising
Most of the major commercial real estate sectors show gradually improving fundamentals and are easily absorbing the relatively small amount of new space that is coming online, with a full recovery already in the multifamily market, NAR says in its quarterly commercial real estate forecast.