Monday, January 14, 2013

GTAR Weekly Facts – January 14, 2013

THIS WEEK! Deadline for Reservations: January 18
Let the Good Times Roll! 2013 GTAR/NORES Installation & Awards Banquet
Seated dinner Thursday, January 24, 12:00 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel. Join us in honoring our incoming GTAR President Susan Beach, and NORES President Julie Tetsworth, outgoing presidents, officers, and 2012 award winners. Cost is $25 per person. 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. (Don’t miss the celebration—Absolute deadline for reservations is Friday, January 18!)
December 2012 Home Sales Stats Now Available
Maintenance to
We will be performing maintenance to the website on January 24 starting at 8:00 a.m. and finishing at 10:00 a.m. During that time, you will not be able to access the site.  

GTAR Class Pass—Your Ticket to Learn in 2013!
The Class Pass was such a big success in 2012 that we are offering it again in 2013. GTAR's Class Pass GTAR's Class includes admission to the special REALTOR® Appreciation Day (RAD Conference) CE class with Patti Wood on Thursday, April 4, 2013, PLUS any and all regular GTAR CE classes offered during 2013—starting in January—for only $75! For more information and to purchase your GTAR Class Pass, log on to; from the Main Menu, click on the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes, and look for GTAR Class Pass.
January CE Classes at GTAR
Don’t wait until the end of your three-year licensing period to start working on your CE hours. As CE classes are scheduled, information and registration will be available on; from the main Member Services page, simply click the red Education bar.
(BRA) OK Broker Relationships: Monday, January 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Class Pass  Eligible)
(FHR) Fair Housing and Ethical Practices: Wednesday, January 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Class Pass  Eligible)
(HOT) NEW! Residential Contract Basics: Tuesday, January 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m., pending OREC approval (Class Pass  Eligible)
February 4-5
Broker in Charge Course
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days with instructor Ann Lloyd; lunch provided courtesy of one of GTAR affiliate members. OREC approved for 15 hours required BIC CE credit. Class size is limited to 15. Cost is $90 for GTAR members. Register online at
Friday, February 8
Give Yourself a Raise!
Attend Tax Strategies for the Real Estate Professional, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the GTAR Training Center. Join us for this easy to learn, fun to apply, and FREE educational seminar presented by Bradford and Company, Inc. Many of us assume our accountants take care of our taxes...but forget that WE are the ones giving them the numbers and records they are using to prepare our tax return. This seminar will help identify between $2,500 and $27,000 in NEW deductions that can be used right away to pocket thousands in tax savings. These deductions are based in tax LAW, but presented in simple English that all of us can easily understand. This non-CE credit seminar is free but registration is required. For more details and online registration: log on to; from the Main Menu, click the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes.
March 6
Help Us Shape the Future of Real Estate
GTAR has partnered with the National Association of REALTORS® Strategic Planning Committee to host an industry event called REThink: The Future of Real Estate. Along with your fellow thought leaders, we will be diving into several scenarios describing multiple future worlds, exploring and discussing insights and implications for you, your business, our industry, and beyond. Don’t let the future just happen. Register today to join the conversation. Wednesday, March 6 at the Wyndham Hotel; this free event is open to ALL GTAR members. For more information and to register: Log on to; from the Main Menu, click the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes.
GTAR/NORES Winter Weather Policy
We are in that time of year when the weather does not always work in our favor; therefore, GTAR/NORES has established the following inclement weather policy for all education classes at GTAR (CE, Computer, New Member Orientation, etc.): If Tulsa Public Schools are closed the day of a scheduled class due to hazardous driving conditions, the GTAR/NORES class is canceled. Depending on the type of class being canceled, the class will either be rescheduled for a future date or a full refund will be issued. In addition, for those of you who live outside the Tulsa area, if schools in your area are closed the day of class or you are uncomfortable making the drive, you can still receive a refund, but you MUST call or email us that day (day of the class). You cannot just be a “no show” and expect a refund. Please be sure to check one of the local news channels the night before and/or morning of a scheduled class for school closings.
Fiscal Cliff Law: Tax Implications
Join RLI for a Web seminar developed and presented by Dr. Mark Levine, ALC of the University of Denver, on January 23 at 1 p.m. Central time. Levine shares his expertise and brings insight to tax issues affecting real estate professionals as a result of the "Fiscal Cliff" legislation. These tax issues impact the use of exchanges, installment sales, and other approaches to defer and/or eliminate taxes. To learn more and register, call (800) 441-5263 or visit
Time to Update the Phone Number in Your Display Key
The new number is 887-840-6174. To update your key: hit enter to activate the key, scroll down to esync phone number, hit enter and choose 1.  Enter the new number (887-840-6174) and hit enter. Your key should show successful. If you have any questions, please call Gloria at 918-663-7500.
Upcoming Computer Classes
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 1 (Hands-on): Tuesday, January 22, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Realist Tax System: Wednesday, January 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fusion 2 (Hands-on): Friday, January 25, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Fusion 3 (Hands-on): Thursday, January 31, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Effective February 1, 2013, NORES will Begin Selling the New iBox BT Keybox
iBox BT is equipped with both Bluetooth® and infrared technologies. Supra's infrared keys—the ActiveKEY and DisplayKEY—also communicate with the iBox BT. The price per box will be $110.00 plus tax, and it will be a warranted product. Although we will not be doing a keybox exchange at this time, we will be “phasing in” the new iBox BT keyboxes with the current member inventory prior to an exchange. We have a limited number of iBoxes for sale at the current price of $90.00 plus tax. After February 1, we will no longer sell the iBox keybox, but will continue to honor the warranty.  If you have a bad/broken iBox, it will be replaced with another iBox (not an iBox BT). 
Get Your Nominations in for GTAR’s 2012 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year
Do you know a Commercial REALTOR® or REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® who promotes the interest of the commercial real estate profession, the community, and their clients and customers? Nominate him/her for Commercial REALTOR® of the Year; it’s easy and almost anyone can do it (no self nominations are allowed). The winner will be announced at the GTAR Greater Tulsa Commercial Market Update, March 13 at the Tulsa Renaissance. Fill-in nomination forms are available online at or Click Here. Deadline to submit completed forms to GTAR is January 31, 2013.
March 13—Save the Date!
2013 Greater Tulsa Commercial Market Update, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel. Details and registration coming soon!
The Impact of 'Fiscal Cliff' Legislation
On January 1, both the Senate and House passed H.R. 8, legislation to avert the “fiscal cliff.” The bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama. Provisions of the new law include an extension of mortgage cancellation relief to January 1, 2014, and an extension of deductions for mortgage insurance premiums for filers making below $110,000 through 2013—and retroactive coverage for 2012. Learn more about this legislation.
NAR Legislative and Regulatory Year in Review
Your National Association had a number of significant accomplishments in the Beltway and beyond during 2012.
Review them all in this presentation at
Salesperson Liable for Misrepresentation
The Court of Appeals of Texas, San Antonio, affirmed the rulings of a trial court in that state that awarded a seller damages for a real estate professional’s failure to accurately disclose the terms of an amended sales contract to the seller’s representative while the seller was out of the country.  Read more.

5 Tips for Home Owners
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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.
Jamie Parchman, associated with Katie Cantrell Realty (Second Publication)
Judy Snow, Judy Snow Real Estate Services (Second Publication)