Monday, February 11, 2013

GTAR Weekly Facts – February 11, 2013

March 6
Don’t Let the Future Just Happen!
You may have the next big idea, and we want you to join us at REThink the Future of Real Estate! GTAR has partnered with the National Association of REALTORS® Strategic Planning Committee to host this event, specifically designed to encourage dialogue and to open minds about thinking big for our future. We believe this is the best way to determine what the future holds for us, and, more importantly, how we would like to shape the future for our industry. 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. Register today to join the conversation. Wednesday, March 6, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Wyndham Hotel; breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. This FREE event is open to ALL GTAR members. For more information and to register: CLICK HERE
REMINDER: GTAR/NORES Winter Weather Policy
We have two CE classes and a couple of committee meetings scheduled at GTAR this week, and there is a possibility of snow in the forecast, so please remember our policy for education classes and committee meetings: If Tulsa Public Schools are closed the day of a scheduled class or committee meeting due to hazardous driving conditions, the GTAR/NORES class/meeting 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 the case of a committee meeting, the meeting will be rescheduled (check your email for a new meeting notice). 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.
2013 Real Estate Planners Available in GTAR Board Store
Prices range from $19.95 to $39.95. If you want one, don’t wait or you may miss out!
February 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.
THIS WEEK! Tuesday, February 12
MLS Made Easy: 1:00-4:00 p.m., elective CE OREC and OREAB (Class Pass  Eligible)
This course will provide practical applications for both appraisers and real estate professionals to use to maximize functionality of the NORES MLS system (Fusion) in conjunction with their business. Click Here for Class Details (GTAR/NORES Winter Weather Policy applies; see details above.)
THIS WEEK! Wednesday, February 13
Working in Historic Neighborhoods: 1:00-4:00 p.m., elective CE (Class Pass  Eligible)
Members of the Tulsa Preservation Commission will provide you with the tools and information you need to be successful in Tulsa’s historic neighborhoods market. You will leave the class armed with the essential information that your prospective clients need to know about the value of owning and selling historic properties. This presentation will include the new HP zoning designation in process in Maple Ridge! Click Here for Class Details (GTAR/NORES Winter Weather Policy applies; see details above.)
The New Mortgage Process: A Lender/REALTOR® Partnership: Wednesday, February 20, 9:00 .m.-12:00 p.m., req. HOT CE (Class Pass  Eligible)
The purpose of this course is to define the massive changes to the mortgage industry and its processes over the last few years; highlight the importance of understanding the challenges; and define problems and potential solutions. Click Here for Class Details
GTAR Class Pass—Your Ticket to Learn 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.
February 26-27
CRS 201: Listing Strategies
Presented by OK CRS with instructor Jackie Leavenworth, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at OKCMAR (3131 Northwest Expressway, OKC). Learn how to use your MLS to create pricing visuals that will prepare the sellers to position their homes to sell quickly, and much more. To register, contact Genie Vinson at 405-354-6233. Click Here for more information
February 25
TulsaRealtors WebMail (Ipswitch) Upgrade/Maintenance
TulsaRealtors WebMail (Ipswitch) is getting an upgrade on February 25. You may experience some downtime starting around 9:00 p.m. to midnight on that day. Some maintenance may cause downtime into early morning on February 26. If you are still using TulsaRealtors WebMail, please plan accordingly. The WebMail program will get a new look and some much needed maintenance.
Not using your TulsaRealtors email address? Consider forwarding or canceling your TulsaRealtors email address.
To Forward: Go to and log in.
Click on Preferences on the lower left.
Type in your forwarding address in the space for forwarding; click Save on the upper left.
To cancel your email, contact GTAR at 918-663-7500, or email

February: 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 3 (Hands-on): Wednesday, February 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fusion 1 (Hands-on): Wednesday, February 27, 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Registration Now Open!
2013 Greater Tulsa Commercial Market Update
Presented by GTAR’s REALTORS® Commercial Alliance: Wednesday, March 13: 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel. Enjoy a buffet breakfast while brokers from area companies provide an in-depth review of activity in each commercial market segment—office, retail, industrial, land/development, and multi-family—over the last year, as well as a forecast for the coming year to help identify trends and determine growth areas. In addition, certain segments will feature an owner/investor who will highlight one specific project, either just completed or currently in development, and discuss why the Tulsa area was chosen, as well as why the specific property or building was chosen to buy, lease or develop. The program will conclude with the announcement of GTAR’s 2012 Commercial REALTOR® of the Year. GTAR members: Take advantage of early-bird savings! Pay only $40 through March 1; after, price is $60; non-member price is: $60. For more information and to register: Log on to; from the Main Menu, click the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes.
New Temporary FHA Provisions for Condo Approvals
FHA released on Sept. 13, 2012, Mortgagee Letter 2012-18: Temporary Approval Provisions for the Federal Housing Administration Condominium Project Approval Process. The Mortgagee Letter replaces existing policy until FHA publishes formal regulations expected in 2014. NAR had been working with HUD for years on these changes, and had worked with Congress to try and influence HUD to loosen condo regulations. These new rules do not solve all of the issues, but do include some improvements. Learn more.
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