Monday, February 25, 2013

GTAR Weekly Facts – February 25, 2013

March 6
The Future of Real Estate and YOUR Success Depends on YOU!
You may have the next big idea, so we want you to attend REThink: The Future of Real Estate, Wednesday, March 6, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Wyndham Hotel. 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. We need your help to shape the future of real estate. We’ll provide you with a “real” breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m., then along with your fellow thought leaders, we will dive into several scenarios describing multiple future worlds, exploring and discussing insights and implications for you, your business, our industry, and beyond. This FREE event is open to ALL GTAR members—brokers, associates, affiliates—residential and commercial. Registering is EASY! Simply go to the homepage of and click on the rethink logo at the top of the page, or CLICK HERE (All registration is through NAR not GTAR.) All who attend will be entered in a drawing to win an iPad! GTAR’s REThink is sponsored by: F&M Bank.
GTAR Affiliate Members: Are you interested in being a GTAR REThink sponsor?
Email Connie at or call her at 918-663-7500!
Find Your Oasis at the 2013 Tulsa Home & Garden Show March 7-10!
Oklahoma’s largest home and garden trade show is a Tulsa tradition—Tulsa’s home improvement event of the year is coming to Expo Square, Thursday, March 7 through Sunday, March 10.  Featuring 500 exhibitors, the 2013 Tulsa Home & Garden Show showcases virtually every type of home and garden product, from the front door to the backyard. Presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa and sponsored by ARVEST Bank, the Tulsa Home & Garden Show offers a one-stop shop for everything homeowners need, highlighting hundreds of new ideas and the industry’s latest trends, as well as fun features for the whole family. Tickets are $8 for adults. Children under 12 may attend for free when accompanied by a paid adult. The Official Guide will be distributed in the March 6 edition of the Tulsa World, and on sale at all area QuikTrip locations for the duration of the Show.  The Guide contains a map of the Show including exhibitor information, a Show schedule and coupon for $1.00 off admission.
March 1: Early-bird Savings Ends!
2013 Greater Tulsa Commercial Market Update
If you want to know what’s going on in our local commercial real estate market, plan to attend the 14th annual Commercial Market Update Commercial Market Update, brought to you 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. This year’s keynote speaker is Ken Levit, executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. 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. OREC approved for 3 hours required HOT CE credit. For more information and to register: Log on to; from the Main Menu, click the red Education bar, then click Register for Classes; or call 918-663-7500.
Upcoming 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.
Monday, March 4
Residential Sales Disclosures, Laws and Rules Update
1:00-4:00 p.m., OREC approved: 3 hours required HOT CE credit (Class Pass  Eligible)
This course was designed to highlight some of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission’s (OREC) most common required disclosures, laws, and rules. From time to time legislation is passed, rules are written, and changes are made. All real estate licensees are required to be familiar with, and in compliance with current disclosures, laws, and rules. Click Here for Class Details
Thursday, April 4
Plan Now to Attend GTAR’s Most Popular Annual Event!
REALTOR® Appreciation Day at UMAC! Start your day with a very special CE class being taught by body language expert Patti Wood: Success Signals in Selling: Body Language and Sales Techniques, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Called “The Gold Standard of Body Language Experts” by the Washington Post, and credited in the New York Times with bringing body language to the national consciousness, Patti Wood is a true expert. The author of eight books, including her recently released book, “SNAP Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma” Patti speaks to Fortune 500 companies, law enforcement, and other businesses. You can see her regularly on CNN, Fox News, and Fox Business Network, PBS, Good Morning America, The Discovery Channel, Dr. Drew, Bravo, and The History Channel. In the past few months, you may have seen her on Nancy Grace, Entertainment Tonight, Prime Time News, and The Talk. She is quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, Bloomberg Business Week, Fortune, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, and People.
Pre-registration cost for GTAR members is only $25—but don’t wait to register—we expect this class to sell out! If you purchase a GTAR Class Pass, the cost is included (see details below.) After class, head over to the gymnasium for the annual free Trade Show brought to you by our wonderful affiliate members. Visit lots of booths filled with information and services, while enjoying free food, and as usual, there will be tons of door prizes given away during the show. (You do not have to attend class to attend the Trade Show!) (There is no cost to attend this special meeting.)
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.
TODAY! February 25
TulsaRealtors WebMail (Ipswitch) Upgrade/Maintenance
TulsaRealtors WebMail (Ipswitch) is getting an upgrade today, February 25. You may experience some downtime starting around 9:00 p.m. to midnight. 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
January 2013 Home Sales Stats Now Available
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 1 (Hands-on): Wednesday, February 27, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Fusion 2 (Hands-on): Monday, March 4, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Fusion 3 (Hands-on): Friday, March 8, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Realist Tax System: Tuesday, March 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
iBoxBT is Here!
The cost of the new iBoxBT is $110.00 plus tax. We are no longer selling the iBox (old box) nor will we buy the iBox back. We will honor the warranty; if your iBox is bad, we will replace it with another iBox. You can sell your iBox to another agent, just be sure you transfer ownership at GTAR. Keybox transfer forms are online.
FHA Taking Steps to Shore-up Finances
FHA is striving to shore up its finances while continuing to play its vital role in keeping financing available while the mortgage market recovers, FHA Commissioner Carole Galante told the House Financial Services Committee last week. Back in November, an independent actuarial report projected the economic value of the FHA fund to be negative $16.3 billion even though FHA has more than $30 billion to pay claims on losses. The shortfall stems from a requirement by Congress that the agency hold 30 years worth of reserves.
Clarity Sought on E-mail Signatures
(From NAR) A sales associate claims e-mail exchanges she had with a household she had been working with for months constituted an electronically signed representation agreement and so she believes she was entitled to commissions on the purchase of a property the household bought with the help of another practitioner. The household had signed the representation agreement and sent it to the sales associate, but the sales associate never signed it. But she did acknowledge receipt of the signed agreement and thanked the household for sending it to her. The trial court said that, without the associate's signature, the agreement wasn't valid, but the Court of Appeals of Arizona, Division 1, reversed the trial court and sent the case back for further proceedings to answer the question of whether the e-mails constituted an electronically signed agreement.
Good Neighbors in Your Community?
REALTOR® Magazine is seeking nominees for its 14th annual Good Neighbor Awards, which recognize REALTORS® who impact their communities through volunteer work. Five winners will be recognized at the 2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, and will receive travel expenses to attend the show, and a $10,000 grant for their community cause. Entries must be received by May 20. Entry forms are available at
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