Monday, March 18, 2013

GTAR Weekly Facts – March 18, 2013

March 26
2013 National Fair Housing Month Volunteer Reader Training
The Tulsa Area Fair Housing Partnership is looking for volunteer readers to spend one or two hours in elementary schools or community centers reading the Fair Housing Five to children in our community, and then facilitating a discussion with the children. We are replicating the TAFHP 2012 Reading Initiative because it was so absolutely successful! We are looking for at least two readers at each site so either bring a friend or we will pair you with another person based upon the times you are available. Please plan to attend this important Volunteer Reader Training. Training is 2:00-3:30 p.m., March 26 at Tulsa Metropolitan Urban League. Questions: Call Lyn Larson at 918-292-8915 or send an email to (Click Here for Details)

April 3
Cloud CMA Demos at GTAR
Join us at GTAR for this special event and see why tens of thousands are using Cloud CMA to deliver high impact, eye catching reports with data right from your MLS! Cloud CMA is a proud product partner of GTAR, and is among the most exciting technology products for real estate in 2013. Cloud CMA uses your MLS data and blends it with community and lifestyle information from multiple data sources on the Internet to create custom MLS reports for buyers, sellers, and prospects. These live demos are FREE to GTAR members, and will cover the many aspects of creating a winning CMA, as well as awesome Buyer Tour Reports, Property Reports and flyers in seconds. Click Here to Register
On Sale Now!
All 2013 Real Estate Planners are now 25% off! Available in the GTAR Board Store.
Thursday, April 4
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.
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. The Trade Show is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (You do not have to attend class to attend the Trade Show!)
It’s Not Too Late to Buy a GTAR Class Pass
GTAR's Class Pass 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 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.
April 10
Lori Morgan will be teaching Don't be Listless! The Listing Presentation, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Working with Buyers: A Planned Approach, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Each class is OREC approved for 3 hours elective CE. For more information and to register, go to Class Pass Holders: Register by emailing or calling 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): Monday, March 18, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Fusion 2 (Hands-on): Wednesday, March 20, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Fusion 3 (Hands-on): Thursday, March 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fusion 1 (Hands-on): Tuesday, March 26, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Fusion 2 (Hands-on): Thursday, March 28, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Get to Products and Services in a Flash!
Keep an eye out for our new and improved login in screen. Soon you will be able to easily access all of your important tulsarealtors services with just the click of a button!  Get to Realist, Zipforms or Supra without logging into Tempo or Fusion, and much more. Watch the Weekly Facts and April newsletter for more updates and samples in the coming weeks.
Effective April 1, Key Pricing will be as Follows
Display Key: $35.25; this is the basic quarterly user fee for all agents who have a key. Ekey Basic, $31.35; additional quarterly charge ($66.60 per quarter). Ekey Professional, $61.35; additional quarterly charge ($96.60 per quarter). These prices will be billed quarterly with your MLS quarterly user fee. User Fee and Display Key:  $110.25 quarterly; User Fee and Ekey Basic: $141.60 quarterly; User Fee and Ekey Professional: $171.60 quarterly.
Podcast: FAIR Housing and IDX Content
NAR General Counsel Laurie Janik in an 11-minute audio podcast addresses practitioners' potential liability under the Fair Housing Act for using IDX content on their websites.
Use Broad QM Standards for Securitized Loans
NAR wants federal banking regulators to apply the same underwriting standards in their recently released qualified mortgage (QM) rule to the upcoming qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule. The QM rule sets standards for lenders to make loans to borrowers who can show the ability to repay them. Although NAR has some concerns with aspects of the rule, in general it supports the broad-based approach the standards take and wants to see the same standards applied to the QRM Rule, which, when it’s released, will apply to securitized loans. Under QRM, lenders are exempt from having to retain 5 percent of the securitized loans they make if the loans are underwritten to federal standards. Those standards should be the same as in QM, NAR said at a Capitol Hill briefing and in a letter it sent as part of a broad coalition.
April 10
REALTOR® Day at the Capitol
Presented by OAR: 1:30-4:00 p.m. at the State Capitol in OKC: Watch the legislature in action; personally thank your legislators; share your views on the bills on which they will be voting; enjoy an ice cream treat in the rotunda. Show the Political Power of Oklahoma REALTORS®! Bring some friends, and we'll see you at the Capitol! Register by April 3.  Click Here to Register
Free Consumer Content: Smart Spring Cleaning Tips
The latest free content for your websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic's REALTOR® Content Resource looks at smart spring cleaning tips for home owners.
How Student Debt Affects Home Sales
Student loan debt is a growing problem and has major implications for future home sales, NAR Vice President Bill Brown says in a post on NAR's leadership blog, Voices of Real Estate. 
Sold Out!
The GTAR REALTORS® Commercial Alliance (RCA) would like to thank everyone who attended the 2013 Greater Tulsa Commercial Market Update on March 13 for helping make it the best attended GTAR commercial event in over 12 years—it was a full house at 180! All the presentations are available for viewing on
Healthy Multifamily Demand Expected
Don't let FHA authority for multifamily loans shut down prematurely, NAR and other organizations say in a joint letter to lawmakers. The agency is seeing healthy demand from developers, especially on the refi side, and more demand is expected for new development in the months ahead.
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.
William Rich, David Rich Company (Second Publication)
Firm Affiliate:
Armstrong Relocation, designated individual, David Elliott (Second Publication)
Custom Services Heating & Air Conditioning, designated individual, JC Canfield (Second Publication)
Institute Affiliate:
Pamela Higgins, HPC, LLC (Second Publication)