Monday, March 11, 2013

GTAR Weekly Facts – March 11, 2013

Keybox Reminder
Daylight Saving Time began Sunday, March 10. Keyboxes will now open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. To change the time settings using your EKey, Click Here for Instructions. If you are using a Display Key, the key box can be brought to GTAR for programming.
On Sale Now!
All 2013 Real Estate Planners are now 25% off! Available in the GTAR Board Store.
Scheduled Maintenance on
Maintenance will be Tuesday, March 19, 8:00-8:30 a.m.; then on Monday, March 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The website will be down during this time.
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
March 13: 2013 Greater Tulsa Commercial Market Update
We’re almost at maximum capacity for this year’s Commercial Market Update, so if you plan to attend, don’t wait any longer to register! Event is 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel. Cost 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.
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.
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.
Realist Tax System: Tuesday, March 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
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.
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
Will Sequester Affect FHA, RHA Loans?
The March 1 date for implementing federal budget cuts across the board arrived with no action to delay or forestall the cuts. Consequently, FHA acknowledged that "furlough days could impact endorsement/claim timeframes for FHA loans. The underlying insurance funds, funded by premiums, will not be affected by the sequester and… FHA loans will be supported." Any furloughs at the Department of Agriculture could also slow down final processing of Rural Housing Service loans. Learn more. Read previous sequester coverage from REALTOR® Magazine.
FHA Critical to Recovery, REALTORS® Testify
The housing market, and the broader economy by extension, would have been in much worse shape had FHA not stepped in with affordable mortgage credit when it did, said NAR President Gary Thomas in recent testimony before the Senate Banking Committee. Thomas also made a strong case for careful action by Congress as it decides what, if anything, it should do about recent pressure on FHA’s reserves. Learn more.
New Fannie Process Aims to Speed Short Sales
NAR President Gary Thomas met with Fannie Mae last week to talk short sales. After the meeting, Thomas sat down with Fannie Mae executive Jay Ryan to learn about the company’s new platform for speeding short-sale processing and to make it easier for real estate agents to escalate short-sale problems directly to Fannie staff. Access and share a four-minute video on the new short-sale escalation process.
Free Consumer Content: Great Tax Tips for Home Owners
The latest free content for your websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic's REALTOR® Content Resource looks at great tax tips for home owners.
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 (First Publication)
Firm Affiliate:
Armstrong Relocation, designated individual, David Elliott (First Publication)
Custom Services Heating & Air Conditioning, designated individual, JC Canfield (First Publication)
Institute Affiliate:
Pamela Higgins, HPC, LLC (First Publication)