Monday, April 15, 2013

GTAR Weekly Facts – April 15, 2013

April 20-21
Nationwide Open House Weekend
Get your open houses on and be a part of the 2013 REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend, hosted by GTAR and the National Association of REALTORS®, as well as, other local associations across the country, this Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21. The Nationwide Open House Weekend offers buyers a stress-free way to visit homes for sale in different neighborhoods where they might want to live. For sellers, the weekend provides a high-visibility effort to promote traffic and drive home sales. Forgot how to list an open house on Follow these instructions: Go to; click NORES Member Login and log in to the site; at the Main Menu, click on Open House/View Webstats; select the property to add as an Open House; pick the date and time; click Save. Click Here to access promotional resources from NAR, including logos, flyers, fill-in-the-blank news releases, and media hooks.
Free Consumer Content: Planning Ideas for Nationwide Open House
The latest free content for your websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic's REALTOR® Content Resource looks at planning ideas for the Nationwide Open House.  
April 23
Celebrate Fair Housing Month
The Tulsa Area Fair Housing Partnership will  recognize the 45th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act* by showing Part 3: The House We Live In, from the PBS Series, Race: The Power of An Illusion by the California News Reel, 7:00 p.m. at Living Arts (307 E. Brady Street). A panel discussion about the movie and Fair Housing will follow facilitated by Kelli McLoud-Schingen. (*The Fair Housing Act is Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.) For more information, call (918) 584-0001 or click here
April 25
Synergy N Tulsa – Catch the Net!
Learn more about several City of Tulsa Authorities, Boards and Commissions…Network with influential economic development authorities; Understand & participate in Tulsa’s economic resurgence; Special video highlighting the City of Tulsa’s Boards and Authorities projects; Complimentary admittance and continental breakfast. Thursday, April 25, 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the Arts & Humanities Hardesty Arts Center (101 E. Archer St.). RSVP to Tammy Fate, City of Tulsa Retail Marketing Coordinator: Click Here for Details
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. If you are a Class Pass Holder, please register for Class Pass eligible classes by emailing or calling 918-663-7500.
April 18: REALTOR® Ethics, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Kathryn Jones; req. PSC CE; no cost, but registration required
April 24: FAIR is Not Just Another Four-letter Word, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Kathryn Jones; req. FHR CE (Class Pass Eligible)
April 29: OK Broker Relationships, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Joyce Painter; req. BRA; no cost, but registration required (courtesy of OAR)
May 13-14
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
Save the Date!
Experience Art in Tulsa at The Philbrook Museum May 23. Details coming soon!
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): Tuesday, April 16, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Realist Tax System: Wednesday, April 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
New Flood Insurance Premiums Released
Access revised premium rates, including on non-primary residences, and other changes stemming from federal flood insurance reform passed last year. NAR has been meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the impact the new rates and premiums will have on property owners and property transactions.
Look at Mortgage Rules and Student Debt Together
The federal government must look at how recent and pending mortgage finance rules, including the upcoming qualified residential mortgage rule (QRM), will affect home ownership among young people facing growing student debt burdens, NAR says in a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is looking at the availability of affordable student loan options.
Understand Tenants Rights in Foreclosures
Tenants living in a unit that's been foreclosed upon have rights under a 2009 law intended to protect them while the bank or other new owner of the property takes possession. Your members can get a better understanding of what rights tenants have in these situations in a 5-minute video with NAR Regulatory Affairs and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. 
FHA is Weathering the Storm, Thomas Testifies
Although FHA faces challenges, the agency has taken steps to mitigate risk and increase the solvency of the mortgage-insurance fund, NAR President Gary Thomas told lawmakers in a House subcommittee recently.  
Access Slide Show on Code of Ethics History
To help celebrate the centennial for NAR's Code of Ethics, REALTOR® Doreen Roberts has created a video slideshow capturing the beginnings of the REALTOR® organization and the NAR Code of Ethics. Watch and share this educational tool to get a fresh perspective on how REALTORS® are held to a higher standard compared to other real estate professionals.
Fair Housing is Fundamental to NAR Code of Ethics
Article 10 of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, now in its centennial year, recognizes the principles of Fair Housing and seeks equal professional services for consumers and protects the dream of home ownership and diverse and thriving communities. Let your clients know that you pledge to uphold the honor, integrity, and professionalism of the Code during Fair Housing Month and throughout the year. 
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.
Karen Tipton, Queen B Staging, LLC (First Publication)
John Wilhite, United Country Prairie Creek Realty & Auction (First Publication)
Kathleen Pittman, Preferred Home, REALTORS® (First Publication)