Monday, April 22, 2013

GTAR Weekly Facts – April 22, 2013

April 25
Find Application Presentation
You are invited to attend a presentation by Curt Beardsley, chief technology officer of Curt will be demonstrating's new tool that can be made available to MLS users called Find— a professional data application that allows MLS users to access data via a powerful, robust, and intuitive search engine. Click Here to view a six minute video demonstration of the Find Application. The presentation will be in the GTAR Training Center, Thursday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP by emailing or calling 918-663-7500.  

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
March 2013 Home Sales Stats Now Available
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.
THIS WEEK! April 24: FAIR is Not Just Another Four-letter Word, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Kathryn Jones; req. FHR CE (Class Pass Eligible)
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
May 23
Experience Art in Tulsa at The Philbrook Museum
Enjoy an evening of drinks and delicious food from Chef Franz Romer.  Enjoy two very special exhibits: Aphrodite and the Gods of Love along with The Hollywood Portraits of George Hurell. Thursday, May 23, 4:00-8:00 p.m., $15.00 per person.  Register online at starting April 24 (from the Main Menu, click on the Member Resources tab, then click Events). Don’t miss this special evening!
Online Course Looks at Legal Aspects of Real Estate
An attorney walks you through laws governing real property rights and interest, as well as tax implications and environmental concerns in a REALTORS® Land Institute no-travel "hybrid" online course open to all real estate professionals. Legal Aspects of Real Estate Online Course is May 6-31.
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): Tuesday, April 30, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Fusion 2 (Hands-on): Thursday, May 2, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Fusion 3 (Hands-on): Tuesday, May 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
New Flood Insurance Premiums Released
Access 2013 premium rates, including on second homes. NAR has been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on a report to Congress regarding the affordability of these and other rate changes under the federal flood insurance reform law passed last year.
INFORMATION TO USE: Raises Faked Ratings Concerns
Another agent-rating site is raising concerns among real estate professionals. appears to be assigning bad grades to real estate professionals while offering lifetime "A" ratings to those who pay a $99 fee. Read more Let NAR know if you’ve had experience with this site. Earlier, another ratings site that appeared to be soliciting fees in exchange for positive ratings was shut down.
Free Consumer Content: Ideas for Adding Value
The latest free content for your websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic's REALTOR® Content Resource looks at great ideas for saving money and adding value
Homebuyers Assistance Program 2013
Click Here to learn more about this program from the Community Action Resource & Development, Inc.
Deadline: April 24
NAR Commercial Real Estate Lending Survey
Financing and credit availability have been major obstacles for the commercial sector over the past few years. NAR seeks your experience with the current commercial lending environment by completing this brief 2013 Commercial Real Estate Lending Survey by April 24
May 13-18
NAR Midyear is Just Around the Corner!
With a full schedule of Commercial meetings, your special Commercial Networking Reception, and Capitol Hill visits; don’t miss this opportunity to get involved with NAR and see the power of our collective voice in action. Check out the complete Commercial Schedule and registration info.
May 20-22
Over 30,000 attendees and 1000 exhibitors will be at the International Council of Shopping Center’s RECon Conference from May 20-22, making it the largest industry convention and an amazing opportunity for you to meet with developers, retailers, and other practitioners. NAR will once again have a booth, featuring complimentary meeting space for you to utilize—simply book a table in advance and we’ll see you there!
Lead-hazard Proposal has Research Gaps
EPA Needs to do more research before publishing lead-hazard rules on public and commercial building renovation, NAR says in a letter it signed with coalition partners. The agency first needs to utilize the best available science to determine whether or not lead paint renovation activities cause health hazards in commercial buildings. If EPA moves forward with a proposed rule, the agency will need to make a better distinction between renovation activities in commercial and residential buildings and more effectively differentiate between the wide variety of existing commercial buildings, rather than treat all commercial buildings as a "generic, monolithic grouping."
Got a social media strategy? Not sure where to start?
Listen to this Commercial Podcast, featuring Signature Series Speaker D. Scott Smith, CCIM and get some useful tips you can implement right away.
NAR Commercial Connections
The latest issue of NAR’s Commercial Connections is focused on how young professionals are finding success in the commercial industry, along with an overview of a new research publication available to you. Not receiving a mailed copy? Update your NRDS record to indicate “commercial” as one of your fields of business.
Legislative News
In this Commercial Podcast, NAR Treasurer Bill Armstrong shares progress on lease accounting, as well as new legislation introduced in Congress to reauthorize terrorism risk insurance for commercial properties.
Healthcare Related Sector of Commercial RE Industry
NAR takes a look at two blog posts at the healthcare related sector of the commercial real estate industry, with insights from an April conference held in Chicago. While 2012 saw a drop in medical facility construction starts, the trend is strip mall spaces, office renovations, and all manner of off-campus medical facilities are going to form the demand nationally going forward.
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.
Tabatha Farabough, Apartment Home Specialist (First Publication)
Karen Tipton, Queen B Staging, LLC (Second Publication)
John Wilhite, United Country Prairie Creek Realty & Auction (Second Publication)
Firm Affiliate:
Holiday American Mortgage, LLC, Designated Individual, Treak Tasker (First Publication)
Kathleen Pittman, Preferred Home, REALTORS® (Second Publication)