Monday, April 8, 2013

GTAR Weekly Facts – April 8, 2013

April 20-21
Open Houses Open Doors to Buying Opportunities!
So what could be better than a weekend full of open houses? GTAR will be encouraging consumers to tour homes and learn more about the benefits of home ownership. Plan to 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, on 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. Click Here to access promotional resources from NAR, including logos, flyers, fill-in-the-blank news releases, and media hooks.
April is Fair Housing Month
April 2013 marks the 45th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. Each year REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property. For more information and resources, 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
Wednesday, April 10
Be Prepared! Listing and Buyer Presentations
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 credit. For more information and to register, go to Class Pass Holders: Register by emailing or calling 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. If you are a Class Pass Holder, please register for Class Pass eligible classes by emailing or calling 918-663-7500.
April 10: Don’t Be Listless! The Listing Presentation, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Lori Morgan; elec. CE (Class Pass Eligible)
April 10: Working with Buyers: A Planned Approach, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Lori Morgan; elec. CE (Class Pass Eligible)
April 18: REALTOR® Ethics, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Kathryn Jones; req. PSC CE; no cost
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)
Are You in the Mood for Love? 
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 1 (Hands-on): Tuesday, April 9, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Fusion 2 (Hands-on): Thursday, April 11, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
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.
Internet Tax Bill Gets NAR Nod
NAR supports legislation to help states collect sales and use taxes on purchases made over the Internet. The bill's aim is to level the tax-collection playing field between brick-and-mortar businesses and Internet sellers. NAR, along with coalition partners, sent a letter supporting "The Marketplace Fairness Act" as part of budget legislation.
USDA Implements Existing Rural Definition
Extension of the existing definition of rural communities for purposes of federal home mortgage eligibility is implemented in a U. S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development notice, Administrative Notice 4711. The notice defers using 2010 Census information until the end of the fiscal year. NAR supports extending the definition to protect hundreds of rural communities from losing eligibility under the Rural Housing Service. 
Free Consumer Content: Earth Day Ideas
The latest free content for your websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic's REALTOR® Content Resource looks at green remodeling ideas for Earth Day.
Code of Ethics History: Quiz
Take a quiz on the Code of Ethics' 100 year history. It's among the resources for celebrating the NAR Code Centennial. This educational quiz is posted in an interactive online format. An enhanced version can be downloaded for presentations and seminars.
Extra Savings on DocuSign for REALTORS®
DocuSign, NAR's exclusive eSignature provider under the REALTOR Benefits® Program, is offering a special discount on select plans. This is over and above its exclusive pricing for REALTORS®. For a limited time, NAR members save an additional $50 when purchasing the DocuSign for REALTORS® prepaid annual plan. When added to the member savings of $60, members save a total of $110. Direct your members to use code "NARFifty" to take advantage of the offer.