Monday, May 13, 2013

GTAR Weekly Facts – May 13, 2013

May 20: Deadline to Register!
Experience Art in Tulsa at The Philbrook Museum
Don’t miss this special evening! Enjoy drinks and delicious food from Chef Franz Romer, and  two very special exhibits: Aphrodite and the Gods of Love along with The Hollywood Portraits of George Hurell. Thursday, May 23, 4:00-7:00 p.m., $15.00 per person.  Deadline to register is May 20. Register online at; from the Main Menu, click on the Member Resources tab, then click Events).
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.
June 6: Understanding the URAR Appraisal Report, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Bob Bryant; req. HOT CE credit (Class Pass Eligible)
NEW! June 10: A Residential Transaction: ‘For Sale’ to ‘SOLD’, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Ann Lloyd; pending CE credit (Class Pass Eligible)
June 13: REALTOR® Ethics, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Kathryn Jones; req. PSC CE; no cost (but registration required)
NEW! June 26: What RE Professionals Need to Know About Taxes, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Bill Zumwalt, CPA; elec. CE credit (Class Pass Eligible)
CE Classes Available Online
GTAR is partnered with both McKissock Education and Barnes Real Estate School to offer you a variety of online continuing education classes to fulfill your OREC requirements. In addition to CE classes, McKissock offers a variety of classes for appraisers; Charles Barnes offers the 45 Hour Post License and 90 Hour Brokers License courses...AND, the 15 hour OREC required Broker in Charge course is now available online through Charles Barnes. So how does it work? Simply go to, click on the logos for either school, and follow the instructions. Any and all classes you take through McKissock and Charles Barnes are reported directly to OREC.
'No-travel' Course on Land Brokerage Basics 
Members learn the basics of land brokerage in a REALTORS® Land Institute class, Fundamentals of Land Brokerage, that's conducted on the student's computer. Topics include different types of land, the brokerage process, 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, and assessing market value, among others. For more info call 800/441-5263.

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 2 (Hands-on): Tuesday, May 14, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Fusion 3 (Hands-on): Thursday, May 16, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fusion 1 (Hands-on): Tuesday, May 28, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Internet Tax Bill Clears Hurdle
The Senate this week passed NAR-supported legislation to even the tax-collection playing field between bricks-and-mortar retail businesses and out-of-state Internet and catalogue retailers. The Marketplace Fairness Act would make it easier for states to compel out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax on items sold to customers in their states. The legislation still must pass the House. View a 4-minute video on what’s at stake in the legislation.
Webinar on Flood Insurance Rate Changes
NAR and the National Association of Home Builders are hosting a webinar on the new premium rate structures and other changes from the major flood insurance reforms enacted by the federal government last year. A representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with present and answer questions. The webinar is May 23, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Registration Link.
May Podcast: Fiduciary Duty Risk Reduction
Attorney Scott Kossove talks about reducing the risks for breach of fiduciary duty claims in an audio podcast. Kossove will address the topic in more depth next week at the Risk Management Forum, Wednesday, May 15, during the Midyear Meetings in Washington.  
Brokerage Liable for Associate’s Action
A brokerage was properly found to be liable for fraud committed by one of its sales associates, even though the associate was an independent contractor, the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Second District, ruled, partially affirming the trial court. The appeals court said the broker has a duty to supervise its licensees and also noted that the brokerage was named in the sales contract that the licensee signed with the buyer who filed the charges. The court partially reversed the trial court's assessment of damages, saying the value of one of the units involved wasn't established. 
Free Consumer Content: Easy Home Fixes
The latest free content for your websites, blogs, social media pages, and print resources from HouseLogic's REALTOR® Content Resource looks at free ideas on easy home fixes for first-time 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.
Lisa Welch, Welch Real Estate (First Publication)
Firm Affiliate:
Cox Communications, Designated Individual, Mike Hall (First Publication)