Improve Curb Appeal This Spring

Now that spring has finally sprung, the time has come to start all of the yard and house work that was put off over the winter. And if you are looking to sell your house this spring, it is time to ramp up your curb appeal. How the exterior of your house looks can be […]

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In Which Direction Will Sales Swing This Spring?

Is today’s solid report on February contract signings a harbinger of a strong spring for the housing market? It could be. Pending home sales rose solidly last month (3.5%) to the highest index reading since last July (109.8). The decent increase, led by a robust upswing in the Midwest, was a result of a modest increase […]

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VIDEO: March 25 Capitol Insider Legislative Update

We made more progress this week at the State Capitol. SB 1123 by Sen. David and Rep. Kirby unanimously passed the House Economic Development, Commerce and Real Estate Committee. The measure is an effort to provide a statutory definition of “property management”. A House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee unanimously passed OAR’s SB 1245, which assures counties […]

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8 Things New Users Want to Know About RPR Residential

When considering adoption of a new business tool, new and seasoned REALTORS® unanimously want to know “What will it do for me and how will it help my business?” Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) is designed exclusively for that purpose: to help REALTORS® achieve professional success by providing them with an unparalleled platform of dynamic data […]

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Email Scam Targeting Homebuyers Catches FTC, NAR Attention

Scammers have used email to defraud consumers for years, with increasing levels of sophistication. But a recent ‘phishing’ operation is once again putting people’s bank accounts in the cross-hairs. This time, the target is prospective homebuyers. Here’s how it works: Hackers break into the email account of a consumer or real estate professional to determine […]

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Louisiana REALTORS® Disaster Relief Sought

As you may know, Louisiana recently suffered disastrous weather recently, and there is more to come this week. Louisiana REALTORS® and their clients are in need. Many have been displaced by flooding in the northern part of the state. The Louisiana Association of REALTORS® is currently working with NAR and have launched a donation page. Please consider making a donation to our […]

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Learn New Business Building Tools in March 22 Webinar

Successful agents consistently seek new strategies that will grow and brand their businesses, maximize their time, and help them gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. Fortunately, all of those objectives, and more, can be met by tapping into the REALTOR’S® most powerful platform. Introducing Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®)—a desktop, tablet and mobile accessible database […]

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March Madness in Home Prices

The passionate aura of school spirit and rambunctious crowds that flock to arenas across the country during NCAA March Madness make any college graduate reminisce about the days of campus life. Unfortunately, time machines aren’t real to bring you back to a time of eating stale Easy Mac in order to save money for beer textbooks. However, […]

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OK CRS Hosting Class on Building an Exceptional Customer Service Referral Business

This highly interactive course April 11-12 is designed to deliver all the essentials for refocusing the student’s business plan to a customer service centered, repeat and referral business. The information provided will help identify the expectations of the “new consumer”, the “new behaviors” necessary to meet those expectations and specific systems to make the agent’s […]

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VIDEO: March 11 Capitol Insider

Join OAR VP of Government Affairs Matt Robison and Contract Lobbyist Richard Phillips as they update us with our progress at the State Capitol. Also, see OAR’s updated Bill Tracker and other timely info on the Government Affairs section of okrealtors.com. Have you registered for OwnOK yet? This popular event sold out last year, so register now and join REALTORS®, mortgage bankers, […]

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The Myth of the Millennial Homebuyer

They’re eschewing buying a home in the suburbs like the plague. They prefer their first home to be as close as possible to the nearest coffee shop or “hip” restaurant. Space? Who needs it. Who are we referring to? It’s not the millennial generation. NAR Research released its 2016 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends survey […]

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VIDEO: March 4 Capitol Insider

Join OAR VP of Government Affairs Matt Robison and Contract Lobbyist Karel Brewster as they update us with our work with the floodplain management bill and other important measures making their way through the State Capitol. Also, keep up to date with OAR’s Bill Tracker and other info on the Government Affairs section of okrealtors.com. Have you registered for […]

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Real Estate CE Credit Available at OHFA Housing Summit

Oklahoma real estate licensees attending the April 14 Housing Summit may receive 4 hours of continuing education credit. Statewide Housing Needs Assessment Best Practices & Case Studies Tackling Rural Development Challenges Serving Special Needs/Targeted Populations Update from Washington, D.C. Opening Doors to Homeownership Rental Housing in the New Economy Presentation of Existing Affordable Housing Financing Resources […]

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Tulsa Commercial Market Update Is March 9

Now in its 18th year, the annual Greater Tulsa Commercial Market Update is a must-attend event for commercial real estate professionals in Tulsa and surrounding areas, including Oklahoma City. It’s also a great event for developers, investors, bankers, lenders—anyone with an interest in what’s on the horizon for economic development in the market. Tulsa Renaissance […]

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Super Tuesday Voting Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is “Super Tuesday,” when Oklahomans as well as residents of 12 other states and one territory cast their votes in the presidential primary elections. In consideration of this important day, the US Census Bureau has prepared infographics detailing relevant statistics for each state. Check out the stats below to learn something new about our […]

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VIDEO: February 26 Capitol Insider

Join Matt Robison, OAR VP of Government Affairs and Contract Lobbyist Richard Phillips as they update us with our work ongoing at the State Capitol. Also, keep up to date with OAR’s Bill Tracker and other info on the Government Affairs section of okrealtors.com.   Have you registered for OwnOK yet? This popular event sold out last year, […]

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You Have Just a Short Drive to Excellence!

If you’re within an hour’s drive of Oklahoma City, you have an extraordinary shot of rubbing elbows with REALTOR® leaders known nationally! Even NAR immediate past president Chris Polychron will be there! This is next weekend, folks! Now, if you’ve already registered, CONGRATULATIONS! Please forward this to your colleagues—they’ll thank you for it. Besides the awesome […]

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NWOAR Announces Benefit Golf Tournament

NWOAR Benefit Golf Tournament Friday, May 6, 2016 Pheasant Run Golf Course $75 per player Registration 11:00 a.m. – noon Shot-gun start at 1:00 p.m. Steak Dinner when you come in. Benefactor is Brynda Row of Covington, OK. She was diagnosed with brain cancer. Her husband, who was raised in Enid, lost his job. They […]

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Those Early Birds Are Gone Tomorrow!

Save 10% by registering for next week’s GRI 102 BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT! Or risk seeing that early bird discount fly away. This module brings national tax expert Chris Bird for a full day of tax tips for your clients AND you. Also the latest in financing and some “resi-mercial” info to make you a well-rounded professional. […]

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2017 NAR Committee Application Process Begins March 7

There’s an important change that will be implemented for the 2017 NAR committee appointment process, which opens March 7. The committee appointment process has been changed from a recommendation process to an application process. You are invited to watch this two-minute video of 2016 NAR President-Elect Bill Brown and 2016 NAR First Vice President Elizabeth Mendenhall […]

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Oklahoma Real Estate Industry Conference April 6

Various sectors of Oklahoma’s real estate industry will gather for the second annual OwnOK Conference in Oklahoma City April 6. Last year, more than 400 industry professionals—including REALTORS®, mortgage lenders, title and closing professionals, and other affiliated leaders—met together at the landmark Petroleum Club in Downtown Oklahoma City. To accommodate a larger audience, the new Embassy Suites […]

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NAR President: “I Like Where We’re Headed”

National Association of REALTORS® President Tom Salomone told Nerd Wallet in a recent interview that there’s a clear road ahead that is balanced and fair for buyers and sellers, but it will take some time to get there. “We don’t want these big peaks and valleys we’ve seen since the downturn,” Salomone told the personal finance blog. […]

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Region 9 Conference Guides Change for Us

Senator Robert Kennedy in a speech in Cape Town, South Africa, used the apocryphal proverb, “May you live in interesting times.” In this Internet Age of the 21st Century, we certainly do live in interesting times! Industries have been turned upside down by innovation, opportunity, and unfettered entrepreneurship. But for those who adjust, adapt and […]

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VIDEO: Feb 1 Capitol Insider

Budget discussions will be the major focus at the Capitol this spring, but OAR has some other interests as we begin the 2016 legislative session. In this video, you’ll get some insight into the work OAR VP of Government Affairs and Contract Lobbyist Richard Phillips will be accomplishing at the State Capitol. Stay up to date with […]

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CRE Summit in Edmond

Three (3) hours of continuing education has been approved by the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission, Oklahoma Real Estate Appraiser Board, and the Congress for the New Urbanism! (Must attend from 11:30-3:30 to be eligible.) When: January 28, 2016 Held prior to the annual 4o’clock 4cast hosted by the Edmond Economic Development Authority. Register for the CRE […]

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2016 Oklahoma Real Estate Predictions

Looking ahead at Oklahoma’s stable real estate growth In 2016, the Oklahoma real estate market is primed for continued steady growth. Throughout last year, Oklahoma experienced a seller’s market due to the low inventory and a large amount of buyers. The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) expects these trends to continue into 2016 due to […]

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Free 3 Month Taxbot Subscription Offered to OAR Members

For a limited time only, Taxbot is giving OAR members a chance to try Taxbot for a full 3 months… without a credit card or obligation. This offer is for new Taxbot customers only. We think that once you have a chance to try things like automatic mileage tracking, digital receipt storage, and their AuditSafe™ reports that you’ll […]

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Single Mom with 4 Year Old Needs Your Help

OAR was contacted by Scott Hines of KFOR In Your Corner today about a single mom and her precious four-year-old son they’ve been working with. Scott’s team has helped them get out of their Section 8 lease because of issues over delayed repairs and dangerous conditions from a large tree that fell on their car and and home following a recent ice storm. KFOR found someone […]

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Storage Solutions for Post-Holiday Organization

It’s not uncommon to feel the blues after the holidays—friends and family have left, decorations have come down, gifts have been given and unwrapped, and everyone goes back to the weekly grind. One way to get out of the post-holiday slump is to get your home organized for 2016. After all, those new gifts will need somewhere […]

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January 1 Begins New zipForm® Benefit for All Members

In 2016, the National Association of REALTORS®, in partnership with zipLogix, will be providing NAR members zipForm® Plus and zipTMS™ as a member benefit – at no cost. Starting January 1, 2016, as a REALTOR® member, you will have access to zipForm® Plus and the industry standard in the transaction management systems: zipTMS™. No action will […]

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OAR Made Great Achievements in 2015!

OAR has achieved greater heights in 2015, including the areas of legislative advocacy, member outreach, technology and public relations. Of paramount importance was creating a stronger RPAC culture, which is evident in Oklahoma achieving President’s Cup status for the first time ever! The President’s Cup recognizes the hard work state REALTOR® leaders and association staff perform […]

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Be the First to Hear About REALTOR® Party Alerts

We know as a REALTOR®, you’re interested in protecting, defending and promoting the American Dream of homeownership. You can also be the first to hear about federal issues that need our attention. Sign up for NAR alerts by text message! NAR will send you short text messages (only 3-5 per year) when our help is needed. It’s not […]

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President Obama Signs Transportation Bill

On December 8, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), WITHOUT using G-Fees as a financing mechanism. The funding is designed to expand highways, bridges and transit systems across the nation over the next five years. The REALTORS® Call for Action proved to have a significant impact keeping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac […]

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Negotiating Home Repairs Without Unreliable Expectations

Oklahoma real estate regulations and contract requirements change frequently, and the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) encourages Oklahomans to work with local Realtors to stay on top of the changes, including the recent revision to how home repairs are negotiated during the home sale. Experienced homebuyers and sellers in Oklahoma are likely familiar with the […]

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G-Fee Taken Out of Transportation Bill in Conference Committee

Congressional leaders this week released the conference report for a multi-year surface transportation bill, a significant step forward as the bill works toward passage. National Association of REALTORS® President Tom Salomone, of Coral Springs, Florida, applauded the bill. In particular, Salomone singled out the decision to exclude the use of guarantee fees from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac […]

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GRI 302 Rescheduled For January

GRI instructor, Pat Strong, for next week’s GRI 301 module recently had a heart attack. We are so thankful to report she is on the mend but will need some time to recuperate. After exploring options, we have made the decision to reschedule GRI 302 to January 6-7, 2016. OAR staff is working diligently to contact students but wanted everyone to be “in […]

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New Realtor.com Profiles

The new Realtor.com agent profiles are here and they are looking pretty good! First things first, if you haven’t already done so, make sure you claim your profile here (http://www.realtor.com/agentprofile). Once you have your profile its time to set it up. This is the key to success and gaining the most out of your realtor.com […]

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OREC Answers Questions on New Contracts and Forms

New Oklahoma Real Estate Commission Contracts and Forms were released on November 1. While the response to changes on these forms has been overwhelmingly positive, the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission has received several questions they’d like to clarify for Oklahoma licensees. This special edition of Commission Comments will answer these questions. Remember, the Residential Property Condition […]

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Selling Your Home During the Holidays

As fall is coming to a close and the holidays are upon us, homebuyers are getting more serious. While there is increased pressure for homeowners to sell their homes during the summer months, winter home sales numbers aren’t far behind because inventory is still low and homebuyers are still plentiful. “What we have typically seen […]

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OK RPAC Supports Rep. Cyndi Munson

Representative Cyndi Munson (D), who won the special election for House District 85 this fall, met with staff and representatives from the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® on Thursday at the Oklahoma REALTOR® Building. She recently ran a leadership program for the Girl Scouts in Western Oklahoma. OAR member Carolyn Sims will be Rep. Munson’s State […]

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OHFA Housing Summit Spotlight: Get Ready to Raise the Roof!

When: April 14, 2016 Where: Moore Norman Technology Center | Business Development Center | South Penn Campus How much: Early bird $129 through Feb 1 Registration for the OHFA 2016 Oklahoma Housing Summit is now open! The early bird rate of $129 ends February 1. Each registrant receives a full day of breakout sessions, breakfast, lunch, dynamic keynote […]

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NAR Board Approves zipForm Plus As New Member Benefit

The National Association of REALTORS® board of directors today voted to give all NAR members free access to electronic forms and transaction management tools from REALTOR Benefits® Program partner zipLogix. “The association is committed to making sure REALTORS® have the latest technology tools to succeed in today’s dynamic real estate environment,” said NAR President Chris […]

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OREC: SoloPro a No-Go in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Real Estate Commission recently learned of the partnership between Lowe’s Home Improvement and SoloPro, Inc. Solo Pro is a service that unbundles real estate services and give buyers a three percent rebate from the licensee’s commission when they buy a home through the service. Even though this service may be promoted in Oklahoma, […]

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Newly updated: CountySTATS fact sheets for all 77 Oklahoma counties

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute | okpolicy.org What are the top employment sectors in your county? What has been your county’s population trend since statehood? How does your county compare for health and educational attainment? You can answer these questions and more with Oklahoma Policy Institute’s newly redesigned and updated CountySTATS fact sheets for 2015. These colorful, […]

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Highlights from the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

NAR released the 2015 version of its very popular report—the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. The 2015 edition continues a long–running series of large national NAR surveys evaluating the demographics, preferences, motivations, plans and experiences of recent homebuyers and sellers; the series dates back to 1981. Results are representative of owner–occupants and do not include investors […]

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G-fees Removed from Bill Passed by House Today

The U.S. House of Representatives just voted 363-64 to pass H.R. 22, a 6-year, nearly $340 billion highway and transit bill. The legislation includes an NAR-supported amendment (Reps. Neugebauer (R-TX) & Huizenga (R-MI)), which removes from H.R. 22 an extension of higher Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee fees (G-fees). As you may recall, the issue […]

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Check Out What’s Happening at OAR in November

November is a month that traditionally sees a dip in residential sales activity with upcoming holidays, however we think the savviest home sellers will do well to stand out among a smaller list of competing listings. Sellers also have the ability to showcase their homes in a tasteful, holiday-decorated style that will make homebuyers think of times when […]

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FRIDAY is Brunch with Congressman Russell

Congressman Steve Russell will be in Oklahoma City Friday, November 6 for a Congressional Brunch with Oklahoma REALTORS®. Everyone is encouraged to attend this special occasion! This is a perfect opportunity for REALTORS® and association staff to meet Congressman Russell to talk about the biggest issues affecting the real estate industry. Brunch will be from 9:30-11:00a at the Oklahoma REALTOR® […]

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New and Revised Contract Forms Go Into Effect November 1

The Oklahoma Real Estate commission has revised 15 documents of the uniform purchase contract and related addenda plus added a new listing agreement. These new and revised forms will go into effect Sunday, November 1. The commission has provided all the updated documents to forms providers throughout the state, including zipForm® provided by OAR. Click here to view […]

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Claim and Update Your Realtor.com® Profile Early

As you may know, realtor.com® has been working on new agent profiles with RealRatings™ and a consumer-focused REALTOR® search experience to make sure you look great online and to give buyers and sellers access to reliable agent information on their terms. Today, they are expanding the beta version of their new experience nationwide to allow agents to view and […]

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2016 GRI Dates Announced

Plan to be more successful in 2016! The GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) is a designation that distinguishes you as an industry professional. Plus the education you receive from statewide experts and nationally known trainers gives you a better business perspective on real estate so you can survive and thrive even though the transaction landscape is constantly changing. Whether a rookie REALTOR® or seasoned veteran, you can always improve your craft. Now, shorten your way to success with the GRI!

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Brokers Toolkit: Housing Fee Raid

Congress is considering taking credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for programs NOT related to real estate! The National Association of REALTORS® is opposed to the use of g-fee revenue for any non-housing related purpose. Here’s a quick breakdown: The National Association of REALTORS® strongly opposes the use of guarantee fees for […]

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Oklahoma Brokers: This Is Your Day!

As a broker or manager in Oklahoma, this half-day Summit if all about you! IT’S FREE and all about supporting your company! November 4, 2015 10:00a-2:15p Will Rogers Theatre 4322 N Western Ave | Oklahoma City 73118 Nobu Hata, NAR Director of Digital Engagement, Karen France, RPR Senior Vice President of Industry Relations, and Leigh Brown national […]

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OAR Announces 2015 Annual Award Winners

OAR congratulates the 2015 winners of the Community Rock Star Awards, the Life Member Award and the Legislator of the Year Award. All winners will receive their honors at the REALTOR® Celebration banquet held during REignite, the OAR annual conference and trade show Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center, located […]

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You Snooze, You Lose!

Pre-registration for REignite, OAR’s education conference & trade show, ENDS Sunday night. That’s the only way to guarantee space for you at the conference, and you’d hate to lose out. Classes like Leigh Brown’s Listing Presentation Reboot, The New Closing Process with Monica Wittrock, Jeff Lobb’s Online Strategies, and more will have you checking off license […]

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Who Owns Your Property Photos?

Listing content fuels the real estate industry, and displaying photographs of real properties online is now a vital part of the real estate professional’s marketing plan. Sellers use photographs to market properties, and buyers rely on those images to select which properties to visit. MLSs distribute property listings through proprietary databases that include the listing […]

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Have You Downloaded the OK REALTORS® Mobile App?

Now you have all the information you need wherever you are! Here’s a sampling: Find a REALTOR® – search for agents around Oklahoma by name, city, designation or field of business! Newsfeed and Blog – all of OAR’s recent news and announcements! Events – Classes, conferences, committee meetings and other OAR functions! REignite Conference Schedule, Handouts, Exhibitors […]

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MLS Users: Get RPR Training at REignite!

REALTORS® in and around the Oklahoma City area may soon have access to one of the most innovative benefits included in your NAR membership: REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR)! RPR gives you on-the-go access to the most powerful data platform available exclusively to REALTORS®. At REignite, OAR’s education conference & trade show, you will get basic, mobile and advanced training […]

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Happy National Voter Registration Day!

Every year, the Oklahoma Legislature deals with issues affecting property ownership and development. Without OAR protecting your property rights, this year’s Real Estate Owner’s Rights Act would have had serious negative consequences on property transactions! And to have a voice on Election Day, you need to make sure you’re registered to vote—and to have your voter registration up to […]

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Mortgage Rates Drop Sharply After Fed Announcement

Mortgage rates came roaring back today after the Fed held steady at record-low policy rates. While the Fed Funds Rate doesn’t directly dictate mortgage rates, the two tend to correlate over time. At its most basic level, the Fed rate dictates the cost of short term money, which has ripple effects that carry through to longer term financing costs, like those associated with things like 10yr Treasury notes and mortgage rates.

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Oklahoma Home Sales for August 2015

The total housing inventory at the end of August 2015 decreased 5.90 percent to 19,243 existing homes available for sale according to multiple listing service reports from all across Oklahoma. Over the last 12 months, Oklahoma has had an average of 3,834 closed sales per month. This represents an unsold inventory index of 5.02 months supply of inventory for this period. According to the […]

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OU Football Invites OK REALTORS® to 100th Consecutive Sellout

The University of Oklahoma Athletics extends a special offer to all Oklahoma REALTORS® to this Saturday’s home football game!   IT’S FOOTBALL TIME IN OKLAHOMA! Join the Sooners on September 19 for a special price available to members of the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® OU is excited to offer all members of Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® a special $55 per ticket offer that […]

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2015 OAR Annual Membership Meeting October 13

The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® holds its annual membership meeting each year during the fall conference. This year the meeting will be Tuesday, October 13 at approximately 4:00p (immediately following Board of Directors Meeting). Embassy Suites Norman Hotel & Conference Center 2501 Conference Dr Norman, OK 73069 REALTOR® and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® members (including secondary REALTOR® and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® […]

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Rep. Lucas Honored at NAR Luncheon

The National Association of REALTORS® hosted a lunch for Representative Frank Lucas (OK-03) on Thursday, September 10 at the National Association REALTORS® Headquarters in Washington, DC. In attendance were NAR President Chris Polychron, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), Chair of the Oklahoma RPAC Trustees and Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) to Rep. Lucas Kathy Fowler of Enid, NAR […]

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NAR Hosts Affordable Mortgage Proposal Webinar Sep 8

Tuesday, September 8 11:00a, Central Time No cost NAR Director of Housing Finance Ken Fears is hosting a webinar September 8 at 11:00a CT, to introduce a proposal for an affordable mortgage product that’s intended to help borrowers build up equity in a shorter period than they can with the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage. Currently, the […]

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Oklahoma millennials are on their way to homeownership

Millennials are the leading age group in Oklahoma for first-time homebuyers. Over the last decade, the majority of first-time homebuyers in Oklahoma were some of the youngest in the nation, averaging 28 years old, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. This year, millennials—defined as the age group of 18-34—are projected to surpass Baby Boomers […]

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To Auto-Respond or Not?

Could an auto-responder in your business practice as a REALTOR®, be the death of you? IMHO, I always felt that an auto-responder to an email in our real estate business was a great way of saying to your client, “Look potential client, I am on vacation and can’t be bothered with you, so I will get back to […]

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Announcing Constant Contact as a New OAR Success Partner

OAR is happy to announce the addition of another great success partner. Members with small businesses can take advantage of email marketing discounts with Constant Contact. Constant Contact helps small businesses and organizations connect to customers quickly, easily, and affordably and build stronger relationships. Constant Contact®, Inc.’s email marketing and online survey tools help small businesses […]

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RPR Mobile Now Optimized for Tablets

If you believe in the phrase, “Show, don’t tell” then you will love the latest update from Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®). RPR Mobile™ is now optimized for iPad and Android Tablets. The new refactored design makes it a snap to show clients the complete story to any U.S. property. The lightweight, always-on nature of Tablets […]

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GRI Designees Receive 25% Discount On REignite Conference!

There are numerous benefits of earning your GRI designation—higher earning power, enhanced professional image, increased expertise, expanded referral network, and the list goes on As a GRI designee, you realize the value of advanced training and networking with other professionals. This substantial discount is a “thank you” for the investment you’ve made in your professional career. […]

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OAR Congressional Breakfasts Make Headlines

Last week, OAR hosted two of its four Congressional Breakfasts in Norman and Enid. Both of the breakfasts received recognition in major Oklahoma newspaper publications. The Enid News & Eagle and the Norman Transcript published articles about the Congressmen’s visits. Because of articles like these, OAR gains credibility while also providing legislators and the community the opportunity […]

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Are You Using the Correct Property Condition Disclosure?

We have a friendly reminder from the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission! OREC has brought to our attention some REALTORS® have attempted to use the new Residential Property Condition Disclosure Form. The one on the Commission’s website dated “11/15” is not valid until November 1, 2015 and cannot be used for transactions until then. The new form […]

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E&O Risk Manager: Broker Sued for Failure to Disclose Material Information

Following the sale of a commercial building, a real estate broker received a letter from the buyer’s attorney alleging that she failed to disclose water intrusion issues. The broker was adamant that the seller outlined the problems on the property condition disclosure statement, and immediately responded by providing concrete evidence that the disclosure statement was […]

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2016 OAR Committee Recommendations Now Open

OAR is accepting recommendations for participation in statewide committees. Committees are a wonderful opportunity to network with other influential professionals throughout the state and serve your REALTOR® community. Any OAR member can serve on an OAR committee. Find something that interests you from the complete list of OAR committees and send in a committee recommendation form by October 15. The OAR president and president-elect will […]

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2016 OAR Slate of Officers Announced

In accordance with Article VII, Section 2 of the Bylaws of the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS®, notice is hereby given of the nominations made by the OAR Nominating Committee for 2016 OAR officers and the 2016-17 OAR elected state directors. Please note that Article VII, Section 2 of the Bylaws also provides that “any member may nominate a qualified candidate for […]

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Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Facebook Page?

Facebook is a social media website that allows you create a personal page for yourself to express your interests and connect with others. That’s easy, we all knew that. In fact, most—if not all—of the readers of this post will have a Facebook page. But are you aware of the subtle differences between Facebook page […]

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Check Out the Stretch Goals for REignite!

This year’s education conference and trade show will not only reignite your real estate business, but it’ll change your conference experience, too. We’re trying something new to make your conference the most fun and rewarding—literally! UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal 1: Service and therapy dogs from New Leash on Life!     UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal 2: Multiple chances to win cash, […]

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Top Tips for REALTORS® to Improve Presentation Skills

From RealtorMag: Whether hosting a buyer or seller seminar or making a sales pitch at your next listing presentation, your speaking skills are vital to engage your audience and ignite confidence in you from those listening. “Lack of preparation is the biggest cause of failure across the board,” says Elisabeth Osmeloski, vice president of audience […]

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NAR and Move Inc. Win Patent Case on Appeal

From: NAR and Move Win Patent Case on Appeal | realtor.org Read the court’s decision: Move, Inc. v. Real Estate Alliance Ltd., No. 2014-1657, 2015 WL 4257797 (Fed. Cir. July 15, 2015) In a long running legal battle over patent infringement allegations, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a California federal court’s decision that Move, […]

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REignite Speaker Profile: Amy Smythe-Harris

Amy Smythe-Harris, Broker/Owner of Urban Provision, REALTORS®, has been in the real estate industry for more than 17 years and is still a practicing agent. She is a passionate believer in education and holds numerous professional designations, including CRS, GRI, GREEN, E-Pro, SFR and more. She serves on the Board of Directors for Houston Association of […]

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Builders Get Ready to Ramp Up Production

From Realtor.org: Building permits for single-family and multifamily construction surged to an eight-year high in June, signaling a pick up in homebuilding is on the horizon, the Commerce Department reports. Permits for future home construction rose 7.4 percent to a 1.34 million unit pace in June, the highest level since June 2007. All four regions […]

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Chip Carter Wins District 85 GOP Primary

Oklahoma City businessman Chip Carter emerged victorious over four other candidates in the Republican primary race in District 85. Carter is running to serve the remaining term of the late-Oklahoma Rep. David Dank. OAR members responded to a call to vote Tuesday morning and helped Carter push into the lead. Carter won with 1,026 votes, beating the runner-up […]

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Calling All Community Rock Stars!

OAR is accepting nominations for the Community Rock Star Award which honors three Oklahoma REALTORS® who go above and beyond to fulfill the needs shown by their communities. This award is designed to seek out the brightest stars who give unselfishly to improve the world around them through community service. Recipients of the award will receive […]

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More Home Owners Warm Up to Idea of Selling

Source: More Home Owners Warm Up to Idea of Selling | Realtor Magazine Home owners are becoming more upbeat about potentially selling their home, which should bode well for purchase activity this year, according to Fannie Mae’s June 2015 National Housing Survey, a survey of 1,000 Americans about their attitudes toward housing. Thanks to increased […]

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To the World, U.S. Real Estate Is a Good Deal

U.S. housing markets are the most affordable in the world, at least according to a recent study of more than 300 metro housing markets in nine countries conducted by the research group Demographia. Read more: What Makes a Successful Global City? U.S. housing markets were found to be more affordable than Canada, the United Kingdom, […]

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REignite speaker profile: Jeff Lobb

Jeff is fluent in the three languages … English, real estate & technology. Jeff Lobb is an international speaker, trainer, coach, innovator and consultant. Jeff has been a REALTOR® for more than 23 years and has more than 10 years experience in the Internet and Technology fields, both with Fortune 500 companies and startup ventures. […]

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WEBINAR: Preparing your business for drones

Do you want to know more about incorporating unmanned aerial vehicles into your business? The Hogan Lovells Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group has partnered with the National Association of Realtors to host a webinar on the regulatory and business hurdles to operating unmanned aircraft systems (drones). The webinar begins at 1 pm on Thursday. For […]

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E&O Risk Manager: Seller sues for breach of contract

Following a temporary job transfer, an owner of a luxury home in the suburbs decided to list the property as a rental—furnished or unfurnished—at the rate of $9,000 per month. He entered into a listing agreement with a local agent who initiated a marketing campaign that caught the attention of another agent representing a couple […]

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Pending Home Sales Maintain Momentum in May

Pending home sales continued to rise in May and are now at their highest level in over nine years, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Gains in the Northeast and West were offset by small decreases in the Midwest and South. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, climbed […]

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The top 5 things to know about TRID

Now, still only weeks away from TRID’s (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule or Rule) effective date, lenders, REALTORs®, and settlement agents need to be taking stock of their preparedness and communicating among themselves and with consumers about what to expect come October 2015. The article asks three individuals from organizations recognized as industry leaders who have […]

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CFPB Proposes Two-Month Extension of “Know Before You Owe” Mortgage Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a proposed amendment to the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule, which proposes to move the rule’s effective date to October 3, 2015. The rule, also called the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, requires easier-to-use mortgage disclosure forms that clearly lay out the terms of a mortgage for […]

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Governor signs Bill 429 into law

OAR staff and leadership made a trip to the State Capitol today to join in the ceremonial signing of Bill 429. Under this law, OAR’s responsibility will be to provide “no less than two” names for the governor’s consideration when a commissioner vacancy occurs at the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission. Governor Mary Fallin signed the […]

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Live Webcast on Closing Process Changes July 16

Save the date: Thursday, July 16 at 2:00p. REALTOR® Magazine is hosting a live webcast on what you need to know about the closing process changes coming later this year and how to help keep transactions on track as the new process and forms take effect. The webcast will feature Phil Schulman of K&L Gates, […]

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Enid Metro Association of REALTORS® expands territory, changes name

The changes in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) core standards for associations is resulting in some smaller boards and associations consolidating with other associations. On April 1, the merger between the Woodward Board of REALTORS® into the Enid Metro Association of REALTORS® became official. Then effective June 1, their name change was approved by NAR, creating the Northwest Oklahoma […]

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Congrats to our newest GRI designees!

Congratulations to our newest designees from the GRI program. From left to right is pictured: Rachel Beckner, Altus; Debbie McDonald, Lawton; Rhonda Plake, Stillwater; Jeanie Wilson, Oklahoma City; Linda Reisinger, Broken Arrow; Courtney Gentry, Norman; Sandra Cooper, Moore. To find out more and to start your path to higher success through the GRI designation program, […]

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CFPB to Delay Implementation of RESPA/TILA/TRID Rule

WASHINGTON–National Association of REALTORS® President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark., released the following statement in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s announcement  of a two-month delay for the implementation of  the new Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure, or TRID, regulation. […]

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Demystifying the Documentary Stamps

One of the discussion items that is coming up in OAR’s 2015 District Meetings surrounds the Documentary Stamps—or “doc stamps,” as they’re known. The question was asked … So OAR did some checking with the Oklahoma Tax Commission to find out. ​The bottom line is basically that the State General Revenue Fund gets 69.7% and the […]

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In the News: OAR President featured in Skiatook newspaper

OAR President Kacy Bell was featured in the Skiatook Journal this weekend with tips on mold prevention for homeowners. With the recent increase in rain in our state, Bell told homeowners to be proactive in the search for mold. “After weathering Oklahoma’s wettest month on record, it’s smart to check your home for potential long-term water […]

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From the Local Boards: Lawton Board hosts charity golf tourney

Lawton Board of REALTORS® members (Left: Eddie McKesson, Executive Vice President; Hope Lodes, Chairperson for the PR and Golf Committee; Right: President Brenda Bentley) present Captain Isreal Roseno of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club with a donation of more than $5,200. Each year, proceeds from the Board of REALTORS® Golf Tournament are donated to […]

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National safety expert leading workshop in OKC June 19

You owe it to yourself, family and friends to learn best practices on how to stay safe. National REALTOR® safety expert Tracey Hawkins will be at the Oklahoma REALTOR® Building in Oklahoma City on June 19 to share specifics on what you should and shouldn’t do to minimize your risk. In the video below, Tracey tells us […]

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Appeals court upholds century-long real estate broker structure in epic win for the industry and consumers

By Kimberly Manning of Inman.com The Supreme Judicial Court, the highest appellate court in Massachusetts, announced June 3 that it has ruled in favor of the notion that real estate agents should be considered independent contractors or employees depending on a contractual agreement in the Monell vs. Boston Pads LLC case. Deemed a win by the […]

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CFPB Announces ‘Good Faith’ Grace Period For TRID Rule Compliance

The following is a statement from National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark., in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s announcement of “sensitivity” to companies making a good-faith effort to comply with the new Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act […]

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Frequently Asked RESPA Questions

NAR has compiled below a list of questions that we commonly receive about the Real Estate Settlement Act, or “RESPA”, for both real estate professionals and REALTOR® associations.  Note the opinions below do not constitute legal advice and it is recommended that you consult with an attorney if you have questions about how to comply […]

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12 Tips: Easy Ways to Reduce Your Risk

By Lisa Scoble, CIC, CRM VP of Program Business for Pearl Insurance Controlling your Errors & Omissions should be the mission of all real estate professionals. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 12 risk reductions techniques you can use to minimize your legal liability and maximize your earning potential. Tip 1: Obtain a written […]

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Don’t forget the Disaster Relief Fund for flood damages

The Oklahoma Housing Foundation is accepting applications to aid those with damage from the recent flooding in Oklahoma. Don’t forget: The fund accepts applications pertaining to all natural disasters, not just tornadoes. The foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund will provide relief to victims of natural disasters, with priority given to Oklahoma REALTORS®. All applicants must complete an […]

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Capitol Insider: Analyzing the 2015 Legislative Session

After the long Memorial Day weekend, VP of Government Affairs Matt Robison returned from the Oklahoma State Capitol with news about the legislature’s adjournment. Below are his thoughts on this year’s session: The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® actively represents our members on issues important to the real estate industry. Although this year’s legislative session contained many […]

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Stay Cool This Summer for Less

After these extraordinary rains subside, Oklahoma will most certainly see the temperatures rise quickly this summer. Those weather extremes can also mean an expensive time for many Oklahomans trying to escape the heat indoors. “Summer months can drastically increase homeowners’ electricity bills,” said OAR President Kacy Bell. “However, there are many things that homeowners can do to lower […]

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Are Agent-Owned Transactions Covered By E&O Insurance?

Do you understand the coverage your Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance provides? Have you obtained protection for your assets with a comprehensive E&O policy? Many brokers purchase their E&O coverage without a clear understanding of the protection that is or isn’t provided. When price becomes the primary focus of purchasing a policy, you may be overlooking some important features, including policy exclusions and the possibility of adding coverage by endorsement when necessary to protect a firm’s business model. By the time you find out that you don’t have appropriate coverage, it may be too late.

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VIDEO: Capitol Insider Spring 2015 Wrap-Up

As the final budget agreement between the legislature and the Governor was negotiated early last week, the legislature was able to adjourn before the long (and wet) Memorial Day weekend. OAR had a tremendous session as “defense” proved to be the top priority. Because of member involvement in the legislative process, OAR was able to stave […]

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UPDATE: Capitol Insider 5-22

There was a final budget agreement reached this week as legislators are trying to adjourn before the long Memorial Day weekend. Vice President of Government Affairs Matt Robison sums up his thoughts on the matter: “The legislative process has now taken hold as members consider all the pieces of the budget puzzle. OAR has had […]

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2015 District Meetings Bring You Closer to OAR

Give your membership a boost by getting involved in your professional association! OAR is hosting Town Hall-style meetings around the state to share news and information from local boards and hear updates from OAR. After the lunch meeting, you’ll be treated to perennial favorite Larry Starbuck teaching the NAR Code of Ethics in the afternoon. Noon-1:00p Lunch/District Meeting 1:00-4:00p […]

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VIDEO: Capitol Insider May 15

This week, delegates from Oklahoma REALTOR® leadership visited Washington DC for the 2015 NAR Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Among the group in the nation’s capital was our insider and Vice President of Government Affairs Matt Robison and special guest host Kacy Bell, 2015 OAR President of Tulsa. Watch this week’s video to see photos and video […]

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Realtor.com announces higher exposure for listings, members

May 13, 2015 Dear Brokerage Industry Partner: For nearly 20 years, realtor.com® has worked side-by-side with the industry to enhance the REALTOR® brand with consumers through the most accurate, comprehensive and up to date consumer home search experience, all the while ensuring that the value proposition of brokerage firms and their agents remains front and center with consumers. Guiding […]

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E&O Risk Manager: “Fraudulent Or Negligent Conveyance” Allegation Over Property Disclosure

A real estate agent listed a stately, 4,000 square foot brick colonial on several acres of land for a couple who were relocating to another part of the country. The 35-year-old home had numerous features, including fireplaces in the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. It wasn’t long before the property went under contract, eventually […]

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VIDEO: May 8 Capitol Insider

Budget discussions continue and will remain the main focus at the Capitol throughout the balance of the session. Regarding measures of specific interest to OAR, this week the governor signed HB 1965 (O’Donnell/Sharp & Senate Public Safety Committee). This measure makes unlawful the use of a hand-held device for the purpose of physically texting. Effective […]

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Housing Foundation activated for Wednesday night’s tornadoes

In response to tornadoes and flooding Wednesday evening, the Oklahoma Housing Foundation has been mobilized to assist. The foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund will provide relief to victims of natural disasters, with priority given to Oklahoma REALTORS®. All applicants must complete an application form accurately and in full. Foundation Trustees will review applications without knowledge of the […]

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TILA, RESPA have new requirements incoming

New Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure requirements – effective August 1, 2015 – will combine two existing disclosure regimes under TILA and RESPA and make mortgage disclosure easier for consumers to understand and use. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lists the resources to help you understand the rules and their implications, as well as links to […]

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VIDEO: May 1 Capitol Insider

OAR VP of Government Affairs Matt Robison and Contract Lobbyist Richard Phillips talk about the progress of bills this week in the Oklahoma Legislature, including an update on SB 379 and the passage of the Texting Bill. Take a look at this week’s summary of activity at the State Capitol. Stay up to date with […]

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NAR Announces New REALTOR® Safety Course

2015 NAR President Chris Polychron announces the new 3-hour REALTOR® safety course—Real Estate Safety Matters. It was premiered April 20 for the Arkansas REALTORS® Association and will be presented at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo on May 12, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The class is taught by Dale Carlton, current national CRS president, […]

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Oklahoma attorneys offer free legal advice

Attorneys across Oklahoma will provide free legal advice on Thursday during the 37th annual statewide celebration of Law Day. Oklahoma City and Tulsa lawyers will staff the statewide toll-free hotline between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday. Those who speak only Spanish can also call the hotline with legal questions, as Spanish-speaking attorneys and translators will be available […]

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VIDEO: April 24 Capitol Insider

OAR VP of Government Affairs Matt Robison and Contract Lobbyist Richard Phillips talk about the progress of bills this week in the Oklahoma Legislature, including SB 379, termed the “Real Estate Owner’s Rights Act,” which has been pulled back for further negotiation and will be monitored through the conference committee process. Take a look at […]

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“Creating Powerful Transactions That Close” Hosted by GTAR Commercial Group

When: 9:00a-4:00p | Thursday May 7, 2015 Where: 11505 E 43rd Street, Tulsa, OK 74146 Presented by Jim Wilson, CCIM, SEC OREC approved: 6 hours Elective CE Credit In this excellent course, Jim Wilson explains how counseling your client to consider equity marketing and “pro-active” marketing concepts can deliver benefits and solutions to achieve your client’s […]

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Formerly Distressed Homeowners Returning to Market, According to National Study

Nearly a decade since the start of the foreclosure crisis, formerly distressed homeowners with restored credit are re-entering the housing market, but damaged credit profiles and lender overlays will greatly restrict the overall share of those eligible to buy, according to new research from the National Association of REALTORS®. California, Florida and Arizona are expected […]

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VIDEO: April 17 Capitol Insider

OAR VP of Government Affairs Matt Robison and Contract Lobbyist Richard Phillips talk about the progress of bills this week in the Oklahoma Legislature. Senate Bill 379, also known as the Real Estate Owner’s Rights Act, has been opposed by OAR due to the property management language. Both authors have agreed to remove the property management language […]

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Early Bird Extension Earns Extra Espresso

If you still need GRI 201 to complete your GRI designation, we have good news! We’ve extended the early bird deadline to end of the day Thursday, April 23. This session includes important topics essential to your day-to-day business taught by one of your favorites, Joyce Painter, including advertising  and contracts! Here is what a few students […]

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VIDEO: April 10 Capitol Insider

This week more than 100 Oklahoma REALTORS® were in Downtown Oklahoma City for the Legislative & Economic Summit. Included among the events was REALTOR® Day at the Capitol, where members—particularly OAR’s State Legislative Advocates—heard a legislative briefing from OAR Vice President of Government Affairs Matt Robison and Contract Lobbyist and then dispersed throughout the Capitol […]

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Legislative & Economic Summit Recap Includes Materials for Download

This week’s Legislative & Economic Summit saw a terrific turnout of some of Oklahoma’s most engaged and influential REALTORS®! They heard from Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb and State Treasurer Ken Miller on statewide issues. Lamb encourages the use of our positive economic situation to pass business-friendly legislation that would help us grow communities and compete better with our neighboring states. […]

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