Take Advantage of Spectacular Savings on CRS One-day Courses!

Chandra Hall will be at the Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS® September 19-20 to teach two, one-day CRS classes: Win-Win Negotiation Techniques and Converting Leads Into Closings. Both classes are 8:30a – 5p.   In Win-Win Negotiation Techniques, you’ll learn to: Identify 13 negotiation tactics Describe the 3 critical elements that influence negotiations Review the 4 principles […]

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3D-Printed Home Can Withstand Earthquakes

While 3-D printing in the homebuilding industry has largely created prefab houses whose components are created at a factory and then assembled on location, a new technique is letting one company print the house in its entirety onsite. HuaShang Tengda printed an entire 4,300-square-foot home in 45 days, with walls up to 8 feet thick […]

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Navigating the FAA’s New Drone Rule for REALTORS®

Real estate professionals hoping to use drones in their business got some big news last week when the Federal Aviation Administration released a final rule governing the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems. This final rule, effective August 29, 2016, includes some hard-fought wins for the National Association of REALTORS®, and a clearer path […]

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Protect Future Homebuyers With a Few Clicks

Recently, you may have seen an email or text message asking you to “take action” on something happening in Washington. Here’s the scoop: The U.S. Senate is in danger of running out of time to improve housing markets across the country, and we need your help to reduce this barrier for homeownership! We urge you to take action […]

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REignite Registration Opens Thursday!

The thermometer—and sales activity—tell us summer is well underway! Before we know it, fall will arrive leading you to REconnect, REengage and REnew your business. The REignite Conference, OAR’s annual education conference & trade show, will be in Tulsa October 6 and is guaranteed to be another big hit! With a spectacular lineup of speakers and REALTORS® from […]

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Are You A Community Rock Star?

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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Life Member Nominations Due July 29

If you have a member who has demonstrated significant service and involvement with OAR, you should nominate them for the OAR Life Member Award. Deadline for all nominations is Friday, July 29.  The Life Membership Committee will consider nominees for this prestigious award, and the awards will be presented during the REALTOR® Celebration Banquet on Wednesday, October 5 […]

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Tech Tips for Buying and Selling a Home

Technology continues to play an expanding role in the real estate industry. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 92 percent of homebuyers searched online during their home-buying process with more than half using mobile devices or apps in the home research process. The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) is offering technology tips Oklahomans […]

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2016 REALTOR® of the Year Nominations Due July 29

The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® is seeking nominations for its 2016 OAR REALTOR® of the Year. The OAR member selected for this incredible honor will be announced and recognized by his/her peers at the REALTOR® Celebration Wednesday, October 5, held in conjunction with the 2016 REignite Conference in Tulsa. Each local board has the opportunity to nominate […]

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Commute Times Drive Millennial Homebuying Decisions

Commute time to work, school, shopping and retail has become an important determining factor for Millennials in the midst of a homebuying search. In fact, nearly three fourths of people born in the 1980s and 1990s rate convenience and access as critical factors in their home purchase decision. For REALTORS®, finding a home for these […]

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CRS Hosts Networking Night Out June 28

This JOINT will be JIVIN’! You won’t want to miss this swinging party…it’s sure to be the cat’s pajamas!! Tuesday June 28, 2016 (moved from May due to dangerous weather) 5:30-7:00p Gatsby 1415 S Western Rd | map Stillwater, OK 74074 *You do not have to have your CRS to attend. Holiday Inn University West […]

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Broker Brings New Associates to Become Oriented With OAR, State Capitol

Amy Bladow, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, branch office broker for Century 21 Goodyear Green in Norman, brought six new agents to introduce them to their state association of REALTORS® this week. They toured the Oklahoma REALTOR® Building, met OAR staff and learned about the various functions of the association. “I think it’s so important our REALTORS® know first-hand the benefits […]

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ALERT: Call For Action Will Launch Monday, June 13!

On Monday, June 13 NAR will launch a Call For Action to all REALTORS® urging all 100 United States Senators to pass H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016. Here’s what to expect: Monday-Tuesday: NAR will send a text message out to REALTOR® Party Mobile Alert subscribers Monday at noon asking you to take […]

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GRI 202 Early Bird Ends Tomorrow

GRI 202 Early Bird ENDS TOMORROW! Save $23 by registering now for next week’s GRI class. Be one of the first 20 registrants to tell us your craziest home inspection story and be entered to win 25% off your next GRI class! You’ll have a chance to enter your story during registration. If you’ve already registered, just […]

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Regional Housing Forums

Register now for Oklahoma’s Regional Housing Forums. All events have been approved for 2 hours of HOT Topic CE. The Forums will discuss regional results of the recently released Oklahoma Statewide Housing Needs Assessment. You will get a chance to review Oklahoma’s Statewide Housing Needs Assessment and participate in recommending policy changes for Oklahoma’s future while networking with community leaders.  $20 […]

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Capitol Insider – Closing Week in Review

The last week of legislative session contained a significant amount of action for the OAR team. By action, that meant THREE Calls For Action. And the REALTORS® responded overwhelmingly! Two calls for action urged the defeat of HB 3217, an attempt to increase the state’s “Documentary Stamp Tax” by 33%. After nearly 1,200 responses over a period […]

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GRI Moves to New Location

Due to very high demand GRI 202 is moving to bigger location. We will now be able to accommodate more people! But don’t wait until the last minute. There area always several people on the waitlist for every class, so this one is bound to sell out as well. Conference Center 13301 S. Pennsylvania Oklahoma City, OK 73170

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GRI Contest: Home Inspection Stories

GRI 202 is right around the corner and with it, comes a contest. We are calling for your craziest of home inspection stories. The first 20 students that submit a story along with their registration will be entered into a drawing for 25% off their next GRI class! Don’t worry, if you’ve already registered just with […]

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VIDEO: May 20 Capitol Insider

This week’s Capitol Insider comes to you from inside the Capitol with special guest Rep. Kevin Wallace talking about the budget. Also, see OAR’s updated Bill Tracker and other timely info on the Government Affairs section of okrealtors.com.

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GRI Moves to New Location

Due to very high demand GRI 202 is moving to bigger location. We will now be able to accommodate more people! But don’t wait until the last minute. There area always several people on the waitlist for every class, so this one is bound to sell out as well. Conference Center 13301 S. Pennsylvania Oklahoma City, OK 73170

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RLI Auction Tool Course Offered Online in June

The REALTORS® Land Institute Auction Tool course is designed to help brokers/agents make more deals by adding another tool to their tool kit. REALTORS® will gain the confidence to introduce their clients to real estate auctions as an avenue to buy or sell properties. This course will cover: the benefits of using auctions as a tool […]

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How Much to Invest Before Selling a Home

The prime home buying and selling season is in full swing and many Oklahoma homeowners may be wrestling with the question, “How much should I invest before selling my home?” Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) is offering tips on what sellers should consider to help improve their listing. “There are many things to consider when […]

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VIDEO: May 13 Capitol Insider

Special edition of the Capitol Insider from Washington, D.C. featuring Congressman Frank Lucas, OAR President Chuck Harris and Federal Political Coordinator Kathy Fowler. Also, see OAR’s updated Bill Tracker and other timely info on the Government Affairs section of okrealtors.com.

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VIDEO: April 22 Capitol Insider

The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® is actively engaged in legislation important to the real estate industry. Since filming, one of our bills (SB-1245) was signed by the Governor. Watch this weeks video to learn more! Also, see OAR’s updated Bill Tracker and other timely info on the Government Affairs section of okrealtors.com.

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RLI Offers Online International Aspects and Mapping Courses

The REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI) will be offering two courses in May that are designed to help REALTORS® expand the boundaries of their business. Both the International Aspects of Real Estate and the Mapping & Practical Navigation will be offered as online, no-travel courses. Instructor: Steve Roberson Knowledge you’ll learn to help build your business: Mapping programs, including […]

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Conversation on National Flood Insurance Program Heats Up

The National Flood Insurance Program is set to expire in September 2017, and according to the National Association of REALTORS®, the stakes are high for reauthorization. The program lapsed twice between 2008 and 2012, and NAR estimates that as many as 40,000 home sales stalled every month as a result. Another lapse would represent a […]

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VIDEO: April 15 Capitol Insider

The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® is actively engaged in legislation important to the real estate industry. Measures like SB 1245, county transfer tax bill and SB 1250, our e-notary bill, both made their way through the house this week. Check out OAR VP of Government Affairs Matt Robison and Contract Lobbyist Richard Phillips in this week’s Capitol Insider […]

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Do You Know How to Save 50% on GRI?

Bring a new student to GRI—whether it be another aspiring agent in your office, your broker (who should already be a GRI), a cross-sale agent you got to know recently, or maybe even your assistant! You BOTH save 50% on that class! Now you’re both on your way to achieving the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation! […]

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Goss Wins #OwnOK Text Feedback Contest

At last week’s OwnOK Real Estate Industry Conference in Oklahoma City, attendees were asked to provide their feedback by text message to OAR’s communications team. Attendees who texted ownok to 95577 with their feedback were entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card. OAR congratulates the winner, Norman REALTOR® Betty Goss, CRS, GRI! Betty is broker/owner of […]

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New zipForm Integration for Reesio Transaction Management

Realtor.com is excited to announce the completion of the new integration with Reesio and zipForm®. Beginning April 5, Reesio customers who are using zipForm will be able to fill out contracts and forms right within Reesio, saving time and making it even easier to collaborate securely and seamlessly with clients and other transaction members. New features:* […]

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NWOAR Benefit Golf Tournament May 6

Friday, May 6, 2016 Pheasant Run Golf Course $75 per player Registration 11:00a-Noon Shotgun start at 1:00p 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 have 4 school-age children. Join us for a […]

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VIDEO: April 8 Capitol Insider

This was a big week for OAR! Tuesday evening we cohosted an RPAC major investor reception with OKCMAR at the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower [PHOTOS]. Special guest for this fundraiser was Gary Reggish, NAR REALTOR® Party Fundraising Liaison and Michigan Association of REALTORS® President. Wednesday was jam packed with the 2nd Annual OwnOK Real Estate Industry Conference […]

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VIDEO: April 1 Capitol Insider

OAR’s VP of Government Affairs Matt Robison and Contract Lobbyist Richard Phillips  update us with our progress at the State Capitol this past week. Also, see OAR’s updated Bill Tracker and other timely info on the Government Affairs section of okrealtors.com.

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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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