National Association of REALTORS® - Commercial Innovation Grant -


Forum Materials: 

  • What's Causing Oklahoma's Earthquakes?
    Jeremy Boak, PhD; Director, Oklahoma State Geological Survey
    Powerpoint Presentation
  • Construction Methods to Mitigate the Impact of Earthquakes
    Christopher Ramseyer, PhD, PE; Director, University of Oklahoma's Fears Structural Engineering Labatory


  • Insurance Options to Protect your Property
    Buddy Combs, JD
    Director Public Policy & Assistant General Counsel, Oklahoma Insurance Department


After lunch, Trent England (VP Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs) lead a brainstorming session where you can help our panelists develop ideas for how our industries can work together to deal with the increasing frequency of earthquakes and make recommendations for the future.

CE Credit was available for:

  • Attorneys (Oklahoma Bar Association: 4 hr, no ethics)
  • Real Estate (Oklahoma Real Estate Commission: 3 hr)
  • Insurance (1 hr) for Buddy Combs' presentation


2016 Event Sponsor

The Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of REALTORS©
the 2016 Oklahoma Commercial Real Estate Forum™

September 21, 2016.  

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Commercial Real Estate Summit ™

March 30, 2017 at the University of Central Oklahoma's Nigh University Center (Garland Godfrey & E Main, Edmond).

a Deal Making Event whose purpose is to bring all facites of the commercial real estate industry together at the same time, from Developers, Owners, Investors, Leasors, Commercial Lenders, Planners, and government officials.  Continuing Education opportunities are provided for affiliated licensees' such as those in Real Estate, Appraisal, Insurance, Accounting, Legal, and environmental.
Materials for: 2016 Oklahoma Commercial Real Estate Forum™: Earthquakes


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    Oklahoma Commercial Real Estate Forum™

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Place: Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association Event Center
420 E. Britton Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73114 

Topic: Municipal Funding

For more information contact the COCAR Chair of the
Advocacy / Government Affairs Committee:
Bart Binning, Ed.D. (

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Questions from the 2016 Oklahoma Commercial Real Estate Forum ™ : Earthquakes 

  1. How should Seismic maps take into account factors involving manmade earthquakes, such as those found earth moving events in the Arbuckle Formation?  
  2. Will insurance companies or property owners without earthquake coverage be able to recover damages from earthquakes near the Arbuckle Formation? If so, how will this impact an industry that represents 10% of the state's economy and 20% of its tax collections?
  3. Should Oklahoma ban the importation of oil and gas production wastewater for injection in disposal wells?
  4. While it appears that newly revised residential building codes designed to accommodate EF2 tornados are also sufficient to handle the most common earthquakes, not all jurisdictions have adopted these new building codes. There is some resistance from the building community because of the added cost of construction ($1 to $2 per square foot). Is there a need for a statewide mandate to impose building codes to address both tornadoes and earthquakes?
  5. Because of the differing risk characteristics of catastrophic earthquakes vs. every-day damage from earthquakes, is there a need to a new class of insurance to handle non-catastrophic earthquake damage?
  6. There is concern that most insurance companies do not have reserves sufficient to handle a catastrophic event, hence many companies are withdrawing from the market. Is there a reason to establish federally (or state) subsidized earthquake insurance similar to flood insurance?

Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of Real Estate™