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More than the usual hot topics on tap at Commercial Real Estate Summit –

David Chapman, property broker and developer, professor, state real estate commission member, and Edmond City Council member, talks about medical marijuana at a previous conference presented by the Central Oklahoma Association of Real Estate.

Movies, marijuana, and McGirt are three good reasons this year’s Commercial Real Estate Summit will be another great one.

Not to mention the advent of build-to-rent, single-family neighborhoods.

And changes in property management wrought by COVID-19.

All are hot topics in real estate.

The summit, organized by the Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of Real Estate, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 in Edmond at the University of Central Oklahoma Nigh Center, with breakfast and lunch keynote speakers and educational tracks all day.

Organizers again are working with David Chapman, associate professor of real estate at UCO, and the UCO Real Estate Program to benefit the UCO Real Estate Foundation Scholarship. A to Z Inspection is the presenting sponsor.

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Here are some of the presenters and topics:

• “The Growing Film Industry and its Impact on Real Estate” — an increasing need for infrastructure — will be presented by Yousef Kazemi, outreach and production manager for the Oklahoma Film and Music Office.

• “Valuation of Cannabis Grow Facilities” will be presented by Darin Dalbom, president of NPVal Commercial Real Estate Valuation.

• “The McGirt Decision and Its Impact on Real Estate” will be presented by Ryan Leonard, a partner of Edinger, Leonard & Blakeley law firm.

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled last year that Congress never disestablished the Muscogee reservation. Lower courts later ruled that the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole reservations also still exist, meaning that criminal prosecutions that involve Native Americans in Indian Country fall to either the federal government or to tribes.

• “Single Family Built-for-Rent Multifamily Projects” will be presented by Chapman, who will give pros and cons of the single-family rental communities that many developers are now building rather than apartments.

• COVID-19 will be addressed in “Changing Building Management and Tenant Requirements,” presented by Rob Roberts with First Onsite, a restoration and property reconstruction company.

• A course on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of chemicals manufactured in the United States since the 1940s that don’t break down over time, will be presented by Mike Fitter, a geologist, environmental consultant and Tulsa branch operations manager for Seneca Cos.

• “Use of Oklahoma School Land Trust Properties in Commercial Developments” will be presented by John Fisher, director of commercial real estate for the Commissioners of the Land Office.

• “Low Income Housing Tax Credits” will be presented by Darrell Beavers with the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency.

• “Valuation of LIHTC (Low-Income Housing Tax Credit) Developments” will be presented by Chip Ard with JLL Valuation.

• “The Oklahoma County Assessor Education Talk for Appraisers” will be presented by Oklahoma County Assessor Larry Stein, who will explain how to use the search, mapping, and other functions of the assessor’s website.

• “Oklahoma Highway Update” will be presented by Joe Echelle, deputy director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

Real Estate Editor Richard Mize edits The Oklahoman’s Real Estate section, and covers housing, construction, commercial real estate, and related topics for the newspaper and Contact him at



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