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Real estate briefs from The Oklahoman for March 21, 2020.

Treasurer's office has limited access

The Oklahoma County Treasurer's Office will remain open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays but will be closed to the public because of limited access to the courthouse and annex due to the new coronavirus.

"We will have a skeleton crew here to answer your phone calls, handle ongoing paperwork and respond to emails," Treasurer Butch Freeman said. "If any taxpayer has a question regarding property taxes, please call our main number, 405-713-1300 for information.”

People wanting to pay the second half of their 2019 property taxes, due March 31, may send payments to: Oklahoma County Treasurer, 320 Robert S. Kerr, Room 307, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

Commissioners of the Land Office closes

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Commissioners of the Land Office, 204 N Robinson Ave., Suite 900, is closed to the public until further notice, said Acting Secretary A. Brandt Vawter.

Assistance is available and payments can be made online at www.clo.ok.gov or by calling 521-4000.

OHFA board cancels meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency’s Board of Trustees scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at 100 NW 63, Will Rogers Conference Room, has been canceled, said Darlene Drew, operations liaison.

Awards presented for transactions

CoStar Group, global provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces, has presented Power Broker Awards for highest transaction volume in Oklahoma City in 2019.

The awards recognize brokers and firms in the leasing and sale of office, retail, and industrial property.

• Top Industrial Leasing Brokers: David Portman, CBRE Inc.; and George Huffman, InterWest Realty.

• Top Office Leasing Brokers: Craig Tucker and Tom Fields, both with Price Edwards & Co.

• Top Retail Leasing Brokers: Mark Inman, CBRE; and George Williams, Price Edwards.

• Top Leasing Firms: CBRE and Price Edwards.

• Top Sales Brokers: Justin Wilson and Tim McKay, both with Newmark Knight Frank.

• Top Sales Firms: CBRE and Newmark Knight Frank.

Unlicensed activity investigated

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready said the Insurance Department is actively investigating unlicensed activity by Choice Home Warranty.

The department has received numerous complaints that the company, based in Edison, New Jersey, did not pay home warranty service claims, Mulready said. The department issued a cease-and-desist order to the unlicensed company in 2017. Mulready said investigation has shown that Choice Home Warranty issued policies without the required state license and in violation of the order.

“This violation will not be tolerated in Oklahoma,” Mulready said. “Our first priority is consumer protection, and this should serve as a reminder for all consumers to be diligent about researching the legitimacy of a business before they buy a contract or service.”

The Insurance Department issued a cease-and-desist order to the company in 2010. In 2011, the company was fined $25,000 for operating without a license.

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