Oklahoma real estate notes

BOK Financial broadens offerings with HomeDirect Mortgage.
Published: October 26, 2013
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REAL NOTES

BOK forms HomeDirect Mortgage

— BOK Financial Corp. has launched HomeDirect Mortgage to complement its mortgage operation, which originated about $4 billion in loans in 2012. It broadens BOK Financial Mortgage's loan origination sources and taps the online market for the first time. The operation solicits mortgage consumers nationwide through online loan aggregators. “Entering the consumer direct mortgage business enables BOK Financial Mortgage to leverage our infrastructure and experience in loan servicing,” said Todd Geiman, senior vice president of HomeDirect Mortgage. BOK Financial Mortgage is partnering with Leads 360, Leadqual, Leadpoint, Schwartz Closings, Zillow and other lead aggregators. Ben Cowen, president of BOK Financial Mortgage, said, “These partnerships are critical to our success in the online mortgage business and we look forward to serving the needs of their customers with the same level of service and care that we provide to direct customers.” For more information, visit www.homedirectmortgage.com.

Nextep to buy Norman building

— Nextep Inc. a Professional Employer Organization, said it has reached an agreement to purchase the Dillard Building, a 35,000-square-foot corporate office building at 1800 N Interstate Drive in Norman. Renovation will begin in December. Nextep plans to relocate its corporate offices to the new location in April. The purchase price was not disclosed. Nextep, in its 16th year, has clients in 37 states and gives small and medium-sized businesses access to Fortune 500 benefits, employee management technology and professionals in human resources, employee benefits, workers' compensation and payroll.

Tetsworth to join commission

Julie Tetsworth has been appointed as an interim member of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission. She will be considered for confirmation by the state Senate next year. The commission grants real estate licenses, investigates alleged infractions and administers state real estate law. Tetsworth is a broker associate with Coldwell Banker in Tulsa. She has held many positions in the business, including current Northeast Oklahoma Real Estate Services president, 2004 Oklahoma Certified Residential Specialists president, two terms as CRS regional vice president, 2010 Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors treasurer and others. “We are enthusiastic that Julie will make great progress in her position on the board and be a role model for real estate licensees throughout the state,” said Joe Pryor, president of the Oklahoma Association of Realtors.