What's New This Month
Happy New Year from your friends at West Virginia Bankers Title! The last year has been full of success all around, and we are pleased to welcome 2022. We are kicking off this new year thrilled to see what the next few months have in store for our team, our community and our partners like you! 

We are grateful for the continued support and chance to work with our trusted real estate colleagues to keep transactions running smoothly. 

We hope you enjoy our latest e-newsletter as it highlights some exciting news in the industry as well as lets us all know what’s in store for the new year. Once again, all of us at West Virginia Bankers Title extend a huge thank you to the Realtors, lenders, and attorneys who trust us with your transactions. We love what we do for all of you! 

Have a wonderful month!

Bob Drummond, Vice President/Agency Manager of West Virginia Bankers Title
Kimberly Smith joined West Virginia Banker’s Title in January 2022 as a Title Underwriter. Kim has worked in the real estate industry for 20 years with experience in processing, lending, settlement, and title insurance. In her free time Kim enjoys trips to the mountains in Tucker County, West Virginia and the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, hiking and spending time in the outdoors. Kim resides in Salem with her husband and children. 
Exciting Expectations for the 2022 Real Estate Market
Forbes senior contributor, Brenda Richardson, asked several real estate experts about their expectations for the market in the new year. Professionals ranging from National Apartment Association president and CEO Bob Pinnegear to NAHB chief economist Robert Diez have some exciting predictions. As Danielle Hale explains, “We expect a whirlwind 2022 for the housing market. Home sales are expected to increase another 6.6% and home prices to rise another 2.9% on top of 2021 highs.” 
Thanks, Millennials!
There’s a reason why many economists forecast home-buying demand to remain strong for years to come. It all has to do with Millennials, currently the leading percentage of homebuyers. This article focuses on Alex and Michelle Angert, who, like many of us, faced their own struggles due to the pandemic, but they came out of the other side more pleased than ever. Their story proves to the real estate industry that Millennials are serious homebuyers, and they too want to settle down with their very own place to call home. 
Biden Nominates Sandra Thompson as FHFA Director
President Biden nominated acting Federal House Finance Agency Director Sandra L. Thompson as the regulator’s full-time leader. If the Senate approves, Thompson will be confirmed for a five-year term. According to The Hill’s article, she will be leading the agency overseeing more than $7 trillion in federally backed home loans. As Senator Sherrod Brown puts it, “Ms. Thompson has refocused regulation of the GSEs on ensuring that they fulfill their mission to provide safe, sustainable access to housing across the country.”
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