Green. Gold. Sold.

A Note from the President
January 31, 2013

2012 – Embracing Change Last year, William E. Wood and Associates continued to be the industry leader in the Greater Hampton Roads real estate market, including Northeastern North Carolina. Our sales volume in 2012 exceeded 1.2 billion dollars - over 200 million higher than our nearest competitor. Pretty impressive statistics in any market! As the economy continued to slowly strengthen, more individuals in our family of companies had an outstanding production year. And while others in our industry were struggling to cope with industry changes, you all rolled up your sleeves, learned new skills, and adjusted to new legal requirements – all the while continuing to provide the best possible advice and service to our clients. Last year was a year of change across a wide variety of areas. The industry is being impacted by changes at both the federal and state level ... changes that have affected the way we do business. And while change is not easy, we must remember that if we’re not moving forward, we are backing up. If we don’t change, we will be left behind. Last year wasn’t all about real estate. Our 26th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was a resounding success and our annual Farm House Fun Run continued to earn high praise from veteran runners in the area. We also supported the community through many office events and over $45,000 in contributions were made through the William E. Wood Foundation. We celebrated our 40th anniversary last April – giving us a chance to honor those from the past who gave us the foundation that we build upon today. I thank each of you for your commitment and hard work in 2012. William E. Wood and Associates and its family of companies, Towne Mortgage and Heritage Title, continue to be recognized nationally for providing the best in real estate services to our clients. Of course, when you have the best people – agents, managers, loan officers, loan closers and staff – such accolades just come naturally! As we move into 2013, I am excited about the opportunities that are presenting themselves in our industry ... opportunities to learn, grow, and serve. We have come a long way since the company’s inception in 1972 and we have even further we can go. The opportunities for success are limitless ... especially for YOU – the Best in the Business! -Dick Thurmond