Limit the Input. March 19, 2000

March 19, 2000
By Kay Wilson-Bolton
President, Ventura County Coastal Assn of REALTORS®

If you have ever heard the expression that “a camel is a horse created by committee”, you can relate at least a little to the action that is taken as a result of a group decision which produces an outcome far different than what was originally intended.

If you plan to purchase a home soon, please keep that expression in mind. Home buying is a sometimes complex process based on many variables, i.e. price, location, amenities, school district, age, etc. It requires the buyers to focus on those variables while sorting through their priorities, finally arriving at a firm decision to purchase.

Occasionally, other family members get involved. It could be just mom and dad, but once in a while, the aunts and uncles, gown children, and even acquaintances, want to help out to make the final decision.

REALTORS® have seen this “committee” approach and involvement cause anything from mild confusion to total chaos. While all mean well, the primary future residents may be distraction from their initial objectives, leaving them “decision less.”

It is also common for one of the helpers to live a distance away and have a real estate license! A good rule of thumb is to limit the decision-making process to only those who are directly involved in the buying process.

If mom and dad or aunt and uncle are supplying any of the capital, they are entitled to participate and should for it is their investment also.

The Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS® is continually working on preparing our REALTORS® to be good stewards of your time and confidence. This year’s chair of the Public Relations Committee is Wayne King. You will be hearing more of his committee’s effort to help our clients understand the scope of a REALTOR®’S® work.

When buying or selling your next home, choose a REALTOR® . There is a difference and you can benefit. For more information, contact Bob Seitz, CEO, Ventura County Coastal Assn of REALTORS® at 981.2100. Our website is

About Kay Wilson-Boltonhttp://www.kaywilsonbolton.netWith a full-time career in real estate, I can add to your bank of knowledge, not only in real estate but in many areas of life that deal with people and relationships and choices. My real estate career has taught me many lessons about planning ahead and looking forward. I believe in helping along the way so that they can be the best they can be in any situation. I serve as a Fire Department Chaplain and Coordinator for the Many Meals Project which serves homeless and hungry families in my community. The event is far more than many meals. As a result of my work with the homeless population in my community, I received the Good Neighbor Award 2017 from the National Association of Realtors and named as a Champion of Homes in 2015 by the California Association of Realtors. I make pastoral visits to the inmates in the County Jail System and offer them what God says about "all things being new" and His remarkable plan for our lives. I have served my community as Mayor and in many volunteer capacities. I serve others by serving God first. My husband is involved in prison ministry and is a graphic artist. We live a simple life in Santa Paula with an office cat named Scout, three rescued poodles and a cat named Tony Diane at home.

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