By Kay Wilson-Bolton

President, Ventura County Coastal Assn of REALTORS®

October 29, 2000

Homeowners generally labor over whether or not to place their home on the market during the holidays.  The REALTORS® I know plan to work right through the season, so we are available to serve your real estate needs.

Homes often look and smell their best through the months of November and December. Buyers are often taken with the décor, so if timing is important, we encourage you to take advantage of the holiday buying season.

A word for income property owners who handle their own management. Take a moment to send a note to your tenants reminding them that Christmas trees are a fire hazard if left dry with lights on them.  Plenty of water in the tray could prevent a fire.

Remind them to test smoke detectors and that overloads on electrical outlets can put their household in danger.

Another area where tenants can help landlords maintain clean and safe housing is for them to report problems in the unit; particularly the smell of gas, leaky faucets and a furnace that won’t light.

The Gas Company is a wonderful ally for both tenants and landlords. They respond within hours when the smell of gas is reported.  There is no excuse for tenants to be without service or to be in danger.

Homeownership is at an all-time high in America. Reports show that 67.7 of Americans now own their own home. Besides the record national homeownership rate, all-time high rates were set for minorities with 48.2 percent; Hispanics, 46.7 percent; households headed by females, 53.3 percent; households earning less than the median family income, 52.2 percent and married couples younger than 35, 61 percent.

The median price for single-family detached homes in California rose by double-digits for the 10th time in the last twelve-month period.  The median price for a home in California during September 2000 was $248,000, a 13% increase over September 1999.  In Ventura County, the median price is $297,000, which is a 15% increase over 1999.

The dream of homeownership is still alive and the challenge for cities to plan for natural growth rates is huge. The need for continuing dialogue among government entities and community leaders is essential.



When buying or selling your next home, choose a REALTOR®. There is a difference and you can benefit.  For more information, contact Randy McCaslin, Association Executive, 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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