Moving Trends Affect Strategic Planning


By Kay Wilson-Bolton

President, Ventura County Coastal Assn of REALTORS®

July 16, 2000

Strategic planning denotes a “think tank” mentality, but business-minded people do it every day.  The Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS® made some interesting discoveries in their recent strat planning efforts.

REALTOR® associations nationwide look to influences that are shaping how and why we do business.

Our own Strategic Planning Committee, led by Roger Case and facilitated by Lauri Flack, helped us look at the inside and outside trends that affect us.

One of the interesting outside influences is the ways in which Americans move.

The US Census Bureau ( has just reported that more and more aging Americans are leaving the hassle of moving to younger folks.  The report confirmed that the South and West are still very popular destinations for people moving out of State.  But, those doing so are mostly people in their 20’s and 30’s, according to the Bureau.

The report said that moving rates have continued to decline with age:  32 percent to people in their 20s moved, while only 5 percent of those 65 and over did so.

The report stated that people are moving shorter distances.  Between March 1998 and March 1999, 59 percent of movers relocated within the same county, and 20 percent went to another county in the same state. Warm weather is still a huge draw. The Northeast had the lowest moving rate (11.7 percent) with the West at 18.5 percent.

With respect to movers in general, about 40 percent of all people who moved in the country were non-Hispanic whites, and 32 percent were of Hispanic origin.

Gayle Paul leads the Cultural Diversity Committee empowered to create educational opportunities, which widen the opportunities for home ownership.  Don Thibeault leads the charge for professional development courses and Wayne King leads the committee on community outreach and education.

If you have a service club or organization that needs a speaker and you want to know more about how your Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS® serves Western Ventura County, call Kay Runnion, Interim CEO at the Association to schedule a speaker at 981.2100.  No one does real estate like a REALTOR® and there is a difference between the licensed agent and one who subscribes to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.


Kay Wilson-Bolton is president of the Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS®.  For more information, contact Kay Runnion, Interim 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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