By Kay Wilson-Bolton
President 2000 Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS®
June 11, 2000
While it is summer and graduation ceremonies are here and almost gone, vacations are planned and summer’s long days take center stage, the season of political fever is about to bloom in America
This political activity of ours is a very expensive one. While there is something to be said for political reform, there is also something to be said for not restricting speech and the right to disagree.
You will soon see the power of the REALTOR® organization flex its muscle and the rights of its members to disagree in principal and substance. It will be over the issue known as SOAR.
We saw Moorpark pass their SOAR initiative, while Santa Paula, of similar size and fairly similar demographics, defeated one.
The members of the State and National Associations of REALTORS® are united in one common thought and this is often the sanctity of property rights. It’s pure and its simple. Any event which threatens property rights will be countered, fought and won—if REALTORS® have their way.
The one confounding element is that REALTORS® reserve the right to free speech when the issues blur—and that is over the use of the land. Should the land remain green or provide affordable housing? Should the land remain green and provide parklands? Should the land remain virgin or become a golf course for commercial use and recreation?
The answer is not a simple one.
REALTORS®’® opinions will vary on SOAR because of the complicated issues that result from the need for land use planning. While we may counter each other in our locales, you will find our state association thoroughly entrenched in the position that property rights are still sacred.
A common perception is that REALTORS® who support property rights have a hidden agenda that translates to “more houses.” Make no mistake. The real cry for more houses comes from those who don’t have one and see little hope.
In the next few months, outside of us causing your homes to be sold and helping buyers fulfill their dream of home ownership, REALTORS® will be in the arena where we protect and promote private property rights–for all of us.
Our State Association is 95,000 members strong and our local Association has 1,115 members. We support our basic belief and put our money where it belongs!
We encourage you to employ the REALTOR® when it comes to buying or selling your home. Not all real estate agents are REALTORS® and there is a difference.
As November approaches, don’t be surprised to see REALTORS® on opposite sides of this political fence. We are united when it comes to property rights, but we have agreed that the real political arena is in our back yards, where politics really belongs.
Kay Wilson-Bolton is the president of the Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS®. For more information, contact Kay Runnion, Interim CEO at 981.2100.
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 http://www.vc-realtors.com