The Value of Knowing the Neighborhood

By Kay Wilson-Bolton

Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS® President 2000

May 28, 2000

There is no substitute for knowing the neighborhood when it comes to buying a home.  In the not too distant past, it was common for real estate agents to stick close to their local spheres of influence when assisting buyers and sellers.


Our new technology affords real estate agents the opportunity to work in nearly any California city, but it comes increasingly clear that an agent working too far from home can do a disservice to his/her clients if they don’t know the neighborhood.

Every city has its unique features:  hillsides, landfills, airports, and homeowners’ association characteristics.  The subtleties of an area become increasingly important where issues are not readily discernible, such as a past lawsuit involving a homeowners association, the chart for growth in and around a city, the class action suit towards a builder for faulty plumbing.

This is when the local REALTOR® shines.  This bank of knowledge is typically known by the locals and it can be passed to the clients.  If you are planning to look for a home in a distant city, ask a trusted REALTOR® for a referral of someone who is known to do the job right the first time.  Likewise, if you are from a distant city and want the best representation, contact a local real estate company that displays the Blue “R” which stands for REALTOR®.

If home ownership is in your future, select a REALTOR® to assist you in your search.  Not every real estate agent can use the designation of REALTOR® and there is a difference.  Be sure to ask if your agent wears the blue “R”.

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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