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 http://www.vc-realtors.com