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Napa MLS Listings: Good Place to Start a Class on Real Estate

7-30-mlsWouldn’t it be great if high schools started a Driver’s Education kind of class for real estate? At some point—I think it was in the 1930s—Americans realized that it would be a good idea for the public schools to offer Driver’s Ed, just as a matter of public safety. If you’ve ever tried to deal with a clutch and stick shift built before the mid-50s, you’ll understand the need. Too bad the damage that can result from lack of real estate knowledge isn’t as obvious as a dented garage door.

The first Realty Ed class session could deal with the history of MLS listings. Even given the void in the school system, a teenager wouldn’t need much real estate exposure to have at least heard of “the listings.” “The Multiples” is more obscure, as is “MLS” (when you Google that, you get a lot of major league soccer sites).

They are all jargon that refer to the information published by “the” Multiple Listing Service. “The” is in quotes because there isn’t just one Multiple Listing Service in the United States; there are many different ones, run by different companies. Our Napa MLS Listings are produced by our Napa MLS Listing publisher, who cooperates with others across the country to come up with the not-quite-exactly-uniform format you see when you go searching online for Napa homes for sale.

If the high school kids’ first homework assignment is to go online to check out the Napa MLS listings (like the ones I provide), what they find looks quite straightforward and self-explanatory. They see pictures and descriptions of each property for sale, an asking price, and details that a future owner would want to know. Square footage, lot size, the year built, number and types of rooms are all there, making it easy to compare properties. There may be more details in some of the listings than in others, but the real estate agent who prepares the MLS listing makes sure the most important elements are covered.

What will not be obvious to the students (but what will make excellent Friday quiz material) is how the Napa MLS listings embody other elements that are commercial and legal. Behind each of the listings (under the hood, in Driver’s Ed terms) is the fact that an MLS listing ordinarily represents a contractual offer by the listing brokerage to compensate other real estate professionals who represent potential buyers…which means it also is ordinarily evidences that the owner of the listed property has made a separate “listing agreement” with the listing broker.

Later on in the semester, there will need to be a discussion of FSBOs and the whole “For Sale by Owner” situation. It’s likely that one of the more troublesome ‘A’ students will then certainly raise her hand to ask something like, “Well then what happens when there is a Napa MLS listing for a FSBO property? Doesn’t that mean there isn’t a listing broker to make the offer to compensate other real estate professionals who represent potential buyers?”

That will be the moment when it is again demonstrated why teachers need three months off every year.

Our Napa MLS listings are a superb way to organize today’s active real estate offerings—but they are only one of many elements. Call me for expert assistance in getting all those elements fall into place!


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  1. Photo of 30397 River Road, Cloverdale, CA 95425 (MLS # 21719522)
    9
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,800 sqft   lot 7.03 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Charmayne Alcones, San Felipe Realty & Mortgage
    MLS 21719522
  2. Photo of 809 Rancho Way, Petaluma, CA 94954 (MLS # 21719519)
    30
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,456 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 22
    Listing provided by Marshall Mello, Sterling California Properties
    MLS 21719519
  3. Photo of 3025 Foothill Boulevard, Calistoga, CA 94515 (MLS # 21717960)
    10
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 4.59 ac
    Walk Score® 15
    Listing provided by Inna Lehman, Lehman Properties
    MLS 21717960
  4. Photo of 10300 Hwy 20 Highway, Willits, CA 95490 (MLS # 21719542)
    2
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 30.83 ac
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Randy Weston, Summit Realty
    MLS 21719542
  5. Photo of 122 Poppy Court, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 (MLS # 21719488)
    33
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,513 sqft   lot 8,851 sqft
    Walk Score® 14
    Listing provided by Kristopher Lepore, Sonoma Coast Living
    MLS 21719488
  6. Photo of 809 Paula Lane, Petaluma, CA 94952 (MLS # 21719507)
    36
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,845 sqft   lot 7,118 sqft
    Walk Score® 16
    Listing provided by Steven Gavriloff, Westgate Realty
    MLS 21719507
  7. 3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,148 sqft   lot 5,475 sqft
    Walk Score® 30
    Listing provided by Leanne Ridley, NewVision Realty Group
    MLS 21719454
  8. Photo of 20924 Powder Horn Road, Hidden Valley Lake, CA 95467 (MLS # 21719536)
    24
    3 beds,  1 full, 2 half baths
    2,016 sqft   lot 14,375 sqft
    Walk Score® 2
    Listing provided by Erica Bergstrom, Morgan Lane Real Estate, Lake
    MLS 21719536
  9. Photo of 586 Peppertree Drive, Windsor, CA 95492 (MLS # 21719323)
    50
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,469 sqft   lot 6,003 sqft
    Walk Score® 20
    Listing provided by Marshall Mello, Sterling California Properties
    MLS 21719323
  10. Photo of 0 Silverado Trail, St. Helena, CA 94574 (MLS # 21719531)
    29
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 3.04 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Deborah Russell Broman, Coldwell Banker BofV ST Helena
    MLS 21719531
  11. Photo of 529 East Blithedale Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21719520)
    19
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,250 sqft   lot 5,502 sqft
    Walk Score® 73
    Listing provided by Chip McAllister, Paragon Real Estate Group
    MLS 21719520
  12. Photo of 1204 Colorado Drive, CA 95961 (MLS # 21716793)
    25
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,596 sqft  
    Walk Score® 2
    Listing provided by Rhonda Welch, Welton Realty
    MLS 21716793
  13. Photo of 114 Topsail Court, Vallejo, CA 94591 (MLS # 21719518)
    29
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,740 sqft   lot 8,485 sqft
    Walk Score® 9
    Listing provided by Scott Foster, Delta Realty Group Inc
    MLS 21719518
  14. Photo of 486 Banning Way, Vallejo, CA 94591 (MLS # 21719491)
    38
    4 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,988 sqft   lot 37,897 sqft
    Walk Score® 26
    Listing provided by Rosita Arriaga, Powerhouse Real Estate & Mgmt
    MLS 21719491
  15. Photo of 6757 Covey Road, Forestville, CA 95436 (MLS # 21719445)
    20
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,938 sqft   lot 19,476 sqft
    Walk Score® 42
    Listing provided by Brenda Alarcon, Bradley Real Estate-Santa Rosa
    MLS 21719445
  16. Photo of 15621 Forest View Road, Manchester, CA 95459 (MLS # 21719511)
    28
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    lot 16,117 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Rosemary Campiformio, Kennedy & Associates
    MLS 21719511
  17. Photo of 512 Hastings Drive, Benicia, CA 94510 (MLS # 21717851)
    27
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    2,071 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Walk Score® 14
    Listing provided by Linda Takacs, Kennon Realty
    MLS 21717851
  18. Photo of 2901 Old River Road, Talmage, CA 95481 (MLS # 21719169)
    24
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,300 sqft   lot 6,970 sqft
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Gary Nix, Realty World-Selzer Realty
    MLS 21719169
  19. Photo of 1042 Daroff Court, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21719420)
    21
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,130 sqft   lot 3,280 sqft
    Walk Score® 26
    Listing provided by Kelly Thornhill, Stumbaugh Realty Advisors
    MLS 21719420
  20. Photo of 318 Earl Avenue, Roseville, CA 95678 (MLS # 21719498)
    13
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,182 sqft   lot 7,362 sqft
    Walk Score® 66
    Listing provided by Michaelene Major, Realty One Group Complete
    MLS 21719498
  21. Photo of 16221 Par Road, Cobb, CA 95426 (MLS # 21719506)
    16
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    lot 7,754 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    Listing provided by Timothy Toye, Timothy Toye & Associates
    MLS 21719506
  22. Photo of 310 Murphy Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (MLS # 21719224)
    45
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    888 sqft   lot 9,052 sqft
    Walk Score® 57
    Listing provided by Ann Harris, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21719224
  23. Photo of 1711 Lincoln Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21714645)
    28
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,448 sqft   lot 5,201 sqft
    Walk Score® 17
    Listing provided by Rick Warner, Bradley Real Estate
    MLS 21714645
  24. Photo of 125 Claxton Court, Vallejo, CA 94589 (MLS # 21718284)
    11
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,232 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    Walk Score® 26
    Listing provided by Lisa Carter-Salaices, Century 21 Schutjer Realty, Inc
    MLS 21718284
  25. Photo of 5825 East Highway 20 Highway, Lucerne, CA 95458 (MLS # 21719480)
    9
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 33,977 sqft
    Walk Score® 22
    Listing provided by Denise Marino, RE/MAX Lake County Realty
    MLS 21719480
  26. Photo of 5298 Gramercy Circle, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21719396)
    25
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,195 sqft   lot 4,138 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Heath Rose, Real Estate Broker Services
    MLS 21719396
  27. Photo of 548 Monterey Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95416 (MLS # 21719038)
    16
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,038 sqft   lot 4,748 sqft
    Walk Score® 75
    Listing provided by Tish Thames, Alain Pinel Realtors
    MLS 21719038
  28. Photo of 212 Foss Creek Circle, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (MLS # 21718971)
    17
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    960 sqft   lot 436 sqft
    Walk Score® 61
    Listing provided by Susan Montgomery, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21718971
  29. Photo of 450 Edgewood Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21719468)
    14
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,418 sqft   lot 4,051 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Joseph McNeany, Bertolone Realty
    MLS 21719468
  30. Photo of 580 Lommel Road, Calistoga, CA 94515 (MLS # 21719501)
    16
    2 beds,  2 full, 2 half baths
    2,400 sqft   lot 160.00 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Joshua Dempsey, Coldwell Banker BofV ST Helena
    MLS 21719501
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