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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 1309 Potrero Circle, Suisun City, CA 94585 (MLS # 21809775)
    29
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,564 sqft   lot 6,020 sqft
    Walk Score® 18
    Listing provided by Christine Beck, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21809775
  2. Photo of 3247 Glen Abbey Drive, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21809619)
    17
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,026 sqft   lot 5,620 sqft
    Walk Score® 2
    Listing provided by Bonnie Falk, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21809619
  3. Photo of 2075 South Terrace Drive, Napa, CA 94559 (MLS # 21809043)
    28
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    878 sqft   lot 5,636 sqft
    Walk Score® 60
    Listing provided by Marie Hoch, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21809043
  4. Photo of 4 Manchester Lane, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21809763)
    39
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,432 sqft   lot 1,394 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    Listing provided by Pam Sigel, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21809763
  5. Photo of 509 6th Street, Rodeo, CA 94572 (MLS # 21809570)
    2
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    836 sqft   lot 3,075 sqft
    Walk Score® 71
    Listing provided by Delaina Roland, Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific
    MLS 21809570
  6. Photo of 7281 Saroni Drive, Oakland, CA 94611 (MLS # 21809723)
    15
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,084 sqft   lot 9,300 sqft
    Walk Score® 10
    Listing provided by Milana Ostroy, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21809723
  7. Photo of 3009 Burnette Street, Vallejo, CA 94591 (MLS # 21809761)
    21
    4 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,180 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 51
    Listing provided by Silvia Gomez, RE/MAX Gold Elite
    MLS 21809761
  8. Photo of 2335 Fairview Place, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21809771)
    46
    6 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,477 sqft   lot 9,836 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    Listing provided by Timothy Kruse, Green Fields Real Estate Services
    MLS 21809771
  9. Photo of 1014 Samuel Drive, Petaluma, CA 94952 (MLS # 21809579)
    32
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,574 sqft   lot 15,682 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    Listing provided by Timo Rivetti, Keller Williams Realty
    MLS 21809579
  10. Photo of 5199 Birch Tree Lane, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21809648)
    50
    5 beds,  2 full baths
    2,346 sqft   lot 25.58 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Edwin Legaspi, KW Vaca Valley
    MLS 21809648
  11. Photo of 2007 Plum Tree Way, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21809628)
    8
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    933 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Walk Score® 50
    Listing provided by Edwin Alvarado, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21809628
  12. 5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,455 sqft  
    Walk Score® 16
    Listing provided by Michelle Mills, Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific
    MLS 21809683
  13. Photo of 531 Galway Court, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21809454)
    4
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,796 sqft   lot 8,821 sqft
    Walk Score® 16
    Listing provided by Katharine Salling, RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21809454
  14. Photo of 500 Maria Drive, Petaluma, CA 94954 (MLS # 21807171)
    38
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,488 sqft   lot 8,002 sqft
    Walk Score® 51
    Listing provided by Jeff Simpson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21807171
  15. Photo of 28 Lochness Lane, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21809769)
    48
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,372 sqft   lot 17,324 sqft
    Walk Score® 13
    Listing provided by Rachel Percival, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21809769
  16. Photo of 601 Charles Way, Suisun City, CA 94585 (MLS # 21809052)
    31
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,316 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Walk Score® 27
    Listing provided by Cynthia Black, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21809052
  17. Photo of 210 Farrell Drive, Forestville, CA 95436 (MLS # 21809767)
    8
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    715 sqft   lot 70 sqft
    Walk Score® 4
    Listing provided by Brook Terhune, Front Porch Realty Group
    MLS 21809767
  18. Photo of 225 Military, Benicia, CA 94510 (MLS # 21809522)
    20
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,085 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Walk Score® 22
    Listing provided by Tiffany Costanzo, Sorelle Properties, Inc.
    MLS 21809522
  19. Photo of 514 Trumpeter Drive, Suisun City, CA 94585 (MLS # 21803557)
    21
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,890 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 49
    Listing provided by Gina Jiron-Rosa, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21803557
  20. Photo of 130 E.Scenic Avenue, Point Richmond, CA 94801 (MLS # 21809689)
    21
    Open House
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    2,700 sqft   lot 5,400 sqft
    Walk Score® 64
    Listing provided by LYNN SIGNORELLI, MARVIN GARDENS EAST BAY
    MLS 21809689
  21. Photo of 11310 Holiday Drive, CA 95930 (MLS # 21809585)
    23
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,800 sqft   lot 16,117 sqft
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Kathy Springsteen, Amplify
    MLS 21809585
  22. Photo of 524 Star Lilly Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21809760)
    39
    Open House
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,268 sqft   lot 9,026 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    Listing provided by Pam Sigel, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21809760
  23. Photo of 16201 Eagle Rock Road, Hidden Valley Lake, CA 95467 (MLS # 21809759)
    31
    4 beds,  2 full, 2 half baths
    2,900 sqft   lot 13,112 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Dolores Parker, Century 21 NorthBay Alliance
    MLS 21809759
  24. Photo of 3290 Somers Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 (MLS # 21809757)
    12
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,540 sqft   lot 4.98 ac
    Walk Score® 14
    Listing provided by Russell Klein, Windermere Platinum Real Estate Services
    MLS 21809757
  25. Photo of 255 Enterprise Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 (MLS # 21809755)
    32
    Open House
    1 bed,  1 full bath
    723 sqft   lot 784 sqft
    Walk Score® 40
    Listing provided by Beth Arbios, Terra Firma Global Partners
    MLS 21809755
  26. Photo of 2408 Orleans Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (MLS # 21809635)
    13
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,304 sqft   lot 4,635 sqft
    Walk Score® 13
    Listing provided by Monica Kangas, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21809635
  27. Photo of 1954 Pine Street, Napa, CA 94559 (MLS # 21809752)
    22
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,008 sqft   lot 6,673 sqft
    Walk Score® 71
    Listing provided by Pavi Micheli Lawson, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21809752
  28. Photo of 7115 Kylemore Circle, Dublin, CA 94568 (MLS # 21809751)
    12
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,160 sqft   lot 4,447 sqft
    Walk Score® 21
    Listing provided by Tim Lewis, Tim Lewis Communities
    MLS 21809751
  29. Photo of 88 Hendley Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21809750)
    14
    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,118 sqft   lot 5,001 sqft
    Walk Score® 76
    Listing provided by Michael Hammer, W Real Estate
    MLS 21809750
  30. Photo of 2457 Helen Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94591 (MLS # 21809641)
    5
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,627 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Walk Score® 67
    Listing provided by Krystle Karimian, Krystle Properties
    MLS 21809641
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