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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 5210 Palladio Way, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21821659)
    34
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,264 sqft   lot 3,968 sqft
    Listing provided by Carrie Foley, RE/MAX Gold Elite
    MLS 21821659
  2. Photo of 1024 5th Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21821688)
    12
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    820 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 31
    Listing provided by ELLEN LYNCH, BHG RE RELIANCE PARTNERS
    MLS 21821688
  3. Photo of 125 Sunset Circle, Benicia, CA 94510 (MLS # 21821174)
    16
    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,197 sqft   lot 436 sqft
    Walk Score® 34
    Listing provided by Doratriz Padilla, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices DrysdaleProperties
    MLS 21821174
  4. Photo of 36874 Mariners Drive, The Sea Ranch, CA 95497 (MLS # 21726530)
    23
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,771 sqft   lot 27,878 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by O'Connell & Wilson, Coldwell Banker Coastal Properties
    MLS 21726530
  5. Photo of 210 Carolyn Drive, American Canyon, CA 94503 (MLS # 21821633)
    14
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,072 sqft   lot 5,536 sqft
    Walk Score® 36
    Listing provided by Octavio Maravilla, 3Tree Realty, Inc
    MLS 21821633
  6. Photo of 2836 Park View Drive, Lakeport, CA 95453 (MLS # 21821435)
    32
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,039 sqft   lot 1.02 ac
    Walk Score® 7
    Listing provided by Theresa Lyndall, RE/MAX Full Spectrum
    MLS 21821435
  7. Photo of 1163 Whitehall Way, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21821583)
    14
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,300 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 40
    Listing provided by Lynn Farris, Windermere Hulsey & Associates
    MLS 21821583
  8. Photo of 12620 Jayhawk Court, CA 95946 (MLS # 21821676)
    26
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,532 sqft   lot 13,939 sqft
    Walk Score® 2
    Listing provided by Edith Heaney, INTERO REAL ESTATE SERVICES
    MLS 21821676
  9. Photo of 1441 Spruce Street, Napa, CA 94559 (MLS # 21813760)
    32
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,132 sqft   lot 7,314 sqft
    Walk Score® 55
    Listing provided by Simone, Samson, Ray Team, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21813760
  10. Photo of 6302 Pebble Beach Drive, Vallejo, CA 94591 (MLS # 21821614)
    50
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,417 sqft   lot 7,488 sqft
    Walk Score® 15
    Listing provided by Ryan Preston, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21821614
  11. Photo of 2336 Lomitas Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21821595)
    21
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,058 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 64
    Listing provided by Michelle Romero, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21821595
  12. Photo of 42 Larkfield Maples Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (MLS # 21821428)
    15
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    840 sqft   lot 1,742 sqft
    Walk Score® 50
    Listing provided by Anne Webb, BHHS Drysdale Properties
    MLS 21821428
  13. Photo of 105 Ascot Court, Moraga, CA 94556 (MLS # 21811558)
    33
    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,191 sqft   lot 601 sqft
    Walk Score® 15
    Listing provided by David Brokman, RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21811558
  14. Photo of 7394 North Meridian Road, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21818052)
    5
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,454 sqft   lot 4.98 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Fry, Intero Real Estate Services
    MLS 21818052
  15. Photo of 1013 Humphrey Drive, Suisun City, CA 94585 (MLS # 21821169)
    2
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,820 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Walk Score® 25
    Listing provided by Nimer Musleh, Real Estate IQ
    MLS 21821169
  16. Photo of 2 Lawley Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515 (MLS # 21821587)
    25
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,500 sqft   lot 10,019 sqft
    Walk Score® 6
    Listing provided by Joshua Dempsey, Coldwell Banker BofV ST Helena
    MLS 21821587
  17. Photo of 1156 Fifth Street, Lakeport, CA 95453 (MLS # 21821603)
    15
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,231 sqft   lot 5,974 sqft
    Walk Score® 53
    Listing provided by Lorena Solano, Wright Realty
    MLS 21821603
  18. 3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,246 sqft   lot 12,240 sqft
    Walk Score® 42
    Listing provided by Rene Caro, Aristata Real Estate
    MLS 21821671
  19. Photo of 457 Canyon Creek Drive, American Canyon, CA 94503 (MLS # 21821673)
    26
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,728 sqft   lot 4,378 sqft
    Walk Score® 17
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Terrazas, American Home Real Estate
    MLS 21821673
  20. Photo of 323 I Street, Petaluma, CA 94952 (MLS # 21821609)
    28
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,001 sqft   lot 5,001 sqft
    Walk Score® 83
    Listing provided by Tony Lander, CENTURY 21 Bundesen
    MLS 21821609
  21. Photo of 135 Port Road, Point Arena, CA 95468 (MLS # 21821651)
    23
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    lot 15,246 sqft
    Walk Score® 41
    Listing provided by Andrew Jones, Cypress Properties
    MLS 21821651
  22. Photo of 28 Via La Brisa Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939 (MLS # 21821654)
    42
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,200 sqft   lot 7,828 sqft
    Walk Score® 50
    Listing provided by John Davis, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21821654
  23. Photo of 5952 Mark West Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21821568)
    20
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    3,007 sqft   lot 1.49 ac
    Walk Score® 7
    Listing provided by Todd Schapmire, W Real Estate
    MLS 21821568
  24. Photo of 7045 Eider Way, Sacramento, CA 95831 (MLS # 21821668)
    36
    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    Walk Score® 28
    Listing provided by Renee' Catricala, Keller Williams Realty
    MLS 21821668
  25. Photo of 3291 9th Street, Clearlake, CA 95422 (MLS # 21813049)
    22
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    988 sqft   lot 4,992 sqft
    Walk Score® 25
    Listing provided by Martin Levy, Century 21 North Bay Alliance
    MLS 21813049
  26. Photo of 7 Corte Los Sombras, Greenbrae, CA 94904 (MLS # 21821658)
    23
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    1,832 sqft   lot 10,001 sqft
    Walk Score® 42
    Listing provided by Susan Simone, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21821658
  27. Photo of 5283 Vista Grande Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (MLS # 21819627)
    26
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,555 sqft   lot 1.17 ac
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Janet Dudley, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21819627
  28. Photo of Fort Bragg, CA 95437 (MLS # 21821670)
    20
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,950 sqft   lot 6.78 ac
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Rio MacGregor, Pamela Hudson Real Estate
    MLS 21821670
  29. Photo of 133 Shortt Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21821669)
    28
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,390 sqft   lot 23,087 sqft
    Walk Score® 53
    Listing provided by Christina Martinez, Sterling California Properties
    MLS 21821669
  30. Photo of 18805 North Shore Drive, Hidden Valley Lake, CA 95467 (MLS # 21816394)
    46
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,682 sqft   lot 12,441 sqft
    Walk Score® 7
    Listing provided by Jen Mullin, Century 21 North Bay Alliance
    MLS 21816394
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