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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 12831 Oak Knoll Avenue, Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423 (MLS # 21720020)
    29
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,524 sqft   lot 13,917 sqft
    Listing provided by Janice Maschek, Shore Line Realty, Inc
    MLS 21720020
  2. Photo of 435 Youngsdale Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21724672)
    38
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,204 sqft   lot 10,263 sqft
    Walk Score® 6
    Listing provided by Ninoroy Machado, All City Homes
    MLS 21724672
  3. Photo of 4103 Thomas Drive, Lakeport, CA 95453 (MLS # 21724670)
    27
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,874 sqft   lot 9.00 ac
    Walk Score® 21
    Listing provided by Jennifer Mullin, Century 21 North Bay Alliance
    MLS 21724670
  4. Photo of 509 Parker Avenue, Rodeo, CA 94572 (MLS # 21724669)
    47
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,900 sqft   lot 3,877 sqft
    Walk Score® 71
    Listing provided by RIA COTTON, KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
    MLS 21724669
  5. Photo of 1909 Sheldrake Lane, Petaluma, CA 94954 (MLS # 21724668)
    3
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,828 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Walk Score® 12
    Listing provided by Stephen Pearson, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21724668
  6. Photo of Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21724660)
    15
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,448 sqft   lot 4,516 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Howard Branton, Shea Homes Marketing Company
    MLS 21724660
  7. Photo of 3959 Scenic Ranch Lane, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21724664)
    43
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,700 sqft   lot 20.01 ac
    Walk Score® 2
    Listing provided by Eugene Ray, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21724664
  8. Photo of Forestville, CA 95436 (MLS # 21724356)
    12
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,810 sqft   lot 27.33 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Gary Harris, Sequoia Properties
    MLS 21724356
  9. Photo of 931 Olive Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 (MLS # 21724667)
    9
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    858 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 47
    Listing provided by Craig Bassignani, Real Estate eBrokers Inc
    MLS 21724667
  10. Photo of 210 Los Altos Place, American Canyon, CA 94503 (MLS # 21724478)
    34
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,182 sqft   lot 4,809 sqft
    Walk Score® 44
    Listing provided by Sergio Santos, JEHNS Real Estate
    MLS 21724478
  11. Photo of 101 Thistle Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 (MLS # 21724638)
    14
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,128 sqft   lot 7,288 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    Listing provided by Kyle Beeler, Redwood Property Group
    MLS 21724638
  12. Photo of 294 Headlands Court, Sausalito, CA 94965 (MLS # 21722669)
    4
    1 bed,  1 full bath
    825 sqft   lot 1,089 sqft
    Walk Score® 29
    Listing provided by Virginia Thackwell, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 21722669
  13. Photo of 19030 Hidden Valley Road, Guerneville, CA 95446 (MLS # 21724614)
    9
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,534 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Susan Mobley, Russian River Realty Co
    MLS 21724614
  14. Photo of 1007 1st Street, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21724641)
    37
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,830 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Walk Score® 77
    Listing provided by Seth Braselton, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21724641
  15. Photo of 431 San Jose Street, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21724624)
    37
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,287 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Walk Score® 66
    Listing provided by Margaret Celestini, The Solari Group
    MLS 21724624
  16. Photo of 60 Canyon Road, Fairfax, CA 94930 (MLS # 21724653)
    14
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,416 sqft   lot 7,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 4
    Listing provided by Donald Gieseke, Castlemont Realty
    MLS 21724653
  17. Photo of 721 Mcdonald Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21724337)
    50
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,578 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Walk Score® 87
    Listing provided by Mary Anne Veldkamp, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21724337
  18. Photo of 2418 Gads Hill Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (MLS # 21724646)
    31
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,476 sqft   lot 7,200 sqft
    Walk Score® 8
    Listing provided by Roelof Drenth, RE/MAX PROs
    MLS 21724646
  19. Photo of 1014 Barrows Drive, Suisun City, CA 94585 (MLS # 21724249)
    25
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,088 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 35
    Listing provided by David Bezeau, Broker Tech, Inc.
    MLS 21724249
  20. Photo of 514 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21724632)
    24
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,702 sqft   lot 1,568 sqft
    Walk Score® 55
    Listing provided by Anna Chavez, Alta Realty Group Ca, Inc.
    MLS 21724632
  21. Photo of 110 Coronation Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (MLS # 21723420)
    32
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,949 sqft   lot 13,774 sqft
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Karen Grotte, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21723420
  22. Photo of 5118 Silver Lake Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 (MLS # 21724637)
    31
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,307 sqft   lot 7,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 22
    Listing provided by Cindy Lee, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21724637
  23. Photo of 12 Cobblestone Court, Napa, CA 94558 (MLS # 21714570)
    26
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    1,913 sqft   lot 4,787 sqft
    Walk Score® 38
    Listing provided by Lynne Lindahl, Coldwell Banker B of V-Napa
    MLS 21714570
  24. Photo of 10 Pebble Beach Drive, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21724568)
    44
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,943 sqft   lot 19,206 sqft
    Walk Score® 18
    Listing provided by Mary Szykowny, CENTURY 21 Wine Country
    MLS 21724568
  25. Photo of 2035 Blucher Valley Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (MLS # 21724593)
    11
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    3,708 sqft   lot 2.94 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by David Nielsen, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21724593
  26. Photo of 500 Oakcrest Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960 (MLS # 21724628)
    48
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,342 sqft   lot 4.10 ac
    Walk Score® 8
    Listing provided by John Fitzgerald, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21724628
  27. Photo of 7 Tamalpais Road, Fairfax, CA 94930 (MLS # 21724407)
    34
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,186 sqft   lot 6,050 sqft
    Walk Score® 73
    Listing provided by Eric Gelman, Paragon Real Estate Group - Greenbrae
    MLS 21724407
  28. Photo of 719 Pennsylvania Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21724635)
    25
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,380 sqft  
    Walk Score® 71
    Listing provided by Melanie Ross, Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific
    MLS 21724635
  29. Photo of 10 Lakeview Court, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21723671)
    13
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,040 sqft   lot 1,041 sqft
    Walk Score® 45
    Listing provided by Lisa Byram, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21723671
  30. Photo of 10 Professional Center Parkway, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21724621)
    16
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,107 sqft   lot 3,001 sqft
    Walk Score® 54
    Listing provided by Amy Deming-Simkins, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21724621
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