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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 22 Robinhood Drive, Novato, CA 94945 (MLS # 21812964)
    38
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,390 sqft   lot 20,399 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    Listing provided by Cathy Wade Shepard, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21812964
  2. 4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,432 sqft   lot 4,661 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    Listing provided by Kristie Martinelli, Bradley Real Estate-Novato
    MLS 21816106
  3. Photo of 1309 Saint Francis Drive, Petaluma, CA 94954 (MLS # 21816101)
    10
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    960 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 66
    Listing provided by R Bukka Levy, Keller Williams Realty
    MLS 21816101
  4. Photo of 56 Spring Road, Lagunitas, CA 94938 (MLS # 21816076)
    26
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,111 sqft   lot 25,801 sqft
    Walk Score® 13
    Listing provided by Janelle Fazackerley, Front Porch Realty Group
    MLS 21816076
  5. Photo of 4 Tilden Circle, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21816008)
    43
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    3,279 sqft   lot 15,734 sqft
    Walk Score® 23
    Listing provided by Thomas Henthorne, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21816008
  6. Photo of 3275 Lagunita Circle, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21816042)
    15
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    2,449 sqft   lot 7,375 sqft
    Walk Score® 7
    Listing provided by Marisa Disano, Delta Realty Group Inc
    MLS 21816042
  7. Photo of 1112 Gumwood Lane, Petaluma, CA 94954 (MLS # 21814295)
    26
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,972 sqft   lot 5,998 sqft
    Walk Score® 26
    Listing provided by Peg King, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21814295
  8. Photo of 5095 Renfro Drive, Kelseyville, CA 95451 (MLS # 21816079)
    30
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    2,911 sqft   lot 8.50 ac
    Walk Score® 2
    Listing provided by Jessica Walker, Pivniska Real Estate Group
    MLS 21816079
  9. Photo of 371 Eldridge Avenue, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21815906)
    38
    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,304 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Walk Score® 32
    Listing provided by Janna Mohney, McGuire Capital Group Realty
    MLS 21815906
  10. Photo of 1931 Aletha Lane, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21816080)
    13
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,092 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Walk Score® 53
    Listing provided by Janice Jackson, 1st Realty & Investment Inc.
    MLS 21816080
  11. Photo of 1622 Via Del Cabana Street, Lakeport, CA 95453 (MLS # 21816075)
    22
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,548 sqft   lot 2,178 sqft
    Walk Score® 48
    Listing provided by Jessica Walker, Pivniska Real Estate Group
    MLS 21816075
  12. Photo of 2464 North 3rd Avenue, Napa, CA 94558 (MLS # 21815874)
    48
    4 beds,  4 full baths
    3,212 sqft   lot 32,186 sqft
    Walk Score® 2
    Listing provided by Jill Levy, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21815874
  13. Photo of 1250 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (MLS # 21816045)
    30
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,748 sqft   lot 2.00 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Kevin McDonald, Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty
    MLS 21816045
  14. Photo of 250 Condor Court, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 (MLS # 21816050)
    34
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,986 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Walk Score® 8
    Listing provided by Kathleen Erba, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21816050
  15. Photo of 116 Cypress Place, Sausalito, CA 94965 (MLS # 21816073)
    17
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,122 sqft   lot 1,398 sqft
    Walk Score® 73
    Listing provided by Greg Shumsky, Barbagelata Real Estate
    MLS 21816073
  16. Photo of 201 Seaview Drive, Point Richmond, CA 94801 (MLS # 21816058)
    42
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,255 sqft   lot 4,038 sqft
    Walk Score® 18
    Listing provided by G. Julia Bivins, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21816058
  17. Photo of Glenhaven, CA 95443 (MLS # 21806109)
    34
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,100 sqft   lot 16,117 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Jessica Walker, Pivniska Real Estate Group
    MLS 21806109
  18. Photo of 22165 Umland Circle, Jenner, CA 95450 (MLS # 21816065)
    40
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,811 sqft   lot 1.44 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Timothy McKusick, Artisan Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21816065
  19. Photo of 105 Virginia Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (MLS # 21816015)
    10
    1 bed,  1 full bath
    552 sqft   lot 575 sqft
    Walk Score® 62
    Listing provided by Peg King, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21816015
  20. Photo of 501 South Foothill Boulevard, Cloverdale, CA 95425 (MLS # 21815285)
    17
    5 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,622 sqft   lot 6,621 sqft
    Walk Score® 41
    Listing provided by Michael Laird, RE/MAX Full Spectrum
    MLS 21815285
  21. Photo of 4336 Poseidon Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841 (MLS # 21816059)
    35
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,850 sqft   lot 19,341 sqft
    Walk Score® 31
    Listing provided by Renee' Catricala, Keller Williams Realty
    MLS 21816059
  22. Photo of 194 Avenida Barbera, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21816060)
    20
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,532 sqft   lot 4,948 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Lynn Sherman, Stickley Properties
    MLS 21816060
  23. Photo of 8279 Lancaster Drive, Cotati, CA 94931 (MLS # 21815786)
    27
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    1,664 sqft   lot 1,350 sqft
    Walk Score® 53
    Listing provided by Randall Waller, W Real Estate
    MLS 21815786
  24. Photo of 16600 Center Way, Guerneville, CA 95446 (MLS # 21814179)
    39
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    918 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    Walk Score® 30
    Listing provided by Brendan Coen, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21814179
  25. Photo of 8201 Camino Colegio Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 (MLS # 21815788)
    13
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    878 sqft   lot 897 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    Listing provided by Kathryn Sullivan, Leading Edge Properties, Inc
    MLS 21815788
  26. Photo of 15 Gilman Ranch Road, Cotati, CA 94931 (MLS # 21815930)
    40
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,588 sqft   lot 18,918 sqft
    Walk Score® 39
    Listing provided by Daniel Gill, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21815930
  27. Photo of 1095 Hudson Lane, Napa, CA 94558 (MLS # 21816048)
    27
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,628 sqft   lot 20,090 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    Listing provided by Linda Glass, Davidson & Bennett Real Estate Services
    MLS 21816048
  28. Photo of 2008 Moss Valley Drive, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21815883)
    50
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,797 sqft   lot 10,367 sqft
    Walk Score® 17
    Listing provided by Robert Thurman, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21815883
  29. Photo of 556 Yellowstone Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21815953)
    16
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,556 sqft   lot 7,841 sqft
    Walk Score® 11
    Listing provided by Lynn Farris, Windermere Hulsey & Associates
    MLS 21815953
  30. Photo of 312 Seacliff Way, Point Richmond, CA 94801 (MLS # 21815833)
    35
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,487 sqft   lot 4,103 sqft
    Walk Score® 21
    Listing provided by G. Julia Bivins, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21815833
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