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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 244 Los Altos Place, American Canyon, CA 94503 (MLS # 21830943)
    23
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,085 sqft   lot 6,373 sqft
    Walk Score® 32
    Listing provided by Joe Brasil, Coldwell Banker B of V-Napa
    MLS 21830943
  2. Photo of 4230 Mount Taylor Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21830936)
    25
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,416 sqft   lot 11,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 33
    Listing provided by Lynn Lasner, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21830936
  3. Photo of 275 Carlton Drive, Ukiah, CA 95482 (MLS # 21830530)
    8
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,050 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    Walk Score® 61
    Listing provided by Bruce Moroni, RE/MAX Full Spectrum
    MLS 21830530
  4. Photo of 2 Janet Way, Tiburon, CA 94920 (MLS # 21830935)
    22
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    993 sqft   lot 4,095 sqft
    Walk Score® 25
    Listing provided by Shana Rohde-Lynch, Compass
    MLS 21830935
  5. Photo of 555 Pierce Street, Albany, CA 94706 (MLS # 21830934)
    23
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,146 sqft  
    Walk Score® 66
    Listing provided by Jeffery Birkenseer, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21830934
  6. Photo of 939 Foothill Drive, Windsor, CA 95492 (MLS # 21814849)
    24
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,100 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    Walk Score® 30
    Listing provided by Jacqueline Nordquist, Keller Williams Realty
    MLS 21814849
  7. 4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,786 sqft   lot 10,842 sqft
    Walk Score® 74
    Listing provided by Karen Bond, McGahey Real Estate Team Judy Davis Broker
    MLS 21830918
  8. Photo of 1568 John Place, Yuba City, CA 95993 (MLS # 21829432)
    4
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,570 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Walk Score® 12
    Listing provided by Jill Nalbach-Heller, Dean Adams Residential Real Estate
    MLS 21829432
  9. Photo of 235 Summerfield Drive, Bay Point, CA 94565 (MLS # 21825841)
    9
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,529 sqft   lot 3,864 sqft
    Walk Score® 36
    Listing provided by Ramil Quintero, CORE Vision Realty, Inc
    MLS 21825841
  10. Photo of 9585 Argonne Way, Forestville, CA 95436 (MLS # 21830822)
    38
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    884 sqft   lot 3,698 sqft
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Anthony Humphrey, O Connell Properties
    MLS 21830822
  11. Photo of 725 Springs Road, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21830927)
    3
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,533 sqft   lot 11,748 sqft
    Walk Score® 77
    Listing provided by Lisa C. Perry, Coldwell Banker Res. Broker
    MLS 21830927
  12. Photo of 24451 Sherwood Road, Willits, CA 95490 (MLS # 21830926)
    35
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,694 sqft   lot 1.23 ac
    Walk Score® 2
    Listing provided by Laura Rahmil, Faira.com Corp
    MLS 21830926
  13. Photo of 400 Havenwood Court, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21830772)
    39
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,643 sqft   lot 6,721 sqft
    Walk Score® 17
    Listing provided by Christina Meek, Rapisarda Real Estate
    MLS 21830772
  14. Photo of 1672 Amapola Street, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21830187)
    39
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,240 sqft   lot 10,454 sqft
    Walk Score® 46
    Listing provided by Vickie Stone, Chandler Properties
    MLS 21830187
  15. Photo of 217 Belhaven Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 (MLS # 21830925)
    13
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,211 sqft   lot 5,998 sqft
    Walk Score® 12
    Listing provided by Bosten Larson, RE/MAX Full Spectrum
    MLS 21830925
  16. Photo of 17480 Meadow View Drive, Hidden Valley Lake, CA 95467 (MLS # 21830924)
    25
    6 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    3,603 sqft   lot 10,019 sqft
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Jonathan Minerick, HomeCoin.com
    MLS 21830924
  17. Photo of 1916 Winchester Lane, Petaluma, CA 94954 (MLS # 21830640)
    30
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,140 sqft   lot 5,075 sqft
    Walk Score® 45
    Listing provided by Peg King, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21830640
  18. 4 beds,  3 full baths
    1,514 sqft   lot 5,898 sqft
    Walk Score® 59
    Listing provided by Timo Rivetti, Keller Williams Realty
    MLS 21830814
  19. Photo of 89 Brianne Circle, Windsor, CA 95492 (MLS # 21830921)
    32
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,826 sqft   lot 5,998 sqft
    Walk Score® 34
    Listing provided by Sylvia Campa, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21830921
  20. 3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,593 sqft  
    Walk Score® 34
    Listing provided by Patricia Guido, City Ventures Construction, Inc
    MLS 21830920
  21. Photo of 548 Sutter Street, Petaluma, CA 94954 (MLS # 21830916)
    8
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,502 sqft   lot 5,998 sqft
    Walk Score® 44
    Listing provided by Charlene Pasion, CENTURY 21 Bundesen
    MLS 21830916
  22. Photo of 1120 Tocia Avenue, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21830893)
    30
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,557 sqft   lot 4,103 sqft
    Walk Score® 54
    Listing provided by Dawn French, Rapisarda Real Estate
    MLS 21830893
  23. Photo of 15190 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446 (MLS # 21830892)
    20
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,170 sqft   lot 31,363 sqft
    Walk Score® 4
    Listing provided by Douglas Bohling, Artisan Sotheby's Int'l Realty
    MLS 21830892
  24. Photo of 1365 Denlyn Street, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21830911)
    29
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,132 sqft   lot 7,701 sqft
    Walk Score® 38
    Listing provided by Kevin McGinnis, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21830911
  25. Photo of 22 Baldwin Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21828499)
    13
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    988 sqft   lot 436 sqft
    Walk Score® 56
    Listing provided by Kevin Ortega, Preferred Coast Realty
    MLS 21828499
  26. Photo of 1844 Seal Way, Discovery Bay, CA 94505 (MLS # 21830891)
    42
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,167 sqft   lot 7,200 sqft
    Walk Score® 26
    Listing provided by Pa Pa Correa, Keenan Howard Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21830891
  27. Photo of 24228 Lilac Road, Willits, CA 95490 (MLS # 21830798)
    24
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,887 sqft   lot 21,780 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Tara Moratti, Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty
    MLS 21830798
  28. Photo of 1108 Pinewood Drive, Napa, CA 94558 (MLS # 21830887)
    41
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,142 sqft   lot 26,789 sqft
    Walk Score® 16
    Listing provided by Rob Remboldt, Keller Williams Napa Valley
    MLS 21830887
  29. Photo of 12 Pueblo Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21830867)
    17
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,616 sqft   lot 1,891 sqft
    Walk Score® 35
    Listing provided by Janelle Fazackerley, Front Porch Realty Group
    MLS 21830867
  30. 3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,301 sqft   lot 2,633 sqft
    Walk Score® 18
    Listing provided by Logan Adams, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21830913
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