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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 4217 Duke Court, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21803978)
    33
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,380 sqft   lot 2,958 sqft
    Listing provided by Thomas Pope, Pope Real Estate, Inc
    MLS 21803978
  2. Photo of 4600 Acacia Way, Penngrove, CA 94951 (MLS # 21804000)
    14
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,804 sqft   lot 1.62 ac
    Listing provided by David Rendino, RE/MAX Marketplace
    MLS 21804000
  3. Photo of 4079 Oak Avenue, Clearlake, CA 95422 (MLS # 21804004)
    18
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,348 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    Listing provided by Katherine Malloy, Century 21 NorthBay Alliance
    MLS 21804004
  4. 2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,418 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Davis, Coldwell Banker T&C Properties
    MLS 21803879
  5. Photo of 648 White Oak Lane, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21803767)
    29
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,183 sqft   lot 5,841 sqft
    Listing provided by Juli Paschal, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21803767
  6. Photo of 216 Solar Way, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (MLS # 21803975)
    28
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,662 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by Debra Johnson, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Sonoma County Properties
    MLS 21803975
  7. Photo of 840 Descanso Way, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21803921)
    17
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,950 sqft   lot 5,998 sqft
    Listing provided by Jeff Sterley, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21803921
  8. Photo of 3655 Rutherford Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21803971)
    36
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,342 sqft   lot 18,182 sqft
    Listing provided by Meaghan Creedon, Bradley Real Estate-Santa Rosa
    MLS 21803971
  9. Photo of 106 Nicholas Court, Cotati, CA 94931 (MLS # 21803988)
    14
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    848 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Listing provided by Kimberly Sethavanish, Century 21 Alliance
    MLS 21803988
  10. Photo of 525 Major Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (MLS # 21803942)
    19
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,350 sqft   lot 10,498 sqft
    Listing provided by Jennifer Peschken, HomeSmart Advantage Realty
    MLS 21803942
  11. Photo of Windsor, CA 95492 (MLS # 21803417)
    30
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,520 sqft   lot 4,375 sqft
    Listing provided by Delia Nieto, RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21803417
  12. Photo of 344 Rollingwood Drive, Vallejo, CA 94591 (MLS # 21803973)
    23
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,241 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Listing provided by Shaunna Wouda, RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21803973
  13. Photo of 14865 Hillcrest Avenue, Clearlake, CA 95422 (MLS # 21803974)
    14
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,080 sqft   lot 5,654 sqft
    Listing provided by Martin Levy, Century 21 NorthBay Alliance
    MLS 21803974
  14. Photo of 365 Montecito Boulevard, Napa, CA 94559 (MLS # 21803764)
    30
    6 beds,  4 full baths
    4,032 sqft   lot 27,251 sqft
    Listing provided by Jill Levy, Heritage Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21803764
  15. Photo of 561 Norlee Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (MLS # 21803982)
    25
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,030 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Listing provided by Angela Meisenheimer, Faira.com Corp
    MLS 21803982
  16. Photo of 290 Long Acres Place, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (MLS # 21803900)
    48
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    2,611 sqft   lot 39,383 sqft
    Listing provided by Linda Farwell, Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21803900
  17. Photo of 406 Vendola Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21803677)
    19
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,092 sqft   lot 5,998 sqft
    Listing provided by Jennifer Schaible, Bradley Real Estate-San Rafael
    MLS 21803677
  18. Photo of 675 East Chestnut Street, Dixon, CA 95620 (MLS # 21803961)
    30
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,757 sqft   lot 7,841 sqft
    Listing provided by Laura Hodgson, Exclusive Realty and Mortgage
    MLS 21803961
  19. Photo of 19512 Stonegate Road, Hidden Valley Lake, CA 95467 (MLS # 21803979)
    27
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,460 sqft   lot 24,829 sqft
    Listing provided by Linda Tams, Keller Williams Realty
    MLS 21803979
  20. Photo of 6255 Ridgeview Drive, Clearlake, CA 95422 (MLS # 21803888)
    23
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,527 sqft   lot 7,841 sqft
    Listing provided by Katherine Malloy, Century 21 NorthBay Alliance
    MLS 21803888
  21. 4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,413 sqft   lot 8,991 sqft
    Listing provided by Hendrik Lesterhuis, Discovery Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21803968
  22. Photo of 5160 Dartmoor Circle, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21803962)
    2
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,159 sqft   lot 9,686 sqft
    Listing provided by Hendrik Lesterhuis, Discovery Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21803962
  23. Photo of 5148 Dartmoor Circle, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21803964)
    3
    5 beds,  4 full baths
    3,472 sqft   lot 6,571 sqft
    Listing provided by Hendrik Lesterhuis, Discovery Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21803964
  24. Photo of 168 Oak Island Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 (MLS # 21803883)
    19
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,172 sqft   lot 1,742 sqft
    Listing provided by Marie McBride, McBride Realty
    MLS 21803883
  25. Photo of 125 Spinnaker Point Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21803743)
    19
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,560 sqft   lot 2,400 sqft
    Listing provided by Stephanie Kline, Marker Real Estate
    MLS 21803743
  26. Photo of 11224 Occidental Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (MLS # 21802591)
    50
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,062 sqft   lot 5.45 ac
    Listing provided by Robert Ramirez, CENTURY 21 Bundesen
    MLS 21802591
  27. 5 beds,  4 full baths
    3,472 sqft   lot 9,686 sqft
    Listing provided by Hendrik Lesterhuis, Discovery Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21803338
  28. 4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,159 sqft   lot 8,530 sqft
    Listing provided by Hendrik Lesterhuis, Discovery Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21803349
  29. Photo of 5181 Dartmoor Circle, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21803321)
    2
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,413 sqft   lot 8,991 sqft
    Listing provided by Hendrik Lesterhuis, Discovery Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21803321
  30. Photo of 5177 Dartmoor Circle, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21803328)
    3
    5 beds,  4 full baths
    3,136 sqft   lot 7,358 sqft
    Listing provided by Hendrik Lesterhuis, Discovery Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21803328
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