Housing Day at the State Fair

Housing Day at the Minnesota State Fair – August 28

The Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®, MN REALTORS®, Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®, and Housing First Minnesota are coming together to host the largest gathering of housing industry professionals in the state!

If you work in the housing industry, we invite you to join us for Housing Day at the Minnesota State Fair, on Monday, August 28. Bring your friends, family, and colleagues and represent your industry in front of thousands of fair-goers at the “Great Minnesota Get Together.” Your local and state associations will have fun activities and a few surprises planned for you to add to your state fair experience. Activites and special events will be taking place between 10am and 3pm at the Horton Pavillions at Heffron Park.

Registration and more information here.

This event was made possible in part by the following sponsors: Liberty Title, GlideCam Property Tours, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

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Making The Market Work

 

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Did You Know?

There is a common misconception that MLS’s make money off of broker/agent listings by selling them to third party companies. NorthstarMLS does not and never has sold agent listings to Zillow, Trulia or any other company. Period.

Any listings appearing on these sites that are sent by NorthstarMLS is done so at the direction of the broker of the firms to which the agents/NorthstarMLS subscribers belong.

Our role is a convenience for the broker in that listings they submit to the MLS are accurate, complete and up-to-date. This means that when Zillow or similar sites get NorthstarMLS feeds, they are getting almost “up to the minute” additions and changes that the broker (or their agent) do not have to re-enter and maintain. Also, we were able to negotiate fair display and other terms that individual brokers might not be able to get on their own.

NorthstarMLS recently announced its involvement in the National Broker Public Portal initiative (BPP), which was founded by brokers all over the country along with MLS’s to create a consumer home search experience provided by real estate professionals, as opposed to media companies like Zillow and Realtor.com.

The BPP selected Homesnap as its technology provider and the Homesnap product is available today to more than 500,000 agents across the country through their MLS. NorthstarMLS is in that group.

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Have You Signed Up?

The Minnesota REALTORS® Convention is back and NorthstarMLS will be there. Will you? The 2017 REALTORS® Unite Convention will be filled with networking, education (including CE Hours for some sessions), vendor expo, several guest speakers and more.

When: October 4-6, 2017
WhereDoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, MN

Visit www.MNunite.com for registration details, more information, and check out the short video below.

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Tip of the Week for 8/7

Tip of the Week – CREV Sale Date in Realist

This week’s Tip of the Week comes a question NorthstarMLS subscriber Beth Jahnke-Britton submitted regarding Realist (a NorthstarMLS core service).

The Question
Is it possible to sort by number of years the current owner has owned a property? That way I can efficiently see which property owners have owned their properties the longest for preparing a calling campaign. Currently (the way I’m doing it) there doesn’t seem to be a way to search this except by going into each property tax record one-by-one. Please help!

Answer – CREV Sale Date
In Realist when you search using the CREV Sale Date criteria, it searches only the most recent arm’s length transaction. Similarly, only the most recent CREV Sale Date displays on the Realist grid results. You can then sort the results on the grid by the CREV Sale Date.

Congratulations to Beth Jahnke-Britton of Keller Williams Integrity Realty in Roseville! A $30 Caribou Coffee Gift Card is on the way to you.

If YOU have a tip or question you’d like answered for a chance to win a gift card, submit it to tips@northstarmls.com


Tips On Demand Want to check out older Tip of the Week topics? Click here to view an archive of previous Tip of the Week entries.

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New TrustFunds Option

New Earnest Money Designation in TrustFunds 

Good news! With the MN Real Estate Form Changes that went into effect on Aug. 1, your buyer has a new option to make their earnest money payment with TrustFunds (a NorthstarMLS core service), even if the Listing Broker is not a TrustFunds member.

In the new Purchase Agreement form, you may designate that the earnest money go into the selling agent’s brokerage trust account. If the selling agent’s brokerage is a TrustFunds member, then the buyer can use TrustFunds to electronically deposit their earnest money into that account.

Here is a look at the earnest money account designation on the new Purchase Agreement, and the account selection screen in TrustFunds (click graphic to see a larger version) :

To access TrustFunds, click the TrustFunds icon/link in the External Links box here on the Matrix Home screen or from the Home tab drop-down menu. Or click the TrustFunds link/icon below the main photo on any Active, TNAS or Pending Status listing.


TrustFunds Archive Want to check out older TrustFunds content? Click here to view the archive of previous TrustFunds news from the Matrix News Screen.

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REMINDER: State Forms Changes

REMINDER: MN State Forms Changes Take Effect Today, August 1

As previously announced, the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® has made changes to their existing forms, including an overhaul of all Residential Purchase Agreement forms. These changes went into effect today (Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017) and are available on Instanet Forms. Take a look at this article from MAR for more information and a list of all the form changes that occurred.

If you have any questions about the Minnesota State Forms, contact the Minnesota Association of REALTORS at info@mnrealtor.com.

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Tip of the Week for 7/31

Tip of the Week – Instanet Support Resources

 

Looking for some additional help with Instanet Solutions? All of Instanet’s Support resources, such as live support, help videos, PDF guides, webinars and more can be found on the Support link on the left side of the page by all the icons – it’s a ? icon (second to the bottom) when you are logged into Instanet.

Below are some links to resources Instanet has available:

Note: You’ll need to be logged into your NorthstarMLS Matrix account in order to access these resources.


Submit Your Own Tip! Do you have a question that you would like to see featured a Tip of the Week? Or maybe you have your own tip you would like to share with other NorthstarMLS users. Send your question or idea to tips@northstarmls.com. We will use one submission each month and the winner will receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card!


Tips On Demand Want to check out older Tip of the Week topics? Click here to view an archive of previous Tip of the Week entries.

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Infosparks Google Maps Enhancement

Infosparks, the interactive analytic tool and NorthstarMLS core service, will be relying on Google maps for the My Areas mapping utility beginning today!

Functionality in Google maps will be similar to Bing maps. Users will have the same features, with the added ability to pinpoint to a specific location, which has been a popular request.

Give it a try the next time you’re using Infosparks. You can access Infosparks on the Matrix Home screen in the External Links box, or by clicking on the Infosparks link when viewing any listing in the MLS.

NorthstarMLS Matrix will also switch to Google Maps sometime in late October. Stay tuned for more info on that addition. 

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Register Now for REALTORS Unite!

The Minnesota REALTORS® Convention is back AND NorthstarMLS will be there. Will you? The 2017 REALTORS® Unite Convention will be filled with networking, education (including CE Hours for some sessions), vendor expo, several guest speakers and more.

When: October 4-6, 2017
WhereDoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, MN

Visit www.MNunite.com for registration details, more information, and check out the short video below.

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