As we look back on what has been a very exciting and monumental year at NorthstarMLS, we are ever so thankful for our MLS subscribers and partners, and the opportunity to support your efforts to serve your clients’ dreams of home ownership.
Again this season, we are donating to Second Harvest Heartland on behalf of NorthstarMLS subscribers and our Board of Directors. Second Harvest is the upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization, collecting and distributing tens of millions of pounds of food every year to those in need. We’re proud to support the important work they do for our communities.
Life happens, and you or your client may need to occasionally cancel showing appointments. As a courtesy to sellers, it’s important to formally cancel, even if the decision to not go into the home is made last minute by your client. It’s fast and easy to cancel using the ShowingTime mobile app with just a few taps. This quick video explains how it’s done!
If you haven’t downloaded the ShowingTime app to your mobile device, get it now! You get instant access to your showings, feedback, reports and more.
Tip of the Week – Customizing Your Single Line Grid Display in Matrix
NorthstarMLS Matrix allows you to organize the Single Line Grid Display according to your own preferences. The video below will give you a quick walk through of how to customize yours in under 90 seconds!
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NorthstarMLS is pleased to announce the availability (starting November 14) of a new MLS status called “Coming Soon.” The Coming Soon Status allows you to pre-market your listing through the MLS for a limited time until it is ready for showings.
Before you set a listing to Coming Soon Status, please ensure you are educated on how it works and its proper use. We have these materials to help you:
A quick glance at the highlights of Coming Soon status:
Property cannot be shown while in Coming Soon status ($1,000 fine for violation)
Listing is viewable on Matrix by all agents and can be shared with their clients via email, print and the Client Portal
Broker/Agent IDX websites will receive Coming Soon listings in their data feed and may choose to display them
Non-IDX third party websites will not receive Coming Soon listings in their broker-directed data feeds, though agent/broker may add them there themselves
Requires a seller-signed Coming Soon Authorization form (available in Instanet) be uploaded with the listing
Listing may remain in Coming Soon status for no more than 21 days, after which it will automatically convert to Active status (or sooner, depending on the Availability Date you set in our Add/Edit system).
Market time does not accrue while in Coming Soon status
As always, if you have questions or need help, contact our Help Desk at email@example.com, 651-251-5456 (1-877-251-5455). Our business hours are M-F, 8:00 to 5:00.
The final components of our new Add/Edit system are now LIVE (listing input, edit, copy and search). These have the same look and feel of the previously released media, open houses, and team functions.
A couple things to note:
On the Add/Edit home screen, there will be a “Past Listings” section that will have all your off market listings. We need a few more days to get that in place. In the meantime, if you need to look at your off markets, use the search bar to search your name (or NRDS ID), and the status you want (such as Sold).
As already noted, the “Special Edit” feature will not be available to Head and Office Brokers for another couple weeks. If you have Head or Office Broker permissions and need any special edits, email them to our Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org (with Special Edit in the subject line) and we will take care of them for you both during and outside normal business hours.
The Help section of our Add/Edit system includes videos and PDF print guides. Here are quick links to the latest.
The NorthstarMLS Add/Edit system will be unavailable Monday night, November 5, from 11:00pm until 3:00am Tuesday morning.
During this time, we are releasing the final components of our newly designed Add/Edit system: Listing input, edit, copy and search. This will have the same look and feel of the previously released media, open houses, and team functions.
If you would like a preview of what the redesign of the rest of the system will look like, we have print guides and videos prepared.
Also included with this release are the new and enhanced data fields we posted last week. The NorthstarMLS listing input forms on Instanet will reflect these changes Tuesday morning.
Important note to Office Brokers: Those with Office and Head Broker permissions have a “Special Edit” feature for making certain listing changes that are not available to agents in the regular Edit function. This Special Edit portion requires more time to complete in the new system and will be released on November 20. If you are an Office or Head Broker and need any special edits on your listings between now and then, please email the details to our Help Desk (email@example.com) with Special Edit in the subject line, and we will take care of the edits for you.
Questions? Contact our Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-251-5456 (1-877-251-5455 toll free). We’re here M-F, 8:00 to 5:00.
The final piece of our Add/Edit system (listing input and search) is coming the week of November 5. Included with that release will be new data fields and new options under existing fields. Many of these are to accommodate our SEMR MLS merger and improve our own system.
Additional Square Footage fields: Total Above Ground, Total Main Floor, Total Below Ground and Total Square Footage fields. Each of these fields combine both finished and unfinished square footage to reflect the full potential of the home.
Commercial Leases: NorthstarMLS will accept For Lease properties in the Commercial/Mixed Use property type.
Rental Licenses: You can indicate whether the property you are selling has a license to be rented and if so, what type. This has become increasingly important in greater Minnesota, especially resort areas and the communities around Mayo.
More Amenities: Options to identify more amenities, such as Broadband availability, Cable, Master Bedroom Walk-In Closet, Wet Bar, Kitchen Center Island, Water Filtration System and more.
Farm Details: We are adding 35 new fields to the Farm property type to better describe the information buyers need to know. We are also accepting Farm Land without a house to be entered into the Farm property type.
Coming Soon Status: Unrelated to the SEMR merger, this new status will be available November 14 and allow you to expose listings on the MLS in advance of being ready to go on market and be shown. Watch for more details in the next week!