Upcoming Instanet Training Webinars

By now, you’ve likely had a chance to check out and use the new version of Instanet, which was released late last year. Check out these upcoming Instanet training webinars. They’re a great way to learn some new tips and tricks in the new system. If you prefer, you can even schedule a webinar specifically for your office.

Tuesday, May 30th:

  • Paperless Files for Beginners – Essentials of Getting Started 9am-10am >> More Info/Register
  • Authentisign for a Beginner – eSignatures for Paperless Files 11am-12pm >> More Info/Register
  • Paperless Files Like a Pro – Fast, Efficient, and Consistent 12:30pm-1:30pm >> More Info/Register

Wednesday, May 31st:

  • AuthentiSign Like a Pro: Learn All the Features 11am-12pm >> More Info/Register
  • Manage the Office Files Like a Boss, Broker Tools/Dashboard, Intro to the Paperless Office 12:30pm-1:30pm >> More Info/Register
  • AuthentiSign and the Counter! They Offered What? 2pm-3pm >> More Info/Register

Thursday, June 1st:

  • Hidden Features of TransactionDesk – Branding, Customizing, Client Dashboard 10am-11am >> More Info/Register
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Tip of the Week for 5/22

Tip of the Week: ShowingTime SMS Enhancements

Text messaging (SMS) is a convenient way to access showing instructions or get appointment updates through ShowingTime. Since showing instructions can often be long, cell phone carriers sometimes split messages into five, six or more separate SMSs that can confuse recipients and clutter their phones. If you’re using ShowingTime, you’ve likely already noticed shorter SMS messages from ShowingTime.

Here’s how this benefits you:

  • Up-to-Date Showing Instructions: Now, showing agents can easily see the latest instructions by tapping on the URL from within their confirmation text.
  • Secured Access Details: With this latest update to short SMSs, all sensitive appointment details are accessible only via the included URL sent with confirmation texts.
  • Single SMS for Each Appointment Confirmation: This update removes this annoyance and leverages the smart link included within the text message to give agents all the info they may need on the fly.

​Additionally, new abbreviations are now being used for appointment statuses so that appointment notifications are always delivered in a single SMS.

For more information on these enhancements and to view the abbreviation guide, click here.


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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Artisan Home Tour

Artisan Home Tour REALTOR OPEN®  |  Friday, June 16 •  12–6pm

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities is pleased to invite area REALTORS® to tour 19 of the region’s most exquisite new homes featured on this year’s Artisan Home Tour. Just bring your business card to get a free TourTicket and check out the Twin Cities’ most elite builders. Visit ArtisanHomeTour.org for home information. Sponsored by James Hardie.

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Tip of the Week for 5/15

Tip of the Week: Searching for Swimming Pools in Matrix

Ever wonder how to search for swimming pools in the NorthstarMLS Matrix system? This video shows you how to run a search for listings with swimming pools, or if you prefer, how to exclude them from your search.


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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Deb Greene’s Distracted Driving Story

Local real estate agent and NorthstarMLS subscriber, Deb Greene, describes how a distracted driving incident still affects her 11 years later.

Take the pledge to #DriveFocused at DriveFocused.NorthstarMLS.com.

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DPR Webinar: Down Payment Connect

Last week, we announced that NorthstarMLS subscribers now have access to a new lead-gen tool from Down Payment Resource called Down Payment Connect.

It’s a new way to quickly match clients and prospects to down payment programs they may be eligible for. Whether you’ve already started using this tool or you just want to see how it works, Down Payment Resource is hosting a 30 minute webinar on Thursday, May 11 at Noon. More details below.

Down Payment Connect Webinar: Solving your buyers’ #1 problem
The down payment. Surveys and data consistently show it’s your buyers’ biggest obstacle to homeownership. And it’s reducing your pipeline of buyers. What will you do to prevent this challenge from slowing down your business?

Down Payment Connect matches your clients to the down payment programs in your market. And, it’s all part of your MLS membership. Use your personal down payment search page on websites, blogs, email signatures and social media. You promote your page and you keep all your leads. We’ll show you how to use Down Payment Connect and highlight creative marketing ideas for your landing page!

Click Here to Register for the Webinar

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Tip of the Week for 5/8

Tip of the Week – FHA Approved Condos

So your buyer found the perfect condo, got approved for an FHA loan and wants to make an offer. But you just noticed a big problem: the listing incorrectly says it is FHA approved. Now you’ve got to break the news to your client. It can be a very frustrating situation for all parties involved.

Whether you’re a listing or selling agent, we encourage you to visit the link below (HUD.gov) and ensure that the condo and/or condo association IS FHA approved. This process takes just a minute or two of your time. It will help save the buyer and seller’s agent time, and client disappointment, if the information is correct in the “Financial Information” section of the listing.

Click Here to Check Your Condo Listings


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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Down Payment Connect

Solve your buyers’ biggest problem with Down Payment Connect

Through our partnership with Down Payment Resource, NorthstarMLS subscribers have their own personal landing page and down payment assistance (DPA) program search–called Down Payment Connect. This lead-gen tool is free and available to all NorthstarMLS subscribers. Your clients and prospects want to know about these programs, and you can help them find this information.

Use Down Payment Connect on your websites, blogs, email signatures and social media. Live webinar training is available for this new feature on Thursday, May 11 at noon. But you can start using Down Payment Connect now!

Get started in 3 simple steps:

  1. Log into NorthstarMLS Matrix.
  2. Click Down Payment Resource (from the Home tab menu or External Links box) to open the member home page.
  3. At the top of the page, you’ll find your personalized Down Payment Connect link.

What’s new?

  • The name! Formerly known as the Personal Marketing Tool, Down Payment Connect has more focus on the homebuyer and how you can help connect them to valuable resources.
  • More marketing help, all in one place. Updated customizable flyers and other marketing tools. The best part is they are now all accessible from one place.
  • Facebook Group. Join the all new Down Payment Insiders Facebook Group. Get marketing ideas for reaching new buyers and understanding the latest about down payment programs.
  • Live webinar training: Don’t miss a new live webinar training on May 11 at noon. Register today.
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Homesnap for Consumers

We are proud to announce that the consumer version of Homesnap, Powered by the Broker Public Portal, is now available to buyers and sellers who are now going to national real estate portals.

The Broker Public Portal (BPP) initiative grew out of a movement among brokers across the country to develop an industry-controlled real estate search experience for consumers.

The idea was to leverage the relationship between brokers and their agents with the MLS where they list and sell property so that agents could deliver the highest quality listing information directly to buyers and sellers.

NorthstarMLS was at the forefront of this national collaboration between brokers and MLS’s.

Homesnap is the business and technology partner chosen by the Broker Public Portal Board of Managers to realize its goal of providing agents with an alternative to the big portals. It is a Mobile-first solution that has already achieved extraordinary adoption on a national basis both by agents who can engage with their clients and prospects using Homesnap Pro and directly by consumers who have made Homesnap the #1 rated real estate app in the App store.

You won’t find any advertising on the app, nor will you be sold premium placement or zip codes. This is a “your listing – your lead” service that is provided to you as a benefit from your MLS.

Buyers and sellers will see all the homes for sale from every real estate company in our markets updated at the same frequency as IDX and with the same levels of quality and accuracy that are the hallmarks of MLS.

We believe that Homesnap, Powered by Broker Public Portal, will be especially appreciated by consumers for its superior content and direct connection to you, the real estate professional best able to help them with their buying and selling needs.

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Tip of the Week for 5/1

Tip of the Week for 5/1 – What’s Your Down Payment Program Knowledge?  

“Is there any down payment assistance programs out there that I qualify for?” It’s a common question many agents working with first-time buyers are likely hearing more frequently. But do you have the knowledge to provide them with a good answer?

Buyers Want Down Payment Info
According to a recent Down Payment Resource survey, 63 percent said they wished their agent or lender had provided info about down payment programs during the homebuying process, ranking higher than any other category. Only 18 percent of recent buyers said that their agent helped them learn about down payment options.

Today, more homebuyers are eager to do their own online research before engaging with an agent or lender. More than 50 percent of respondents said they had already researched down payment programs.

Help Connect the Dots
When a potential buyer has questions, it’s important that you’re aware of what is out there so you can help highlight opportunities available to them. When you build trust with first-time buyers, it can help you gain more leads.

DPR, a NorthstarMLS core service, can be used to connect buyers to potential down payment programs they may be eligible for. This two-minute video shows how to begin the process of checking your client’s down payment program eligibility and how to search through local programs that may be available.

You can view the entire survey and results from DPR here.

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