Below is a brief highlight video from the official SEMR/NorthstarMLS MLS operations merger signing that took place on Monday, September 17. Watch the video to hear about the importance of this agreement in the words of the Association Board Presidents and NorthstarMLS President/CEO.
You can also check out photos from the signing here.
Effective today, all Authentisign users (both NorthstarMLS subscribers and their clients), will be required to check a simple checkbox labeled “I’m not a robot” before each Authentisign document they open to sign. You will likely recognize this from other web applications as it has become a very common and effective strategy to increase security and ensure the app is dealing with an actual user.
Instanet has put this checkbox in place to resolve a long-running issue for many users and their clients (especially those on Microsoft Office 365 and MSN email) that was causing very slow performance or inability to execute an e-signature.
All you (or your client) need to do is click (or tap) the check box to confirm “I’m not a robot”. Once you’ve checked the box, you’ll be taken to the same signing page as you’re used to seeing.
Below is a screen shot of the new check box that takes effect today:
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We are very pleased to announce that the Southeast Minnesota Realtors (SEMR) is merging its MLS operations with NorthstarMLS and becoming a shareholder. All SEMR members (approximately 1,000) will use NorthstarMLS as their primary MLS. Above is a picture of yesterday’s official document signing (click here for more pics). From left: John Mosey, President & CEO, NorthstarMLS; Man Huynh, Board President, St. Paul Area Association of Realtors; Jay Jewson, Board President, Southeast Minnesota Realtors; and Kath Hammerseng, Board President, Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.
Agents and appraisers (and their clients) will have access to all listings in our combined region, including offers of cooperation and compensation.
Brokers, agents and appraisers belonging to two Associations to access both SEMR and NorthstarMLS listings will now be able to access all listings through a single Association membership, saving costs and eliminating double listing input into two systems.
New MLS data fields and enhanced existing fields to accommodate greater Minnesota needs and benefiting all NorthstarMLS users.
Greater cooperation between brokers and agents across the State, directly benefiting buyers and sellers.
A positive example to all Associations in the State of how well greater collaboration between MLS’s benefits all brokers and agents, whether through participation in the Regional, or simply operating from a common data platform.
Additionally, SEMR has been approved as a shareholder Association by our current shareholders, the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors and the Saint Paul Area Association of Realtors. As a shareholder, SEMR will have a seat on our Board of Directors.
We are targeting mid-November to complete the conversion of all SEMR members and their listings from their current MLS to NorthstarMLS. Watch for more details as we combine to make our markets work better!
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Like any industry, real estate has its own language, with plenty of jargon, specialized terms and abbreviations used daily by professionals in the biz. But lingo used by real estate professionals in the MLS system can sometimes be confusing when you’re selecting the proper status for a listing in the MLS.
Inaccurate listing statuses and untimely listing updates in the NorthstarMLS database continues to be one of the most common complaints to our Rules and Regs Department. It’s frustrating to everyone involved if you have to back track and tell an interested buyer that a property isn’t available because it’s listed wrong on the MLS.
In the first half of 2018, the NorthstarMLS Rules and Regs Department reported over 460 violations for listings in the NorthstarMLS system with an incorrect status. It’s an easy violation to avoid, and having listings in the correct status helps keep the MLS as accurate and up-to-date as possible.
Down Payment Programs 101: What Every Agent Needs to Know Thursday, Sept. 13 from 11:30am-12:30pm
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Grow Your First-time Homebuyer Business Thursday, Sept. 20 from 11:30am-12:30pm
You know saving for a down payment is one of your buyers’ biggest obstacles. What if you could be a homeownership hero and show them there’s help available for down payment and closing costs? This webinar will show you how to start a conversation with more buyers by highlighting information about down payment programs in your marketing, website and social media. You’ll also learn how Down Payment Resource’s agent tool, Down Payment Connect, can match your clients to down payment programs in your market and generate leads right to your inbox. Register Now
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The 2018 REALTORS® Unite Convention will be held at the St. Paul RiverCentre (next to the Xcel Energy Center) Oct. 3 and 4, 2018. and will be filled with networking, education (including CE Hours for some sessions), a vendor expo, several guest speakers and more. NorthstarMLS is sponsoring the event again this year and will be at the expo. Stop by our table with your questions or just to say hello!
With the upcoming Labor Day holiday marking the unofficial end of summer, the residential real estate industry is gradually nearing its annual slow period.
The snow hasn’t started flying just yet — and we certainly don’t want to skip over the changing of leaves and football! But as the first day of school arrives for many children throughout the area, parents are less likely to put their homes on the market and relocate their families.