Help Us Spread the Word!

Help us Spread the Word!
Recently we launched our Drive Focused campaign and website to raise awareness on distracted driving in honor of our Rules & Regulations Administrator, Hubert Skanes-Cady (Trimble), who tragically lost his life this year to a traffic accident involving a distracted driver.

It Only Takes a Few Seconds
So far, over 270 people have visited our DriveFocused.NorthstarMLS.com website and taken the pledge to drive focused. We’d love to grow that number significantly over the coming months and you can help! It takes just a few seconds to take the pledge.

By taking the pledge to Drive Focused, you pledge to:

  • Put away the phone while driving
  • Pull over and stop if a call or text cannot wait
  • Avoid all distractions and Drive Focused

Once you take the pledge, share and help us spread the word through your friends/contacts on social media! Together, our efforts could help avoid injury and even loss of life.


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Tip of the Week for 11/28

Tip of the Week – Garage Stall Dimensions

A while back, we added several commonly requested data fields to the MLS – including Garage Dimensions. While it is an optional field, most buyers want to know information about a property’s garage.

Currently, 28% of Active/Pending single family listings with a garage include the garage dimensions–an impressive use of the field, but potential buyers would love to have them included on more!

A spacious garage is desirable for many potential buyers. So promote it by giving the dimensions in the property details! Even if the garage can only hold a Volkswagen Beetle, lawnmower and a snow shovel – buyers usually want to know what sort of garage space they’ll get.

If you have a listing(s) with omitted garage dimensions, we encourage you to update it. Better to give that information upfront to save time for everyone. Buyers and their agents will appreciate it! You will find Garage Dimension field in Add/Edit under the “Structure” section of the listing (above the Garage Stall # field) – as seen in the screen shot below.


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!


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Tip of the Week for 11/21

Tip of the Week – Agent License Number

With changes to TRID requirements, you’ll likely need to occasionally look up another agent’s license number. NorthstarMLS and its shareholder Associations do not have a license number database that we can ensure is accurate. Your best bet is to use State online resources: the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Pulse Portal, or the Wisconsin Credential/License Search. Click here to see a printable PDF with instructions. We have also outlined the steps for you below.

MDC Pulse Portal
1. Go to www.pulseportal.com
2. Choose Program: Minnesota Department of Commerce
3. Choose Board: Real Estate
4. Click on search Licensees

5. Put in Last and First Name, Click Next to run the search

Wisconsin Credential/License Search
1. Go to: https://app.wi.gov/licensesearch
2. Click on Health/Business Individual/Credential

3. Put in last and first name of agent you are searching for
4. Click the Search button to run the search (Note: Agent and broker searches are separate, so if you can’t find the name of the person under agent, try broker.)


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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Quicker Access On the Go With HomeSpotter

We’d like to walk you through the new HomeSpotter app for NorthstarMLS. There are some great insights you’ll find on the property details. One of the major benefits of updating to the new HomeSpotter app from the NorthstarMLS app today is the additional integrations and information you’ll find on property details in the app.

Here’s a look at a few of these additions.

  1. View the full history of listings including days on market, price changes, when the listing went on an off the market and previous sold data.

  2. See private agent only information quicker than ever before on the Highlights tab.

  3. Quick access to integrations including ShowingTime, TrustFunds, Realist, Instanet and Down Payment Resource makes working on the go a breeze.

  4. The interactive mortgage calculator will give your clients detailed affordability information directly from the property listing page in the HomeSpotter app.

Check out the 2-minute video below to learn more about these and other new insights you’ll find on properties in the HomeSpotter app:


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A Very Special Message

This year, we lost our Rules & Regulations Administrator, Hubert Skanes-Cady (Trimble), to a senseless traffic accident involving distracted driving. In Hugh’s memory, we introduce our Drive Focused campaign.

You can help.

  • Watch our 1-minute video below.
  • Visit DriveFocused.NorthstarMLS.com and take the pledge to drive focused.
  • Share and spread the word through your friends/contacts on social media.

Together, our efforts can help avoid injury and even loss of life. Watch for more information throughout the coming months.

 


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Tip of the Week for 11/14

Tip of the Week – Instanet Help Videos

As we announced last week, Instanet switched over to its new version exclusively on Nov. 9 – you no longer have access to the old version. Hopefully by now, you’ve had a chance to check out or even use the new version of Instanet.

If you need some additional help navigating your way around the new-look Instanet, we recommend checking out their online video library with a wide variety of videos (over 150 short videos) to help you get up to speed and get going with the new version. Use the drop down arrows to view more videos of the topic you wish to view.

Video topics include: Creating New Forms, Editing Forms, Using the Forms Editor, Adding a Contact to a Transaction, Editing Transaction Forms, Emailing Documents and many more!

Click here to check out the Instanet Video Library.

(You’ll need to be logged into your NorthstarMLS Matrix account to view them)


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!


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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Have You Tried the New HomeSpotter Yet?

Last week we launched the HomeSpotter app for NorthstarMLS and hopefully by now you’ve been able to take a few minutes to download the new app and play around with it. In a short time, we will be retiring the current NorthstarMLS mobile app, and switching over to HomeSpotter exclusively.

There are many benefits to updating to the new app today, including a faster and more reliable mobile app on the go.

  • The HomeSpotter app launches quickly and will remember your last location in the app should you need to jump out quickly and do other work on your mobile device.
  • Updates reach the HomeSpotter app faster than ever before.
  • Access the information you need at a glance with the all new property detail insights in the HomeSpotter app.
  • Quick access to integrations including ShowingTime, TrustFunds, Realist, Instanet and Down Payment Resource makes working on the go more efficient.

How do you get started?
You can download HomeSpotter here or search “HomeSpotter” the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android for the free mobile app. Sign in with your MLS credentials to get started and access agent only information.

HomeSpotter holds free webinars every Wednesday and Friday for agents.
Sign up here.

See it in action! Check out a short video here!


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John Mosey Receives CMLS Award of Excellence

We’re very proud to announce that John Mosey, President/CEO of NorthstarMLS, was awarded the Peter Shuttleworth MLS Executive Award of Excellence by The Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS). John received the honor at the 2016 National Association of REALTORS Annual Conference in Orlando last week.

This annual award recognizes leaders who, through a rigorous nomination and review process, are determined to have the highest qualities of leadership within their organizations and demonstrated a dedication to excellence by making substantial contributions to the MLS industry.

“There are many executives in the MLS industry who demonstrate excellence within their organizations on a daily basis, and then there are executives who also have the courage to stand up and fulfill underserved needs within the real estate industry to protect the efficient marketplace for MLS members, brokers, agents, and homeowners,” said Denee Evans, CEO of CMLS. “John Mosey is such an executive, a pillar of strength within the MLS community whose wisdom and vision for real estate has made a profound and lasting impact on the MLS industry and beyond. CMLS is proud to recognize his contributions.”

Congratulations John!

You can read the full press release here.


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NorthstarMLS Rule Changes

MLS Rule Changes

Year Built
Are you listing a home that was rebuilt or remodeled? If so, the remodel can be described in either public or agent remarks, but the year built field must match the tax record. The Year Built may be updated only if the County does so in the tax records. Making sure MLS is consistent with the tax record will avoid conflicts with local code that defines when a home is considered new.

Guest Homes Included in FSF?
Some properties have a guest home or guest cottage/cabin. The finished square footage field must not include finished areas in a second building. The FSF for the guest home or guest cottage/cabin should be described in the remarks or supplements.

Accepted Purchase Agreements Must Also be Disclosed in TNAS Status
A contingency on an accepted purchase agreement must be disclosed in the contingency field not only in Active status, but also TNAS status.

If you have any questions about NorthstarMLS rules, contact the rules department at 651-251-3210.


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Let Us Buy You Coffee!

Do you have a question that you would like to see featured as Monday’s Tip of the Week? Don’t worry, we’ll supply the answers. Or maybe you have your own tip, trick or short cut that you would like to share with other NorthstarMLS users.

Just send your question or idea to tips@northstarmls.com. We will select one submission each month and the winner(s) will receive a few cups of Joe, on us, with a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card!

The NorthstarMLS Tip of the Week is usually published on the NorthstarMLS Matrix News Screen on Mondays and features quick tips on commonly asked questions concerning functionality of the entire NorthstarMLS system.

Past Winners & Topics


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