RatePlug connects your trusted mortgage originators to your MLS listings. You spend less time researching special financing options, help the buyer better understand whether they can afford a home, and get better qualified buyers.
Last year, nearly 2,000 new accounts were activated by NorthstarMLS subscribers that are now using this mortgage tool to help educate clients on what mortgage they may be able to afford. RatePlug is included at no extra charge as part of your MLS subscription.
Qualify Buyers Faster
With RatePlug connected to your listings, buyers better understand affordability. When you invite originators to display their rates on your MLS listings, the result is the 2 bedroom/1.5 bath home isn’t only $225,000, it’s $1,375.87 per month including principal, interest, taxes and HOA. When home buyers understand monthly cost, they are more likely to apply for a loan for which they are qualified.
RatePlug’s Agent Dashboard
• Request a flyer from your lender – RatePlug’s property flyer system is included at no charge
• Post your listings with mortgage information on social media
• View special financing options available for your properties
A Message from our Shareholder Realtor Associations
On March 20, the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) will launch a Twin Cities chapter, the first in Minnesota. VAREP was established in 2011 and is currently in multiple states within the U.S., and expanding into new states and cities each year. VAREP is dedicated to increasing sustainable homeownership, financial literacy education, VA loan awareness and economic opportunity for active military and veteran communities.
The VAREP board and staff, made up of both Veterans and Patriots (supporters), look forward to educating REALTORS® and community members about the work to be done on behalf of current and veteran military families.
The VAREP chapter launch and gala fundraiser event will take place on Tuesday, March 20, from 6-9pm at the Eagan Community Center at 1501 Central Parkway in Eagan. Prices: $450 for 10 seats & 10 drink tickets or $50 for 1 seat & 1 drink ticket.
Hopefully by now you’ve had an opportunity to check out Remine, which was launched on NorthstarMLS Matrix last month. If not, you can get an overview of Remine by registering for a 1-hour live online training webinar. Find out how Remine can enhance your performance as an agent. You will be able to see the Remine property intelligence platform in-action and ask any questions you may have.
Click on the day below to see a list of webinars for March and April for that day. Tuesday webinars run 10am-11am, Wednesday webinars go 11am-12pm and Thursday webinars are from 12pm-1pm. You’ll receive an email confirmation once you register for the webinar.
Remine is available as a NorthstarMLS core service to all subscribers! If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this video for a quick overview of Remine. If you would prefer a one-on-one personalized demo, please contact email@example.com.
MLS data is always evolving and being updated. Inaccurate listing data can quickly deflate potential buyers’ perceptions of your clients’ home. NorthstarMLS safeguards market information so you can do your job confidently.
When you login to the MLS, you can be assured that you’re seeing the latest, most accurate information about a property. The rules we operate by, the decisions we make, the regulations we enforce: all are created through the input and guidance of agents and brokers, and from subscriber Associations.
Below is a summary of 2017 statistics pulled from the NorthstarMLS Rules & Regs Customer Service report.
As a real estate professional, you’ve likely heard something like this before from a client: “I like the house, but how long is my drive to work going to be?” With a cool and simple to use map search tool now available in NorthstarMLS Matrix called INRIX Drive Time, you can provide that information to your clients.
Watch the 2-minute video below to see how INRIX Drive Time works in Matrix!
Join other NorthstarMLS users on Tuesday, Feb. 20 or Thursday, Feb. 22 (times below) for an online training webinar of the Remine platform and find out how Remine can enhance your performance as an agent.
Learning sessions have been filling up fast, so register now and grab your spot! Click the link below of the webinar that fits your schedule to register.
NorthstarMLS is excited to launch Remine, the latest core service that is part of your MLS subscription. Remine combines data on property and people to help you more effectively target your prospect marketing.
Get Started Now!
From the Matrix Home tab drop-down menu, or in the “External Links” box on the Matrix Home screen, click the “Remine” Remine will open in a new browser tab. You can also bookmark the direct link https://northstarmls.remine.com.
When you open Remine, click through all the pop-ups that show you how to use each section of the program. At any time, click “Tutorial & Help” (bottom right of the Remine screen) to go through the walkthroughs and tutorial.
Come to one of our in-person demos around the metro the week of Feb 12 (check the News box on the Matrix Home screen for the schedule and sign-ups) or, in the St. Cloud or Greater Lakes Area, sign up for one of the live webinars the week of Feb 19 (also detailed in the Matrix News box). More live webinars will be added soon for all NorthstarMLS subscribers if you can’t make it to a live event.
Request a 1-on-1 online demo from a Remine success coach. In Remine, click the drop down menu (with your name) in the upper right corner. Select “Request a Demo” and follow the prompts.
What is Included with Remine as a NorthstarMLS Core Service?
The Remine “Starter” level, available to you at no extra charge as part of your NorthstarMLS core service, contains most of the Remine functionality. There are several extra data visualizations and expansions to the number of properties and people you can track, available with an additional cost subscription. For subscription details, click the drop-down menu (with your name on it) in the upper right corner of Remine and select “Subscriptions.”
Predictive Analytics: Know when clients are most likely to buy or sell property
Opportunity on a Map: Visualize dozens of data layers to help you extract new deals
Track People and Property with Timely Alerts: Keep a pulse on properties, neighborhoods, and people including changes in sell score, MLS activity, occupancy, deeds and more
Simple Map-Based Search: Sort opportunities by propensity to sell, value, equity, mortgage information, ownership time and more
Contact Information: Purchase household contact information of owners, absentee-owners, and non-owner occupants (18 and older)
Score your Contacts: Upload your own contacts and score them based on their real estate and propensity to sell
If you have any questions, contact our help desk: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-251-5456 (1-877-251-5455 toll free), M-F, 8:00 to 5:00.
A bill that would ban the use of cell phones while driving, but would allow the use of a hands-free device (Bluetooth earpiece), will again be making its way back through Minnesota Legislature in 2018. Despite widespread support from advocacy groups, law enforcement and others, the bill was unsuccessful in 2017.
To help garner support for the bill, a Distracted Driving rally at the State Capitol has been set for Thursday, Feb. 22 at 10:00am – 11:30am at the Capitol Rotunda area. The rally is open to anyone. No sign up or registration is required. Just come out to the Capitol and show your support for this important legislation!
As a real estate professional scheduling showings, open houses and managing feedback, ShowingTime (a NorthstarMLS core service) is likely one of your most essential applications. In 2017, ShowingTime helped schedule 37,314,054 appointments nationwide and thanks to your feedback along the way, they’ve made many improvements – including a simpler interface.
We’ll always keep you up-to-date on ShowingTime news and enhancements, but if you’d like more resources, we have some good suggestions below.
Helpful ShowingTime Resources
Check out the ShowingTime Blog for news, updates, tips, etc. Additionally, you can subscribe to the ShowingTime eNewsletter to receive fresh content, best practices and new ideas on showings, feedback, market reports and more.