Offline Mode in ShowingTime

ShowingTime Offline Mode – No Connection, No Problem!

Do you continue to print your showing instructions in fear that you will not have access to the internet on your mobile device? With ShowingTime’s latest update, you can quickly download all showing instructions for your upcoming confirmed appointments before you head out with your clients.

Never worry about showing instructions not being available due to poor connectivity with “Offline” mode for iOS users. (Note: This feature is not yet available for Android devices).

How it Works
To access showing instructions offline, just access the appointment while your device is connected to the Internet. The appointment will automatically save and become available offline. If an appointment wasn’t accessed while connected to the Internet, you’ll see instructions on how to save appointment for offline use.

Click here to see some screen shots of how Offline mode will appear on your device.


Download the app for the first time here. Or if you already have the ShowingTime app on your device, check the App Store or GooglePlay for the update and install it, if you haven’t been prompted by your device already.

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Tip of the Week for 2/20

Tip of the Week: Recent Searches Dropdown in Matrix

Matrix automatically saves up to 50 of your most recent searches for a week in a convenient drop down tool near the top of the Matrix home screen. It’s handy for quickly pulling up a recent search that you haven’t yet saved, or recalling criteria for a search that you can’t remember. The video below will walk you through how to use this Matrix feature in just over a minute of your time!


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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Be Safe with CELLslip

In the real estate business, your vehicle can feel like your office. Driving to showings, closings and more while keeping up with client emails, texts and phone calls is not easy. But resisting the temptation to take your eyes off the road to check your phone may save a life.

To help tackle the ever-increasing problem of distracted driving, a Sartell, Minn. man invented the CELLslip. It’s a pouch with a Velcro closure that blocks cell signals via a metal-infused conductive fabric lining designed to prevent drivers from being distracted by their phones. However, no calls or texts are missed, with your messages waiting for you when you arrive at your destination.

Since it became available to consumers last November, CELLslip has already been featured in local print, radio and TV media, and has the support of AAA, the Minnesota Safety Council and the Traffic Safety Foundation.

As part of our ongoing Drive Focused campaign, we’ve partnered with CELLslip to make it available to NorthstarMLS subscribers at a discounted price. Just use promo code Drive Focused and you’ll save 30% off your entire order. The price includes free shipping. Volume discounts are available so you can pick up extras for your office, team and/or family.

Prices:
1-49 – $4
50-99 – $3.75
100-199 – $3.45
200-299 – $3.15
300-499 – $2.90
500-999 – $2.75
1000+ –  $2.40

Click here to purchase

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Zillow to Discontinue Manual Postings

Important Information for those of you manually entering your listings on Zillow.com

The Zillow Group announced that it will no longer accept manually entered listings on Zillow.com or Trulia.com from brokers and agents effective May 1, 2017. If you want your listings to appear on these sites after May 1st, you must use either a broker data feed (if your broker has set up its own with Zillow Group) or the NorthstarMLS Zillow Group data feed.

Zillow will continue to accept manual entry of listings from homeowners directly (FSBO), and pre-market “Coming Soon” listings.

For more information on the NorthstarMLS data feed, please see:

  • Our original announcement from 2015 describing the favorable terms we negotiated and how your broker can opt in;
  • A video showing brokers how to opt in to the NorthstarMLS data feed;
  • An important reminder that your listings will not go to Zillow through the NorthstarMLS data feed if you have selected “No” for allowing auto valuation display (page 3 of the SFR listing input form).

Your listings will not automatically go out to Zillow through the NorthstarMLS data feed unless your broker chooses to particpate using the opt-in tool. If you do not know whether your brokerage participates, ask your broker or contact our Help Desk at help@northstarmls.com or Zillow Group at LA@zillowgroup.com.

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ShowingTime App Gets a Makeover

 

ShowingTime has updated its mobile app with a sleek new design that adds new functionality, optimizes it for all smartphone screen sizes and improves overall performance. The new side menu replaces the home screen so users can quickly access any part of the app at any time. All the same sections previously available can easily be found: Showings, Listings, Feedback, Reports and Profile.

Other enhancements include:

Download the app for the first time here. Or if you already have the ShowingTime app on your device, check the App Store or GooglePlay for the update and install it, if you haven’t been prompted by your device already.


ShowingTime Archive Want to check out older ShowingTime content? Click here to view the archive of previous ShowingTime news, articles, and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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Tip of the Week for 2/13

Tip of the Week: Customizing Your Single Line Grid Display 

NorthstarMLS Matrix allows you to organize the Single Line Grid Display according to your preferences. The video below will give you a quick walk-through of how to customize your own single line grid display in less than a minute and a half!


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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RPR Videos on YouTube

We added a new Playlist with 29 videos to the NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel called, Realtors Property Resource (RPR).

Whether you’ve been using RPR (a NorthstarMLS core service) or are completely new to it, these helpful how-to’s are ideal for giving users a speedy tutorial on a multitude of topics, ranging from buyer’s tours to listing presentations, to how to download the mobile app.

RPR Videos on NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel Include: 

  • Getting Started with RPR series
  • RPR Guide to Successful Open House Series
  • RPR Guide to Open Houses Series
  • RPR Guide to Successful Listing Presentation Series
  • RPR Mobile Overview Series

Check them out!


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Star Tribune Covers TrustFunds

Consumers are learning about the benefits of TrustFunds! Last weekend’s Star Tribune featured an article on TrustFunds, a NorthstarMLS core service that allows buyers to simply and securely make their earnest money payment online and easily verify the status at anytime. In the article, TrustFunds co-founder Lynn Leegard talks about how the electronic process simplifies the home buying process for everyone involved.

Click here to read the article via StarTribune.com


TrustFunds is available as a core service through NorthstarMLS and all subscribers now have an active TrustFunds account – no login or setup is required. Watch for the TrustFunds logo/link below the primary photo on the listings of participating brokers.


TrustFunds Archive Want to check out older TrustFunds content? Click here to view the archive of previous TrustFunds news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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Did You Know?

NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel Offers Helpful How-To’s
If you need a little extra guidance on the NorthstarMLS system, check out our online video library that features over 180 videos (with over 160,000 views on them) and 16 different Playlists on the NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel.

Our videos are ideal for giving users a quick walk-through on how to use NorthstarMLS core services like Matrix, Instanet, Realist, Infosparks and TrustFunds, to name a few. Watch one of our previous webinars, view a video tip of the week and much more.

View our video content on your own time, anytime, anywhere. From a laptop, tablet, smart phone or whatever device you are using.

Be the first to see new NorthstarMLS videos once they’re available – subscribe to the NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel. We’re almost to 900! Help us reach 900 subscribers on the NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel by subscribing to it now!


Did You Know Archive Want to check out older Did You Know articles? Click here to view the archive of previous Did You Know articles on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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Infill Housing Listening Sessions

You’re Invited to Minneapolis’ New Infill Housing Strategy Listening Sessions

The City of Minneapolis would like to get your opinion and input on its new Infill Housing Strategy (to market, sell and develop over 300 city-owned vacant lots for new construction of owner-occupied homes). To provide your input and learn more, you’re invited to attend a free listening session:

BUILDER LISTENING SESSION
Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 10:30am to Noon
For housing developers, architects, builders, contractors, sub-contractors or Minneapolis businesses.
More Info & To Register for Builder and Developer Listening Session

BUYER LISTENING SESSION
Friday, Feb. 10 from 10:30am to Noon
For homebuyers, real estate agents, lenders, financial counselors, neighborhood or community organizations or Minneapolis residents.
More Info & To Register for Buyer Listening Session

For questions, please contact: Roxanne Young Kimball, Senior Project Coordinator, 612-673-2794 or Roxanne.Kimball@minneapolismn.gov

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