How to Zoom In and Out on a Web Page

Is the text size on your web browser ever too big or small? With couple of taps, you easily zoom in and out for better readability.

Our 30 second video explains how to use your keyboard to remedy this problem on PC and Mac. Your eyes will appreciate it!

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ShowingTime: Overlapping Appointments

By popular request, the new NorthstarMLS default setting for ShowingTime overlapping appointments is to continue to allow them, but no longer reveal the appointment blocks/overlaps to the showing agent that other agents have scheduled.

List agents may change this setting on some or all of their listings if they choose. The other options are to allow overlapping appointments and show the other appointments/overlaps, or to not allow overlapping appointments at all.

If you want to change this setting for any of your listings, here are the instructions.

For more detailed instructions on changing this and other ShowingTime settings for your listings, check out this ShowingTime help page.

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Tip of the Week for 8/6

Financing Terms Seller Will Accept

As a listing agent, do you take the time to fill out the Financing Terms that sellers will accept? You can help save yourself, potential buyers and fellow agents time, effort and the occasional frustration, by completing this field on the Listing Input Form (in Single Family, it’s field number 609 on the listing input form).

In just the Single Family property type, one-third of the currently Active listings do not provide the Terms seller will accept. If there are no restrictions on sharing the information, please complete the “Terms seller will accept” section the next time you list.

Thanks to NorthstarMLS subscriber Greg Yurick of RE/MAX Results (Plymouth) for his recommendation of this week’s Tip of the Week. He will receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card.


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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Webinar: Mastering Homesnap

Live Webinar! Wednesday, Aug. 15 – 2:00-3:00PM

Learn how Homesnap powers the Broker Public Portal to provide agents with up to date MLS data. Get tips, tricks and best practices for mastering the top seven tools within Homesnap Pro. Carving out a few minutes to learn these tools will change your daily habits, making you more efficient and productive in your business while on the go.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

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Tip of the Week for 7/30

Syncing ShowingTime Appointments to your Phone or Calendar App

With ShowingTime‘s Calendar Sync feature you can have all of your upcoming appointments synced directly to your personal calendar which can be accessed through your preferred calendar application or on your mobile device.

Watch the brief video below to see how you can sync your calendar to your mobile device


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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NorthstarMLS Sponsoring 5K Run/Walk

NorthstarMLS will be an event sponsor again for the Raksha Walk/Run for Distraction-Free Driving in Hugh Trimble’s honor, our former Rules & Regulations Administrator. The event is on Saturday, August 11th (Registration Info & Schedule of Events Below) and is open to the public – including ALL NorthstarMLS subscribers!

NorthstarMLS will also have an employee 5K team participating in the walk. Join us if your schedule allows! 

Proceeds from the 5K Walk/Run benefit the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community on safe and distraction-free driving.

Where Purgatory Creek Recreation Area, 13001 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie
Cost Raksha 5K Run – $20.00 / Raksha 5K Walk – $15.00 / Raksha 5K Walk (12 & Younger) – Free
Event Schedule 
7:30am – Registration Opens
8:00am – 5K Run Begins
9:00am – Short Ceremony / Recognitions
10:00am – 5K Walk Begins

More information on the run/walk can be found here
You can Register Here.
Contact Vijay Dixit with any registration questions: vijay@shreyadixit.org

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MN State Forms Changes Take Effect

REMINDER: MN State Forms Changes Take Effect August 1st

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® has made changes to their existing forms. These changes go into effect Wednesday, August 1st and will be available on Instanet Forms.

Take a look at this article from MAR or watch this video series for more information and a list of all the form changes that occurred.

If you have any questions about the Minnesota State Forms, contact the Minnesota Association of REALTORS at info@mnrealtor.com. The 2-minute video below also explains these changes.

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Are Flood Zones Impacting Your Transactions?

Flooding Will Happen…Incorrect Determinations Should Not!
Already in July there have been 30+ Minnesota counties deemed to be in a state of flood emergency by the Governor.

NorthstarMLS has partnered with MyFloodStatus, allowing you to order the most accurate flood reports in the industry, at a discounted rate. Join the experts at MyFloodStatus for a 30-minute webinar specially scheduled for NorthstarMLS subscribers. There are FOUR scheduled webinars for the week of July 30choose the date that work best for you.

What’s Discussed?
You’ll learn about Accurate Flood Zone Determinations and how they help Realtors eliminate risk of liability, reduce flood insurance premiums for homeowners, buyers and sellers, remove properties from High Risk Flood Zones, and more!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

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Broker Public Portal Delivers Leads

Broker Public Portal Delivers Over 20,000 Leads To NorthstarMLS Agents At No Charge!

The Broker Public Portal (powered by Homesnap), continues to attract more and more consumers. It is now the second largest MLS consumer website, according to Hitwise, the nation’s leading source for measuring real estate web traffic across the entire industry.

Broker Public Portal with Homesnap has delivered over one million free leads to participating real estate agents nationally and the growth trend line is rapidly ascending thanks to agents across the country introducing Homesnap to their contacts.

Just since March, NorthstarMLS agents received over 20,000 free leads. These are from Homesnap users on the consumer version, who are not already linked to an agent. Those leads went directly to the List Agents (or to the Selling Agents for Solds), the best source of the information about the properties.

Are you using Homesnap? It takes only a minute to set-up and invite your Contacts to download and connect. The more connections you make through Homesnap, the more word will spread, and free leads continue to rise. The Pro version of Homesnap is part of your NorthstarMLS core service at no additional charge.

Be part of the industry movement to take back consumer traffic with the best data (direct from the MLS) and home search tools available!

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Register Now for REALTORS Unite!

 

The Minnesota REALTORS® Convention is back this October and NorthstarMLS will be there as a sponsor again this year. Will you be attending?

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.

When: October 3-4, 2018
WhereSt. Paul RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul

Visit www.MNunite.com for registration details, hotel accommodations during the event and more.

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