Tip of the Week for 3/25

Tip of the Week – Advanced Matrix Map Searching

NorthstarMLS Matrix Map Search allows you to overlay Map Layers when performing a map search. You can also use the Jump drop down menu to quickly locate a map preset. The video below shows you how.


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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What’s New at NorthstarMLS?

What’s New at NorthstarMLS?

We have a few new developments at NorthstarMLS and want to make sure you are aware.

  • The Public and Agent Remarks fields have been doubled from 500 to 1,000 characters max. More room to describe the property! Instanet (Transaction Desk) Forms have been updated.
     
  • Instanet (Transaction Desk) Forms: You no longer need to manually “Auto Populate” information from your Property Details Page to your forms. That now happens automatically through their “Rapid Population” process. As a result, the manual “Auto Populate” function has been removed.
     
  • All supplements are automatically removed from listings after eight days off market for all off market statuses. This reduces agent liability on future listings for not disclosing all previous supplements over the history of the property.
     
  • Exciting News! CoreLogic and Homesnap Join Forces on Integration to Matrix! You already have access to the Homesnap Pro mobile app (and Broker Public Portal) as a NorthstarMLS Core Service. We are very excited about the potential of Homesnap Pro being integrated into Matrix, allowing you to bring more Matrix functionality with you on the road. Although this is still at the “just announced” stage, we will keep you posted of any major developments.
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Homesnap Stories

Bring Your Listing to Life with Homesnap Stories

With Homesnap Stories, you can add unique, engaging marketing content right to your active listings through the Homesnap Pro app.

Think of all the selling points about a home that are tough to get across in a photo. Now, you can take your own photos and videos and add them directly to your Homesnap listing. Add text, emojis, and even use augmented reality to create one-of-a-kind marketing content that you can also share on Facebook and Instagram. Record a voice-over or add music to personalize your Stories even more.

Homesnap wants agents to have an easy, engaging way to create marketing content (especially video) on their own, and that’s the benefit of Homesnap Stories. (And don’t forget, Homesnap is the technology provider of the Broker Public Portal!)

Check out this short video and see how Homesnap Stories works!

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Tip of the Week for 3/18

ShowingTime Font Size

Want to adjust the font size for the ShowingTime mobile app? ShowingTime offers a font size for everyone's eyes!

The ShowingTime app taps into your phone's native font size options to match the preferences you set on your device, like in the screen shot below. You'll just have to use your device's Font Size Settings to adjust the size to your liking and it will enable that size in the ShowingTime app. 

For iPhone/iPad

  1. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size.
  2. Drag the slider to select the font size you want.

For Android Devices

  1. Open your device's Settings app 
  2. Tap Accessibility, then tap Font size
  3. Use the slider to choose your font size

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 3/11

NorthstarMLS Blog/Archive & Social Media

Looking for a Matrix News announcement that isn’t active on Matrix anymore? No worries! Check out the NorthstarMLS Blog and Archive on your computer or mobile device.

Most of our announcements are active for about 2-3 weeks on the NorthstarMLS Matrix News Screen before they’re removed. Should you ever need to find a past announcement to refer back to, visit the NorthstarMLS Blog and News Archive. This is where you’ll find categorized and archived NorthstarMLS News content that is no longer up on the Matrix News Screen.

Search the Blog/Archive by Keyword
You can quickly find any article from the past by using the Search Box at the top right of the Blog/Archive, as seen in the screen shot below. Just type the keyword or phrase, such as “Tip of the Week,” “MLS Rules,” “ShowingTime” or “NorthstarMLS Matrix” for example. Then click or tap the Go button to run the search and find the article you need.

Bookmark the NorthstarMLS Blog & News Archive for easy access on your web browser and/or mobile devices. You can also access it through links on the Matrix Home screen — in the External Links widget, or by hovering over the ‘Home’ tab and clicking ‘News Archive’.

Check out the NorthstarMLS Blog & News Archive now!

NorthstarMLS Social Media 
If you Like or Follow us on social media, you’ll find the latest NorthstarMLS news, announcements, videos, pictures, humor, links to articles and other relevant material related to the real estate industry that you might not find here on the Matrix news screen. When you Like and Follow us on social media, you’ll gain access to exclusive Facebook and Twitter contests with chances to win gift cards, an interactive way to stay connected with other NorthstarMLS users and much more!

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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 3/4

Life of a Homesnap Agent Video Series 

Homesnap Pro/Broker Public Portal is one of the most valuable solutions available to NorthstarMLS agents as a core service. It powers the real-time agent, providing a platform for them to serve their clients and grow their business.

It allows agents to pull up accurate MLS information while showing homes, connect and communicate with their clients, look up other agents, run affordable and automated marketing campaigns and more.

To learn how agents are integrating Homesnap Pro/BPP into their daily routine and better understand how it can elevate your business, check out Homesnap’s video series, “Life of a Homesnap Agent.”

In this video series, you will follow Janet, a real estate agent, and see how she helps her clients find their dream home through Homesnap. Janet can generate a CMA on the spot, schedule a showing, share properties with her clients and much more!

Click Here To Check Out The Life of a Homesnap Agent Video Series

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March MyFloodStatus Webinars

Webinars on March 4, 6 & 7 – Select a Date & Time Below

Flood zone errors and confusion can be common. Learn about low-cost 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 increase buyer activity for “low risk” properties in High Risk Flood Zones.

Join the experts at MyFloodStatus for a 30-minute webinar specially scheduled for NorthstarMLS subscribers.

Click here or on the graphic below to get signed up, and for dates and times. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Tip of the Week for 2/25

Garage Stall Dimensions & Stall Numbers

While it is an optional field in the MLS, most buyers want to know information about a property’s garage – such as the dimensions and stall number. 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 Mini Cooper, lawnmower and a snow shovel – more buyers want to know what sort of garage space is included.

Currently, 29% of Active/Pending/Coming Soon/TNAFS 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!

If you have a listing 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.

Don’t Forget About the Garage Stall #
Additionally, there is an MLS data field for garage stall number, for when there is a designated numbered parking space in the garage (more common in condos). In addition to Garage Dimensions, the Garage Stall Number can be included when using Add/Edit to input your listing.

The Garage Stall Number should be inputted in the “Structure” section of Add/Edit, in the “Garage Stall ID#” field. Once it has been entered, the Garage Stall # will be displayed in your listing


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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Are You Including Coming Soon’s in Auto Emails?

Are Your Clients Seeing “Coming Soon” Listings?

We introduced Coming Soon Listing Status this past November. This status in Matrix allows you to pre-market your listing through the MLS for a limited time until it is ready for showings.

If you send your clients Auto-Emails in NorthstarMLS Matrix, they will not receive Coming Soon listings in their Client Portal unless you select that Status in your search criteria. You might want to update any Auto-Emails you created before November if you want to include Coming Soon’s.

Some Stats
Since its release, over 600 listings entered in NorthstarMLS Matrix were listed as Coming Soon with an average length of seven days in the status before being moved to Active.

Before you set a listing to Coming Soon Status, please ensure you are educated on how it works and its proper use. We have these materials to help you:

You can also watch the quick video below to see how it works!

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Down Payment Resource Webinars

Down Payment Resource, a NorthstarMLS core service, is a great tool that can be used to connect buyers to potential down payment programs they may be eligible for in our market. DPR is offering two live webinars that are a great way to educate yourself about how this MLS tool can work for you.

Down Payment Programs 101: What Every Agent Needs to Know
Tuesday, February 26 from 12:00-1:00pm >>> Click Here to Register

The main reason your buyers postpone their homeownership dream? Saving for a down payment. But there are valuable programs to help today’s buyers. Learn the basics about the three most common types of homeownership programs, how to find out who offers this help, and what’s available across the country–and right in your backyard! Join DPR and take the first step towards educating more of your sidelined buyers about these opportunities.

Grow Your First-Time Homebuyer Business
Tuesday, March 5 from 12:00-1:00pm >>> Click Here to Register

First-time buyers are the future of your business, but many are waiting on the sidelines. This webinar will show you how to be a real estate superhero by educating your buyers about down payment help and helping them buy a home sooner than they thought possible. Learn how to start more homebuyer conversations 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 homeownership programs and deliver leads right to your inbox.


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

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