More LIVE webinars added for the week of October 19! 
Learn All About NorthstarMLS Paragon—A New MLS Front-End of Choice!

Are you interested in learning more about NorthstarMLS Paragon but did not have time? Good news–the free trial period for the NorthstarMLS Paragon system has been extended through December 31!

NorthstarMLS Paragon is a front-end MLS system offered to you in addition to Matrix (for a small charge–as low as $75 per year) or in place of Matrix (no cost). NorthstarMLS Paragon contains the exact same MLS data that you access now in NorthstarMLS Matrix. But it is a completely different front-end system with different features and interface. Don’t worry, Matrix is not going anywhere. Paragon simply gives you another choice.

Opportunities to Learn More
The Paragon introductory webinar is a great place to start. Here is a link to the recording. There are three webinars planned for this week that are tailored for NorthstarMLS subscribers. Addtionally, you can dive deeper with daily live Webinars from Paragon system vendor, Black Knight. View the calendar and register for sessions here.

Here is the schedule for this week’s NorthstarMLS-tailored webinars. Pick a Date and Time Below to Sign Up:

Your free trial account on NorthstarMLS Paragon is already set up. It uses the same Single Sign-on system as Matrix, so your same NorthstarMLS User ID and password will get you in. Here is the web address, or you can click the “Paragon Login” button at northstarmls.com.

NorthstarMLS Paragon: https://nsmls.paragonrels.com/

For those who want to continue with Paragon after the free trial (but keep your access to Matrix), the cost will be $75 per year, or you can go shorter periods of $40 per quarter or $50 per half year. If you choose to use Paragon exclusively and drop your Matrix access, then there is no additional charge beyond your existing monthly Association dues.

To sign up to continue with Paragon past the free-trial period, go to Add/Edit (click the Add/Edit tab here in Matrix). Click the triangle to the right of your name (upper right portion of screen) to open the drop-down menu, and select “Preferences.” In the “Front End of Choice” section, click the button under Paragon to explore your options.

Questions? Contact the NorthstarMLS Help Desk at help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-5456 (1-877-251-5455). We are available M-F, 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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FINAL CHANCE: 1-MINUTE of your time could win you a $100 Target Store Shopping Spree!

So far, almost 4,000 of you have completed our annual survey. THANK YOU! We are so appreciative of your willingness to share your thoughts and trust in our leadership to act.

But we’re not quite done. If you have not yet taken the survey, there is still time for your to join your colleagues in making your voice heard. The survey closes at end of day on Sunday, October 18.

Click this link now to answer our quick two questions and automatically be entered into a drawing for one of 4 $100 Target Gift Cards.We Are Listening—Make Your Voice Heard!

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A Message from Minnesota Realtors (State Association)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the issuance of an Order under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Because EO 20-79 creates a greater level of public health protection, the Minnesota state order overrides the CDC order unless 20-79 terminates. Below links to a chart that breaks down the state vs. the CDC order, and includes links to state and county websites that may offer emergency rental assistance. If you have any questions, please email: info@mnrealtor.com

MN State vs Federal Eviction Moratorium Guide

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During the month of October, Homesnap trainer, Ana Johnson is offering a special Fall Challenge where you can earn FREE Homesnap branding simply by completing eight training actions.

To accept the challenge, simply enter your contact information and then complete 8 Homesnap training actions.

Some of training actions available that you can complete include: 

  • Downloading the Homesnap Mobile App 
  • Learning how to set up your NorthstarMLS-provided Homesnap account
  • Attending a Homesnap Pro webinar anytime in October
  • Downloading Homesnap’s Agent Quick-Start Guide
  • Learning how to search for listings in Homesnap Pro
  • Learning how to navigate listing details in Homesnap Pro
  • Learning how to view agent profiles in Homesnap Pro
  • Learning how to message and share properties with clients instantly with Homesnap Pro 

Note: Homesnap’s Fall Challenge promotion ends on October 31, 2020. 

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Congratulations to the second of our two 10th Anniversary Down Payment Resource Contest Winners, Lisa Carter of RE/MAX Results!

Lisa used Down Payment Resource to match her homebuyer with the down payment help she needed to become the first homeowner in her family.

“With the combined monies that were able to be layered, we were able to bid on a home for $135,000, and we didn’t need to ask for seller concessions because there were enough monies in those programs to cover down payment and closing costs. So, we were able to get the home despite it being a competitive market.”

Thanks for celebrating your success story with us, Lisa! She and her homebuyer EACH won a $250 Target gift card!

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Are you interested in learning more about NorthstarMLS Paragon but did not have time? Good news–the free trial period for the NorthstarMLS Paragon system has been extended through December 31!

NorthstarMLS Paragon is a front-end MLS system offered to you in addition to Matrix (for a small charge–as low as $75 per year) or in place of Matrix (no cost). NorthstarMLS Paragon contains the exact same MLS data that you access now in NorthstarMLS Matrix. But it is a completely different front-end system with different features and interface. Don’t worry, Matrix is not going anywhere. Paragon simply gives you another choice.

Opportunities to Learn More
The Paragon introductory webinar is a great place to start. Here is a link to the recording. Also, you can dive deeper with daily live Webinars from Paragon system vendor, Black Knight. View the calendar and register for sessions here.

Your free trial account on NorthstarMLS Paragon is already set up. It uses the same Single Sign-on system as Matrix, so your same NorthstarMLS User ID and password will get you in. Here is the web address, or you can click the “Paragon Login” button at northstarmls.com.

NorthstarMLS Paragon: https://nsmls.paragonrels.com/

For those who want to continue with Paragon after the free trial (but keep your access to Matrix), the cost will be $75 per year, or you can go shorter periods of $40 per quarter or $50 per half year. If you choose to use Paragon exclusively and drop your Matrix access, then there is no additional charge beyond your existing monthly Association dues.

To sign up to continue with Paragon past the free-trial period, go to Add/Edit (click the Add/Edit tab here in Matrix). Click the triangle to the right of your name (upper right portion of screen) to open the drop-down menu, and select “Preferences.” In the “Front End of Choice” section, click the button under Paragon to explore your options.

Questions? Contact the NorthstarMLS Help Desk at help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-5456 (1-877-251-5455). We are available M-F, 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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NorthstarMLS core service TrustFunds will soon include the option to deposit earnest money direct with a participating Title company.

Upon selecting a Title company, if applicable, you will then select the office and the closer (see screenshot below). You will continue to have the option of selecting a broker as well. (Select the party noted in the fully executed Purchase Agreement.)

As this is new, you may not see your Title company in the list. If the Title company you use is not available and you would like it to be added, the Title company must register and pay the monthly subscription fees (same as brokers). We suggest checking first with your broker. They can contact someone at your Title company about joining.

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ONE MINUTE of your time could win you a $100 Target Store Shopping Spree!

Welcome to the annual NorthstarMLS subscriber survey! This very quick, 2-question survey gives you the opportunity to tell us how we are doing, and what NorthstarMLS can do better to make you and your clients more successful. NorthstarMLS staff and Board members read every survey comment to help plan the focus of resources for 2021. Participate in this planning effort–evaluate NorthstarMLS and help make it better–we want your opinion!

Get started by rating our service on the scale. After clicking “Continue,” you will have the opportunity to enter your comments. Then click the “Finish” button and you are entered to win one of four $100 Target Gift Cards! Thank you for time and feedback!

Click Here to Answer the 2 Questions & Make YOUR Voice Heard!

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NorthstarMLS is a proud donor to the MN Realtors Rebuilding Campaign. This campaign is helping rebuild businesses that were impacted by this summer’s civil unrest. The Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Realtors® Foundations are matching every dollar raised up to $100,000! Check out the video.

All funds raised will be distributed to these organizations:

  • Upper Northside Business Association
  • Longfellow Community Council
  • Minneapolis Foundation Fund for Safe Communities
  • Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund

MN Realtors® Rebuilding Community is a multi-association effort to engage in racial diversity, equity and inclusion issues as they pertain to housing. Minneapolis Area REALTORS®, Minnesota Realtors® and the St. Paul Area Association of REALTORS® are founding partners.

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The NorthstarMLS Paragon free trial period continues through September. Our Matrix system is NOT going away. We are simply offering Paragon as an optional, additional front-end MLS system for those who would like to choose it. If you are not interested in Paragon, you do not need to do anything–simply continue with Matrix.

For those who are giving Paragon a try, below is a tip on using the Collaboration Center—Paragon’s version of the client listings portal.

Consumers have a high expectation on timely and complete data when searching for a home. With Paragon’s Collaboration Center, we provide an online customer portal so you and your Buyers can find the perfect home together. Using the Collaboration Center, your Buyers will indicate their favorite, interested, or not interest properties. They can also add notes that you will see in Paragon. 

Click or tap on the image below to watch the video.

If you haven’t used the Collaboration Center yet, please add yourself as a contact in Paragon with a Saved Search.  We invite you to use the tools like your clients would so you can help them better communicate with your using the Collaboration Center.

If you haven’t logged into NorthstarMLS Paragon system yet, please click here and get started today. We suggest that you add yourself as a contact first and sign up for a saved search so you can experience the Collaboration Center first hand. The Paragon free trial runs through September. If you would like to continue with Paragon after that (completely optional), go the Preferences section of Add/Edit. You may choose Paragon in place of Matrix at no additional cost, or you may add Paragon while keeping your access to Matrix ($75 per year, or $40/quarter, or $50/semi-annual).

If you have questions about the Paragon Collaboration Center, contact the Paragon Support line at paragonsupport@bkfs.com or 1- 877-MLS-HELP (1-877-657-4357), or the NorthstarMLS Help Desk at: help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-5456 (1-877-251-5455).

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