Add/Edit Photo Captions

By popular demand, we recently made a change to our Add/Edit system where all photo uploads automatically have the photo filename as the photo caption. Also by popular demand, we now have a way for you to quickly clear those automatic captions if you don't want them. After uploading your photos, click the "Select All" box, then the "Remove Captions" button. The animation below shows you exactly how (click it to open a larger version in a new browser window). You can also use the new button to remove captions on individual photos or a selected group of photos.

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Matrix 360 is Almost Here!

We are pleased to announce that Matrix 360 will be coming to NorthstarMLS subscribers this June! Matrix 360 is the latest version of Matrix from our vendor CoreLogic that unifies listing data and Realist property data. The result is a truly property-centric listing platform that gives you a 360-degree view of properties in our market.

  • Save time. Leverage tax data without launching a separate program and leaving the MLS workflow, and without browser plugins. Learn one system, not two.
  • It’s easy to use and familiar. Work with tax records just like Matrix listings. Create searches, get results, view details, print and email reports for both listing and tax records, all in one place, all in the same way.

For a preview, view the Matrix 360 video below. (Note: This is not the NorthstarMLS Matrix system, so may not look exactly how our system is configured.) 

Stay tuned for more information!

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New from Remine!

NorthstarMLS core service Remine combines data on property and people to create new opportunities for you. If you haven’t yet tried Remine, check out this quick demo video or register for a live training webinar

Based on user feedback. Here are a few recent updates from Remine:

Compare Properties with CMA 360
CMA 360 analyzes both MLS and Off-MLS data to provide you with a true 360 perspective. Access the "Create CMA" link at the top of any Property Details page. For a quick walkthrough of CMA 360, check out this tutorial video.

Remine Mobile App
Remine is also available as a smartphone appSome features you'll get with the app are: access to live map or search bar, draw shapes around areas you want to track, utilize the predictive analytics of Buy and Sell Scores and more. Download the Remine app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. When you open the app, you’ll be prompted for your MLS email and ID. 

Daily Dashboard
The Daily dashboard is the landing page of Remine, and the place where you can view metrics about your tracked properties, saved searches, listings, local weather and more. You can customize your Remine Daily dashboard much like you can with the NorthstarMLS Matrix home screen

Stay in Touch with Contacts 
You can use Remine Chat to talk to your invited clients, or any agent within NorthstarMLS.

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Add/Edit Unavailable at 9pm

The NorthstarMLS Add/Edit system will be unavailable for about 30 minutes starting tonight at 9:00pm. We need the downtime to release several new enhancements, including:

  • Larger maximum file size for both photos and supplements (up to 20 MB each).
  • When uploading a photo to a listing, the photo file name will automatically populate as the photo caption.
  • When viewing a listing in Add/Edit, we will automatically hide the map so that you can more easily see the data. (You can still toggle the map pin icon to view it.)
  • If one of your Incomplete listings expires (or you accidentally delete an Incomplete or Withheld listing), our Help Desk will be able to quickly restore it for you.
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Tip of the Week for 5/6

Tip of the Week – Accessibility Features in Matrix

If you’re searching for suitable homes for buyers with disabilities, it can be a tricky task. The CDC estimates that one in four U.S. adults – 61 million Americans – have a disability. Your next client may have a disability and you’ll need to find something that suits their needs. 

Fortunately, the NorthstarMLS Matrix Add/Edit system has nearly 20 different accessibility options to choose from when you enter a listing into the MLS. Other agents will be able to search for these when they’re working with a buyer with a disability. 

While these fields are not required, we encourage you to complete this field when appropriate. It will spare yourself, your colleagues and most importantly the client your working with a lot of wasted time searching for homes that just won’t work because of their disability.

The image below shows how to enter accessibility features of a listing into the Add/Edit system (click on it for a larger view of it in a new browser tab)


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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Tip of the Week for 4/29

Tip of the Week – Add/Edit Teams Videos Now Available 

If you want to learn more about how Teams work in the new-look NorthstarMLS Add/Edit system, check out our three tutorial videos below that will help you get started. The way Teams work on NorthstarMLS didn't change, but the enhancements make them easier to manage.

Here are quick links to the Teams in NorthstarMLS Add/Edit tutorial videos.

The Help section of our Add/Edit system includes these videos and a PDF print guide, too.


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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May MyFloodStatus Webinars

Webinars on May 6, 7 & 8 – 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 subscribersClick 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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Help Buyers Find Down Payment Programs

According to 2017 loan data, 36% of mortgages across the largest U.S. cities were eligible for down payment help. Plus, the average down payment assistance benefit was $9,208. That means more than a third of buyers might be leaving money on the table! 

The down payment ranks as the number one obstacle for potential homebuyers, and for some buyers, leaving money on the table could lead to them not being able to buy. 

As a NorthstarMLS subscriber, you have access to Down Payment Resource, a core service that helps you help your clients identify these programs.

There are down payment assistance programs. Some of them help with down payments and closing costs. Eligibility depends upon several factors including the location of the home.

Check here to see if your buyer may be eligible for down payment assistance. 


The DPR icon appears with "Find Down Payment Help" on potentially eligible listings in your clients' Portal as shown above.

For you in NorthstarMLS Matrix, this icon  is on listings where down payment help is potentially available.

Both you and your clients can click on these DPR icons on listings for information. 

If you want to learn more about how DPR can help your real estate business, sign up for a free webinar or check out this recorded training video

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Tip of the Week for 4/22

Tip of the Week – Price Change Alerts in Matrix

Reducing the price for one of your listings in NorthstarMLS Matrix? If you want it to show with the red down arrow (or blue up arrow for a higher price) in Matrix search result grids, Hot Sheets and Client Portals, the price must be changed by at least a half percent (.005) of the original listing/asking price. 

For example, if your listing is priced at $300,000, it would need to be lowered by at least $1,500 for it to show up in search results with the price reduction arrow (like in the screen shot below).

Whenever you see the price change arrow for a listing in the Single Line Grid, click on it for a quick pop-up showing you the original, immediately prior and current price, and the date of the current price change. (In the Hot Sheet and Market Watch displays, simply hover over the arrow. In the Client Portal, hover over the gold Price Change banner.)

Thanks to NorthstarMLS subscriber Teri Eckholm of Boardman Realty for her recommendation of this week’s Tip of the Week. Teri 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!


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Webinar: Exploring Homesnap

Want to learn more about how to use the mobile app Homesnap Pro? Register for one of the upcoming free webinars, offered by Homesnap especially for NorthstarMLS subscribers. 

Not only is Homesnap Pro a NorthstarMLS core service that can help you better connect with and serve your clients, it is also the platform of the Broker Public Portal (BPP). The BPP initiative grew out of a movement among brokers across the country to develop an industry-controlled real estate search experience for consumers. NorthstarMLS was at the forefront of this national collaboration between brokers and MLS’s.

This session will explore the most popular features in the Homesnap Pro app:

  1. Take a snap of any property and see the current MLS data
  2. See the Agent deal flow and Transaction History
  3. Use the app to walk property lines
  4. Invite your clients for exclusive Agent Client Branding
  5. Share your personal unique profile link
  6. Your FREE weekly newsletter

Don’t forget to download the app before the session begins. You can get the FREE app by going to Homesnap.com/get. If you need assistance getting the app, please call 1-866-855-2622 or email support@homesnap.com.

These webinars are offered multiple times, just pick the time and date you would like to attend from the dropdown menu in the register screen.

Register for a FREE Webinar Here

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