Tip of the Week for 5/21

Choosing the Right Appointment Type in ShowingTime

Being able to identify what type of appointment you are scheduling can help get the appointment confirmed faster. The listing agent will also be able to inform the owner or tenant (if necessary) to keep them updated on the process.

Whether it’s a first, second, or third showing, appraisal, photography, or walk-through, ShowingTime has got you covered! There’s even a drop down menu for specific inspection types, like chimney, foundation, pest, radon, roof and more.

The quick video below walks you through how to use and choose appointment types in ShowingTime.

Haven’t tried the ShowingTime mobile app? It’s available for iOS and Android devices. Download the app here.

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Artisan Home Tour

Artisan Home Tour REALTOR OPEN®  |  Friday, June 15 •  12–6pm

BATC-Housing First Minnesota is pleased to invite area REALTORS® to tour 22 exquisite new homes featured on this year’s Artisan Home Tour. Just bring your business card to get a free TourTicket and check out the Twin Cities’ most elite builders.

Visit ArtisanHomeTour.org for home information. Sponsored by James Hardie

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Invite Your Contacts to Join You!

Now that you have downloaded and registered your Homesnap app (with Broker Public Portal), you’re ready to use one of its most valuable features: Invite your Contacts to both download the app and connect with you!

Close to a quarter of a million (237,700) consumers have already accepted NorthstarMLS agent Homesnap invitations and connected! Each one of those connections has the potential to spread the word to friends and family and help the Real Estate Industry’s source of data go viral.

Why invite your Contacts into Homesnap?

  • Reduces their need to look to third party sites for information.
  • If they accept your invitation, their Homesnap app is branded to you, and all inquiries they make about listings go direct to you.
  • They get to use the same tool that you use as an agent: one of the highest rated real estate apps, and with the most accurate data direct from 125 MLS’s (and growing) across the country.
  • No distracting advertising or redirects to other agents.

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Open Houses Input Redesign

As announced last month, we’re rolling out a redesign of the NorthstarMLS Add/Edit system. The overhaul boasts a modern design that automatically adapts to your device (desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone). Open Houses was the first phase of the redesign that will be followed in the coming months by Media Uploads (photos, supplements and virtual tours), the listing input screens, and more.

For a quick look at how Inputting Open Houses works, check out our video below!

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Join the Broker Public Portal Movement!

Earlier this week, we posted the StarTribune article featuring NorthstarMLS as a participant in Homesnap, the technology partner of the Broker Public Portal. This national real estate industry-led effort enhances your client relationships and helps reclaim the agent-consumer relationship from third-party portals.

How can you participate? The first step is to download the Homesnap app for your smartphone/tablet and register for the agent PRO version. Over 11,500 NorthstarMLS subscribers have already done so. It’s quick and easy! The two-and-a-half minute video below shows you how. Or download our PDF Guide.

Next week we will cover the most important step–Invite your contacts to download Homesnap and connect with you.

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NorthstarMLS in the News!

Sunday’s Star Tribune featured a story on the Broker Public Portal, the real estate industry’s alternative to third party listing portals. The Broker Public Portal is known to consumers as Homesnap–the name of the smartphone app and website.

For the article, Star Tribune interviewed NorthstarMLS President & CEO John Mosey, who serves on the Broker Public Portal Board along with many other industry leaders.

As a NorthstarMLS subscriber, you have access to the “Pro” version of Homesnap where you can connect with all your contacts. Homesnap is available to all consumers with no advertising, and no paid agent placement on your listings. All inquiries about listings for sale from consumers (not already tied to an agent) go directly to the List Agent. Your listing, your lead!

Read the Star Tribune article.

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Rules Roundup: How’s Your Showing Etiquette?

Gearing up for the spring market? That likely means more showings and open houses.

The video below offers showing etiquette tips that we’ve received from agents, along with some plain common sense, to help ensure a pleasant house hunting experience. Give it a view if you have two minutes – you might get a chuckle!

Don’t forget to use ShowingTime to manage your showings & open houses. It’s a NorthstarMLS core service and part of your MLS subscription.

Questions? Our rules & regs staff is here to help! Contact us at help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-3210.

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Did You Know?

Do you use the Map Search feature in Matrix? Do you have clients who want a home within a specific commute time to their job? Good news! We’ve got the perfect tool for you. Use INRIX Drive Time in map search to find homes that are within a specified commute time to a client’s job. You can even overlap the spouse’s desired commute!

Buyers Find Commuting Costs Essential
Among recent buyers who found commuting costs very important, 66% said that convenience to their job was important when choosing a neighborhood, according to NAR’s 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

Watch the 2-minute video below to see how INRIX Drive Time works in Matrix!

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Tip of the Week for 4/23

Have you worked with a client that is in the market for energy-efficient features in a home? You’re probably not alone if you answered “yes.” Consumers want to live in homes that are friendly to the environment and their wallet at the same time.

Energy features play a key role in making a home an enjoyable and affordable place to live. Homes that are drafty, cold in the winter, hot in the summer, and expensive to run leave occupants struggling to choose between staying comfortable and paying their utility bills.

Since 2013, NorthstarMLS has had energy efficiency fields, such as Green Certification and HERS Score. But did you know there are also several energy-efficient features in the MLS that might grab the interest of your “Green” buyers? Below is a look at current Active listings in the MLS with Energy-Efficient Features.

  • Heat: Geothermal – 111
  • A/C: Geothermal – 83
  • Fuel: Solar – 12
  • Parking Characteristics: Insulated Garages – 2,787
  • Amenities-Unit: Skylight – 604
  • Amenities-Unit: Ceiling Fan(s) – 5,293
  • Amenities-Unit: In-ground Sprinkler – 3,070
  • Appliances: Tankless Water Heater – 122
  • Appliances: Electronic Air Filter – 326
  • Appliances: Air-To-Air Exchanger – 3,053
  • Green Certification: Certified – 32
  • Green Certification: Pending – 1
  • Green Certification: Tested – 19
  • HERS Score – 701

Note: Near the bottom left of the Search page, you will see “Additional Fields” with the option to Add or Remove from a list them. Click on the “Add/Remove” to view a list of “Available Fields” like the ones above. (You will not see the option to Remove a field unless you have already added a new field.)

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Fresh Look for Add/Edit


NorthstarMLS is rolling out a redesign of its Add/Edit system, starting tonight with Open Houses. This is the first of a phase-in of the redesign that will be followed in the coming months by Media Uploads (photos, supplements and virtual tours), the listing input screens, and more.

There may be up to a 1-hour Add/Edit outage tonight (at approximately 11:00pm) as we rollout the Open Houses input redesign.

For a preview of how it will look, check out our new Open Houses quick guide.

We are very excited for you to see and use the entire Add/Edit redesign in the coming months. It’s easy to use, and boasts a modern design that automatically adapts to your device (desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone).

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