Making the Most of Your Next Direct Mail Campaign

As a real estate professional, you how important it is to keep your prospecting pipeline full and to have the right tools to create effective campaigns. We recently showed you how to print mailing labels for a campaign from a public records and listing search with Matrix 360

With RPR’s new mailing labels feature (one of the most frequently requested features), you now have another simple way to market a new listing, just sold properties, or to promote your brand. 

Watch the recorded webinar below for a walk through on how to use RPR to generate mailing labels to your targeted market.

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Combined History Tab in Matrix 360

With NorthstarMLS Matrix 360, you can view both the MLS and Public Records history of a listing — without having to open Realist separately! 

Our quick video below shows you how it works. Give it a view! 


NorthstarMLS Matrix 360 Videos On Demand Click here to view our other Matrix 360 videos, including how to search public recordsprinting mailing labels, enhanced printing features, the flood map tab and how to use the interactive parcel maps in Matrix 360.

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MLS Field Updates

NorthstarMLS has released some additional options for existing data fields, and several new fields. These changes are detailed below. These are all improvements and accommodations for continued expansion of our coverage area. These changes are available now in our Add/Edit system and will show on the Single Family Residential input forms (in Instanet Transaction Desk) later today, with the other property types to follow next week.

  • Power Company: This is a new, optional field where you can select the power company that provides service to the property. This is particularly important in greater Minnesota where there are multiple options that can affect the costs for the owner. If you need to select a Power Company that is not in the list, select "Other" and notify our Help Desk of the missing Power Company at help@northstarmls.com.
  • Association Fee Includes: Added Recreation Facility and Taxes.
  • Accessible: Added Reduced Height Cabinets
  • Air Conditioning: Added Whole House Fan
  • Exterior: Added Cedar, Steel Siding and Aluminum Siding
  • Basement: Added Brick/Mortar and Raised
  • Parking Characteristics: Added Paved Lot, Gravel Lot, Off Site, RV Access/Parking, Electric, Storage and Floor Drain.
  • Sewer: Added Outhouse
  • Water: Added Lake Water
  • Amenities-Unit: Added Boat Slip and Satellite Dish
  • Fencing: Added Composite and Vinyl
  • Fireplace Characteristics: Added Electric Log
  • Roof: Added Composition
  • Drainage (Lots & Land, and Farms): A new, optional field to describe the land drainage (Average, Good, Excellent, Natural Type, Surface, Tile)
  • Surface Water (Lots & Land, and Farms): A new, optional field to describe bodies of water contained in the land (Lake, Marsh, Pond, Spring, Stream/Creek, Wetlands)
  • Forest Reserve Acres (Farms): new, optional field
  • Land Agreements (Farms): new, optional field

Commercial/Mixed Use Only

  • Current Use: Added Resort and Storage Facility
  • CMU Style: Split Industrial and Warehouse into two separate options
  • Floors: new, optional field to describe the types of floors
  • Location: new, optional field (Downtown, Free Standing, Industrial Park, Shopping Center, Strip Center, Other)
  • Miscellaneous: Added the options of Alarms and Auto Bay
  • Walls: new, optional field to describe the types of walls
  • Window Features: new, optional field
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Flood Map Tab in Matrix 360

In a recent Matrix 360 video tip, we showed you how the Parcel Map tab right within the full property display in Matrix 360 works. You can also use the new Flood Map tab to show your client precisely where the property is, relative to flood zones, as well as other FEMA Flood Zone data.

Our quick video below shows you how it works. Give it a view! 


NorthstarMLS Matrix 360 Videos On Demand Click here to view our other Matrix 360 videos, including how to search public recordsprinting mailing labels, enhanced printing features and how to use the interactive parcel maps in Matrix 360.

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MN State Forms Changes

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 Thursday, August 1st and will be available on Instanet Forms.

Take a look at this article from MAR or watch this video series (login required) 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

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Get Mailing Labels from a Listings Search

We recently showed you how to print mailing labels from a public records search directly within Matrix 360. Today, we show you how you can also get mailing labels for your MLS listings search results. (Or maybe you want an easier way to view the public tax records for your listing search results.) Our quick 90-second video below shows you how. Give it a view! 


NorthstarMLS Matrix 360 Videos On Demand Click here to view our other Matrix 360 videos, including how to search public recordsprinting mailing labels, enhanced printing features and how to use the interactive parcel maps in Matrix 360.

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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 10th (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. 

What: 12th Annual Raksha Walk/Run for Distraction-Free Driving
Date: Saturday, August 10th 2019
Time:

  • 8:30 am Registration opens/Refreshments
  • 9:00 am 5K Run begins
  • 9:05 am Raksha Walk Begins
  • 10:00 – 10:30am – Program and Refreshments

Where: Purgatory Creek Recreation Area, 13001 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie.
Cost: $20 to run; $15 to walk. Kids 12 and under are FREE
*Register online by July 27 to guarantee you receive a Raksha 5K athletic shirt.

More information on the run/walk can be found hereYou can Register Here.

Contact Vijay Dixit with any registration questions: vijay@shreyadixit.org

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Past 30 Days in Add/Edit

We recently announced several Add/Edit updates — including a redesigned and easier-to-use drop-down list for sorting your results. These were all based on user requests/feedback. 

Previously, the default display showed all of your listings, sorted by most "Recently Edited." But because of slow performance issues caused by loading all listings for every user every session, (especially for office brokers that are assigned to several offices and manage many listings), we changed the default to show only those listings edited in the "Past 30 Days". This initial sort makes the system perform faster for all.

But the option to view all of your listings sorted by most "Recently Edited" is still available. When you log in, click "Past 30 Days" on the top Sort Menu and switch to "Recently Edited" (or any of the other sort options in the list).

The animation below shows you the list of sort options, including the new default "Past 30 Days" (click it to open a larger version in a new browser window).

Watch our revised Add/Edit Search video for a closer look the enhancements we made in June. 

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2019 REALTORS® Unite Convention

Register this week for a chance to win some great prizes – including Vikings vs. Packers tickets at US Bank Stadium! 

The 2019 REALTORS® Unite Convention will be held on Sept. 25 & Sept. 26, 2019 at Mystic Lake Center and registration is now open. Get the early bird rate of $160 (normally $200) if you sign up before September 1! There are also some great giveaways (see the graphic above) if you sign up THIS WEEK – including Vikings vs. Packers tickets at US Bank Stadium on Dec. 23.  

The annual statewide convention will be filled with networking, education (including CE Hours for some sessions), a vendor expo, several guest speakers and more. NorthstarMLS is sponsoring the event again this year and will be at the expo from 11:30AM-1PM on Sept. 26. Stop by our table with your questions or just to say hello! 

When: Sept. 25-26, 2019
WhereMystic Lake Center (Prior Lake, MN)

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

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Enhanced Printing Features in Matrix 360

With NorthstarMLS Matrix 360 (released last month), you’ll find some great new printing options and displays once you’ve ran a search in Matrix.  

Our quick 80-second video below highlights the great new printing features that you’ll find in Matrix 360. Give it a view! 


NorthstarMLS Matrix 360 Videos On Demand Click here to view our other Matrix 360 videos, including how to search public recordsprinting mailing labels and how to use the interactive parcel maps in Matrix 360.

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