Target Store Shopping Spree!

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

Who doesn’t love Target? The place you go to pick up something quick and come out with a full cart.

Take just one minute to complete the 2-question, annual NorthstarMLS survey, and you will be entered into a random drawing to win one of four Target gift cards: $100, $75, $50 or $25.

But even more importantly, you will make your voice heard.

NorthstarMLS staff and Board members read every survey comment to help plan the focus of resources for 2018. Participate in this planning effort–evaluate NorthstarMLS and help make it better–we want your opinion!

Answer the two quick questions now

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Revised Matrix License Agreement

Remember when you first logged in to Matrix and had to accept the End User License Agreement before proceeding? With the replacement of Bing maps with Google maps coming with next month’s Matrix upgrade, we must add a new paragraph to the License Agreement to cover Google’s requirements. Additionally, we have added a section regarding Intellectual Property that describes listings copyright assignment according to the selection made by your broker.

Because of these additions, all NorthstarMLS subscribers will need to click to accept the License Agreement again the morning after the upgrade. Although this is still a month away, we are announcing it now for those who want time to read the agreement before accepting it next month.

Click here for the full Matrix End User License Agreement. The Intellectual Property section is on the middle of page 2, and the Google Maps addition is on the bottom of page 4. If you have questions, contact our Help Desk at help@northstarmls.com.

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Do You Have a REALTOR Safety Plan?

Practice Realtor Safety Year-Round

“Knowledge. Awareness. Empowerment. These are the core components of Realtor Safety,” according to the National Association of Realtors. Because a significant part of being an agent involves attracting and meeting with strangers, at least initially, real estate professionals are more vulnerable to criminals than those in many other professions.

Tragically, that was the case with Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, was slain in a botched kidnapping by people posing as real estate customers in September of 2014 – during NAR’s REALTOR Safety Month.

As a REALTOR®, it’s important you have a personal safety protocol in place that you use every day with every client, like when meeting new clients, showing properties or sharing information online. There are a variety of tools you can add to your personal safety protocol, such as smartphone apps and other safety products. One tool currently available to NorthstarMLS subscribers is the Safety Timer in the Homesnap app.

NAR’s 2017 Member Safety Report
​Thirty percent of Realtors said they didn’t know if their brokerage had safety procedures, while 26 percent said there weren’t any guidelines at all. Meanwhile, less than half (44 percent) of respondents knew their brokerage’s safety guidelines, according to NAR’s recent Member Safety Report.

Sixty-two percent of respondents said they didn’t “experience a situation that made them fear for their personal safety or safety of their personal information.” On the other hand, 38 percent of respondents said they experienced a scary situation while visiting vacant or model homes, checking out unlocked and unsecured properties or going to remote areas.

Want More Info?
Check out this podcast with NAR’s (and former Edina Realty agent) Nobu Hata, who chat’s with real estate agent Carl Carter (Beverly Carter’s son) about ways agents can stay safe and also about a foundation that’s been created to promote agent safety.

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Tip of the Week for 10/9

Tip of the Week – Using the Roster & Office Tab in Matrix

The Roster Tab in Matrix is a convenient tool to help you find other agents and NorthstarMLS subscribers by name, contact information or office name. The video below will walk you through how to use this Matrix feature in two minutes.


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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Tell NorthstarMLS What You Think

At NorthstarMLS, we have two quick questions to ask you. If you could please take just 60 seconds or less to respond, you will:

  • Show NorthstarMLS where you think it should focus its resources in 2018.
  • Make your voice heard on the MLS issues that are important to you.
  • Possibly win a Target store shopping spree. At the close of the survey, we will randomly draw participants to win a $100, $75, $50 or $25 Target gift card.

Answer the two quick questions now

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Did You Know?

ShowingTime Mobile App: 3 Features You Might Not Know About

The ShowingTime Mobile App allows you to request and confirm showings, manage showing feedback and share listing activity reports with sellers. Here are three additional features of the ShowingTime Mobile App you might not know about:

Snapshot
A “snapshot” of all showing activity on an agent’s listings can be viewed within the Listing Activity Report (LAR). It’s the first thing agents see when opening the LAR and shows basic listing information, the current MLS status and showing statistics.

Here’s how: Open the LAR and the snapshot will be the first thing you see.

Send an announcement
Rather than needing a home or office computer, agents using the ShowingTime Mobile App can send an announcement on their listing straight from the app. Examples of announcements include price-change emails or a message to all showing agents who have viewed the property in the last 180 days. (Note: Agents can opt out of receiving such communication.)

Here’s how: Click “send” at the bottom of the main LAR screen, which will show the option to either “Share Activity Report” or “Send Announcement.”

Manage your buyers
You can choose to add a new or existing buyer while scheduling a showing on the mobile app. This helps ensure all properties and buyers are correctly matched together.

Here’s how: Search for the listing you want to show and continue as normal before selecting/adding a buyer to the showing.


Did You Know Archive Want to check out older Did You Know articles? Click here to view the archive of previous Did You Know articles on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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Win a REALTORS Unite Pass ($199 value)

Over 450 have registered for the Minnesota REALTORS® Convention in Bloomington that kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and it’s not too late if you haven’t signed up! If you’re the lucky 500th registrant, you’ll receive your pass to the three-day event for FREE (a $199 value). 

The 2017 REALTORS® Unite Convention will be filled with networking, education (including CE Hours for some sessions), vendor expo, several guest speakers including former WCCO-TV news anchor Don Shelby and nationally recognized speaker, Juanita McDowell, who is seen in the video below.

Visit www.MNunite.com for registration details and more information.

When: October 4-6, 2017
WhereDoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, MN

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Auction for Formula 1 Grand Prix Insider Access!

At a recent industry conference, NorthstarMLS won an Insider Access package for two to the Formula 1 Grand Prix of the Americas event Oct 20-22 in Austin, Texas. We are offering up this prize to the winning bidder in a silent auction. All proceeds will go to NAR’s Realtors Relief Foundation to aid victims of the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida. The auction is open to all (not just NorthstarMLS subscibers), so if you know any Formula 1 racing fans, please pass the link on to them to potentially help a great cause.

The auction site link for bidding: CLICK HERE (You will need to register as a bidder on the site.)
The auction is open now and ends Tuesday, October 10, 12:00 noon.

The Insider Access for two includes:

  • Turn 4 seating for Friday practice, Saturday Qualifying, and Race Day on Sunday!
  • Hotel accommodations at the Renaissance Austin with check in on Thursday October 19th, check out Monday October 23rd.
  • Race day transportation from the hotel to the track
  • VIP Track Entrance
  • Justin Timberlake live in concert Saturday night at the track
  • Stevie Wonder live in concert Sunday night at the track
  • Please note: Does NOT include airfare to Austin, TX

Questions? Email us at auction@northstarmls.com. Thank you and good luck to all who bid!

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Tip of the Week for 9/25

Tip of the Week – Map Starting Place Location

This week’s Tip of the Week comes from NorthstarMLS subscriber Byron Anfinson.

If you regularly use map searches to locate properties or perform CMAs, you may want to change the Default Map to a new starting location. The location can be your home address, your office or just a general area that you conduct most of your business in.

To adjust the map, select a property type by hovering over the Search tab in Matrix. (Single Family/Single Family General are most commonly used). Click on the Map Search link at the top of the Search page. Now you’re in the map view and can zoom into the area, or type in the address you want to center your map on.

Click the cog wheel (under the Results Tap) and click Set this map view as my starting default. Each time you use that search tap map function, you will start on a map that is your preferred location. Click Reset to the systems Search defaults if you ever want to change a starting default location.

Congratulations to Byron Anfinson of Coldwell Banker Burnet in Minneapolis! A $30 Caribou Coffee Gift Card is on the way to you.


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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Making the Market Work

Every day, NorthstarMLS helps make the market work in ways big and small. Take a few minutes to see how some of your colleagues view the value of the MLS.

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