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.

REMINDER AUGUST 1st: MNR State Forms Revisions Take Effect

Minnesota Realtors® has made changes to their existing forms/contracts. Get prepared by familiarizing yourself with this year’s forms changes. Please visit these resources (log-in required) to help you understand a summary of the changes, and Q&As on MNR’s Forms Use Policy.

These changes go into effect Saturday, August 1st and will be available on Instanet Forms.

If you have any questions about the Minnesota State Forms, contact Minnesota Realtors® at info@mnrealtor.com

As you’re likely well aware, Minnesota is currently in the “Stay Safe” phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Any businesses planning to reopen their doors are required to adopt a Preparedness Plan and follow the published guidelines from DEED, MDH, CDC and OSHA by June 29, 2020

The Preparedness Plan must contain certain items that you will need to incorporate site-specific best practices for your particular business operations surrounding health and wellness, social distancing, cleaning, sanitation and protection, and operations and communications with your sales associates, clients, and visitors in mind. Adapting your plan and policies to accommodate showings and open houses will be important in helping Minnesotans stay safe. 

Minnesota Realtors® recently released this handy guide of suggestions and considerations as we keep moving forward during this pandemic. If you missed any NorthstarMLS COVID-19 news, click here

Get the latest updates on The Wisconsin Department of Health Services gradual process of reopening, called the Badger Bounce Back, here

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With your NorthstarMLS subscription, you have access to the best tools that simplify business for real estate professionals. 

Did you know that there are over 20 Core Services? These are the applications and services that are included with your MLS fees at no additional charge — which include Matrix, ShowingTime, Add/Edit, Homesnap, Realist, Remine, Infosparks and much more.

Take a look at the redesigned NorthstarMLS Core Services Page — it’s easy to navigate and see the tools that are available to you. 

Here’s a List of All the NorthstarMLS Core Services

NorthstarMLS recently updated its lake and river names in Minnesota to the most recent from our data source: the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With this update, most changes were minor, with the DNR simply dropping the word “Lake” in some cases. For example, Lake Darling.

All NorthstarMLS listings in Minnesota with waterfront names were automatically updated where there was a change. Listings, saved searches, auto-emails and search controls have also been updated as needed.

Contact our Help Desk if you have questions or need help: help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-5456 (1-877-251-5455). Our business hours are M-F, 8:00 to 5:00.

NorthstarMLS made two temporary policy changes to support agents and their clients during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. As businesses are adjusting and State restrictions loosening, those temporary policies will expire effective July 1st as follows:

  1. SHOWINGS IN ACTIVE STATUS
    • Current temporary policy until July 1st: Showings may be suspended for any listing in Active Status as long as this is disclosed in the Public Remarks.
    • Return to regular policy effective July 1st: All Active status listings must be available for showings within 24 hours. If a property will be unavailable for showing for 24 hours or longer, it must be placed in Temporarily Not Available for Showing (TNAS) Status (or Pending if offer accepted and no longer showing).
       
  2. COMING SOON STATUS MAXIMUM LENGTH
    • Current temporary policy until July 1st: A listing may be placed in Coming Soon Status for up to 60 days.
    • Return to regular policy effective July 1st: A listing may be placed in Coming Soon Status for up to 21 days.
    • Transition: Any listing placed in Coming Soon Status before July 1st for more than 21 days will be allowed to stay in Coming Soon Status for the full length of time that you set. This will allow you to keep commitments made to your clients before the July 1st policy change.

Here is a handy reference flier of these changes.

We hope these temporary policy changes were helpful as you navigated new ways of doing business during the stay-at-home orders and ongoing health precautions.

If you need a refresher on Coming Soon Status, we have a resource section available on our website, including a quick chart that spells out the differences among Active, TNAS, Withheld and Coming Soon statuses.

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

Watch Now! Realist’s New Video Series “Realist Studios” 

Realist Studios offers a wealth of training videos and tips to help you take advantage of everything the new Realist (introduced this past March) has to offer.

In case you missed it, some of the new features include:

  • “Sell Score” uses CoreLogic analytics to determine the relative likelihood that a property will be listed for sale in the next six months. 
  • Display results for up to 3,000 records
  • Cards View – quick thumbnail view that displays a photo & a few fields of key info for each property
  • Favorites – add any property from any search to your saved favorites in Matrix 
  • Mobile responsive design

Watch Realist Studio Episodes Here