New ShowingTime Appointment Type Now Available: Virtual Showing

ShowingTime has added a new appointment type, Virtual Showing, for showing agents to use when requesting a showing. By selecting this option, the showing agent is indicating to the listing agent that their client would prefer a virtual showing of the property. The showing agent can also add a note for the listing agent indicating which streaming video technology they prefer to use for the showing (FaceTime, Zoom, etc.).

Reference ShowingTime’s Virtual Showing Guide for help getting started and for more information on virtual showings, check out their resource page.

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In case you missed it, the All-New Homesnap Pro is now LIVE for NorthstarMLS subscribers! Join the folks at Homesnap for an online workshop tailored for NorthstarMLS subscribers ONLY and learn about the All-New Homesnap Pro, the biggest update ever!

Homesnap, a NorthstarMLS core service, gives you access to the most comprehensive real estate platform on the market at no additional cost to you.

There will be THREE free webinars during the week of March 9. Click the link below to sign up for the one that best fits your schedule: 

Check out the full trailer of what’s all featured in the new Homesnap. If you don’t have the Homesnap app yet, download it in the App Store and Google Play Store. Or, click here to check out their website.  

The All-New Homesnap Pro is now LIVE for NorthstarMLS subscribers! Homesnap has been conducting extensive research for the past three years on what technology real estate agents actually want, and now it’s providing it all in one easy-to-use app that’s deeply integrated with NorthstarMLS.  

NorthstarMLS agents have already had free access to Homesnap Pro as a core service, but Homesnap just released the biggest update in its history.

With the All-New Homesnap Pro, agents can now

  • Find seller leads before the competition  
  • Help buyers find homes that aren’t even on the market yet 
  • Seamlessly collaborate with clients  

Click here to sign up for a webinar that will highlight these exciting new Homesnap features. Check out the full trailer of what’s all featured in the new Homesnap. If you don’t have the Homesnap app yet, download it in the App Store and Google Play Store. Or, click here to check out their website.  

Get a sneak peek of Homesnap Pro’s biggest update EVER! 

Next week, big updates are coming to Homesnap Pro — one of your NorthstarMLS core services. We’ve got a sneak peek of all the new tools that are coming soon — all completely free to you with your NorthstarMLS subscription.

Make sure to download the Homesnap app today before the big launch next week! And watch for webinars in the coming weeks that will highlight these exciting new Homesnap features. In the meantime, you can click here or below to watch the full trailer of what’s coming soon. Check it out!

Broker Public Portal Delivers Over 20,000 Leads To NorthstarMLS Agents At No Charge! The Broker Public Portal (powered by Homesnap), continues to attract more and more consumers. It is now the second largest MLS consumer website, according to Hitwise, the nation’s leading source for measuring real estate web traffic across the entire industry. Broker Public Portal with Homesnap has delivered over one million free leads to participating real estate agents nationally and the growth trend line is rapidly ascending thanks to agents across the country introducing Homesnap to their contacts. Just since March, NorthstarMLS agents received over 20,000 free leads. These are from Homesnap users on the consumer version, who are not already linked to an agent. Those leads went directly to the List Agents (or to the Selling Agents for Solds), the best source of the information about the properties. Are you using Homesnap? It takes only a minute to set-up and invite your Contacts to download and connect. The more connections you make through Homesnap, the more word will spread, and free leads continue to rise. The Pro version of Homesnap is part of your NorthstarMLS core service at no additional charge. Be part of the industry movement to take back consumer traffic with the best data (direct from the MLS) and home search tools available!
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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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Tip of the Week – Homesnap’s DIY Facebook Video Ads

Looking to improve your social media game? Homesnap (a NorthstarMLS mobile solution) has a new Facebook ad format tool for you to create short videos for use on your Facebook page. It’s called DIY Video Ads. You can now take your own videos and turn them into video Facebook ads in minutes.

Shoot walkthroughs of your listings, create a personal introduction for prospective clients, interview a happy client at closing, highlight a price cut, provide tips to buyers/sellers – however you choose to be creative! And then just upload the video, choose a style or animation, add a message, and Homesnap takes care of the rest. You can do all of this from your mobile device, too!

Note: *DIY Video Ads are only available through the latest version of the Homesnap Pro app on iPhones and iPads. Facebook Video Ads are not a core service – extra fees will apply to use this feature. 

Watch the video below to see how it works and start creating your own video ads on Facebook.


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Our New App Chart Quickly Compares Features of HomeSpotter & Homesnap

To save you time and eliminate the guesswork, we’ve completely redesigned our NorthstarMLS Mobile app chart to compare the features of our most used mobile solutions available to NorthstarMLS subscribers – HomeSpotter (formerly known as the “NorthstarMLS app”) & Homesnap.

With our newly designed and easy to read comparison chart, you can quickly find features that are most important to you to determine which app may be best for your real estate business.

Can I edit listings? Does it let me share listings via email, text or social media? Is there integrated access to Instanet, ShowingTime, DPR or TrustFunds? Can consumers access data?

These are all features you can quickly compare with our new NorthstarMLS Mobile app chart.

Click here to check it out.

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Earlier this year, we announced the ability to edit listings directly from the HomeSpotter app. As a reminder you can edit the status, contingency, price, public and agent remarks and expiration date on your listings in the HomeSpotter app – this video shows you how.

HomeSpotter added another new feature with the ability to add and update photos from your device, this includes editing photo captions. You’ll find this new option under integrations in the Highlights tab, right beneath Edit Listings option on your own listings.

After you’ve saved any changes in your photos, there is a delay of approximately 20 minutes before these changes will be reflected on the MLS and on your HomeSpotter mobile app.

How do you get started with HomeSpotter?
You can download HomeSpotter here or search “HomeSpotter” the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android for the free mobile app. Sign in with your MLS credentials to get started and access agent only information.

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Edit Your NorthstarMLS Listings with the HomeSpotter App

With the HomeSpotter app (formerly known as the “NorthstarMLS app”), you can now make quick edits to your NorthstarMLS listings on the go, including: status, contingency, price, public remarks, agent remarks and expiration date. (Note: Whatever edit permissions your broker has assigned you in NorthstarMLS Add/Edit carry over into HomeSpotter.)

To edit, go to My Listings in the HomeSpotter app, bring up a listing and tap Edit Listing under the Integrations section of the Highlights tab. The video below walks you through how to edit listings in two minutes.

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