With the upcoming Labor Day holiday marking the unofficial end of summer, the residential real estate industry is gradually nearing its annual slow period.

The snow hasn’t started flying just yet — and we certainly don’t want to skip over the changing of leaves and football! But as the first day of school arrives for many children throughout the area, parents are less likely to put their homes on the market and relocate their families.

If you have sellers who are getting anxious heading into the fall market, you can explain the seasonality of residential real estate and what they can expect through your market knowledge, experience and tools provided by ShowingTime.

Take a look at the most recent ShowingTime “Showing Index” report. It tracks the average number of buyer showings on active residential properties on a monthly basis. View the latest report.

Planning ahead for the slowing fall real estate market can help make back-to-school time a little more manageable for the sellers, and for yourself.

If you haven’t downloaded the ShowingTime app to your mobile device, get it now! You get instant access to your showings, feedback, reports and more.

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By popular request, the new NorthstarMLS default setting for ShowingTime overlapping appointments is to continue to allow them, but no longer reveal the appointment blocks/overlaps to the showing agent that other agents have scheduled.

List agents may change this setting on some or all of their listings if they choose. The other options are to allow overlapping appointments and show the other appointments/overlaps, or to not allow overlapping appointments at all.

If you want to change this setting for any of your listings, here are the instructions.

For more detailed instructions on changing this and other ShowingTime settings for your listings, check out this ShowingTime help page.

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Syncing ShowingTime Appointments to your Phone or Calendar App

With ShowingTime‘s Calendar Sync feature you can have all of your upcoming appointments synced directly to your personal calendar which can be accessed through your preferred calendar application or on your mobile device.

Watch the brief video below to see how you can sync your calendar to your mobile device


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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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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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Tip of the Week – Adding Access Details On The Go For Listings​

Want to manage details – such as property access information, when confirming appointments on your listings? Listing agents can easily review and update their listing’s access details (access codes, alarm disarm codes, etc.) and showing instructions when confirming appointments, ensuring showing agents have the latest details for their upcoming showings. A good way to eliminate any last minute showing frustrations!

This can be done in either the ShowingTime desktop version or the mobile app by going to the “Showings” tab or section and choosing the option “On My Listings”. From there, a specific appointment can be edited and the showing instructions can be modified before confirming the request.

NOTE: ShowingTime receives automatic updates every 15 minutes from the MLS, so it won’t take long for showing agents to see any updates the listing agent makes. Click here for a screen shot example.        


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As a real estate professional scheduling showings, open houses and managing feedback, ShowingTime (a NorthstarMLS core service) is likely one of your most essential applications. In 2017, ShowingTime helped schedule 37,314,054 appointments nationwide and thanks to your feedback along the way, they’ve made many improvements – including a simpler interface.

We’ll always keep you up-to-date on ShowingTime news and enhancements, but if you’d like more resources, we have some good suggestions below.

Helpful ShowingTime Resources
Check out the ShowingTime Blog for news, updates, tips, etc. Additionally, you can subscribe to the ShowingTime eNewsletter to receive fresh content, best practices and new ideas on showings, feedback, market reports and more.

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One of the most requested features for ShowingTime in 2017 by NorthstarMLS subscribers was to have the ability to switch to an easier, more streamlined version with quick access to the most used functions. Good news! ShowingTime has added this new feature and it is available to use now. The video below demonstrates how to toggle between the old and new interfaces for the Desktop Version of ShowingTime.

Reminder: This feature is only for the Desktop Version of ShowingTime, not the ShowingTime mobile app. 


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Increase Your Productivity with the ShowingTime app!

Being able to accomplish work-related tasks on the go leads to a 23% increase in productivity, according to several recent studies. Even if you prefer to schedule showings in your office using the ShowingTime desktop platform, the mobile app can help you complete tasks while you are with clients or between meetings. Here are just a few of the things you can check off your list while on the go:

  • Update showing instructions on your listings
  • Add a showing on behalf of another agent
  • Fill out a showing feedback form
  • Publish submitted feedback for your sellers. Auto-publish option is also available
  • Message an agent or seller directly from the ‘Appointment Details’ screen
  • Search listings on NorthstarMLS

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


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ShowingTime has added links from the MLS number in areas of ShowingTime back to the listing in NorthstarMLS Matrix both in the desktop version and ShowtingTime app. Clicking or tapping the link will direct you back to the property display of the listing in Matrix. No more having to open Matrix separately and search for the listing.

You will find listing links in the following locations (click each bullet point for a screen shot)


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