New pre-approval request, new flyer templates, and a bold new look for your buyers!

RatePlug still lets you share accurate home payment estimates from your trusted lenders directly within any property listing you send your clients, but now the process to get your buyers asking questions about their financing earlier, to avoid snags later is more user friendly than ever!

  • No additional cost for NorthstarMLS members to participate*
  • Only promotes your trusted lending sources.
  • Delivers interactive, real-time mortgage programs, payments and qualifying information. When you display affordability factors on your listings, great things happen!
  • Informs you if your listing is eligible for special financing options (FHA, VA, USDA, etc.).
  • Includes Property Flyer Program for your listings (now with 15 available templates).
  • RatePlug users are selling homes 15% faster than non-users.

Click here to learn more or take a couple of minutes to opt-in to this tool that is included for FREE as part of your NorthstarMLS subscription!

*lenders do pay a license fee to be displayed

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RatePlug connects your trusted mortgage originators to your MLS listings. You spend less time researching special financing options, help the buyer better understand whether they can afford a home, and get better qualified buyers. Last year, nearly 2,000 new accounts were activated by NorthstarMLS subscribers that are now using this mortgage tool to help educate clients on what mortgage they may be able to afford. RatePlug is included at no extra charge as part of your MLS subscription.

Click here to learn more or to enroll

Qualify Buyers Faster With RatePlug connected to your listings, buyers better understand affordability. When you invite originators to display their rates on your MLS listings, the result is the 2 bedroom/1.5 bath home isn’t only $225,000, it’s $1,375.87 per month including principal, interest, taxes and HOA. When home buyers understand monthly cost, they are more likely to apply for a loan for which they are qualified. RatePlug’s Agent Dashboard • Request a flyer from your lender – RatePlug’s property flyer system is included at no charge • Post your listings with mortgage information on social media • View special financing options available for your properties Need help with your Agent Dashboard or getting started with RatePlug? Contact RatePlug support at 1-877-710-0808, or fill out their online contact form.

Tip of the Week – NorthstarMLS Core Service Support Info

Looking for contact info for any of the core services available in NorthstarMLS Matrix?

The NorthstarMLS Help Desk is always available 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday to answer your system questions or walk you through any issues you might be having. But sometimes it’s helpful to go directly to the vendor’s support staff. The Available Support page has contact information for all the core services available with your MLS subscription.

Click here to view the NorthstarMLS Available Support page and bookmark it in your web browser today!


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!


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For those of you signed up for RatePlug (a NorthstarMLS core service), we are pleased to announce a new feature—the RatePlug Agent Dashboard. To access your agent dashboard, click the RatePlug link in the External Links box here on the home screen, from the Home tab drop-down menu, or the link at the bottom of this announcement. (If you are not signed up for RatePlug, the link will take you to information on how you can do so at no additional charge.)

This new RatePlug Agent Dashboard includes:

  • FHA, VA, USDA, eligibility of your listings as determined by data from government agencies (such as HUD), local assessors, banks, lenders and CoreLogic (public records database company and provide of Realist and Matrix).
    • Of currently Active NSMLS listings, 62% are FHA eligible, 37% USDA eligible, and 78% VA Loan Limit eligible—find out which of your listings qualify.
  • Increase your productivity by presenting property specific monthly cost to own with PITI and HOA calculated. Show them what they can afford and avoid what they cannot.
  • Shorten the time from contact to contract to close, by connecting your trusted loan officers and buyers. Because it’s not just the price of the home that matters, it’s the monthly payment.
  • Create co-branded property flyers on-the-fly with customized financing options
  • Check out this screenshot from the Dashboard that shows you how to request a flier, post your listing with mortgage affordability to social media, and check eligibility for FHA, VA, etc.

Click Here to get started at no additional cost (included with your NorthstarMLS subscription).

Need help with your Agent Dashboard or getting started with RatePlug? Contact RatePlug support at 1-877-710-0808, or fill out their online contact form.

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Tip of the Week – RatePlug Puts Mortgage Estimates in Matrix Auto Emails

Have you heard about RatePlug? It’s a handy tool that lets you share your preferred lenders directly within any Matrix Auto Email you send your clients.

  • You can choose up to three lenders to be displayed
  • Displays calculations based on the listing being viewed
  • Delivers interactive, real-time mortgage programs, payments and qualifying information to the agent’s clients
  • Provides homebuyers an efficient means to engage lenders reducing the time to settlement and closing
  • Includes Property Flyer Program for you listings.

Click here to sign up for this tool that is included for FREE as part of your NorthstarMLS subscription!


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 Archive 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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Tip of the Week – NorthstarMLS Core Services

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

You can view all NorthstarMLS Core Services here

Additional Tools & Services
NorthstarMLS® contracts with a number of 3rd party vendors who provide additional value-add services to NorthstarMLS users. NorthstarMLS provides a data feed to these vendors. They incorporate the data into their products and market them to NorthstarMLS users for an additional fee. Click here to see a list of all the vendors who currently have a data feed.

Please Note: NorthstarMLS does not endorse any of these products/services, nor do we provide technical support for them. We enable their use in our market through the MLS data feed. Purchase of any of these additional tools is your business decision. Contact them directly to learn more about and purchase their products.

Need a little Extra Guidance of the NorthstarMLS System?
Check out the NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel! You can go online quickly learn how to use some of the NorthstarMLS® core services, and even learn some tips and tricks for them.


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!


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Webinar: RatePlug Overview

Are you using the RatePlug tool to help your homebuyers with their financing options? If you are not, please join a representative from RatePlug for a 15 minute overview of the award winning technology to learn about the benefits to you, your homebuyers and your lending partners.

RatePlug is available to all NorthstarMLS members at no additional cost. The program allows agents to display real time mortgage payment information from their trusted lending sources directly within the property listings sent to homebuyers. This valuable information helps to educate your buyers on available mortgage options and home affordability to promote more sound financing decisions.

There are 2 webinars scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. You can register for either session by clicking on the link below — select the webinar date you’d like to attend from the dropdown on the registration page. You will receive a confimration email once you have registered with a link to the webinar session. Each session is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Click Here to Sign Up for the RatePlug Webinar

In its annual 2014 awards, Mortgage Technology named RatePlug (a core service of NorthstarMLS) the winner of its 10X Award, honoring those that have had an exponential impact on mortgage finance.

If you are not already using RatePlug and want to know more, below is our original announcement:

Visit our RatePlug page for more information, demos and to enroll.

RatePlug allows you to display your Lender’s live mortgage payment and product information on:

  • The listing displays you send to your clients through NorthstarMLS Matrix. If you choose to participate, all listing displays sent to your client will have a RatePlug icon/link labeled “Live Mortgage Information” that your client can click to check loan/payment scenarios through your Lender for that listing.
  • Property fliers you can create through the RatePlug system for your open houses and other marketing.

This gives homebuyers accurate housing payment options when they are looking at homes.

For brokers that do not have an affiliated mortgage group, RatePlug allows individual agents to display payment information from Lender(s) the agents trust.

If you choose to use RatePlug, there is no cost to you. (Lenders pay a license fee to participate.)

To contact a RatePlug representative for more information: (877) 710-0808 or info@rateplug.com.

RatePlug Webinar Now Available on YouTube


Weren’t able to attend the RatePlug Overview Webinar earlier this month? No worries. We’ve posted a recorded version on the NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel for you to view. Don’t fall behind the 25% of NorthstarMLS subscribers that are already using RatePlug. It’s a great way to give your homebuyers accurate housing payment options when looking at homes, and it’s a NorthstarMLS core service.

Click Here to Watch the RatePlug Video
(Duration: 10 minutes 54 seconds)


More Info on the RatePlug Overview Webinar
Representatives from RatePlug hosted a brief overview of the RatePlug Automated marketing program which allows you to display real time mortgage payment information from your trusted lending sources within MLS property reports you send to your homebuyers. This tool is free for NorthstarMLS members and is a valuable tool for your homebuyers in their search for their new home.

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NorthstarMLS is excited to announce a new core service for your success: RatePlug.

Visit our RatePlug page for more information, demos and to enroll.
RatePlug allows you to display your Lender’s live mortgage payment and product information on:
  • The listing displays you send to your clients through NorthstarMLS Matrix. If you choose to participate, all listing displays sent to your client will have a RatePlug icon/link labeled “Live Mortgage Information” that your client can click to check loan/payment scenarios through your Lender for that listing.
  • Property fliers you can create through the RatePlug system for your open houses and other marketing.

This gives homebuyers accurate housing payment options when they are looking at homes.

For brokers that do not have an affiliated mortgage group, RatePlug allows individual agents to display payment information from Lender(s) the agents trust.

If you choose to use RatePlug, there is no cost to you. (Lenders pay a license fee to participate.)

To contact a RatePlug representative for more information:
(877) 710-0808 or info@rateplug.com.

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