Tip of the Week – The Matrix Speed Bar

The Speed Bar Shortcut in NorthstarMLS Matrix allows you to create Custom Shortcuts that can be Saved and used in the Matrix Speed Bar anytime. The Speed Bar allows you to rerun a complex search or recreate a drawn map search area with just a few quick keystrokes. If you have a specific are you like to search with a map shape that does not correspond to a municipality, Zip code, or school district (like Lake Como seen in the screen shot below). Click here to see step-by-step instructions on setting up a new Speed Bar Shortcut.

Click here to learn more about how the Speedbar in NorthstarMLS Matrix can help save you time when searching for an MLS #. 

To Delete a Speed Bar Shortcut
Go to the Settings link from the My Matrix tab. Click the Speed Bar Shortcuts Link and then Click the checkbox next to the shortcut you wish to delete and then click Delete.

Thanks to NorthstarMLS subscriber Tess Andrews of Edina Realty for her recommendation of this week’s Tip of the Week. Tess will receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card.


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Tip of the Week – Set Search Pre-Selects in Matrix

With the recent expansion of six Iowa Associations joining the NorthstarMLS Common Data Platform (CDP), searches on City names that exist in both Minnesota and Iowa may return listing results from both states – exampleFarmington, MN & Farmington, IA.

If you'd like to set your starting default State to MN so that you do NOT get duplicate cities from Iowa, go to the Matrix Search screen, select “Minnesota” in the State field, and then click the gear icon (upper right below the Results tab) and click the text "Set currently selected search criteria as my starting default." This will set it as your starting default search state. (You can also add any other criteria that you want pre-selected anytime you start a search.)

The animation below demonstrates how to select Minnesota as your Default on the Search screen (click it to open a larger version in a new browser window). 


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Tip of the Week: Rolling 12-Month Data View

Analyzing market data through graphs and looking for trends can be tricky because the data points sometimes change drastically from month to month. For example, if a brand new condo building was built in October 2018, home sales may have seen a large spike that month, when October is usually a slow sales month. Thankfully, when creating charts in InfoSparks (a NorthstarMLS core service & market analysis tool), there is an option to use a “rolling” data view to smooth short-term fluctuations and highlight longer-term trends you are looking for.

By using the Rolling 12 Months, you can educate buyers and sellers on basic fundamentals of statistics and provide meaningful information that can be used to make buying and selling decisions. Each data point on the line graph represents 12 months of activity up to that point in time. The sample set will be larger for more meaningful trend analysis. Note how much smoother the line is when using the Rolling 12 Months calculation.

Click here to try it out!

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Check out these five time-saving features you can do from anywhere you have your tablet or smartphone handy on the ShowingTime mobile app.

1. Sync Showings to Your Mobile Calendar
Never worry about missing your next appointment, or spending time trying to find the information you need! With a few taps, you can sync your showing schedule straight to your phone’s calendar.

Here’s How: Click on “My Profile & Settings,” then scroll down to “Calendar Sync.”

2. Easily Manage Feedback
From the app, you can both request feedback from showing agents and respond to showing feedback requests. You don’t have to worry about yourself or other agents forgetting about feedback that could potentially be important to sell the listing.

Here’s How: Visit “Feedback” on the main page, where all inbound and outbound requests can be managed. Watch our video on leaving feedback with the app.

3. Give Your Sellers Access
An app just for your clients! My Home by ShowingTime, which can be used to confirm showings, view feedback you’ve approved, review their home’s listing activity, contact you, view upcoming showings and more.

Here’s How: When you tag your client to a listing, they will receive an email inviting them to download the My Home app.

4. View Reports
You don’t need to worry about being at your desktop computer – you can view listing activity reports right from your mobile device. This can be very helpful when you need some in-depth information in short order.

Here’s How: From the main page, scroll down to “Reports” and select a listing.

5. Search for Listings to Show
Sometimes you may find yourself waiting in the car or perhaps waiting at a listing. You might have to make a quick lunch stop. With the ShowingTime mobile app, you can fill the time by searching for listings from wherever you are. Even down time can be productive!

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.

Tip of the Week – Matrix 360 Video Library

Matrix 360, the latest version of NorthstarMLS Matrix from our vendor CoreLogic was released earlier this summer. Hopefully you've been enjoying all the new time-saving enhancements. If you missed any of our Matrix 360 Quick Video Tips, be sure to check them out and see how they can improve your workflow on the MLS.  

Each video is under two minutes, give them a view!

Watch for more Matrix enhancements coming later this fall!


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Tip of the Week – Price Change Alerts in Matrix

Reducing the price for one of your listings in NorthstarMLS Matrix? If you want it to show with the red down arrow (or blue up arrow for a higher price) in Matrix search result grids, Hot Sheets and Client Portals, the price must be changed by at least a half percent (.005) of the original listing/asking price. 

For example, if your listing is priced at $300,000, it would need to be lowered by at least $1,500 for it to show up in search results with the price reduction arrow (like in the screen shot below).

Whenever you see the price change arrow for a listing in the Single Line Grid, click on it for a quick pop-up showing you the original, immediately prior and current price, and the date of the current price change. (In the Hot Sheet and Market Watch displays, simply hover over the arrow. In the Client Portal, hover over the gold Price Change banner.)

Thanks to NorthstarMLS subscriber Teri Eckholm of Boardman Realty for her recommendation of this week’s Tip of the Week. Teri will receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card.


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Tip of the Week – Advanced Matrix Map Searching

NorthstarMLS Matrix Map Search allows you to overlay Map Layers when performing a map search. You can also use the Jump drop down menu to quickly locate a map preset. The video below shows you how.


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ShowingTime Font Size

Want to adjust the font size for the ShowingTime mobile app? ShowingTime offers a font size for everyone's eyes!

The ShowingTime app taps into your phone's native font size options to match the preferences you set on your device, like in the screen shot below. You'll just have to use your device's Font Size Settings to adjust the size to your liking and it will enable that size in the ShowingTime app. 

For iPhone/iPad

  1. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size.
  2. Drag the slider to select the font size you want.

For Android Devices

  1. Open your device's Settings app 
  2. Tap Accessibility, then tap Font size
  3. Use the slider to choose your font size

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NorthstarMLS Blog/Archive & Social Media
Looking for a Matrix News announcement that isn’t active on Matrix anymore? No worries! Check out the NorthstarMLS Blog and Archive on your computer or mobile device. Most of our announcements are active for about 2-3 weeks on the NorthstarMLS Matrix News Screen before they’re removed. Should you ever need to find a past announcement to refer back to, visit the NorthstarMLS Blog and News Archive. This is where you’ll find categorized and archived NorthstarMLS News content that is no longer up on the Matrix News Screen. Search the Blog/Archive by Keyword You can quickly find any article from the past by using the Search Box at the top right of the Blog/Archive, as seen in the screen shot below. Just type the keyword or phrase, such as “Tip of the Week,” “MLS Rules,” “ShowingTime” or “NorthstarMLS Matrix” for example. Then click or tap the Go button to run the search and find the article you need.
Bookmark the NorthstarMLS Blog & News Archive for easy access on your web browser and/or mobile devices. You can also access it through links on the Matrix Home screen — in the External Links widget, or by hovering over the ‘Home’ tab and clicking ‘News Archive’.
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Life of a Homesnap Agent Video Series 

Homesnap Pro/Broker Public Portal is one of the most valuable solutions available to NorthstarMLS agents as a core service. It powers the real-time agent, providing a platform for them to serve their clients and grow their business.

It allows agents to pull up accurate MLS information while showing homes, connect and communicate with their clients, look up other agents, run affordable and automated marketing campaigns and more.

To learn how agents are integrating Homesnap Pro/BPP into their daily routine and better understand how it can elevate your business, check out Homesnap’s video series, “Life of a Homesnap Agent.”

In this video series, you will follow Janet, a real estate agent, and see how she helps her clients find their dream home through Homesnap. Janet can generate a CMA on the spot, schedule a showing, share properties with her clients and much more!

Click Here To Check Out The Life of a Homesnap Agent Video Series