Category: Did You Know

Searching for Available Heat Types in Matrix  Did you know there are 16 searchable heating types for listings in NorthstarMLS Matrix? If you have a client looking for a specific type of heating, you can run a search in Matrix and provide a quick answer. To find heating types, add Heating to your search from the Additional Fields. Scroll through the list to see the available heat types and click to select …

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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. …

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Did you know that in 2017, the typical age of a buyer rose to 45 and the typical home seller was 55 years old? The National Association of Realtors® recently conducted its annual survey of recent home buyers and sellers provides insight into detailed information about their experiences with this important transaction. The infographic below highlights some characteristics of buyers and sellers in 2017. If you want to read the entire NAR Buyer …

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ShowingTime Mobile App: 3 Features You Might Not Know About The ShowingTime Mobile App allows you to request and confirm showings, manage showing feedback and share listing activity reports with sellers. Here are three additional features of the ShowingTime Mobile App you might not know about: Snapshot A “snapshot” of all showing activity on an agent’s listings can be viewed within the Listing Activity Report (LAR). It’s the first thing …

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There is a common misconception that MLS’s make money off of broker/agent listings by selling them to third party companies. NorthstarMLS does not and never has sold agent listings to Zillow, Trulia or any other company. Period. Any listings appearing on these sites that are sent by NorthstarMLS is done so at the direction of the broker of the firms to which the agents/NorthstarMLS subscribers belong. Our role is a …

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On Facebook? Become a Down Payment Insider!  Are you working with first-time homebuyers? Do you want to? Join Down Payment Resource’s new Down Payment Insiders Facebook Group for real estate pros interested in marketing ideas for reaching first-time homebuyers and understanding the ins and outs of down payment programs. This past May, we announced that NorthstarMLS subscribers now have access to a new lead-gen tool from Down Payment …

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Did you know that the Realtors Property Resource (RPR) app can help answer some common consumer questions you probably hear frequently? RPR (a NorthstarMLS core service) put together a list of the top 12 reported ways that agents are using the RPR app to educate their buyers. We’ve highlighted a few of them below. View the full list of RPR’s common consumer questions here. “Can we see that house right now?” While checking out the …

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Have you worked with a client that is in the market for a greener, more sustainable home? You’re probably not alone if you answered “YES.” Over half of REALTORS® recently surveyed in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) REALTORS® and Sustainability report say consumers have an interest in sustainability as it pertains to real estate – homes that have features intended to conserve natural resources (for example: solar panels). NorthstarMLS Matrix has energy …

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Infosparks Metric Spotlight: Months’ Supply of Inventory Months’ Supply of Inventory (MSI) is a calculation that quantifies the relationship between supply and demand in a housing market. If new homes stopped entering the market, how many months would it take to burn through all of the homes currently available for sale? MSI answers this question. Typically, MSI is calculated by dividing the current month’s inventory figure by a …

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Google Says Real Estate Industry Was Most Targeted by Malware in Q1 2017 A recent analysis of Gmail customers by Google found that the real estate industry received more spam with malicious links or attachments than any other business sector in the first quarter of 2017. Additionally, the report found that real estate businesses receive 10 times more spam with malicious links or attachment than organizations in healthcare …

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