We are thrilled to announce the addition of School District links to all Property Full displays in Matrix. In your listing search results, click the MLS ID to view the Property Full display. The School District Number (in the General Property Information section) is now hyperlinked. Click the link and a new browser tab/window will open in Realtors Property Resource (RPR) with a list of the schools for that district.

The school list features a wealth of details (including ratings and reviews), and a link to a Report for each school that you can give to your clients. Filter the list by Elementary, Middle, High and school name. Sort by school name, proximity and rating.

You have long had access to RPR's school info, but these links in Matrix give you way faster and more convenient access.

(Note: RPR is a tool provided by the National Association of Realtors as a member-only benefit. These school links are therefore not provided in the MLS client portals.)

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As a real estate professional, you how important it is to keep your prospecting pipeline full and to have the right tools to create effective campaigns. We recently showed you how to print mailing labels for a campaign from a public records and listing search with Matrix 360

With RPR’s new mailing labels feature (one of the most frequently requested features), you now have another simple way to market a new listing, just sold properties, or to promote your brand. 

Watch the recorded webinar below for a walk through on how to use RPR to generate mailing labels to your targeted market.

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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!
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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 property on RPR’s app, look to the Listing Details section to find Showing instructions. Also to contact the listing agent, tap on the Call Agent button found at the bottom of the property details screen, which immediately initiates a call to the listing agent.

“Is this home in a flood zone?”
The data platform’s app displays flood zone data as designated by FEMA. A high-risk area has a 1 percent or greater annual chance of flooding and a 26 percent chance of flooding over the life of a 30-year mortgage. A moderate-risk area is between risk limits of a 100-year and 500-year flood. See Location Details while in Property Details.

“There’s a for-sale-by-owner. Can we check it out?”
Before yielding to the instinctive Realtor® cringe we all get when presented with FSBOs, first, smile, then pull up the RPR app on your phone. Within seconds, your phone’s GPS will identify your location and specifically the FSBO home. Click on the property’s icon to reveal everything your client wants to know, including the RVM, sales history, photos, owner info, and more.


Download the RPR app on your smartphone, iPad or tablet today and be prepared to respond to your client’s questions tomorrow! Use your devices’s location to instantly view any property nearby, or search for properties to find listing, sales, valuation, assessment, deed, foreclosure, school, photos, maps, market trend info and more.


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We added a new Playlist with 29 videos to the NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel called, Realtors Property Resource (RPR).

Whether you’ve been using RPR (a NorthstarMLS core service) or are completely new to it, these helpful how-to’s are ideal for giving users a speedy tutorial on a multitude of topics, ranging from buyer’s tours to listing presentations, to how to download the mobile app.

RPR Videos on NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel Include: 

  • Getting Started with RPR series
  • RPR Guide to Successful Open House Series
  • RPR Guide to Open Houses Series
  • RPR Guide to Successful Listing Presentation Series
  • RPR Mobile Overview Series

Check them out!


NorthstarMLS Videos
Be the first to see new NorthstarMLS videos once they’re available – subscribe to the NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel!

Did you know that with Realtors Property Resource (RPR), you have access to eight different types of reports that you can share with clients or colleagues? RPR reports can be emailed, texted, printed or even shared on Facebook, and are all customizable. Check them out the next time you need to create a report for your real estate business!

Reports available:

  • Property Report
  • Seller’s Report
  • Property Flyer
  • Mini Property Report
  • Valuation Work Book
  • Market Activity Report
  • Neighborhood Report
  • School Report

This video walks you through how to use the eight reports available in RPR:


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Minnesota is home to some of the best schools in the country, according to a recent Newsweek article.

The quality of a school district is a top factor for parents considering where to live. Labor Day has passed and school is back in session statewide for the 2016-17 school year. If you have a client that looking for specific school information, check out one of these tools that are included with your NorthstarMLS subscription!

RPR & RPR Mobile
An RPR school search yields an important array of information, such as ratings from GreatSchools, test scores, enrollment, student/teacher ratios, the number of students receiving free lunch, parent reviews, maps, nearby schools, contact information, and active listings within that district. With RPR Mobile, you can use your phone’s location to instantly view school information. With RPR and RPR Mobile, you can create, customize, view, save, and send RPR school reports for a school district or radius for your clients. This 2-minute video shows you how to create a RPR school report.

Realist
The Neighborhood Profile in Realist Tax lets you take an in-depth look at the neighborhood for the property, including the people (population), the housing statistics, quality of life information, and schools and other areas of interest. The Schools section of the report lists the public and private schools within a specified geographic area. You can configure the geographic area in the Neighborhood Profiles report preferences to fit your clients’ needs.

Homesnap Pro
If you’re out with a client and need to quickly access school information (from your smart phone), Homesnap is perfect! Quickly look at local schools in the map view or through the search function. Then you can narrow your home searches to a particular school attendance zone and filter further by home-specific details. This quick video demonstrates school attendance zone searching with Homesnap.

True Lifestyle Cost
With TLC, you can use the TLCengine portal to find all the rankings for schools within specific school district on the property details page. Print or send the school information to your clients. You can also use TLCengine to search based on school districts.


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Tip of the Week — RPR eBooks and More to Learn-As-You-Go

Want to learn more about Realtors Property Resource (a NorthstarMLS core service) so you can incorporate it into your business? Maybe you’re already using RPR and want to learn more, or are new to RPR all together. RPR has a great source of online learning materials to help you take your RPR knowledge to the next level.

You can choose from eBooks, videos or online workshops that will show you how to apply RPR’s data tools and reports to every aspect of your real estate business. Simply choose the format best suited to your learning style, interest and schedule.

Check out the available material below:

Getting Started with RPR
eBook | Online Workshop | Video Learning

The RPR Guide to Working With Buyers
eBook | Online Workshop | Video Learning

The RPR Guide to a Successful Listing Presentation
eBook | Online Workshop | Video Learning

The RPR Guide to Geographic Farming
eBook | Online Workshop | Video Learning

The RPR Guide to a Successful Open House
eBook | Online Workshop | Video Learning


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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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Sign up now for one of Realtors Property Resource‘s July webinars now and learn more about this core service that’s available with your MLS subscription! You can register for any of the webinars by clicking on a URL below or view and sign up via our webinar calendar page.

Getting Started with RPR – Thurs., July 7 at 1pm
When considering adoption of a new business tool, new and seasoned REALTORS® unanimously want to know “what will it do for me and how will it help my business?” Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) is designed exclusively for that purpose: to help REALTORS® achieve professional success by providing them with an unparalleled platform of dynamic data and persuasive reports that help attract, retain and lead clients to the closing table.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Set up your account and profile
  • Navigate the site to your advantage
  • Research properties, markets, neighborhoods, and schools
  • Create branded property, seller’s, schools, and market activity reports, valuation workbooks and flyers
  • Tap into RPR’s app for instant, on-the-go access

Click here to sign up


RPR Mobile: Data and Reports When and Where You Need It – Wed, July 13 at 11am
Successful agents consistently seek new strategies that will grow and brand their businesses, maximize their time, and help them gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. Fortunately, all of those objectives, and more, can be met by tapping into RPR Mobile.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Use your handheld device to instantly view any nearby property
  • Search for properties to find listing, sales, valuation, assessment, deed, foreclosure, school, photos, maps, and market trend information
  • Create and send customized, client-friendly reports with a few quick clicks.

Click here to sign up


Design and Deliver a Successful Buyer Tour —  Tue, July 19 at 10am
There are several, highly rewarding steps a REALTOR® can take to ensure a successful buyer tour. From complete and accurate preparation, to mapping out the tour, and finally following-up with decision-prompting data, RPR provides everything you need to earn favor among today’s well informed consumers. Join this free online workshop to learn how to use RPR® to create and manage a productive buyer tour.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Establish buyer needs and market expectations
  • Conduct a thorough property search, including schools, neighborhoods, points of interest, and more
  • Generate attention-grabbing property reports
  • Create a follow-up email strategy using advanced RPR reports
  • Uncover those last-minute property sightings using the RPR app

Click here to sign up


Tools and Tips for a Winning Listing Presentation with RPR – Thu, July 21 at 11am
Sellers want to know your listing presentation is based on a keen sense of the market, an expertise in determining value, and your ability to bring a deal to closing in the shortest time and at the highest price possible.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Researching the property, neighborhood and local market
  • Earning seller buy-in from the onset
  • Validating the property’s basic facts, selecting comps, and adjusting those comps to create a customized and flexible comp analysis
  • Using the one-and-only Realtor Valuation Model® (RVM®)—an exclusive RPR pricing tool
  • Generating a customized, client-friendly, and definitive Seller’s Report

Click here to sign up

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RPR Mobile has now been optimized for your tablet! RPR Mobile delivers RPR’s vast repository of property information and tools anytime, anyplace, to any iPhone or Android tablet. Use your tablet’s location to instantly view any property nearby, or search for properties to find listing, sales, valuation, assessment, deed, foreclosure, school, photos, maps, and market trend information…create, customize, view, save, and send RPR reports with your added photos, audio, and text notes.

If you haven’t already, download RPR Mobile today at the App Store or Google Play, and join RPR for this webinar that will cover all the powerful features of this great REALTOR-only tool!

When?
Wednesday, May 25 from noon-12:30pm

 Register now!


RPR Archive Want to check out older Realtors Property Resource content? Click here to view the archive of previous RPR news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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