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!


Tips On Demand 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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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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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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TLCengine’s True Lifestyle Cost, a NorthstarMLS core service, recently integrated a new paperless lead-capturing open house technology (works great on iPad or Android/Windows tablets) to its system: Spacio. And since TLC integrated it, the integration feature is free for all NorthstarMLS subscribers!

Spacio offers an open house sign-in form to attract and engage new leads. The system helps you log buyer leads, feedback and other data so you can effectively revisit and follow up with your new leads at anytime. Spacio also captures whether they are already working with another agent.

This video shows you how to set up your Spacio account from the TLC link in Matrix.

Once your Spacio account is linked to your TLC/NortshtarMLS account (as seen in the video above), you can setup open houses for your listings by inputting the MLS Listing Number. All your listing fields and photos will automatically populate in Spacio. This video shows you how to link MLS Listing Numbers in Spacio.

Even better, the TLC for your listing will show up on the sign-in form so you can keep buyers informed of the True Lifestyle Cost if they were to make an offer for the property. It’s a great way to start a conversation with a new client! Give it a try the next time you use TLC!

You can find more information on Spacio here.


True Lifestyle Cost (TLC) Archive Want to check out older TLC content? Click here to view the archive of previous TLC news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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Your client’s choose where they want to live based on all sorts of data: Price, neighborhood, public transit, proximity to pizza chains and coffee joints. But noise can be tougher to measure. And since sound is pretty much invisible, a homebuyer might not know about the nightly clanking from the local recycling plant or pub until they’re all moved in.

Good news! True Lifestyle Cost, a NorthstarMLS core service, recently integrated a new technology to its system: Soundscore™. This new feature offers agents and home hunters information on common neighborhood outside noise — traffic, airplanes, restaurants, schools, etc.

Soundscore™ provides a number between 0 (very loud) and 100 (very quiet), and includes a color-coded heat map of scores showing the loud and quiet areas of a region. You will see the Soundscore™ tab on property detail pages that have one in the True Lifestyle Cost portal for agent and client reports.

You can find more information on Soundscore™ here. Give it a try the next time you use TLC!


True Lifestyle Cost (TLC) Archive Want to check out older TLC content? Click here to view the archive of previous TLC news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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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!


Tips On Demand 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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Real estate experts say consumers focus on three major factors when searching for a home: Price, Beds and Baths.

But isn’t what most buyers are really looking for is a home they can afford? That’s the idea behind TLC or True Lifestyle Cost, an exciting core service from NorthstarMLS.

It helps you show consumers what it really can cost to own any home that’s listed on this MLS, and you can even give them side-by-side comparisons.

There’s a better, smarter way to search for homes using TLC and that means you have show consumers information that they can’t get from any other search, not even from Z-T-R!

Discover TLC: Sign in and click on “True Lifestyle Cost” on External Links today.


Want to learn more about True Lifestyle Costs (TLC)? 
Click here to check out a library of articles, videos and tutorials to help you get started using TLC, or to learn more about this great new MLS tool.

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TLC or True Lifestyle Cost, an exciting core service that’s only available to NorthstarMLS subscribers, is often used to help buyers compare the costs of homeownership. But did you know that TLC can be a powerful tool to help you win a listing? That’s right if you add TLC to your listing presentation, you can show sellers how their costs to own their home stacks up against the competition.

Watch the brief video below for more details on how TLC can help you win a listing!

Discover TLC: Sign into Matrix and click on “True Lifestyle Cost” in the External Links today.


Want to learn more about True Lifestyle Costs (TLC)? 
Click here to check out a library of articles, videos and tutorials to help you get started using TLC, or to learn more about this great new MLS tool.

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You’ve seen her share personal financial advise on major network talk shows, so what does Suze Orman say is missing from today’s home search?
About half of what home buyers needs.

Suze notes that a mortgage is only about half of one’s housing costs.

Buyers need more insight in to the true cost of homeownership and now you can help them with a little TLC.

True Lifestyle Cost or TLC, is an exciting new core service from NorthstarMLS, available at no extra charge to you.

Exclusively available to consumers only from real estate agents and brokers – clients can easily and quickly search and compare homes based total housing costs, including commuting expenses, average utility bills, daycare cost, the number of people in the household and more.

Discover TLC: When you’re signed into Matrix, click on “True Lifestyle Cost” on External Links and check it out – today!


Want to learn more about True Lifestyle Costs (TLC)?
Click here to check out a library of articles, videos and tutorials to help you get started using TLC, or to learn more about this great new MLS tool.

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Say this to your next buyer: “Would you like to see something that Zillow can’t do?”
How’s that for a powerful conversation starter?

Only Realtors using NorthstarMLS have access to TLC or True Lifestyle Cost – an exciting core service from NorthstarMLS.

Watch the one-minute video below for more details on how TLC can help your real estate business!

Discover TLC: Sign into Matrix and click on “True Lifestyle Cost” in the External Links today.


Want to learn more about True Lifestyle Costs (TLC)?
Click here to check out a library of articles, videos and tutorials to help you get started using TLC, or to learn more about this great new MLS tool.

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“TLC can help remove the fear that may be keeping them from purchasing a property.” That quote is from a story on Inman News (must have Inman Select membership to read article), who quoted Paul Sigurdson, a veteran agent with Counselor Realty.

“It can be a dream-shattering experience to find a home that suits your wants and needs, only to be told you won’t qualify after you’ve made an offer,” Paul added.

The Inman News story notes that by using True Lifestyle Cost (TLC), you can help your buyers “peek under the hood to see how QM rules work,” as Paul says, and help consumers discover if they qualify for more home than they thought, or don’t currently qualify, and help figure out a game plan for future loan approval.

Check out TLC today and see how you can help your buyers focus on properties that truly fit into their price range! When you’re in Matrix, click on “True Lifestyle Cost” on the External Links and try TLC today.


Want to learn more about True Lifestyle Costs (TLC)?
Click here to check out a library of articles, videos and tutorials to help you get started using TLC, or to learn more about this great new MLS tool.

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