New ShowingTime Appointment Type Now Available: Virtual Showing

ShowingTime has added a new appointment type, Virtual Showing, for showing agents to use when requesting a showing. By selecting this option, the showing agent is indicating to the listing agent that their client would prefer a virtual showing of the property. The showing agent can also add a note for the listing agent indicating which streaming video technology they prefer to use for the showing (FaceTime, Zoom, etc.).

Reference ShowingTime’s Virtual Showing Guide for help getting started and for more information on virtual showings, check out their resource page.

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We want to remind you of some great video resources that are available to you as all of us are spending more time indoors. These videos give you quick walk-throughs on how to use NorthstarMLS core services.

The NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel features over 200 videos – including our latest video on the NAR Clear Cooperation Policy.

Below are links to NorthstarMLS core service videos for remote learning offered from the vendors.  

  1. Thinking of doing virtual tours during the COVID-19 pandemic? ShowingTime has some great tips for you here. Check out the ShowingTime YouTube Channel here.
  2. Homesnap recently released its biggest update ever. Check out the Homesnap University Page  filled with quick how-to videos.
  3. TransactionDesk/Instanet Help Video library sorted and searchable by topic.
  4. Realist Tax and Public records recently released an all-new Flash-free update. Watch an over view/walk-through here. And see you how you search public records right in Matrix.
  5. Down Payment Resource creates opportunity for homebuyers and real estate professionals by connecting people with programs that get them into homes. Click here to browse the DPR YouTube Channel.
  6. Remine helps you target your efforts and messages using many data points and predictive models. Check out the Remine YouTube Channel here.
  7. Watch a pre-recorded MyFloodStatus webinar here and see how you can help your clients with flood determinations.

Note: You may need to be logged into your NorthstarMLS Matrix account in order to access these resources.

In case you missed it, the All-New Homesnap Pro is now LIVE for NorthstarMLS subscribers! Join the folks at Homesnap for an online workshop tailored for NorthstarMLS subscribers ONLY and learn about the All-New Homesnap Pro, the biggest update ever!

Homesnap, a NorthstarMLS core service, gives you access to the most comprehensive real estate platform on the market at no additional cost to you.

There will be THREE free webinars during the week of March 9. Click the link below to sign up for the one that best fits your schedule: 

Check out the full trailer of what’s all featured in the new Homesnap. If you don’t have the Homesnap app yet, download it in the App Store and Google Play Store. Or, click here to check out their website.  

New Realist Launches on NorthstarMLS Matrix March 4! 

Ready for a new-look Realist Tax? Starting March 4 (late morning), the Flash-free Realist environment will sport a responsive and modern user interface while maintaining a familiarity which makes it easy to learn and use. Powered by a combination of proprietary, public record and multiple listing data, the new Realist adds several functions to its extensive feature set, including a new “Sell Score” that uses CoreLogic analytics to determine the relative likelihood that a property will be listed for sale in the next six months. 

Other new features include:

  • Display results for up to 3,000 records
  • Cards View – quick thumbnail view that displays a photo & a few fields of key info for each property
  • Favorites – add any property from any search to your saved favorites in Matrix 
  • Mobile responsive design

There will be THREE free webinars during the week of March 2 that will walk you through the new Realist. Click the link below to sign up for the one that best fits your schedule: 

  1. Tuesday, March 3 from 2:00-3:00PM
  2. Wednesday, March 4 from 12:00-1:00PM
  3. Thursday, March 5 from 9:30-10:30AM

Check out the video below for a high-level overview of the new Realist. Or take a look at the new Realist PDF help guide.

Starting Tuesday, February 18, NorthstarMLS has new data fields and new options under existing fields. These are to accommodate popular requests from current subscribers, and to accommodate potential future MLS mergers.

Please take a few moments to check out our detailed list of MLS field changes.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Property Sub Type: A new field where you can identify special kinds of properties beyond the Style field, such as Patio Homes, Cabins, etc. 
  • Internet Options: A new field to indicate the type of Internet connections available (Cable, DSL, Fiber Optic, Satellite).
  • Parking Characteristics: Added values to indicate when there are multiple garages, a shared garage/stall or an electric vehicle charging station.
  • Appliances: Water Heater options added for Gas, Electric, Oil and Wood.

Check out all the changes in our comprehensive list.

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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.


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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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). 


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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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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ONE MINUTE of your time could win you a $100 Target Store Shopping Spree!

Who doesn't love Target? The place you go to pick up something quick and come out with a full cart.

Take just one minute to complete the 2-question, annual NorthstarMLS survey, and you will be entered into a random drawing to win one of four $100 Target gift cards. 

But even more importantly, you will make your voice heard

NorthstarMLS staff and Board members read every survey comment to help plan the focus of resources for 2020. Participate in this planning effort–evaluate NorthstarMLS and help make it better–we want your opinion!

Click Here and Answer the Two Questions Now!