Starting Wednesday night, February 29, there will be new options in several MLS data fields:

Contingency:  There will be a new selection for “Subject to Statutory Rescission.”  This refers to the right of a person to have a set amount of time to review Association documents before they are committed to purchasing a unit.

Air Conditioning:  New option for Geothermal.

Heating:  New options for Geothermal, Boiler, Dual Fuel/Off Peak, Fireplace, Wood Stove, Outdoor Furnace and None.

Bath Description:  Replacing “Upper Level Bath” with Upper Level Full Bath, Upper Level 3/4 Bath and Upper Level 1/2 Bath. New option for Jack & Jill.

Fencing:  New option for Invisible.

Lake/Waterfront:  New options for Association Access and Shared.  Changing Creek to Creek/Stream.

Existing Financing, Terms Seller Will Accept and Financing Terms of Sale:  New option for Rural Development.

Restrictions/Covenants:  New option for Rental Restrictions May Apply.

Although you can start using these options on your listings after February 29, please note that these changes will not be reflected on the Listing Input forms in Instanet or WEBForms until March 15.  On that date we will also add additional new fields to be announced soon.

These changes are the result of both agent feedback through our AAC and Help Desk, and the upcoming addition of Greater Lakes Association listings.

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We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® (GLAR) voted to contract with NorthstarMLS as their Association’s MLS provider. The Greater Lakes Association primarily covers an area in central Minnesota centered in Brainerd and including Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Mille Lacs, Morrison, and Todd counties. Click here to see a map of theses counties and the surrounding area.

All Greater Lakes Association’s listings, both Active and off market, will be on NorthstarMLS starting April 1st.  This will result in many benefits for real estate professionals and their clients in both the Greater Lakes Association and NorthstarMLS service areas which going forward will be, effectively, the same.

All NorthstarMLS and GLAR users will benefit from more effective cooperation facilitated through belonging to one MLS and elimination of the problems and expense for Realtors in the state caused by arbitrary and overlapping MLS jurisdictions.  Additionally, GLAR members will benefit from a powerful and state-of-the-art MLS system (Matrix), enhanced (and wider area coverage) public tax records, Realist, Down Payment Resource, group copyright protection, data standardization tools, List Assist automated quality control and compliance administration, SafeMLS security, continued use of BookAShowing and Instanet forms, and other core services.

We look forward to serving the members of the Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® with all the great features NorthstarMLS has to offer.

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We are pleased to announce the availability of Find, a new agent tool created by Move, Inc. (the company that brings you Realtor.com).  This is a core service of NorthstarMLS and included in your subscription at no additional charge.

To access Find, click the link here on the Home page of Matrix in the “External Links” box (just below the WEBForms link).  The first time you access Find, you will be asked to enter your name and email address.  After that, you will automatically be directed straight to Find when you click the link.

What is Find?
Find is a database of residential properties throughout the U.S. into which information is captured from MLS’s and from public record sources. Find contains active listings data, off-market data, sold data, and property photos; county recorded data, community information, amenities, environmental, and transaction data.  Just a few of the things you can do with Find:

  • Search residential properties throughout the U.S. regardless of whether they are or have recently been for sale (information form MLS’s around the country and public records);
  • Create Community Reports with valuable information for your clients about the surrounding community that you won’t find in Matrix;
  • Create additional professional-looking Property Reports with your photo and company logo;
  • Search using map or “natural language” search (e.g. 2 bedroom condos with deck and sauna in Minneapolis);
  • View property lot boundaries and prices (list, sold in last 6 months or AVM) on map;
  • View map layers such as school district boundaries, flight paths, amenities, and map pins for active, recently sold, off market and rental properties.

Getting Started:
Find Overview Video (7 minutes)
Complete User Guide
Quick Guide: Keywords and Power Shortcuts
Quick Guide: Map Search
Quick Guide: Text Search
Quick Guide: Reports
Quick Guide: Hot Feeds

Technical Support:  Click the “Contact Support” link in the upper right corner of any screen in the Find system.

Systems Supported: Windows PC with IE7 or later or Firefox 3.0 or later.  Mac with Firefox 3.5 through 4.0.

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This is a follow-up to yesterday’s posting regarding bonus offers on NorthstarMLS.  Together with the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®, we created a letter that further explains why the rule exists in its current form and why the National Association of REALTORS® requires it as a matter of MLS Policy. Please feel free to use this letter in communicating to any of your clients who may not understand that it is not just you that is unable to comply with how they might wish to communicate incentives. It applies to every subscriber of the NorthstarMLS service.

Click here for the letter regarding bonus offers on NorthstarMLS.

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