Tip of the Week for 11/27

Tip of the Week – Broker Marketing With Stats

Brokers can use Infosparks to have regular discussions about market stats and ways to make the most of the data. Analyze trends together in order to identify new and niche markets during weekly office meetings with your agents.

Stats can absolutely help explain brokerage progress (or, gulp, stagnation) by comparing the broker’s pending sales and new listings counts to the total market to help measure success.

Manage seller returns and buyer costs by using stats to generate ideas on where to increase showings and open houses, or use market metrics to forecast home prices and dollar volume.

The possibilities are as endless as the number of possible graphs you can make in Infosparks, which is about 40 quintillion per location per metric! Give it a try.

You can access Infosparks on the Matrix Home screen in the External Links box, or by clicking on the Infosparks link when viewing any listing in the MLS.

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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DPR Connect: Promote on Your Website

With Down Payment Connect, NorthstarMLS subscribers get their own personalized link to a custom landing page that invites homebuyers to fill out a form and see if they are eligible for down payment programs in our market. It can be a powerful lead-gen tool for agents and valuable service for first-time buyers.

As an agent, you can add the link to your website, email signature, social media and Facebook ad campaigns. The video below walks you through how to embed the link and use it as a marketing tool.

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Client Portal on Mobile Phones

The most significant update to NorthstarMLS Matrix 7.0 (which is now live), are the redesigned Client Portal displays. With Responsive Design, the new Client Portal will automatically adjust to optimally display listings on your client’s device.

Though many other MLS’s using Matrix completely eliminated their previous portal displays, NorthstarMLS insisted that they retain our previous portal displays too (though they are not responsive design). The “three dots icon” can be hidden if the user is holding their mobile phone vertically. Tilting the device to landscape view (best for viewing the single line display) will reveal the three dots icon for selecting those additional display options.

The animation below demonstrates how this works. Tapping on the three dots, highlighted in the red box, will open more display options to pick from.

Note: Users viewing listings in the Client Portal from an iPad or tablet should not encounter this, as the screen is larger than a mobile phone and is able to show more on the screen. Displays such as the Portal Single Line display are going to be best viewed on a desktop/laptop, but will work on a mobile device. However, this display does not support responsive design.

Client Portal Tutorial Video
Share our new and updated NorthstarMLS Client Portal video with your active clients.

Matrix Version 7.0 is now live. If you missed our announcements leading up to the release, check out this summary of the new features.

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Listing Links in ShowingTime

ShowingTime has added links from the MLS number in areas of ShowingTime back to the listing in NorthstarMLS Matrix both in the desktop version and ShowtingTime app. Clicking or tapping the link will direct you back to the property display of the listing in Matrix. No more having to open Matrix separately and search for the listing.

You will find listing links in the following locations (click each bullet point for a screen shot)

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

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Look Who’s Turning 30!

(Pictured Above: RMLS was officially signed into contract by then Board Chair, Mike Muske)

It was 30 years ago today (Nov. 6, 1987) that our first contract was signed with Moore Data for RealTrieve MLS, forming RMLS (Regional Multiple Listing Service of MN). RMLS is still our legal company name, but in 2001, we started doing business as NorthstarMLS.

The real estate industry and NorthstarMLS have come a long way in 30 years. Technology has advanced exponentially. But at its core, NorthstarMLS continues to make the market work by fostering cooperation among competitors, and providing fast, reliable access to the highest quality data, tools and resources. These add value to your lives by helping you be more efficient and elevating your value to consumers.

As a service-based organization, our success is shared with our Subscribers, Board of Directors and Shareholder Associations!

Thank You from all of us at NorthstarMLS! 

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Get Notified!

Matrix version 7.0 is live. If you missed our announcements leading up to the release, check out this summary of the new features.

Today we focus on Agent Notifications. New with version 7.0, you can set up Matrix to notify you of activities your clients are doing on their client listing portals. Especially the new Listing Notes feature where they can send you notes tied to specific listings. This video shows you how to quickly do this one-time set-up.

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Matrix Downtime Tonight

The NorthstarMLS Matrix system will be unavailable tonight for approximately 30 minutes starting at 12:00 midnight. The downtime is needed to complete the Matrix 7.0 upgrade.

All other NorthstarMLS systems will be available during this time and can be accessed from the NorthstarMLS Portal (click the Portal Login button on NorthstarMLS.com). You can also access NorthstarMLS listings during this time using the Homespotter and Homesnap mobile apps.

Just a reminder that when you log in to Matrix for the first time after the upgrade, you will be required to accept the revised End User License Agreement.

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Matrix 7.0 Debuts on Thursday

The new Matrix version 7.0 is coming this Thursday, November 2. Here is a reminder of what to expect, and how to prepare:

  • Client Portal. A redesigned, more intuitive, updated client portal based on consumer focus groups. It will automatically adjust to optimally display listings on your client’s device. If you want to give your active clients a “heads up” about the changes, share this video with them.
  • Listing Notes and Agent Notifications. In the redesigned portal, your clients can send you notes tied to specific listings. You can do a one-time set-up to be notified (by email or text) whenever you are sent a Listing Note. You can also choose to be notified of other client portal activities, such as when they visit the portal, mark favorites, etc. Watch this preview video on how, starting Thursday, you can set up your notifications (and header/footers).
  • Headers. Redesigned headers for your portal and reports, and a broader selection of them. The larger 1600 x 120 size will auto-adjust according to the screen size used to view. If you have designed your own custom headers, check out this previous news item. Also, watch this preview video on how, starting Thursday, you can set up your headers/footers (and portal activity notifications).
  • Google Maps. All Microsoft bing maps will be replaced with Google Maps throughout Matrix.
  • Revised EULA. When you log on to Matrix for the first time after the upgrade, you will be required to re-accept the End User License Agreement before you can proceed. It has been updated with the Google Maps terms of use and information about broker-selected copyright protection. Click here if you want to review the EULA in advance.
  • Matrix 7.0 Library. We put all of our info on version 7.0 here, on one web page.
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Redesigned Client Portal!

The most significant update in Matrix 7.0 (releasing Thursday, November 2), is the Client Portal redesign. This redesign was over a year in the making with consumer focus groups giving feedback on how the portal can best meet their needs.

Here is the web address for the video: https://youtu.be/3cQU6F5qios

You may want to send this to your current active clients to give them a “heads-up” on the changes coming to their client portal on November 2nd. The new portal displays are designed to automatically adjust for the best viewing experience depending on your client’s device: smartphone, tablet or laptop/desktop. For anyone who prefers the current displays over the new ones, those will still be available as shown in the video.

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Matrix Custom Headers

Have you uploaded your own custom header to Matrix that displays on your client portals and reports?  When Matrix 7.0 releases on November 2nd, it will now support a larger header size: 1600 x 120 pixels. Your current custom header will still work in version 7.0. However, at some point you may want to redo it to take advantage of the larger size. Supported file formats are still JPG and GIF. (Note: avoid putting important information on the right side of your custom header as it may be cut off when printing reports. This will be fixed in version 7.1, which is coming soon.)

If you want a header banner but don’t want to create your own, version 7.0 will have many more predesigned choices (like the one above).  Watch for more details to set up your own Matrix header (as well as your client portals and the new portals notification feature).

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