Do you wonder how the current pandemic situation is affecting showings activity? ShowingTime has created a chart showing the Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Showings in North America.

This chart is updated daily and is based on their top 100 markets, including NorthstarMLS. They plan to eventually post regional versions of the chart. But according to ShowingTime, so far the indicators are pretty even nationwide.

Reminder, our rule requiring availability for showings on Active listings has been suspended until further notice (as long as you disclose it in Public Remarks).

NorthstarMLS continues to operate at full availability and support.

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Effective immediately, we are temporarily suspending NorthstarMLS’s rule requiring availability for showings in Active status. If your seller is not comfortable scheduling showings for their property because of the COVID-19 threat, you may decline showings but leave the property in Active status. However, we do require that you disclose in Public Remarks that you are not accepting showings at this time. We also ask that you revise the showings calendar in ShowingTime to block scheduling for the property and notify any already confirmed appointments if you wish to cancel them. This rule suspension will remain in effect indefinitely. We will post here when the situation improves and the rule is put back into effect.

Update: If you continue to allow showings, you may want to consider not allowing overlapping appointments on your listings so that agents and their clients may show homes without concern that others will be there. When setting up your listings, you can choose “No” for “Allow Overlapping Showings” in the Appointment Restrictions. The Set Up Listings in ShowingTime user guide can help you with this.

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NorthstarMLS is monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, as you no doubt all are for your businesses and clients. During this uncertain time, we want you to know that you can depend on NorthstarMLS business as usual.

We are equipped to provide our usual 24/7 availability for all our MLS systems that you depend upon to do business. Help Desk and Rules/Reg support hours remain 8:00 to 5:00 M-F, with on-call support available off-hours for any MLS access issues.

There are no doubt changes to how you are all doing business. Showings availability is no longer required on listings in Active status as long as disclosed in Public Remarks. While there are no immediate further updates to our MLS rules, our rules staff (same as always) will work with you on any issues where there are extenuating circumstances to agree upon a reasonable solution.

We are also very mindful of our responsibility to our staff’s health and safety, and also those with whom we come into contact. We are taking advantage of technology to allow our staff to continue to perform their duties both from our office and from home as needed.

Our leadership will continue to monitor the situation and notify you of any changes. We hope you all stay safe and healthy. Thank you for your support.

John Mosey, President & CEO

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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.  

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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.

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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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NorthstarMLS Clear Cooperation Policy effective March 1st

Last November, the National Associations of REALTORS® Board passed Policy 8.0, also known as the Clear Cooperation Policy (91% of its 800 Directors voted in favor). As a result, there are some changes to NorthstarMLS policy, effective March 1, 2020.

NorthstarMLS Policy
In response to NAR’s Clear Cooperation Policy, effective 3/1/2020, our Board of Directors has adopted the following:

In the event a Withheld (i.e. Office Exclusive) listing is publicly marketed during the term of the listing, then:

  • Within one (1) business day of marketing a property to the public, the listing broker must enter and submit the listing to the MLS for cooperation with other MLS Participants (Active, TNAS or Coming Soon status if not yet Pending/Sold).
  • Examples of public marketing include but are not limited to: Broker and other public websites, any digital marketing (such as email blasts), yard signs, fliers displayed in windows, private listing networks.
  • All Withhelds are now considered “Office Exclusives” that may not be publicly marketed (unless entered into the MLS for cooperation within one business day of marketing).
  • All listings still must be entered into the NorthstarMLS Add/Edit system within two business days of the Listing Agreement Date (or within one business day if public marketing starts on the Listing Agreement Date). Withhelds (office exclusives) still must be entered into the Add/Edit system in Withheld status within two business days of the Listing Agreement Date.
  • Fine for violation: $1,000 for first violation. Fines escalate for additional violations.
  • Exempt from this Policy: Commercial, Rental, and new construction developments with multiple properties (single family homes, condos, etc.).

More Information
While the above covers most of the basics, we have also created a Web page resource with more information, including answers to frequently asked questions. We recommend taking time to review this information.

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The All-New Homesnap Pro is now LIVE for NorthstarMLS subscribers! Homesnap has been conducting extensive research for the past three years on what technology real estate agents actually want, and now it’s providing it all in one easy-to-use app that’s deeply integrated with NorthstarMLS.  

NorthstarMLS agents have already had free access to Homesnap Pro as a core service, but Homesnap just released the biggest update in its history.

With the All-New Homesnap Pro, agents can now

  • Find seller leads before the competition  
  • Help buyers find homes that aren’t even on the market yet 
  • Seamlessly collaborate with clients  

Click here to sign up for a webinar that will highlight these exciting new Homesnap features. 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.  

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