Tip of the Week for 9/18

Tip of the Week – Homesnap Safety Timer

In case you haven’t heard, September is National REALTOR® Safety Month. Take some time to ponder how safe – or unsafe – you are during the course of a typical work day. Do you have any steps or procedures that you as an agent follow to ensure your safety while out on the job?

One tool you can add to your safety kit is the Homesnap Pro Safety Timer that is built into the Homesnap Pro mobile app, available to all NorthstarMLS subscribers. This short video demonstrates how it works. Try it the next time you’re out at a showing.


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.


Going Mobile To compare the features of Homespotter, Homesnap Pro and Matrix Mobile to see which one might be more beneficial to your real estate business, check out our handy NorthstarMLS Mobile Comparison Chart.

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School is back in session, Drive Focused!

A new school year is upon us! With school buses back on the road, walkers and bicyclists making their way to learning institutions, traffic tends to increase and can make for different driving patterns on the road. The hours before and after school are particularly more dangerous when many pedestrians are walking or biking to and from classes.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHSTA), fall is the most dangerous time of year for pedestrians. Locally, The Department of Public Safety said 60 pedestrians died on Minnesota roads in 2016, 19 more than the previous year.

We’d like to remind all NorthstarMLS subscribers to keep their minds on the road and drive focused. If you’d like more information on back-to-school driving safety, check out these tips from AAA.

And if you haven’t already, please take 30 seconds to take the pledge to #DriveFocused at DriveFocused.NorthstarMLS.com. Together, our efforts could help avoid injury and even loss of life.

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Coming Soon, Matrix 7.0!

New and enhanced features coming soon to NorthstarMLS Matrix. Watch the quick video below for more info!

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REALTORS® Unite Convention

The Minnesota REALTORS® Convention is back and NorthstarMLS will be there. Will you? Nearly 400 have registered so far, and it’s not too late if you haven’t signed up!

The 2017 REALTORS® Unite Convention will be filled with networking, education (including CE Hours for some sessions), vendor expo, several guest speakers —  including nationally recognized Realtor, Ashton Gustafson, who is seen in the video below.

Visit www.MNunite.com for registration details and more information.

When: October 4-6, 2017
WhereDoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, MN

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TrustFunds: Choose the Correct Account!

The MN Purchase Agreement form change last month allows earnest money to deposit in the listing or selling broker trust account.  A new TrustFunds feature allows agents to select either account as specified in the PA when sending the Earnest Money Request form to their buyer.

Be sure to select the broker that will hold the earnest money as specified in the Purchase Agreement.  It appears that some buyer’s agents may have simply been selecting their own broker even though the earnest money should be going to the listing broker.

TrustFunds has added a helpful reminder message on the screen where you select the account, but it’s still important to be mindful of the Purchase Agreement terms before you select.

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Facebook Seminar from Homes.com

Homes.com (a top real estate search site) has partnered with the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors and the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors to offer this Facebook marketing program. It is available free to all NorthstarMLS subscribers.

When: September 20, 2017; 8:45 AM – 12 PM

Where: Minneapolis Airport Marriott, 202 American Blvd, East, Bloomington, MN 55425

Event Details: Best selling author Chris Smith and Secrets of Top Selling Agents Live is coming to the Twin Cities for an exclusive training session about how top agents are generating 300+ buyer and seller leads per month from Facebook.  During this 3 hour educational session, Chris will share how to capture more internet leads, schedule quality appointments, close more sales along with:

  • The best ways to engage your sphere and past clients on Facebook.
  • The best images to use for Facebook Marketing.
  • What to post to capture consumers’ attention and generate engagement.
  • Plus lots more!

Cost: FREE courtesy of Homes.com with special code NorthstarMLS. Continental Breakfast at 8 am and complimentary self-parking.

Registration: Click here to register

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Coming Soon Listings

At NorthstarMLS, we are frequently asked about “Coming Soon” Listings. As long as a seller-approved Withhold is entered into Add/Edit within the required two business days of the Listing Contract Date, that property may be marketed, including as “Coming Soon.”

There are, however, many other issues and considerations that you need to be aware of when marketing an off-MLS listing as Coming Soon. These include fiduciary duties, informed consent and antitrust/fair housing laws. The Minnesota Association of REALTORS published an excellent article on this topic last year. If you market or are considering marketing a listing as Coming Soon, it is well worth the read to ensure you are in compliance with the rules and laws outside the purview of NorthstarMLS.

Open and read/print MAR’s Coming Soon article here.

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Tip of the Week for 8/28

Tip of the Week – Logging Past Appointments in ShowingTime

Need to log your past appointments in ShowingTime so they appear in the listing activity report? Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions in less than a minute of your time!


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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REALTORS® Call to Action

The following is posted in support of positions taken by the Minnesota and National Association of Realtors.

Call for action! Urge your US House Representative to vote to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program before it expires next month.

The National Association of Realtors needs your help to drive messages to Members of Congress urging them to support H.R. 2874, “The 21st Century Flood Reform Act” before it expires on Sept. 30, 2017. If the NFIP lapses, more than 40,000 real estate transactions per month will be in jeopardy, according to NAR.

Click Here & Contact Your House Representatives today!

The 2-minute video below explains how failure to reauthorize the NFIP could affect the real estate industry:

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Tip of the Week for 8/21

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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