Leaving Feedback with the ShowingTime App

With the ShowingTime mobile app, you can quickly leave feedback from a showing appointment right from your mobile device. 

The quick video below walks you through how it’s done!

If you haven’t downloaded the ShowingTime app to your mobile device, get it now! You get instant access to your showings, feedback, reports and more.


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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New RatePlug features for Spring Market

New pre-approval request, new flyer templates, and a bold new look for your buyers!

RatePlug still lets you share accurate home payment estimates from your trusted lenders directly within any property listing you send your clients, but now the process to get your buyers asking questions about their financing earlier, to avoid snags later is more user friendly than ever!

  • No additional cost for NorthstarMLS members to participate*
  • Only promotes your trusted lending sources.
  • Delivers interactive, real-time mortgage programs, payments and qualifying information. When you display affordability factors on your listings, great things happen!
  • Informs you if your listing is eligible for special financing options (FHA, VA, USDA, etc.).
  • Includes Property Flyer Program for your listings (now with 15 available templates).
  • RatePlug users are selling homes 15% faster than non-users.

Click here to learn more or take a couple of minutes to opt-in to this tool that is included for FREE as part of your NorthstarMLS subscription!

*lenders do pay a license fee to be displayed

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MyFloodStatus Report Helps Buyer

MyFloodStatus Report Helps Local Buyer Identify Flood Risk

After a snowy February followed by heavy rain, many rivers are flooding across Minnesota. Some rivers are at or near record levels. Check out the dilemma one NorthstarMLS agent was in with his client before using a MyFloodStatus report to determine the property's true flood status. 

Situation
A buyer was interested in purchasing property adjacent to a property he already owned and lived in. The property seller had owned the home for a long time, no longer had a mortgage, and said her late husband had told her that only the back corner of the property was in a flood zone. She didn’t have any documentation to prove the exact current flood status of the property.

Action Taken
The buyer’s real estate agent used our structure-based flood report to confirm the true flood status of the property.

Resolution
A MyFloodStatus report confirmed that in fact a large portion of the house was in a Special Flood Hazard Area, or SFHA, and would require flood insurance with a mortgage. The FEMA map had changed and been updated in 2015, but the seller did not become aware because there was no mortgage on the home at the time. With the MyFloodStatus structure-based flood determination, the buyer was able to make an educated decision on how to move forward based on confirmed flood status.

“Running your report saved a lot of time, money and frustration. Best money I’ve spent.”
– Michael H. Real Estate Agent, NorthstarMLS

MyFloodStatus Flood Reports can be ordered through NorthstarMLS at discounted pricing ($25 per report). Go to the “External Links” section and click on MyFloodStatus.

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Minnesota Senate Passes Hands-Free Bill

We’re very pleased to share that the state Senate passed its version of a hands-free bill Monday by a 56-10 vote, one week after the House OK'd its version 106-21. If passed, Minnesota would become the 18th state in the U.S. to require hands-free use of cellphones while making a call.

The issue has been near to our hearts here at NorthstarMLS since the passing of our colleague and friend, Hubert “Hugh” Skanes-Cady (Trimble). He tragically lost his life in the summer of 2016 as the result of a motor vehicle crash when he was rear ended while riding his motorcycle. NorthstarMLS has been helped support this important cause, sponsoring a local foundation distracted driving 5K and other supportive events.

There are still some hurdles for the hands-free bill, but House and Senate supporters and committees plan to meet to work through differences in the weeks ahead, and the bill seems to have the momentum to pass in 2019. Gov. Tim Walz has said he would sign a hands-free bill if it reaches his desk for signature.

NorthstarMLS Drive Focused Pledge Site
In Hugh’s memory, we introduced our Drive Focused campaign in 2016 to raise awareness and help put an end to distracted driving. Visit DriveFocused.NorthstarMLS.com to watch our series of videos and take the pledge to #DriveFocused in 2019.

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Tip of the Week for 3/25

Tip of the Week – Advanced Matrix Map Searching

NorthstarMLS Matrix Map Search allows you to overlay Map Layers when performing a map search. You can also use the Jump drop down menu to quickly locate a map preset. The video below shows you how.


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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What’s New at NorthstarMLS?

What’s New at NorthstarMLS?

We have a few new developments at NorthstarMLS and want to make sure you are aware.

  • The Public and Agent Remarks fields have been doubled from 500 to 1,000 characters max. More room to describe the property! Instanet (Transaction Desk) Forms have been updated.
     
  • Instanet (Transaction Desk) Forms: You no longer need to manually “Auto Populate” information from your Property Details Page to your forms. That now happens automatically through their “Rapid Population” process. As a result, the manual “Auto Populate” function has been removed.
     
  • All supplements are automatically removed from listings after eight days off market for all off market statuses. This reduces agent liability on future listings for not disclosing all previous supplements over the history of the property.
     
  • Exciting News! CoreLogic and Homesnap Join Forces on Integration to Matrix! You already have access to the Homesnap Pro mobile app (and Broker Public Portal) as a NorthstarMLS Core Service. We are very excited about the potential of Homesnap Pro being integrated into Matrix, allowing you to bring more Matrix functionality with you on the road. Although this is still at the “just announced” stage, we will keep you posted of any major developments.
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Homesnap Stories

Bring Your Listing to Life with Homesnap Stories

With Homesnap Stories, you can add unique, engaging marketing content right to your active listings through the Homesnap Pro app.

Think of all the selling points about a home that are tough to get across in a photo. Now, you can take your own photos and videos and add them directly to your Homesnap listing. Add text, emojis, and even use augmented reality to create one-of-a-kind marketing content that you can also share on Facebook and Instagram. Record a voice-over or add music to personalize your Stories even more.

Homesnap wants agents to have an easy, engaging way to create marketing content (especially video) on their own, and that’s the benefit of Homesnap Stories. (And don’t forget, Homesnap is the technology provider of the Broker Public Portal!)

Check out this short video and see how Homesnap Stories works!

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Tip of the Week for 3/18

ShowingTime Font Size

Want to adjust the font size for the ShowingTime mobile app? ShowingTime offers a font size for everyone's eyes!

The ShowingTime app taps into your phone's native font size options to match the preferences you set on your device, like in the screen shot below. You'll just have to use your device's Font Size Settings to adjust the size to your liking and it will enable that size in the ShowingTime app. 

For iPhone/iPad

  1. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size.
  2. Drag the slider to select the font size you want.

For Android Devices

  1. Open your device's Settings app 
  2. Tap Accessibility, then tap Font size
  3. Use the slider to choose your font size

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 for 3/11

NorthstarMLS Blog/Archive & Social Media

Looking for a Matrix News announcement that isn’t active on Matrix anymore? No worries! Check out the NorthstarMLS Blog and Archive on your computer or mobile device.

Most of our announcements are active for about 2-3 weeks on the NorthstarMLS Matrix News Screen before they’re removed. Should you ever need to find a past announcement to refer back to, visit the NorthstarMLS Blog and News Archive. This is where you’ll find categorized and archived NorthstarMLS News content that is no longer up on the Matrix News Screen.

Search the Blog/Archive by Keyword
You can quickly find any article from the past by using the Search Box at the top right of the Blog/Archive, as seen in the screen shot below. Just type the keyword or phrase, such as “Tip of the Week,” “MLS Rules,” “ShowingTime” or “NorthstarMLS Matrix” for example. Then click or tap the Go button to run the search and find the article you need.

Bookmark the NorthstarMLS Blog & News Archive for easy access on your web browser and/or mobile devices. You can also access it through links on the Matrix Home screen — in the External Links widget, or by hovering over the ‘Home’ tab and clicking ‘News Archive’.

Check out the NorthstarMLS Blog & News Archive now!

NorthstarMLS Social Media 
If you Like or Follow us on social media, you’ll find the latest NorthstarMLS news, announcements, videos, pictures, humor, links to articles and other relevant material related to the real estate industry that you might not find here on the Matrix news screen. When you Like and Follow us on social media, you’ll gain access to exclusive Facebook and Twitter contests with chances to win gift cards, an interactive way to stay connected with other NorthstarMLS users and much more!

Click here to Like us on Facebook
Click here to Follow us on Twitter
Click here to Follow us on Instagram
Click here to Subscribe to our YouTube channel


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 for 3/4

Life of a Homesnap Agent Video Series 

Homesnap Pro/Broker Public Portal is one of the most valuable solutions available to NorthstarMLS agents as a core service. It powers the real-time agent, providing a platform for them to serve their clients and grow their business.

It allows agents to pull up accurate MLS information while showing homes, connect and communicate with their clients, look up other agents, run affordable and automated marketing campaigns and more.

To learn how agents are integrating Homesnap Pro/BPP into their daily routine and better understand how it can elevate your business, check out Homesnap’s video series, “Life of a Homesnap Agent.”

In this video series, you will follow Janet, a real estate agent, and see how she helps her clients find their dream home through Homesnap. Janet can generate a CMA on the spot, schedule a showing, share properties with her clients and much more!

Click Here To Check Out The Life of a Homesnap Agent Video Series

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