Target Store Shopping Spree!

ONE MINUTE of your time could win you up to a $100 Target Store Shopping Spree!

Who doesn’t love Target? The place you go to pick up something quick and come out with a full cart.

Take just one minute to complete the 2-question, annual NorthstarMLS survey, and you will be entered into a random drawing to win one of four Target gift cards: $100 (2 of them, 2 different winners), $75 or $50.

But even more importantly, you will make your voice heard.

NorthstarMLS staff and Board members read every survey comment to help plan the focus of resources for 2019 Participate in this planning effort–evaluate NorthstarMLS and help make it better–we want your opinion!

Answer the two quick questions now

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Remine Mobile App Now Available

NorthstarMLS core Service Remine (predictive analytics using Big Data) is now available as a smartphone app! If you’d like a walk-through of Remine Mobile, there will be a webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Noon. Sign up here.

Some of the features available with the new app:

  • Use the live map or search bar to search the areas where you do business.
  • Filter properties to narrow down your searches to the properties that best fit your criteria.
  • Draw shapes around areas you want to track.
  • Track properties and people to get email updates.
  • Utilize the predictive analytics of our Buy and Sell Scores.
  • View all on and off market property data, including photos and public record information.
  • Chat with other NorthstarMLS agents.

See the Remine Mobile User Guide for more information and check out this preview video of the Remine app.

How to Download the Remine App
In the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, search for Remine, and download the app. When you open the app, you’ll be prompted for your MLS email and ID. Even if you’re already a registered Remine user, we must confirm your identity, since the app is publicly available to download. After you follow the steps to identify yourself in the app, you can log in like usual, using your NorthstarMLS credentials.

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Tell NorthstarMLS What You Think


At NorthstarMLS, we have two quick questions to ask you. If you could please take just 60 seconds or less to respond, you will:

  • Show NorthstarMLS where you think it should focus its resources in 2019.
  • Make your voice heard on the MLS issues that are important to you.
  • Possibly win a Target store shopping spree. At the close of the survey, we will randomly draw participants to win a $100, $75, $50 or $25 Target gift card.

Answer the two quick questions now

 

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SEMR & NorthstarMLS Merger Signing Video

Below is a brief highlight video from the official SEMR/NorthstarMLS MLS operations merger signing that took place on Monday, September 17. Watch the video to hear about the importance of this agreement in the words of the Association Board Presidents and NorthstarMLS President/CEO.

You can also check out photos from the signing here.

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Authentisign Update

Effective today, all Authentisign users (both NorthstarMLS subscribers and their clients), will be required to check a simple checkbox labeled “I’m not a robot” before each Authentisign document they open to sign. You will likely recognize this from other web applications as it has become a very common and effective strategy to increase security and ensure the app is dealing with an actual user.

Instanet has put this checkbox in place to resolve a long-running issue for many users and their clients (especially those on Microsoft Office 365 and MSN email) that was causing very slow performance or inability to execute an e-signature.

All you (or your client) need to do is click (or tap) the check box to confirm “I’m not a robot”. Once you’ve checked the box, you’ll be taken to the same signing page as you’re used to seeing.

Below is a screen shot of the new check box that takes effect today:

If you have questions or issues, contact our Help Desk at help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-5456 (toll free 1-877-251-5455), M-F, 8:00 to 5:00.

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SEMR Merging MLS Ops with NorthstarMLS

We are very pleased to announce that the Southeast Minnesota Realtors (SEMR) is merging its MLS operations with NorthstarMLS and becoming a shareholder. All SEMR members (approximately 1,000) will use NorthstarMLS as their primary MLS. Above is a picture of yesterday’s official document signing (click here for more pics). From left: John Mosey, President & CEO, NorthstarMLS; Man Huynh, Board President, St. Paul Area Association of Realtors; Jay Jewson, Board President, Southeast Minnesota Realtors; and Kath Hammerseng, Board President, Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.

Benefits include:

  • Agents and appraisers (and their clients) will have access to all listings in our combined region, including offers of cooperation and compensation.
  • Brokers, agents and appraisers belonging to two Associations to access both SEMR and NorthstarMLS listings will now be able to access all listings through a single Association membership, saving costs and eliminating double listing input into two systems.
  • New MLS data fields and enhanced existing fields to accommodate greater Minnesota needs and benefiting all NorthstarMLS users.
  • Greater cooperation between brokers and agents across the State, directly benefiting buyers and sellers.
  • A positive example to all Associations in the State of how well greater collaboration between MLS’s benefits all brokers and agents, whether through participation in the Regional, or simply operating from a common data platform.

Additionally, SEMR has been approved as a shareholder Association by our current shareholders, the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors and the Saint Paul Area Association of Realtors. As a shareholder, SEMR will have a seat on our Board of Directors.

We are targeting mid-November to complete the conversion of all SEMR members and their listings from their current MLS to NorthstarMLS. Watch for more details as we combine to make our markets work better!

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Webinar: Mastering Homesnap

Live Webinar! Friday, Sept. 21 – 2:30-3:30PM

Learn how Homesnap powers the Broker Public Portal to provide agents with up to date MLS data. Get tips, tricks and best practices for mastering the top seven tools within Homesnap Pro. Carving out a few minutes to learn these tools will change your daily habits, making you more efficient and productive in your business while on the go. Over 400 NorthstarMLS subscribers registered for the same webinar last week. Don’t get left behind by your colleagues!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

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MyFloodStatus Webinars

NorthstarMLS has partnered with MyFloodStatus, allowing you to order the most accurate flood reports in the industry, at a discounted rate.

Join the experts at MyFloodStatus for a 30-minute webinar specially scheduled for NorthstarMLS subscribers. Click here or on the graphic below to get signed up. Dates and times below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Hmm, What Status Should I Use?

 

Like any industry, real estate has its own language, with plenty of jargon, specialized terms and abbreviations used daily by professionals in the biz. But lingo used by real estate professionals in the MLS system can sometimes be confusing when you’re selecting the proper status for a listing in the MLS.

Inaccurate listing statuses and untimely listing updates in the NorthstarMLS database continues to be one of the most common complaints to our Rules and Regs Department. It’s frustrating to everyone involved if you have to back track and tell an interested buyer that a property isn’t available because it’s listed wrong on the MLS.

In the first half of 2018, the NorthstarMLS Rules and Regs Department reported over 460 violations for listings in the NorthstarMLS system with an incorrect status. It’s an easy violation to avoid, and having listings in the correct status helps keep the MLS as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

Our definitions infographic can help! It provides clarity with a definition and an example/situation of each Listing Status available in NorthstarMLS Matrix and when it should be applied. Give it a quick view!

Questions? Our rules & regs staff is here to help! If you have questions about NorthstarMLS rules and regs, contact us at help@northstarmls.com or call 651-251-3210.


Rules Roundup On Demand Want to check out older Rules Roundup topics? Click here to view an archive of previous Rules Roundup entries.

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Down Payment Resource Webinars

Down Payment Programs 101: What Every Agent Needs to Know
Thursday, Sept. 13 from 11:30am-12:30pm

Unsure about working with buyers using grants, tax credits and other down payment help? The folks at Down Payment Resource have got you covered! Learn the basics about the three most common types of homeownership programs, how to find out who offers this help and what’s available across the country–and right in your backyard! Join DPR and take the first step towards educating more of your buyers about these opportunities. Register Now

Grow Your First-time Homebuyer Business
Thursday, Sept. 20 from 11:30am-12:30pm 

You know saving for a down payment is one of your buyers’ biggest obstacles. What if you could be a homeownership hero and show them there’s help available for down payment and closing costs? This webinar will show you how to start a conversation with more buyers by highlighting information about down payment programs in your marketing, website and social media. You’ll also learn how Down Payment Resource’s agent tool, Down Payment Connect, can match your clients to down payment programs in your market and generate leads right to your inbox. Register Now

*After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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