Tip of the Week for 1/28

As the calendar turned to 2019, some Homeowners Association Dues also climbed up.

If you’re a listing agent with any condos or townhomes that belong to a HOA and are currently listed in the NorthstarMLS system, please take a moment to update to the correct HOA dues if they increased.

It will reduce frustration for buyers and their agents, and keep the MLS as accurate and timely as possible!

Thanks to NorthstarMLS subscriber Scott Parkin of Verve Realty (Minneapolis) for his recommendation of this week’s Tip of the Week. He will receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card.


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!


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Style Field Change

IMPORTANT: Upcoming Change to Style Field

Effective Tuesday night, February 5, the Style Field will be separated into two fields: Style and Stories. Both fields will be required on all listings except Lots/Land and Commercial.

Advantages of separating Stories from the Style field include:

  • List agents can indicate the Stories on Townhomes, Twin Homes and Condo units. Selling agents can search on it for their clients and search Stories on its own regardless of Style.
    A note of caution: When searching Stories for condos and townhomes, keep in mind it may take a while for existing condo/townhouse listings to have that field populated (see “Existing Listings” below).
  • Makes our data compliant with national real estate data standards (most MLS’s separate the two fields).

What do you need to know and do to transition?

  1. Existing Listings: We will automatically adjust all your existing listings to the new Style field. We will also automatically fill the Stories field for your Single Family houses. But the Stories field will be left blank for all Townhomes, Twin Homes, Condos and Multi-Family (Duplexes, Triplexes, Fourplexes). We cannot populate the field for these because the current data does not tell us how many stories they have. But because Stories is a required field, you will be required to complete it on those listings whenever you do an edit (including Status change). Be prepared to complete this field on all your condo/townhome/duplex listings.
  2. Saved Searches/Auto-Emails: Many of your Saved Searches and Auto-Emails in the Matrix system include the Style field as a criterion. Our Matrix vendor, CoreLogic, will convert these to the new fields. For condos and townhomes, your saved searches won’t change because the Style values are the same. But for Single Family houses, the Style field will be “Single Family” and the Stories field will automatically be added and populated based on your current Style selections. After your searches are converted (on Feb 6), we recommend that you check them and make any desired adjustments (revised searches will have an asterisk * placed in front of the search name).
  3. Broker/Agent IDX Websites: We gave all broker/agent IDX website vendors three weeks advance notice of this change to the Style field. They should be prepared to make the change to the IDX listings search functions on your Websites starting February 6.

Questions? Contact our Help Desk at help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-5456 (toll free 1-877-251-5455). Our business hours are M-F, 8:00 to 5:00.

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Did You Know? MLS Heat Types

Searching for Available Heat Types in Matrix 

Did you know there are 16 searchable heating types for listings in NorthstarMLS Matrix? If you have a client looking for a specific type of heating, you can run a search in Matrix and provide a quick answer.

To find heating types, add Heating to your search from the Additional Fields. Scroll through the list to see the available heat types and click to select a heating type for your search.

The most common type is forced air. Our infographic shows each type of heating and the percentage of homes currently listed in the MLS that have it.

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Tip of the Week for 1/14

Customize Your NorthstarMLS Matrix Home Screen

If you want to start the New Year off with some change, try moving some of the NorthstarMLS Matrix Home Screen boxes around for a new layout! They can all be moved (drag and drop) except for the News & Alerts box.

Learn how to customize your NorthstarMLS Matrix Home Screen to best suit your needs with our 90-second tutorial video below.

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Register Now! MyFloodStatus Webinars

FREE Webinars on January 21 & 23 – More Info Below

Flood zone errors and confusion can be common. Learn about low-cost Accurate Flood Zone Determinations and how they help Realtors eliminate risk of liability, reduce flood insurance premiums for homeowners, buyers and sellers, remove properties from High Risk Flood Zones, and increase buyer activity for “low risk” properties in High Risk Flood Zones.

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, and for dates and times. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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NorthstarMLS Holiday Message

Happy Holidays from the NorthstarMLS Team! Check out the short video below for a warm holiday chuckle!

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Status Change for the Holidays

Are you working with a seller who would rather not schedule showings over the holidays? If the property is going to be unavailable for showing for more than 24 hours, the listing must be changed to TNAS (Temporary Not Available for Showing) Status.

Those days won’t count toward the Days On Market and the listing can go back to Active Status when the seller wants to show it again.

Questions? Contact the NorthstarMLS Rules & Regs Department at 651-251-3210.

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Update Your Projected Close Dates!

Away for the holidays? Update Your Projected Close Dates!

Getting ready to head out to celebrate or take a vacation this holiday season? Take a few minutes and make sure the projected closed dates (PCD) on all your pending listings are updated. Currently, NorthstarMLS has over 2,230 listings that have a projected closed date between 12/18/18 and 1/2/19.

During this busy time of year it can be easy to forget to update listings.

We kindly ask that you double check your pending listings and remember to close the listing after the sale or update the projected close data if it doesn’t close. Make the holidays worry free and update your PCD!

Questions? Contact the NorthstarMLS Rules & Regs Department at 651-251-3210.

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Happy Holidays from NorthstarMLS!

As we look back on what has been a very exciting and monumental year at NorthstarMLS, we are ever so thankful for our MLS subscribers and partners, and the opportunity to support your efforts to serve your clients’ dreams of home ownership.

Again this season, we are donating to Second Harvest Heartland on behalf of NorthstarMLS subscribers and our Board of Directors. Second Harvest is the upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization, collecting and distributing tens of millions of pounds of food every year to those in need. We’re proud to support the important work they do for our communities.

We wish you a joyous holiday season, and a happy and prosperous 2019!
The NorthstarMLS Team

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Cancel an Appointment with the ShowingTime App

Life happens, and you or your client may need to occasionally cancel showing appointments. As a courtesy to sellers, it’s important to formally cancel, even if the decision to not go into the home is made last minute by your client. It’s fast and easy to cancel using the ShowingTime mobile app with just a few taps. This quick video explains 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.

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