Author: NorthstarMLS

Wouldn't it be great to search tax and public records in Realist – without having to leave Matrix? Great news, you can

Search Tax & Public Records right in Matrix – without having to open Realist separately like users did before last year's Matrix 360 update.

Our video below shows you how to run a Public Record Search in Matrix. Give it a view! 

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.  

Our implementation of NAR's Clear Cooperation Policy takes effect today, March 1. Take a quick few minutes to watch our new video summarizing the highlights. More details are on our web resource page. If you still have questions: rules@northstarmls.com.

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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.

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.  

Get a sneak peek of Homesnap Pro’s biggest update EVER! 

Next week, big updates are coming to Homesnap Pro — one of your NorthstarMLS core services. We’ve got a sneak peek of all the new tools that are coming soon — all completely free to you with your NorthstarMLS subscription.

Make sure to download the Homesnap app today before the big launch next week! And watch for webinars in the coming weeks that will highlight these exciting new Homesnap features. In the meantime, you can click here or below to watch the full trailer of what’s coming soon. Check it out!

Tip of the Week – The Matrix Speed Bar

The Speed Bar Shortcut in NorthstarMLS Matrix allows you to create Custom Shortcuts that can be Saved and used in the Matrix Speed Bar anytime. The Speed Bar allows you to rerun a complex search or recreate a drawn map search area with just a few quick keystrokes. If you have a specific are you like to search with a map shape that does not correspond to a municipality, Zip code, or school district (like Lake Como seen in the screen shot below). Click here to see step-by-step instructions on setting up a new Speed Bar Shortcut.

Click here to learn more about how the Speedbar in NorthstarMLS Matrix can help save you time when searching for an MLS #. 

To Delete a Speed Bar Shortcut
Go to the Settings link from the My Matrix tab. Click the Speed Bar Shortcuts Link and then Click the checkbox next to the shortcut you wish to delete and then click Delete.

Thanks to NorthstarMLS subscriber Tess Andrews of Edina Realty for her recommendation of this week’s Tip of the Week. Tess 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!


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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Use MyFloodStatus for pinpointing accurate Flood Determinations for Your Clients in 2020!
Sign up for a 30-minute webinar and learn more.

Learn about Accurate Flood Zone Determinations and how they help real estate professionals nationwide 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.

MyFloodStatus superior flood zone determinations can help you win more listings, market more properties, and stand out as an expert. Join the folks at MyFloodStatus for a free webinar to learn how to use this NorthstarMLS subscriber benefit (discounted rate on flood zone reports on specific properties with full MyFloodStatus professional support).

To access MyFloodStatus, click the "MyFloodStatus" link in the External Links box here on the Matrix home screen, or select "MyFloodStatus" from the Home tab drop-down menu.