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REMINDER: MN State Forms Changes Take Effect August 1st

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® has made changes to their existing forms. These changes go into effect Thursday, August 1st and will be available on Instanet Forms.

Take a look at this article from MAR or watch this video series (login required) for more information and a list of all the form changes that occurred.

If you have any questions about the Minnesota State Forms, contact the Minnesota Association of REALTORS at info@mnrealtor.com

Register this week for a chance to win some great prizes – including Vikings vs. Packers tickets at US Bank Stadium! 

The 2019 REALTORS® Unite Convention will be held on Sept. 25 & Sept. 26, 2019 at Mystic Lake Center and registration is now open. Get the early bird rate of $160 (normally $200) if you sign up before September 1! There are also some great giveaways (see the graphic above) if you sign up THIS WEEK – including Vikings vs. Packers tickets at US Bank Stadium on Dec. 23.  

The annual statewide convention will be filled with networking, education (including CE Hours for some sessions), a vendor expo, several guest speakers and more. NorthstarMLS is sponsoring the event again this year and will be at the expo from 11:30AM-1PM on Sept. 26. Stop by our table with your questions or just to say hello! 

When: Sept. 25-26, 2019
WhereMystic Lake Center (Prior Lake, MN)

Visit www.MNunite.com for registration details, hotel accommodations during the event and more.

NorthstarMLS has changed its policy to keep listing supplements available in the MLS for a full year after a listing goes off market (it was previously set to 8 days). Also, we have restored all supplements for listings that went off market over the past year. We believe this will be more beneficial for appraisers an agents who need the supplements available for reference for a longer time.

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.

Down Payment Resource, a NorthstarMLS core service, is a great tool that can be used to connect buyers to potential down payment programs they may be eligible for in our market. DPR is offering two live webinars that are a great way to educate yourself about how this MLS tool can work for you. Down Payment Programs 101: What Every Agent Needs to Know Tuesday, February 26 from 12:00-1:00pm >>> Click Here to Register The main reason your buyers postpone their homeownership dream? Saving for a down payment. But there are valuable programs to help today’s buyers. 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 sidelined buyers about these opportunities. Grow Your First-Time Homebuyer Business Tuesday, March 5 from 12:00-1:00pm >>> Click Here to Register First-time buyers are the future of your business, but many are waiting on the sidelines. This webinar will show you how to be a real estate superhero by educating your buyers about down payment help and helping them buy a home sooner than they thought possible. Learn how to start more homebuyer conversations 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 homeownership programs and deliver leads right to your inbox.
Down Payment Resource Archive Want to check out older DPR content? Click here to view the archive of previous DPR news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

Housing Day at the Capitol on Monday, March 4 serves as a way for you to get involved — meeting face-to-face with legislators on the key issues the Housing Industry faces every day.

Schedule:

  • 11:30am Registration and Lunch
  • 12:00pm Presentation
  • 1:00pm Rally in the Rotunda
  • 1:30 -3:30pm Meetings with legislators
  • 3:30 – 5:30pm Reception

The registration fee is $25 per person for the early bird rate (through 2/18/18), the regular registration rate is $40 (after 2/18/18).

Watch the video below for more information on Housing Day at the Capitol!

Presented by the Minnesota REALTORS® and the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.

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

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

We are very pleased to announce that the West Central Association of Realtors (WCAR) is merging its MLS operations with NorthstarMLS. All WCAR members (approximately 400) will use NorthstarMLS as their primary MLS. Based in Willmar, WCAR serves real estate professionals, and includes listings, throughout west central and southern Minnesota.

As with the upcoming NorthstarMLS and SEMR MLS Operations merger, members and subscribers of both organizations will see many benefits.

  • 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 WCAR and NorthstarMLS listings will now be able to access all listings through a single Association membership, saving costs and eliminating the overhead of 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.
  • Another 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.

We are targeting late February to complete the conversion of all WCAR 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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Over 3,000 NorthstarMLS subscribers have already made their voices heard by completing our quick, annual 2-question survey.

Have you made your voice heard in 2018? 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!

Now is your final chance, as our survey closes after Sunday, October 21. Just 60 seconds or less to respond.

Four randomly drawn respondents will win a Target store gift card of $100 (2 of them, 2 different winners), $75 & $50.

Answer the two quick questions now

 

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