Sunday night, June 3rd, Add/Edit will be down 11pm to 1am as we release the next stage of our newly developed system: the media module. This is where you upload and manage your photos, supplements and virtual tours. Like our recently released Open Houses update, it will be much easier to manage your media on any device: desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. And with this update, we include a new enhancement: Unlimited photo uploads per listing (increased from the previous 24-photo limit).
Take a look! (And check out below this video for more info/links.)
We also have videos and print guides for managing supplements and virtual tours:
As announced last month, we’re rolling out a redesign of the NorthstarMLS Add/Edit system. The overhaul boasts a modern design that automatically adapts to your device (desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone). Open Houses was the first phase of the redesign that will be followed in the coming months by Media Uploads (photos, supplements and virtual tours), the listing input screens, and more.
For a quick look at how Inputting Open Houses works, check out our video below!
NorthstarMLS is rolling out a redesign of its Add/Edit system, starting tonight with Open Houses. This is the first of a phase-in of the redesign that will be followed in the coming months by Media Uploads (photos, supplements and virtual tours), the listing input screens, and more.
There may be up to a 1-hour Add/Edit outage tonight (at approximately 11:00pm) as we rollout the Open Houses input redesign.
We are very excited for you to see and use the entire Add/Edit redesign in the coming months. It’s easy to use, and boasts a modern design that automatically adapts to your device (desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone).
Upload Photos and Supplements Before You Save Your Listing As Active!
We are happy to report that one of our most requested Add/Edit features is now a reality. You may upload your listing photos, supplements, virtual tours and open houses to your listing before you save it as Active. You can also upload them to a listing while it’s in Withhold status as you and your seller prepare the home to go Active on the MLS.
How does it work?
Whenever you save a listing as Incomplete or Withheld, the system will automatically assign it an MLS number. Having this MLS Number is what will allow you to upload all your photos, supplements, etc. before you save the listing live and Active to the MLS.
At NorthstarMLS, we are frequently asked about “Coming Soon” Listings. As long as a seller-approved Withhold is entered into Add/Edit within the required two business days of the Listing Contract Date, that property may be marketed, including as “Coming Soon.”
There are, however, many other issues and considerations that you need to be aware of when marketing an off-MLS listing as Coming Soon. These include fiduciary duties, informed consent and antitrust/fair housing laws. The Minnesota Association of REALTORS published an excellent article on this topic last year. If you market or are considering marketing a listing as Coming Soon, it is well worth the read to ensure you are in compliance with the rules and laws outside the purview of NorthstarMLS.
Are you using Safari as your primary web browser for your Mac device? It’s the third most-used web browser by NorthstarMLS subscribers. If you are using Safari for Mac and having trouble uploading photos to your listing(s) in Add/Edit, you probably need to download the latest version of Flash.
About 10% of the listings on the MLS do not include Bedroom Level information. While these fields are not currently required under MLS rules, adding this extra detail can help other agents when selecting properties to show to their clients.
Buyers sometimes have specific requests about bedrooms. For example, if they want the children’s rooms on the same floor as the master bedroom. The more information buyers and their agents have, the better the showings are going to be for your listings.
Including Bedroom Levels can also help with appraisal values. Appraisers cannot use a property as a comp if they don’t know where the bedrooms are located throughout the property. This means that an otherwise good comp, and perhaps the most favorable one, has to be excluded for lack of information.
Bedroom Level information can be input with Add/Edit — bedroom levels will be found under the BEDS/BATHS/ROOMS section (shown in the screen shot below) of the listing when you’re inputting it into the MLS system.
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We are happy to announce three major new photo enhancements for NorthstarMLS!
We have increased the maximum number of photos per listing from 18 to 24.
We have increased the maximum photo resolution from 640×480 to 1024×768. Potential buyers will see your beautiful photos in more detail! Be sure to adjust your camera settings or inform your photographer.
Uploading a photo that’s not right-side up? Now you can quickly rotate it within Add/Edit with the click of a button. See how here.
These enhancements will take effect Wednesday, April 13.
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