Garage Stall Dimensions & Stall Numbers

While it is an optional field in the MLS, most buyers want to know information about a property’s garage – such as the dimensions and stall number. A spacious garage is desirable for many potential buyers. So promote it by giving the dimensions in the property details! Even if the garage can only hold a Mini Cooper, lawnmower and a snow shovel – more buyers want to know what sort of garage space is included.

Currently, 29% of Active/Pending/Coming Soon/TNAFS single family listings with a garage include the garage dimensions–an impressive use of the field, but potential buyers would love to have them included on more!

If you have a listing with omitted garage dimensions, we encourage you to update it. Better to give that information upfront to save time for everyone. Buyers and their agents will appreciate it! You will find Garage Dimension field in Add/Edit under the “Structure” section of the listing.

Don’t Forget About the Garage Stall #
Additionally, there is an MLS data field for garage stall number, for when there is a designated numbered parking space in the garage (more common in condos). In addition to Garage Dimensions, the Garage Stall Number can be included when using Add/Edit to input your listing.

The Garage Stall Number should be inputted in the “Structure” section of Add/Edit, in the “Garage Stall ID#” field. Once it has been entered, the Garage Stall # will be displayed in your listing


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Create Your Own Real Estate Year in Review

Did you know that you can create your own real estate year in review with InfoSparks (a NorthstarMLS core service) to share with your clients, sphere of influence and others in the area where you typically prospect?

Within InfoSparks, you can choose from several different metrics (Homes for Sale, Closed Sales, Days on Market, Months Supply and more), to tap into. From there, you can choose to highlight whichever metrics you prefer and zero in on other variables, such as number of bedrooms, size, etc.

Whichever way you choose to present your selected housing metrics, you’ll be able to show the last years’ worth of local market history.


This screen shot above compares the # of Closed Sales in 2017 vs 2018, in St. Cloud vs Brainerd. Click to enlarge it.

Combining your data-backed year in review with your experience and real estate expertise gives you the opportunity to talk about what 2018 looked like and what the trends point toward for 2019.


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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.


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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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Tip of the Week – Customizing Your Single Line Grid Display in Matrix

NorthstarMLS Matrix allows you to organize the Single Line Grid Display according to your own preferences. The video below will give you a quick walk through of how to customize yours in under 90 seconds!


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Financing Terms Seller Will Accept

As a listing agent, do you take the time to fill out the Financing Terms that sellers will accept? You can help save yourself, potential buyers and fellow agents time, effort and the occasional frustration, by completing this field on the Listing Input Form (in Single Family, it’s field number 609 on the listing input form).

In just the Single Family property type, one-third of the currently Active listings do not provide the Terms seller will accept. If there are no restrictions on sharing the information, please complete the “Terms seller will accept” section the next time you list.

Thanks to NorthstarMLS subscriber Greg Yurick of RE/MAX Results (Plymouth) for his recommendation of this week’s Tip of the Week. He will receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card.


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Syncing ShowingTime Appointments to your Phone or Calendar App

With ShowingTime‘s Calendar Sync feature you can have all of your upcoming appointments synced directly to your personal calendar which can be accessed through your preferred calendar application or on your mobile device.

Watch the brief video below to see how you can sync your calendar to your mobile device


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Tip of the WeekAccess DNR Lake Info through NorthstarMLS

Have you memorized all the features of the body of water surrounding your client’s lakefront property – such as the type of fish in the lake, size of lake, water clarity or depth? Didn’t think so.

With NorthstarMLS Matrix, you can become a lake expert using the DNR Lake ID # (available on the Property Full, Customer Full and Customer Lake displays for both Minnesota and Wisconsin listings). You can also use the DNR Lake Finder on the Minnesota DNR website or Wisconsin DNR website.

Watch the brief video below to see how you can access DNR Lake info with Matrix


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Choosing the Right Appointment Type in ShowingTime

Being able to identify what type of appointment you are scheduling can help get the appointment confirmed faster. The listing agent will also be able to inform the owner or tenant (if necessary) to keep them updated on the process.

Whether it’s a first, second, or third showing, appraisal, photography, or walk-through, ShowingTime has got you covered! There’s even a drop down menu for specific inspection types, like chimney, foundation, pest, radon, roof and more.

The quick video below walks you through how to use and choose appointment types in ShowingTime.

Haven’t tried the ShowingTime mobile app? It’s available for iOS and Android devices. Download the app here.


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