TLC, or True Lifestyle Cost, helps the technically challenged help home buyers search and compare homes based on a home’s total estimated costs, including commuting expenses, utility bills, day care services and more. All you have to do to create a free report for a home buyer, is sit down with them and fill in a form. Watch the one-minute video below for more details on how TLC can help your business!

Try TLC today and see how easy it is: When you’re in Matrix and click on “True Lifestyle Cost” on the External Links.


Want to learn more about True Lifestyle Costs (TLC)?
Click here to check out a library of articles, videos and tutorials to help you get started using TLC, or to learn more about this great new MLS tool.

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TLC – True Lifestyle Cost – an exciting core service from NorthstarMLS, uses Big Data to help you show home buyers the true cost of homeownership.

TLC taps the most trusted and up-date data sources to provide a solid benchmark to show the true costs of all the expenses that comes with buying a home: Commuting expenses, energy bills, car insurance costs, local day care fees and more.

TLC then takes it one step further, allowing the data to be updated by you and your sellers, improving the data by including what your sellers really pay for home costs. This seller-sourced information makes the benchmark numbers that TLC provides even more accurate. That’s something you can’t get from a Zillow search.

Try TLC today!
When you’re signed into Matrix, click on “True Lifestyle Cost” in the External Links box.


Want to learn more about True Lifestyle Costs (TLC)?
Click here to check out a library of articles, videos and tutorials to help you get started using TLC, or to learn more about this great new MLS tool.

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TLC or True Lifestyle Cost, uses 31 variables, including commuting, parking, gas, car insurance, child-care costs and more to let you help buyers search for and compare homes based on their true total costs.

“TLC helps buyers narrow their search.” That’s how the Minneapolis Star-Tribune characterized TLC, an exciting core service from NorthstarMLS that is free to subscribers and can be applied to any listing in the NorthstarMLS system.

Login today and see how TLC can help you help your buyers search smarter!


Want to learn more about True Lifestyle Costs (TLC)?
Click here to check out a library of articles, videos and tutorials to help you get started using TLC, or to learn more about this great new MLS tool.

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Two homes have the same features and same price, but which one is better for your buyer?

That’s a pretty subjective question, right? Not if you add a little TLC into the equation.

True Lifestyle Cost – an exciting core service from NorthstarMLS – helps you help home buyers search and compare homes based on the total estimated costs to own a home, including commuting expenses, utility bills, day care services and more.

TLC is simply a smarter way to search, allowing you to help your buyers see the entire picture.

Sign into Matrix and select ‘True Lifestyle Cost’ from the External Links box. You’ll give your customers a smarter way to find homes they truly can afford. Try TLC today!

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Car costs: It’s typically the second biggest expense home buyers encounter, and until recently it’s largely been a hidden expense. TLC or True Lifestyle Cost, an exciting core service from NorthstarMLS, helps you show consumers a calculation of their estimated total car expenses based on the specific car they drive, their commuting costs and neighborhood car insurance rates.

Discover TLC today — click on “True Lifestyle Cost” from the External Links in Matrix and help your buyers uncover hidden costs.

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Would you let a surgeon operate on you if she only had half the information? Yet today’s homebuyers typically focus on their loan total monthly payment, and that can be less than half their home costs.

Give your buyers TLC  – True Lifestyle Cost – an exciting core service from NorthstarMLS and there’s no extra charge to you.

Home buyers will be able to see and compare homes based on estimate total costs when searching for a home such as commuting expenses, utility bills, daycare cost, and more. You can give your buyer something they won’t be able to get from a Zillow search. It’s simply a smarter way to compare homes and neighborhoods.

Discover TLC: Click on “True Lifestyle Cost” from the External Links in Matrix and try TLC today!

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TLC: A Whole New Way to Home Search

Have you tried adding a little TLC to your business? TLC, or True Lifestyle Cost, is a whole new way to home search. TLC is based on total homeownership costs. It goes way beyond a buyer’s home payment of PITI –principal, interest, taxes and insurance – to include energy bills, commuting expenses, maintenance costs, child care, and more – all those forgotten expense that become very real after one moves in.

Help your buyers discover a better way to search. Sign into you account and select TLC from the External Links. You’ll give you customers a better way to discover homes they truly can afford.

This brief overview video shows you how to get started. Give it a view and try TLC today!

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Add a Little TLC to your Home Search!

True Lifestyle Cost (TLC) is a NorthstarMLS core service that helps you factor many variables above and beyond PMI to estimate a client’s true cost of home ownership.  With Spring market in full swing, agents looking to add more value to their client services, and a more user-friendly TLC interface coming soon, there has never been a better time to learn it and use it to your advantage.

Throughout the second half of April, we are offering quick 45-minute sessions with TLC expert Sherry McCormack.  Choose from any of the many dates/times/locations in the Twin Cities area and western Wisconsin below.  You’ll learn how to use the new interface, calculate TLC estimates for your clients, and add a TLC widget to your agent website to increase your leads.  Space is limited, so register today free of charge! (Note: Sessions at CB Burnet and Keller Williams are open to all agents regardless of brokerage.)

Tuesday, April 14
1:00 PM, Keller Williams Integrity, Elk River. To register, email Kwmc701@gmail.com
17205 Yale Street NW, Suite D, Elk River, MN 55330

3:00 PM, Keller Williams Premier, Wayzata. To register, email frontdesk600@kw.com.
215 Walker Ave So, Wayzata, MN 55391

Wednesday, April 15
9:00 AM, CB Burnet, Woodbury. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
576 Bielenberg Dr, Suite 100, Woodbury, MN 55125

11:00 AM, CB Burnet, Shoreview/North Oaks. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
100 Village Center Dr, North Oaks, MN 55127

1:00 PM, CB Burnet, Crocus Hill. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
821 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Thursday, April 16
For the following three sessions, Click here to register via Web Portal (SPAAR/WWRA members only)
9:30 AM, St. Paul Area Association of Realtors
11:00 AM, St. Paul Area Association of Realtors
12:30 PM, St. Paul Area Association of Realtors
325 Roselawn Avenue East, St. Paul, MN 55117

2:00 PM, Keller Williams Integrity, Minneapolis. To register, email frontdesk537@kw.com.
1350 Lagoon Avenue, Suite 900, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Friday, April 17
9:00 AM, CB Burnet, Edina. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
7500 France Ave So, Suite 100, Edina, MN 55435

1:00 PM, CB Burnet, Eden Prairie.  To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
11455 Viking Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Monday, April 20
11:00 AM, CB Burnet, Minnetonka. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
19400 Highway 7, Excelsior, MN 55331

1:00 PM, CB Burnet, Plymouth. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
4100 N Berkshire Ln, Plymouth, MN 55446

3:00 PM, Keller Williams Premier, Woodbury. No registration required.
659 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 100, Woodbury, MN 55125

Tuesday, April 21
9:00 AM, CB Burnet, Hudson.
1301 Coulee Road, Hudson, WI 54016 NOTE: This session has been canceled. 

To register for any of the following three MAAR sessions, visit www.igo2maar.com or call 952-908-2602.
1:00 PM, Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors
2:30 PM, Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors
4:00 PM, Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors
5750 Lincoln Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55436

Wednesday, April 22
11:00 AM, CB Burnet, Wayzata. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
201 Lake Street East, Wayzata, MN 55391

For the following three sessions, Click here to register via Web Portal (SPAAR/WWRA members only)
1:00 PM, St. Paul Area Association of Realtors
2:30 PM, St. Paul Area Association of Realtors
4:00 PM, St. Paul Area Association of Realtors
325 Roselawn Avenue East, St. Paul, MN 55117

Thursday, April 23
11:00 AM, CB Burnet, Highland Park. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
1991 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116

1:00 PM, Keller Williams Integrity, Roseville. Click here to Register.
2680 Snelling Ave No, Roseville, MN 55113

Friday, April 24
11:00 AM, CB Burnet, Minneapolis Lakes. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
3033 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

12:30 PM, Keller Williams Integrity, Edina. To register, email frontdesk876@kw.com.
7401 Metro Blvd, Suite 350, Edina, MN 55439

2:00 PM, CB Burnet, Minneapolis Lakes. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
3033 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Monday, April 27
9:00 AM, Keller Williams Classic, Maple Grove. Click here to register.
7365 Kirkwood Ct N, Suite 200, Maple Grove, MN 55369

11:00 AM, CB Burnet, White Bear Lake. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
4801 Highway 61, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

For the following three sessions, Click here to register via Web Portal (SPAAR/WWRA members only)
1:00 PM, St. Paul Area Association of Realtors
2:30 PM, St. Paul Area Association of Realtors
4:00 PM, St. Paul Area Association of Realtors
325 Roselawn Avenue East, St. Paul, MN 55117

Tuesday, April 28
9:00 AM, CB Burnet, Carver. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
510 N Chestnut Street, Suite 100, Chaska, MN 55318

11:00 AM, Keller Williams Integrity, Eagan. To register, email robbgrandt@kw.com (KW agents may register using Intranet.)
3464 Washington Drive, Eagan, MN 55122

Wednesday, April 29
11:00 AM, CB Burnet, Lakeville. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
10450 185th St. W, Suite 100, Lakeville, MN 55044

1:00 PM, CB Burnet, Minneapolis Parkway. To register, email ColdwellBankerUniversity@cbburnet.com.
5516 Lyndale Avenue So, Minneapolis, MN 55419

3:00 PM, Keller Williams Preferred, Lakeville. To register, email frontdesk265@kw.com (KW agents may register using Intranet.)
10515 165th St W, Lakeville, MN 55044

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The latest NorthstarMLS core service, True Lifestyle Cost (TLC) is getting national attention again with a Valentine’s Day twist. So far we have seen coverage of this “love your home” angle in Reuter’s, the Boston Globe and this one on Yahoo Finance (read why buying a home is a lot like dating!)  If you have not yet had a chance to check out TLC, watch our pre-recorded TLC webinar.

You can find TLC using the Home tab drop-down menu, the External Links box on this Matrix home screen, or the link beneath the photo on any Property Full display.

We hope you find TLC a useful tool for your clients, especially with the upcoming busy Spring market. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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