If you haven’t tried the NorthstarMLS app or simply stopped using it, you’re going to want to try the new HomeSpotter! HomeSpotter is the creator of the NorthstarMLS mobile app, and soon we will retire that app to move onto their new platform, simply called HomeSpotter. This new app will provide you with all the information you had in the NorthstarMLS app, but with even more great features and on a faster and more reliable platform.

How is the HomeSpotter app different than the NorthstarMLS app?
Based on agent feedback, the HomeSpotter app is re-designed from the ground up to be faster and more reliable using HomeSpotter’s latest technology. While some of the features you’ve come to rely on will stick around, a lot has improved.

  • The app is all around faster and more reliable.
  • Access property history and listing highlights quickly from the listing details.
  • Improved access to supplements- email them right from the app to your clients.
  • See a map, street view, and property boundaries for the listing.
  • Access Transaction Desk (Instanet).
  • Edit listings and upload photos – coming soon!

How do you get started?
You can download HomeSpotter here or search “HomeSpotter” the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android for the free mobile app. Sign in with your NorthstarMLS credentials to get started and access agent only information.

HomeSpotter holds free webinars every Wednesday and Friday for Agents.
Sign up here.

See it in action! Check out a short video here!

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Tip of the Week – NorthstarMLS Core Services

Did you know that there are over 20 NorthstarMLS Core Services? These are the applications and services that are included with your MLS fees at no additional charge — which include Matrix, Realist, BookAShowing, Add/Edit, Infosparks and more.

You can view all NorthstarMLS Core Services here

Additional Tools & Services
NorthstarMLS® contracts with a number of 3rd party vendors who provide additional value-add services to NorthstarMLS users. NorthstarMLS provides a data feed to these vendors. They incorporate the data into their products and market them to NorthstarMLS users for an additional fee. Click here to see a list of all the vendors who currently have a data feed.

Please Note: NorthstarMLS does not endorse any of these products/services, nor do we provide technical support for them. We enable their use in our market through the MLS data feed. Purchase of any of these additional tools is your business decision. Contact them directly to learn more about and purchase their products.

Need a little Extra Guidance of the NorthstarMLS System?
Check out the NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel! You can go online quickly learn how to use some of the NorthstarMLS® core services, and even learn some tips and tricks for them.


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!


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Tip of the Week – Searching by City or Zip Code Borders

This tip is for the NorthstarMLS Mobile App (powered by Homespotter).


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Searching for listings with a specific city or zip code just got easier with our bounded search, all with and center at features. Type in a specific city or zip code, and you’ll see new options to search:

A. Bounded Search indicated by the icon will show you listing only in that specific city or zip code.

B. All With indicated by the icon will show you any address that has the word you searched for in the street address.

C. Center At indicated by the icon will bring you to the center of that city where you can zoom in and out from that pinpoint.

Hint: don’t select done when you finish typing in a city or zip code. Click on the specific address, city, or zip code view you’d like to see- and the type of search you’d like performed (bounded, all with, or center at).


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!


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Tip of the Week – MLS ID # Search with the Speed Bar

Want to save some time with your Matrix search? Rather than using the Search dropdown in Matrix (Single Family, Waterfront, Multi-Family, etc.) to find a listing, you can use the Speed Bar to search across all property types at once using the MLS ID #.

Just type, or copy and paste the seven-digit MLS ID # into the Speed Bar and then click the magnifying glass icon to run the Speed Bar search. The listing will open on your search screen. You can input multiple MLS ID #s into the Speed Bar, too. The screen shot below shows an MLS ID # in the Speed Bar search tool.

Give it a try next time you run a search!

Note: You can also search by MLS ID # within the NorthstarMLS Mobile App (powered by Homespotter) and Homesnap. Just type the MLS ID # into the search bar within the app.


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!


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Tip of the Week – Auto Emails with NorthstarMLS Mobile App

This tip is for the NorthstarMLS Mobile App (powered by Homespotter).


Did you know that you can access the auto-emails you create for your clients on the web in the NorthstarMLS app? Log into the NorthstarMLS app and select My Contacts. Scroll through your contacts to find the client whose auto email you’d like to view.

From there you’ll see options for their auto emails, any listings you’ve put in your cart associated with their name and any listings they’ve marked as favorites or possibilities. Select any of the options to see a map or list view of your clients listing details.

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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!


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Going Mobile with NorthstarMLS

Did you know that over 64% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind and 50% of buyers used a mobile website or application in their home search? It’s safe to say that mobile technology has morphed into a powerful force that isn’t going away anytime soon.

NorthstarMLS offers three mobile application solutions that ALL NorthstarMLS users have access to with their MLS subscription – NorthstarMLS Mobile (powered by HomeSpotter, formerly Mobile Realty Apps), Homesnap Pro and Matrix Mobile.

To compare the features of the NorthstarMLS Mobile (powered by Homespotter), Homesnap Pro and Matrix Mobile to see which one might be more beneficial to your real estate business, check out our handy NorthstarMLS Mobile Comparison Chart.


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If you’re not already using one of the available apps and would like to check either one of them out, head over to the App Store or Google Play on your mobile device and download it.

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A major update to the NorthstarMLS app is available now for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets — powered by HomeSpotter.

These enhancements are based on the feedback we’ve received from subscribers like you, to make the apps more powerful and user­friendly. Take a minute to check out an overview of the update in the short video below.

Get more information and a link to download the update here.

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