Category: NorthstarMLS Matrix

In our continuing spotlight on new features coming soon to Matrix, today we highlight some very exciting features coming soon to mapping.

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  • Map tools incorporated into bar along top of map. Map area is much larger and easier to work with.  All previous map and map search functionality retained.
  • Shapes drawn on Matrix map now auto-fill with listings (map pins) that match your search criteria.
  • You can now easily change your map search area by dragging the shape lines to enlarge or shrink your custom search area.
  • MLS numbers on map pins now link you to the Property Full displays.
  • Click on any map pin (or click and drag groups of pins) to select them, just like you do with select boxes on the single line display.
  • The maximum number of map pins that will display on the map increased from 50 to 500.
  • All of the action buttons you use with displays are also available from the map, including Directions, BookAShowing, Email, Print, etc.
  • Quickly and easily switch views among search criteria, map and your results using the new tabs in the upper right.

Click the image below for a large screen preview:

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Over the next week or two, as we prepare to release the latest version of Matrix, we will highlight the upcoming enhancements one at a time here in the Matrix news items.

Today’s feature: Improved Photo Viewer

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A thumbnail photo viewer is shown inline on displays and a full-size viewer is generated by clicking the resize button or directly on a photo. All existing photo viewing functionality has been maintained in this new version. Also, an infinite photo loop has also been included (ie. loop back to the first photo from the last photo).

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Over the next week or two, as we prepare to release the latest version of Matrix, we will highlight the upcoming enhancements one at a time here in the Matrix news items.

Today’s feature: Improved Navigation

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  1. Less clicks to get to your favorite searches. Hovering your cursor over the Search tab will drop down the available property types.  Hovering over a property type (Single Family in the example below) will drop down all available searches.  Matrix will also remember your most commonly used searches and offer them up in the first drop down (General and Waterfront in the example below).
  2. Three new tabs located at the top right of each screen in the Search function. Allows you to quickly and seamlessly move among criteria, map and results.  Same as now, you will also still have the Results button below the search criteria, and you will still be able to get to the results by pressing the Enter key on your keyboard.

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If you’re in Add/Edit and don’t have the MLS number for the listing you’re editing, you can search for it in other ways. Change the “Search By” drop down option at the top right. Now you can search by address, listing agent, listing date or office ID.

Ever wondered how many people are viewing your listings via the MLS? You can find out by using Hit Counters. Click on My Matrix, then My Listings. In the drop down box at the top right of the screen, select My Hit Counters (it’s all the way at the bottom). You can then see how many buyers are receiving auto emails with your listing, how many have opened them and a number of other details.
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You can now access Supra from your NorthstarMLS listings to assign your KeyBoxes, view your Supra showing activity and view your Supra KeyBox settings. (We are also working to make this feature available for Sentrilock users soon).

To manage Supra for your listings (where you are the List Agent), bring up the Property Full Display for the listing(s) where you want to manage Supra KeyBox.  The fastest way to do this is through the “My Listings” box on the Matrix home screen, or click the “My Matrix” tab and then “My Listings.”

Click the MLS # to open the Property Full Display.  The new Supra icons display in the icons box below the main photo:

Click the Supra icon for the activity you want to perform.  Mouseover any Supra icon to get a pop-up reminder of what it does.

We are very excited to bring you this new feature and hope you will enjoy the convenience.  As always, lockbox questions/issues should be directed to your member Association.  If you have questions about using the new icons, contact our Help Desk at 651-251-5456 (or toll free at 1-877-251-5455) during business hours M-F, 8:00-5:00.

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Quickly and easily post your listings to Craisglist using the Share My Listings widget. Open Share My Listings – it’s in the External Links area on the Matrix home screen. From there, click on the Craigslist link at the top (circled in red). Select on of your active listings from Step 1. Follow the instructions, and you will create a pre-formatted Craigslist ad, complete with photos, public remarks and your contact information.

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We are pleased to announce two upgrades released today to the Add/Edit system.

1)  Add/Edit Media. We have made several usability improvements to the Add/Edit Media function, including larger photo thumbnails and other minor changes make it easier to add/edit photos, supplements and virtual tours.

2) Teams. You have always been able to create work teams in Matrix.  Now Team maintenance has been moved to the Add/Edit system with the Teams functionality extending to both Add/Edit and Matrix.  One person on the team creates the team, and assigns other agents to the team who can then access all listings assigned to the team.  You choose whether team members can access team resources in just Add/Edit, just Matrix or both systems.

Office assistants can also be added to the team to handle listing maintenance.  In the coming weeks, we will release tutorial videos and have in-person sessions available with NorthstarMLS staff to help with set-up.  In the meantime, click here for instructions if you want to go ahead and get started on your own.

For questions, email help@northstarmls.com or call 651-251-5456 (or toll free at 1-877-251-5455) during business hours M-F, 8:00-5:00.

Here is what the Teams link looks like on the Add/Edit home page menu. Click it to access the Teams functionality described in the documentation:

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When logging into Matrix, you’ve likely become accustomed to pop-ups of important news alerts from the NorthstarMLS communications team. You have the option to read the news item and click “I’ve Read This” or chose to “Read Later.”

What lurks behind those news alerts? Once you have clicked, “I’ve Read This” or “Read Later” on each news item, the news alerts will disappear. Now you will find your customizable Matrix dashboard, which includes: Instanet Forms, InfoSparks, Realtors Property Resource, My Listings and much more.

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Did you know there is a quick and easy way for you to help us make the NorthstarMLS database as accurate as possible? On every listing’s Property Full Display, there is a link labeled “Report a problem with this listing.” If you see any problem with a listing, click this link to let the NorthstarMLS Help Desk know about it. We will follow-up with the List Agent/Office to ensure any needed corrections are made.  Your report is anonymous and your information will not be shared outside our staff without your permission.

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