Video: RPR’s Top 10 Features for Building Your Business

Realtors Property Resource (a NorthstarMLS core service) provides exclusive access to an unparalleled platform of property and market information, client-friendly reports and more. The video below will give you a run down on all of RPR’’s top 10 most popular features that can help improve your business.

Give it a view and get up to speed on how to:

  • Improve prospecting and farming strategies with RPR
  • Run accurate comp analyses
  • Identify distressed properties
  • Generate neighborhood reports
  • Value home improvements
  • An overview of RPR Mobile™
  • And more!
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Have you heard the news? NorthstarMLS is thrilled to announce that effective April 20, all subscribers will automatically upgrade to Remine Pro as a core service at no additional charge. If you have never used Remine (or it has been a long while), now is the perfect time to check it out!

RECORDED TRAINING WEBINAR: Maximize Remine Pro’s data insights and see how this tool can grow your business and help connect with clients. Watch it now and learn from the experts at Remine how you can:

  • Find prospects by filtering data to locate buyer and seller leads
  • Save money through targeted marketing
  • Obtain contact information for prospective clients
  • Engage with clients and track activities to better serve them and curate listings they’ll love
  • Offer clients a free Equifax credit report through the StepOne process
  • Create CMAs and property reports to wow your clients
  • Schedule and invite consumers to a virtual Open House with Remine Live

Stay tuned for live Remine training webinars this spring!

To access Remine, click the “Remine” link in the External Links box here on the Matrix home screen, or select “Remine” from the Home tab drop-down menu.

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From the Minnesota Realtors Association Regarding Photographers

We know the question of photography has been one with much discussion and debate. Following additional discussions between MN Realtors® and the Department of Commerce, Minnesota Realtors® can confirm that, according to the Department of Commerce, photographers contracted by licensed real estate professionals are considered “critical sector” workers under the extended “Stay at Home” order.

MNR has asked if this determination will be posted online or if there will be documentation we can share. We are awaiting a response and will link to the most updated and relevant information.

The MNR COVID-19 FAQs have been updated with this recent information.

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Many of you have asked us to add “virtual” live stream open houses to NorthstarMLS. We are happy to announce that the system programming is complete, and you may now add these to your listings.

The Open House scheduling tab in the Add/Edit system has been reactivated with two available Open House Types to choose from: Public Virtual and Broker Virtual. (Scheduling of physical open houses remains suspended.)

Please note, live stream Virtual Open Houses are scheduled live broadcasts. If you have an unbranded recorded tour of the home, you may continue to add it as a Virtual Tour, but not as a live stream Virtual Open House.

As you would expect, Broker live stream Virtual Open Houses are viewable only within NorthstarMLS by other subscribers. So, there are no restrictions.

Live stream Public Virtual Opens are shared within NorthstarMLS, client emails/portals and through the IDX and third-party website feeds. There are no restrictions on what site/tool you may use to host these live stream open houses. Popular choices include Zoom, GoToMeeting, Facebook Live, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, YouTube Live.

However, during the live stream public virtual open house, do not promote yourself, your broker or your services. Particularly if you want to later upload the recording as a Virtual Tour.

Also, there are two new MLS fields available for live stream Virtual Open Houses:

  • Live Stream URL: The web address for your live stream virtual open house.
  • Virtual Open House Additional Info: This is a text field where you can enter other details, for example call-in phone numbers for a live stream open house on Zoom.

Same as with physical open houses, information on live stream virtual open houses is available by clicking the Open House icon below the main photo:  or the Open House tab in the Matrix 360 display (the tab will be active if there is an Open House scheduled). They may be searched through “Open House” under the Matrix Search tab.

Public and Broker Live Stream URLs may not be placed in the Public Remarks field. They are, however, allowed in the Agent Remarks field.

After the Live Stream Open House has ended, you may upload a recording of it to your listing as a Virtual Tour as long as it contains no agent/broker branding or links out to other websites. (For example, a link to your recorded open house on your branded social media site would not be acceptable as a virtual tour.)

Questions? Contact our Help Desk at help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-5456 (1-877-251-5455), M-F 8:00-5:00 (closed at noon on April 10 for Good Friday).

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New ShowingTime Appointment Type Now Available: Virtual Showing

ShowingTime has added a new appointment type, Virtual Showing, for showing agents to use when requesting a showing. By selecting this option, the showing agent is indicating to the listing agent that their client would prefer a virtual showing of the property. The showing agent can also add a note for the listing agent indicating which streaming video technology they prefer to use for the showing (FaceTime, Zoom, etc.).

Reference ShowingTime’s Virtual Showing Guide for help getting started and for more information on virtual showings, check out their resource page.

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Now more than ever, picking up and delivering paper earnest money checks is not desirable. A timely reminder, NorthstarMLS core service TrustFunds (available to all NorthstarMLS subscribers) allows you to make electronic earnest money payments right from the Property Detail page in Matrix.

Just click on the TrustFunds logo below the property photo on the full listing display 

Using electronic earnest money has great benefits:

  • No need to physically collect and deliver a paper check
  • A convenient, sure-fire alternative to US postal service, in the case of mail service disruption
  • Relieves anyone from running to make bank deposits
  • It’s available anytime from anywhere, not requiring anyone to be in a certain place at a certain time
  • Allows both brokers and agents to continue to manage their business and stay productive
  • Mitigates risk and exposure for agents and their buyers

Check out how electronic earnest money works in this 1-minute video.

If your business or preferred title company is not currently participating to receive electronic earnest money, encourage them to register. Brokers and title companies can start their registration by going to www.trustfunds.us.com. Click on the green ‘Get Started’ Button.

Be Safe!

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NorthstarMLS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources Page Now Available

To help you to stay up-to-date NorthstarMLS policy changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we've created a central resource page. In addition to being a central location for all related NorthstarMLS news, you will also find links to other important resources for Realtors.

Go to www.NorthstarMLS.com/covid19 — check back frequently for the latest news and announcements during this pandemic.

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We want to remind you of some great video resources that are available to you as all of us are spending more time indoors. These videos give you quick walk-throughs on how to use NorthstarMLS core services.

The NorthstarMLS YouTube Channel features over 200 videos – including our latest video on the NAR Clear Cooperation Policy.

Below are links to NorthstarMLS core service videos for remote learning offered from the vendors.  

  1. Thinking of doing virtual tours during the COVID-19 pandemic? ShowingTime has some great tips for you here. Check out the ShowingTime YouTube Channel here.
  2. Homesnap recently released its biggest update ever. Check out the Homesnap University Page  filled with quick how-to videos.
  3. TransactionDesk/Instanet Help Video library sorted and searchable by topic.
  4. Realist Tax and Public records recently released an all-new Flash-free update. Watch an over view/walk-through here. And see you how you search public records right in Matrix.
  5. Down Payment Resource creates opportunity for homebuyers and real estate professionals by connecting people with programs that get them into homes. Click here to browse the DPR YouTube Channel.
  6. Remine helps you target your efforts and messages using many data points and predictive models. Check out the Remine YouTube Channel here.
  7. Watch a pre-recorded MyFloodStatus webinar here and see how you can help your clients with flood determinations.

Note: You may need to be logged into your NorthstarMLS Matrix account in order to access these resources.

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Have you been thinking about conducting virtual showings on your listings? ShowingTime has put together a helpful resource on how you can use live streaming services in tandem with ShowingTime.

Click this link for the ShowingTime resource web page that includes instructional videos and a link to download a brief instructional guideline. Below is one of the videos on how to use Zoom with ShowingTime.

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MNR Discusses the Implications of Gov. Walz's Stay-at-Home Order for Realtors®

Today, Minnesota Governor Walz issued Emergency Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home.

Realtors® and their clients may still conduct the activities necessary to facilitate real estate transactions in Minnesota during the time period covered by the order as long as they comply, to the maximum extent possible, with COVID-19 Guidelines including social distancing and hygiene and other requirements in the order. 

OPEN HOUSES Refrain from conducting open houses during this period. It is counterintuitive to be conducting an open house activity during the “Stay at Home” directive.

SHOWINGS Please consult with your seller clients regarding their wishes for showings. If you will be conducting showings, limit your showings until the consumer expresses interest, and prioritize virtual showings and other non-person-to-person activities. Utilize the virtual tours and photos available to prescreen homes you personally visit. 

UNDERSTAND The Governor can pull this essential services tag at any time. If we don’t act within the spirit of the Order, we will be in jeopardy of not being able to service our Minnesota real estate clients and customers. 

PLEASE NOTE You must conduct business within the COVID-19 MDH social distancing guidelines. Minnesotans may leave their homes or residences to engage in the following activities, provided that all persons follow the guidelines set forth and maintained by the Minnesota Department of Health (“MDH Guidelines”), including but not limited to social distancing, to the maximum extent possible. This list of Activities may be clarified, as deemed necessary by the Governor, to ensure the health, safety, and security of all Minnesotans. Clarifications are available here.

Watch Chris Galler discuss the Governor's order and its implications for Realtors® below. 

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