Have you worked with a client that is in the market for energy-efficient features in a home? You’re probably not alone if you answered “yes.” Consumers want to live in homes that are friendly to the environment and their wallet at the same time.

Energy features play a key role in making a home an enjoyable and affordable place to live. Homes that are drafty, cold in the winter, hot in the summer, and expensive to run leave occupants struggling to choose between staying comfortable and paying their utility bills.

Since 2013, NorthstarMLS has had energy efficiency fields, such as Green Certification and HERS Score. But did you know there are also several energy-efficient features in the MLS that might grab the interest of your “Green” buyers? Below is a look at current Active listings in the MLS with Energy-Efficient Features.

  • Heat: Geothermal – 111
  • A/C: Geothermal – 83
  • Fuel: Solar – 12
  • Parking Characteristics: Insulated Garages – 2,787
  • Amenities-Unit: Skylight – 604
  • Amenities-Unit: Ceiling Fan(s) – 5,293
  • Amenities-Unit: In-ground Sprinkler – 3,070
  • Appliances: Tankless Water Heater – 122
  • Appliances: Electronic Air Filter – 326
  • Appliances: Air-To-Air Exchanger – 3,053
  • Green Certification: Certified – 32
  • Green Certification: Pending – 1
  • Green Certification: Tested – 19
  • HERS Score – 701

Note: Near the bottom left of the Search page, you will see “Additional Fields” with the option to Add or Remove from a list them. Click on the “Add/Remove” to view a list of “Available Fields” like the ones above. (You will not see the option to Remove a field unless you have already added a new field.)

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Find Lots Located ‘On Golf Course’

There are plenty of gorgeous golf courses scattered throughout the NorthstarMLS territory. Currently, there are nearly 150 active listings available in Matrix with the lot description classified as, “On Golf Course.” If you have a client who wants to be on or near a golf course, you can identify these properties and include the information in the next report you send them. Here’s how:

  1. Using the Add/Remove widget in the Additional Fields box, add the “Lot Description” field.
  2. Scroll down until you find the “On Golf Course” option and select it (as seen in the screen shot below).
  3. If a listing is on or near a golf course, that information is going to be found in the General Property Information section of the Property Report.

You can (and should) also include property information relating to golf courses of your listing in the Public Remarks field. Example: Located on Hazeltine National Golf Club – home of the 2016 & 2028 Ryder Cup.


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Tip of the Week – Adding Access Details On The Go For Listings​

Want to manage details – such as property access information, when confirming appointments on your listings? Listing agents can easily review and update their listing’s access details (access codes, alarm disarm codes, etc.) and showing instructions when confirming appointments, ensuring showing agents have the latest details for their upcoming showings. A good way to eliminate any last minute showing frustrations!

This can be done in either the ShowingTime desktop version or the mobile app by going to the “Showings” tab or section and choosing the option “On My Listings”. From there, a specific appointment can be edited and the showing instructions can be modified before confirming the request.

NOTE: ShowingTime receives automatic updates every 15 minutes from the MLS, so it won’t take long for showing agents to see any updates the listing agent makes. Click here for a screen shot example.        


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Increase Your Productivity with the ShowingTime app!

Being able to accomplish work-related tasks on the go leads to a 23% increase in productivity, according to several recent studies. Even if you prefer to schedule showings in your office using the ShowingTime desktop platform, the mobile app can help you complete tasks while you are with clients or between meetings. Here are just a few of the things you can check off your list while on the go:

  • Update showing instructions on your listings
  • Add a showing on behalf of another agent
  • Fill out a showing feedback form
  • Publish submitted feedback for your sellers. Auto-publish option is also available
  • Message an agent or seller directly from the ‘Appointment Details’ screen
  • Search listings on NorthstarMLS

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


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Tip of the Week – Broker Marketing With Stats

Brokers can use Infosparks to have regular discussions about market stats and ways to make the most of the data. Analyze trends together in order to identify new and niche markets during weekly office meetings with your agents.

Stats can absolutely help explain brokerage progress (or, gulp, stagnation) by comparing the broker’s pending sales and new listings counts to the total market to help measure success.

Manage seller returns and buyer costs by using stats to generate ideas on where to increase showings and open houses, or use market metrics to forecast home prices and dollar volume.

The possibilities are as endless as the number of possible graphs you can make in Infosparks, which is about 40 quintillion per location per metric! Give it a try.

You can access Infosparks on the Matrix Home screen in the External Links box, or by clicking on the Infosparks link when viewing any listing in the MLS.


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Tip of the Week – Using the Roster & Office Tab in Matrix

The Roster Tab in Matrix is a convenient tool to help you find other agents and NorthstarMLS subscribers by name, contact information or office name. The video below will walk you through how to use this Matrix feature in two minutes.


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Tip of the Week – Map Starting Place Location

This week’s Tip of the Week comes from NorthstarMLS subscriber Byron Anfinson.

If you regularly use map searches to locate properties or perform CMAs, you may want to change the Default Map to a new starting location. The location can be your home address, your office or just a general area that you conduct most of your business in.

To adjust the map, select a property type by hovering over the Search tab in Matrix. (Single Family/Single Family General are most commonly used). Click on the Map Search link at the top of the Search page. Now you’re in the map view and can zoom into the area, or type in the address you want to center your map on.

Click the cog wheel (under the Results Tap) and click Set this map view as my starting default. Each time you use that search tap map function, you will start on a map that is your preferred location. Click Reset to the systems Search defaults if you ever want to change a starting default location.

Congratulations to Byron Anfinson of Coldwell Banker Burnet in Minneapolis! A $30 Caribou Coffee Gift Card is on the way to you.


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Tip of the Week – Logging Past Appointments in ShowingTime

Need to log your past appointments in ShowingTime so they appear in the listing activity report? Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions in less than a minute of your time!


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Tip of the Week – NorthstarMLS Core Service Support Info

Looking for contact info for any of the core services available in NorthstarMLS Matrix?

The NorthstarMLS Help Desk is always available 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday to answer your system questions or walk you through any issues you might be having. But sometimes it’s helpful to go directly to the vendor’s support staff. The Available Support page has contact information for all the core services available with your MLS subscription.

Click here to view the NorthstarMLS Available Support page and bookmark it in your web browser today!


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Tip of the Week – CREV Sale Date in Realist

This week’s Tip of the Week comes a question NorthstarMLS subscriber Beth Jahnke-Britton submitted regarding Realist (a NorthstarMLS core service).

The Question
Is it possible to sort by number of years the current owner has owned a property? That way I can efficiently see which property owners have owned their properties the longest for preparing a calling campaign. Currently (the way I’m doing it) there doesn’t seem to be a way to search this except by going into each property tax record one-by-one. Please help!

Answer – CREV Sale Date
In Realist when you search using the CREV Sale Date criteria, it searches only the most recent arm’s length transaction. Similarly, only the most recent CREV Sale Date displays on the Realist grid results. You can then sort the results on the grid by the CREV Sale Date.

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