Category: NorthstarMLS Matrix

We hope you're enjoying Matrix 360, which was released earlier this month. A great new feature with this release is the ability to search Public Records right in Matrix – without having to open Realist separately like you did in the past. 

Our video below shows you how to run a Public Record Search in Matrix. Give it a view! 

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As you may be aware, the Minnesota Association of Realtors recently updated its Forms Use Policy. Because those forms are accessed through the Instanet link here in Matrix, we want to share this link to the full policy and a few highlights:

  • The MN State forms are for the exclusive use of Members. However, Members may allow their administrative staff (such as licensed and unlicensed assistants) access to provide authorized assistance related to their use.
  • The pre-printed text and format of the Forms may not be removed or modified in any way without removing the MNAR logo and copyright information from the Forms, except Members may place their brokerage logo in the upper left corner of the MNAR approved forms and may utilize a “footer” at the bottom of the Forms to place non-contractual disclosures.
  • Members of the MNAR may utilize, reproduce and distribute the Forms solely for purposes of real estate transactions and/or education within their real estate brokerage practice. Members may not sell or distribute the Forms as a separate product or service.

If you have any questions regarding the Minnesota Realtors Forms Use Policy, contact the Minnesota State Association at info@mnrealtor.com or 952.935.8313 or 800.862.6097.

Matrix 360 is here! It's the latest version of Matrix, integrating Realist public records tax data and enhanced features. Below are links to some quick videos for you to see how it works. But really, all you need to do is run a listings search, click an MLS number for the full display and start exploring the tabs across the top of the sceen. We also have "Public Record" search right here in Matrix under the Search tab!

There are no major changes to your workflow–Matrix 360 simply unifies listing data and Realist property data into the same Matrix interface you already know. You may work with tax records just like Matrix listings. Create searches, get results, view details, print and email reports for both listing and tax records — all in one place. 

Check out thse Matrix 360 resources: 

 

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Are you ready for Matrix 360? It's the latest version of Matrix from our vendor CoreLogic and it is coming to NorthstarMLS June 12th (you may start to see the new features the evening of June 11th as they are configured–with no system downtime!). There will be no major changes to your workflow–Matrix 360 simply unifies listing data and Realist property data into the same Matrix interface you already know. You may work with tax records just like Matrix listings. Create searches, get results, view details, print and email reports for both listing and tax records — all in one place. 

Get ready for 360 with these resources: 

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Starting Thursday, June 6, we have some great enhancements for NorthstarMLS Matrix: 

  • Reorder Search Results Using Drag & Drop
  • Create Multiple Listing Carts for each Client & Property Type 
  • Client Portal default to List View on mobile devices (instead of Map View)
  • Display Listings in order MLS numbers entered with Speed Bar

Check out some of the improvements in greater detail here and watch our video to see these new features!

We are pleased to announce that Matrix 360 will be coming to NorthstarMLS subscribers this June! Matrix 360 is the latest version of Matrix from our vendor CoreLogic that unifies listing data and Realist property data. The result is a truly property-centric listing platform that gives you a 360-degree view of properties in our market.

  • Save time. Leverage tax data without launching a separate program and leaving the MLS workflow, and without browser plugins. Learn one system, not two.
  • It’s easy to use and familiar. Work with tax records just like Matrix listings. Create searches, get results, view details, print and email reports for both listing and tax records, all in one place, all in the same way.

For a preview, view the Matrix 360 video below. (Note: This is not the NorthstarMLS Matrix system, so may not look exactly how our system is configured.) 

Stay tuned for more information!

Tip of the Week – Accessibility Features in Matrix

If you’re searching for suitable homes for buyers with disabilities, it can be a tricky task. The CDC estimates that one in four U.S. adults – 61 million Americans – have a disability. Your next client may have a disability and you’ll need to find something that suits their needs. 

Fortunately, the NorthstarMLS Matrix Add/Edit system has nearly 20 different accessibility options to choose from when you enter a listing into the MLS. Other agents will be able to search for these when they’re working with a buyer with a disability. 

While these fields are not required, we encourage you to complete this field when appropriate. It will spare yourself, your colleagues and most importantly the client your working with a lot of wasted time searching for homes that just won’t work because of their disability.

The image below shows how to enter accessibility features of a listing into the Add/Edit system (click on it for a larger view of it in a new browser tab)


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 – Add/Edit Teams Videos Now Available 

If you want to learn more about how Teams work in the new-look NorthstarMLS Add/Edit system, check out our three tutorial videos below that will help you get started. The way Teams work on NorthstarMLS didn't change, but the enhancements make them easier to manage.

Here are quick links to the Teams in NorthstarMLS Add/Edit tutorial videos.

The Help section of our Add/Edit system includes these videos and a PDF print guide, too.


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!


Tips On Demand Want to check out older Tip of the Week topics? Click here to view an archive of previous Tip of the Week entries.

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According to 2017 loan data, 36% of mortgages across the largest U.S. cities were eligible for down payment help. Plus, the average down payment assistance benefit was $9,208. That means more than a third of buyers might be leaving money on the table! 

The down payment ranks as the number one obstacle for potential homebuyers, and for some buyers, leaving money on the table could lead to them not being able to buy. 

As a NorthstarMLS subscriber, you have access to Down Payment Resource, a core service that helps you help your clients identify these programs.

There are down payment assistance programs. Some of them help with down payments and closing costs. Eligibility depends upon several factors including the location of the home.

Check here to see if your buyer may be eligible for down payment assistance. 


The DPR icon appears with "Find Down Payment Help" on potentially eligible listings in your clients' Portal as shown above.

For you in NorthstarMLS Matrix, this icon  is on listings where down payment help is potentially available.

Both you and your clients can click on these DPR icons on listings for information. 

If you want to learn more about how DPR can help your real estate business, sign up for a free webinar or check out this recorded training video

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Tip of the Week – Price Change Alerts in Matrix

Reducing the price for one of your listings in NorthstarMLS Matrix? If you want it to show with the red down arrow (or blue up arrow for a higher price) in Matrix search result grids, Hot Sheets and Client Portals, the price must be changed by at least a half percent (.005) of the original listing/asking price. 

For example, if your listing is priced at $300,000, it would need to be lowered by at least $1,500 for it to show up in search results with the price reduction arrow (like in the screen shot below).

Whenever you see the price change arrow for a listing in the Single Line Grid, click on it for a quick pop-up showing you the original, immediately prior and current price, and the date of the current price change. (In the Hot Sheet and Market Watch displays, simply hover over the arrow. In the Client Portal, hover over the gold Price Change banner.)

Thanks to NorthstarMLS subscriber Teri Eckholm of Boardman Realty for her recommendation of this week’s Tip of the Week. Teri will receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card.


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!


Tips On Demand Want to check out older Tip of the Week topics? Click here to view an archive of previous Tip of the Week entries.

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