Tip of the Week – Set Search Pre-Selects in Matrix

With the recent expansion of six Iowa Associations joining the NorthstarMLS Common Data Platform (CDP), searches on City names that exist in both Minnesota and Iowa may return listing results from both states – exampleFarmington, MN & Farmington, IA.

If you'd like to set your starting default State to MN so that you do NOT get duplicate cities from Iowa, go to the Matrix Search screen, select “Minnesota” in the State field, and then click the gear icon (upper right below the Results tab) and click the text "Set currently selected search criteria as my starting default." This will set it as your starting default search state. (You can also add any other criteria that you want pre-selected anytime you start a search.)

The animation below demonstrates how to select Minnesota as your Default on the Search screen (click it to open a larger version in a new browser window). 


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As you may have noticed, we have a new, frequently requested feature in our Add/Edit system: Clone. Not the biochemistry kind, but the ability to create an exact duplicate of an already existing listing for which you are the List or Co-List Agent (if your broker has granted you permission to add new listings). If you have Office Broker permissions, you may Clone any listing previously listed by any agent in your office.

Clone differs from the Copy function in that it duplicates everything: all listing data fields (including Remarks) all media (photos, supplements and virtual tours) and any future-dated open houses. The only thing we skip are certain date fields (List Date, Expiration Date) that you will want to set fresh.

To clone a listing, log in to the Add/Edit system, and click the Clone icon on any of your listings. 

It looks like this:

You will find it right next to the Copy icon. After clicking the Clone icon, click the Confirm button, and the system will create your Clone. Review your Cloned listing, make any desired changes, and save.

If you do not see the Clone icon, you are not the List/Co-List Agent on that listing or, your broker has not granted you permission to add listings.

We hope you enjoy this popularly requested feature. If you have questions, contact our Help Desk at help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-5456 (toll free 1-877-251-5455). Our business hours are M-F, 8:00-5:00.

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Over the past couple of months, a group of six Iowa Associations have joined the NorthstarMLS Common Data Platform (CDP) whereby they enter their listings into our database (via our Add/Edit system) but continue to maintain their own separate front-end MLS system. Their listings (mostly in Iowa) are also available to you for search and view in NorthstarMLS Matrix.

As a result of this expansion, searches on City names that exist in both MN and IA can bring back listing results from both states.  Below is a list of the affected cities. If you search any of these cities (or have auto-emails saved using any of these cities), you can ensure that Iowa listings are excluded. On the Search screen, simply select “Minnesota” in the State field. We are working with our vendor on a long-term solution that will not require you to take this extra step.

Affected Cities:
Afton
Alden
Arlington
Audubon
Avoca
Bagley
Beaver
Bloomfield
Britt
Centerville
Chester
Clear Lake
Clinton
Coon Rapids
Crescent
Cromwell
Dawson
Dayton
Dexter
Dumont
Ellsworth
Farmington
Forest City
Geneva
Glenwood
Grant
Greenfield
Hamburg
Hampton
Hancock
Hanover
Harris
Hastings
Havelock
Henderson
Lake City
Lanesboro
Lansing
Leon
Marion
Melrose
Milton
Montrose
Mount Pleasant
New London
Oakland
Pilot Mound
Riverton
Russell
Salem
Stanton
Tracy
Underwood
Union
Webster

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Use MyFloodStatus for pinpointing accurate Flood Determinations for Your Clients in 2020!
Sign up for a 30-minute webinar on Jan. 13 and learn more.

Learn about Accurate Flood Zone Determinations and how they help real estate professionals eliminate risk of liability, reduce flood insurance premiums for homeowners, buyers and sellers, remove properties from High Risk Flood Zones, and increase buyer activity for "low risk" properties in High Risk Flood Zones.

MyFloodStatus superior flood zone determinations can help you win more listings, market more properties, and stand out as an expert. Join the folks at MyFloodStatus for a free webinar to learn how to use this NorthstarMLS subscriber benefit (discounted rate on flood zone reports on specific properties with full MyFloodStatus professional support).

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

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Are you working with a seller who would rather not schedule showings over the holidays? If the property is going to be unavailable for showing for more than 24 hours, the listing must be changed to TNAS (Temporary Not Available for Showing) Status.

Those days won’t count toward the Days On Market and the listing can go back to Active Status when the seller wants to show it again.

Questions? Contact the NorthstarMLS Rules & Regs Department at 651-251-3210 or click here take a look at the NorthstarMLS Listing Status Definitions Guide. 

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Tip of the Week: Rolling 12-Month Data View

Analyzing market data through graphs and looking for trends can be tricky because the data points sometimes change drastically from month to month. For example, if a brand new condo building was built in October 2018, home sales may have seen a large spike that month, when October is usually a slow sales month. Thankfully, when creating charts in InfoSparks (a NorthstarMLS core service & market analysis tool), there is an option to use a “rolling” data view to smooth short-term fluctuations and highlight longer-term trends you are looking for.

By using the Rolling 12 Months, you can educate buyers and sellers on basic fundamentals of statistics and provide meaningful information that can be used to make buying and selling decisions. Each data point on the line graph represents 12 months of activity up to that point in time. The sample set will be larger for more meaningful trend analysis. Note how much smoother the line is when using the Rolling 12 Months calculation.

Click here to try it out!

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As we look back on 2019, we are very thankful for our MLS subscribers and partners, and the opportunity to support your efforts to serve your clients’ dreams of home ownership.

Again this season, we are donating to Second Harvest Heartland on behalf of NorthstarMLS subscribers and our Board of Directors. Second Harvest is the upper midwest’s largest hunger relief organization, collecting and distributing tens of millions of pounds of food every year to those in need. We’re proud to support the important work they do for our communities.

We wish you a joyous holiday season, and a happy and prosperous 2020!

The NorthstarMLS Team

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Use MyFloodStatus for pinpointing accurate Flood Determinations for Your Clients!
Sign up for a 30-minute webinar and learn more.

Learn about Accurate Flood Zone Determinations and how they help real estate professionals eliminate risk of liability, reduce flood insurance premiums for homeowners, buyers and sellers, remove properties from High Risk Flood Zones, and increase buyer activity for "low risk" properties in High Risk Flood Zones.

MyFloodStatus superior flood zone determinations can help you win more listings, market more properties, and stand out as an expert. Join the folks at MyFloodStatus for a free webinar to learn how to use this NorthstarMLS subscriber benefit (discounted rate on flood zone reports on specific properties with full MyFloodStatus professional support).

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

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Use Remine for targeted marketing now to get potential new business for 2020!
Sign up for one of this Wednesday's webinars and learn how.

NorthstarMLS core service Remine (available to you at no extra charge) can help you find new business and connect with past clients. With a traditionally slower winter market approaching, now is the perfect time to start farming and prospecting for the busier spring market ahead. Rather than blanketing the same message to an entire area and hoping for the best, Remine helps you target your efforts and messages using many data points and predictive models.

Over 500 of your NorthstarMLS colleagues have already signed up — it's not too late for you! Join the folks at Remine for a free webinar to learn how to use this NorthstarMLS subscriber benefit. This webinar covers how you can use the core service version of Remine that is available to you at no extra charge. It does not cover the advanced Pro version (that requires a paid subscription), nor will there be any time spent on upselling you to that version.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 20
  • Two different times to choose from: 10:00 to 11:00 am, or 2:00 to 3:00 pm.
  • Register: Click here to register. On the registration screen, click the date/time box at the top to select your preferred session.

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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As you may have heard, earlier this week the Board of the National Association of Realtors passed the Clear Cooperation Policy (aka MLS Policy 8.0) by a vote of 729 (91.24%) to 70 (8.76%). The Policy requires that listings be submitted as Active to the MLS within one business day of being marketed to the public. NAR's intent is to strengthen cooperation and address concerns surrounding off-market listings, particularly pocket listings and private listing networks that exclude many consumers.

What does this mean for you? NorthstarMLS is required to implement the Clear Cooperation policy by 5/1/2020. Staff will take time to look at how the Policy builds upon our already existing procedures, such as Coming Soon Status. We will recommend to our Board any adjustments needed to ensure brokers and agents have all the available options to serve their clients in compliance with the Policy and MLS participation.

The Clear Cooperation Policy allows for:

  • Coming Soon status (like we have at Northstar) so that you can still take time to get the property ready for market;
  • Privacy: if a seller needs to keep their listing/transaction private, there will be procedures to accommodate this as long as the listing is not publicly marketed;
  • Brokerage office listings: The policy does not prohibit sharing within the brokerage office before the listing is made public.
  • Sellers may still opt out of IDX display on agent/broker websites.

We will give updates as we prepare to comply with the Clear Cooperation Policy. For more information, we recommend these resources from NAR:

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