The NorthstarMLS Add/Edit system will be unavailable for about 30 minutes starting tonight at 9:00pm. We need the downtime to release several new enhancements, including:

  • Larger maximum file size for both photos and supplements (up to 20 MB each).
  • When uploading a photo to a listing, the photo file name will automatically populate as the photo caption.
  • When viewing a listing in Add/Edit, we will automatically hide the map so that you can more easily see the data. (You can still toggle the map pin icon to view it.)
  • If one of your Incomplete listings expires (or you accidentally delete an Incomplete or Withheld listing), our Help Desk will be able to quickly restore it for you.
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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!


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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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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Webinars on May 6, 7 & 8 – Select a Date & Time Below

Flood zone errors and confusion can be common. Learn about low-cost Accurate Flood Zone Determinations and how they help Realtors 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. 

Join the experts at MyFloodStatus for a 30-minute webinar specially scheduled for NorthstarMLS subscribersClick here or on the graphic below to get signed up, and for dates and times.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

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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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Want to learn more about how to use the mobile app Homesnap Pro? Register for one of the upcoming free webinars, offered by Homesnap especially for NorthstarMLS subscribers. 

Not only is Homesnap Pro a NorthstarMLS core service that can help you better connect with and serve your clients, it is also the platform of the Broker Public Portal (BPP). The BPP initiative grew out of a movement among brokers across the country to develop an industry-controlled real estate search experience for consumers. NorthstarMLS was at the forefront of this national collaboration between brokers and MLS’s.

This session will explore the most popular features in the Homesnap Pro app:

  1. Take a snap of any property and see the current MLS data
  2. See the Agent deal flow and Transaction History
  3. Use the app to walk property lines
  4. Invite your clients for exclusive Agent Client Branding
  5. Share your personal unique profile link
  6. Your FREE weekly newsletter

Don’t forget to download the app before the session begins. You can get the FREE app by going to Homesnap.com/get. If you need assistance getting the app, please call 1-866-855-2622 or email support@homesnap.com.

These webinars are offered multiple times, just pick the time and date you would like to attend from the dropdown menu in the register screen.

Register for a FREE Webinar Here

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With the ShowingTime mobile app, you can quickly leave feedback from a showing appointment right from your mobile device. 

The quick video below walks you through how it’s done!

If you haven’t downloaded the ShowingTime app to your mobile device, get it now! You get instant access to your showings, feedback, reports and more.


ShowingTime Archive Want to check out older ShowingTime content? Click here to view the archive of previous ShowingTime news, articles, and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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New pre-approval request, new flyer templates, and a bold new look for your buyers!

RatePlug still lets you share accurate home payment estimates from your trusted lenders directly within any property listing you send your clients, but now the process to get your buyers asking questions about their financing earlier, to avoid snags later is more user friendly than ever!

  • No additional cost for NorthstarMLS members to participate*
  • Only promotes your trusted lending sources.
  • Delivers interactive, real-time mortgage programs, payments and qualifying information. When you display affordability factors on your listings, great things happen!
  • Informs you if your listing is eligible for special financing options (FHA, VA, USDA, etc.).
  • Includes Property Flyer Program for your listings (now with 15 available templates).
  • RatePlug users are selling homes 15% faster than non-users.

Click here to learn more or take a couple of minutes to opt-in to this tool that is included for FREE as part of your NorthstarMLS subscription!

*lenders do pay a license fee to be displayed

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MyFloodStatus Report Helps Local Buyer Identify Flood Risk

After a snowy February followed by heavy rain, many rivers are flooding across Minnesota. Some rivers are at or near record levels. Check out the dilemma one NorthstarMLS agent was in with his client before using a MyFloodStatus report to determine the property's true flood status. 

Situation
A buyer was interested in purchasing property adjacent to a property he already owned and lived in. The property seller had owned the home for a long time, no longer had a mortgage, and said her late husband had told her that only the back corner of the property was in a flood zone. She didn’t have any documentation to prove the exact current flood status of the property.

Action Taken
The buyer’s real estate agent used our structure-based flood report to confirm the true flood status of the property.

Resolution
A MyFloodStatus report confirmed that in fact a large portion of the house was in a Special Flood Hazard Area, or SFHA, and would require flood insurance with a mortgage. The FEMA map had changed and been updated in 2015, but the seller did not become aware because there was no mortgage on the home at the time. With the MyFloodStatus structure-based flood determination, the buyer was able to make an educated decision on how to move forward based on confirmed flood status.

“Running your report saved a lot of time, money and frustration. Best money I’ve spent.”
– Michael H. Real Estate Agent, NorthstarMLS

MyFloodStatus Flood Reports can be ordered through NorthstarMLS at discounted pricing ($25 per report). Go to the “External Links” section and click on MyFloodStatus.

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