Do you have an Android? We’ve got good news! HomeSpotter, the same feature in the NorthstarMLS mobile app that is accessible for the iPhone and iPad, is now available for your Android device. Please Note: This is just an app update to the NorthstarMLS mobile app for Android users. Blackberry, iPhone and iPad users need NOT take any action.

Once you have installed the update on your Android device, you will then be able to use the HomeSpotter feature in the NorthstarMLS mobile app on your Android device. If you’re viewing this from your mobile device, click here to download the update for your Android device. If you’re not viewing this on a mobile device, go to the Google Play online store, search “NorthstarMLS” and then install the update.

HomeSpotter is a new feature that shows you MLS listings simply by aiming your Android device, iPhone or iPad at homes or condo buildings.

HomeSpotter overlays property information on your Android, iPhone or iPad live camera feed. As you point your device down the street, you see a view of the street and info on all the houses for sale pops up. There’s even a radar display that shows the direction and proximity of nearby properties for sale.

Technical Support: If you have any problems installing, launching or using the application, please contact our Help Desk at help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-5456 (toll free 1-877-251-5455).

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Want access to your forms and documents on your smartphone? Use DocBox2Go. Go to Instanet. Change to Transaction Desk Pro. Click on the Settings tab, then on My Preferences. Choose the DocBox2Go preferences on the left, and then set up you password. Once you’ve done that, you can go to www.docbox2go.com on your smartphone. Log in, and you can open, email or fax your documents and forms.
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Have your clients fax documents directly into Instanet Forms. Every time you set up a Transaction on Instanet, the system automatically creates a Fax-Back Cover Sheet. Open the Transaction and click on the Documents tab. You can open and print the Fax-Back Cover Sheet, or you can email or fax it to your clients. They can then use this document to fax things back to you. Items will show up in your Transaction, and you will also get an email with the documents attached.
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Did you know there is a quick and easy way for you to help us make the NorthstarMLS database as accurate as possible? On every listing’s Property Full Display, there is a link labeled “Report a problem with this listing.” If you see any problem with a listing, click this link to let the NorthstarMLS Help Desk know about it. We will follow-up with the List Agent/Office to ensure any needed corrections are made.  Your report is anonymous and your information will not be shared outside our staff without your permission.

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Do you own a smartphone or mobile device? Then you’re likely one of the NorthstarMLS users who have downloaded the NorthstarMLS app to your device — over 13,000 downloads so far! The Line, a Twin Cities-based news and technology website, recently featured NorthstarMLS’s integration of HomeSpotter to its mobile app in an article. HomeSpotter was added to the NorthstarMLS mobile app in February.
Check out the entire article from The Line here.
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Are you using the Down Payment Resource (DPR) tool that’s available on NorthstarMLS? If not, you’re missing out on a great way to improve your business.

For Twin Cities-based Realtor Jackie Beermann, providing down payment assistance information through DPR has brought great value to her clients and referrals. DPR has given her an extra edge in a challenging market and proven to be a huge time saver. Jackie has more than 25 years experience serving first-time home owners. Since using DPR, Jackie now closes sales with homebuyer assistance nearly twice a month.

Watch Jackie share how Down Payment Resource helps her better serve her clients.

To read more about Jackie’s story, click here.

To get started using DPR, click the icon on any listing in NorthstarMLS (icon displays if a property is potentially eligible for payment assistance programs).

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If you always change your display type and count per page after running a search, make a change to your default settings. Go to a search page. At the bottom, change the display and count per page. Then click on the diskette icon just to the right, and on “Set current display and count per page as my starting default.”
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Did you know that Matrix saves your 50 most recent searches for you? If you’ve ever wanted to pull up a recent search, but didn’t remember the criteria, use the “Recent“ menu. You should see it at the top right of the Matrix window. If you don’t see the Speed Search Bar, click on the arrow pointing downward just to the right of your name. The menu will show you some recent searches. You can click on “View All” to see the full list of 50.
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Down Payment Resource announced that members can now order personalized DPR yard signs and sign riders to advertise that down payment assistance may be available for their listing. You will have the option to choose sign colors and will also be able to display your name and contact information (phone number and website) on the signs. You will order directly through Farmer Signs, a reputable company that produces high quality work. And, DPR receives no commission on sales.

Sign prices range from $30.00 to $12.50 a piece depending on the dimensions. If you’re interested in acquiring signs for your properties, click here.

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Minnesota Business recently announced the results of their inaugural 100 Best Companies to Work For competition which surveyed thousands of employees representing hundreds of companies in Minnesota. NorthstarMLS is proud to have made the list which highlights organizations around the state setting the standard in work environment, benefits, leadership and employee happiness.

We would also like to congratulate Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate, Mattamy Homes and Roger Fazendin REALTORS for making the list.

Read the full article here.

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