We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® (GLAR) voted to contract with NorthstarMLS as their Association’s MLS provider. The Greater Lakes Association primarily covers an area in central Minnesota centered in Brainerd and including Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Mille Lacs, Morrison, and Todd counties. Click here to see a map of theses counties and the surrounding area.

All Greater Lakes Association’s listings, both Active and off market, will be on NorthstarMLS starting April 1st.  This will result in many benefits for real estate professionals and their clients in both the Greater Lakes Association and NorthstarMLS service areas which going forward will be, effectively, the same.

All NorthstarMLS and GLAR users will benefit from more effective cooperation facilitated through belonging to one MLS and elimination of the problems and expense for Realtors in the state caused by arbitrary and overlapping MLS jurisdictions.  Additionally, GLAR members will benefit from a powerful and state-of-the-art MLS system (Matrix), enhanced (and wider area coverage) public tax records, Realist, Down Payment Resource, group copyright protection, data standardization tools, List Assist automated quality control and compliance administration, SafeMLS security, continued use of BookAShowing and Instanet forms, and other core services.

We look forward to serving the members of the Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® with all the great features NorthstarMLS has to offer.

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NorthstarMLS is proud to announce that we are the first MLS to feature HomeSpotter in our NorthstarMLS for Smartphones application.  HomeSpotter is a new feature that shows you MLS listings simply by aiming your iPhone or iPad at homes or condo buildings.  Currently available for iPhone and iPad only, it is also coming for Android devices in the next couple months.

HomeSpotter overlays property information on your iPhone or iPad live camera feed. As you point your iPhone/iPad 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.

For more information, view the quick video from MobileRealtyApps.com and read the press release and the Star Tribune Blog.

Also new with this Update: My Listings and Agent Roster

  • Select My Listings from the main menu to view all listings for which you are the List or Co-List Agent.
  • Select Agent Roster to search for contact information on other Active NorthstarMLS subscribers.
  • The My Listings and Agent Roster update is also available to Android device users and coming later for BlackBerry.

To update to the new version, use your iPhone or iPad to go to Apple’s App Store and then to the Updates section.  Android users will find the update in the Android market.

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We are pleased to announce the availability of Find, a new agent tool created by Move, Inc. (the company that brings you Realtor.com).  This is a core service of NorthstarMLS and included in your subscription at no additional charge.

To access Find, click the link here on the Home page of Matrix in the “External Links” box (just below the WEBForms link).  The first time you access Find, you will be asked to enter your name and email address.  After that, you will automatically be directed straight to Find when you click the link.

What is Find?
Find is a database of residential properties throughout the U.S. into which information is captured from MLS’s and from public record sources. Find contains active listings data, off-market data, sold data, and property photos; county recorded data, community information, amenities, environmental, and transaction data.  Just a few of the things you can do with Find:

  • Search residential properties throughout the U.S. regardless of whether they are or have recently been for sale (information form MLS’s around the country and public records);
  • Create Community Reports with valuable information for your clients about the surrounding community that you won’t find in Matrix;
  • Create additional professional-looking Property Reports with your photo and company logo;
  • Search using map or “natural language” search (e.g. 2 bedroom condos with deck and sauna in Minneapolis);
  • View property lot boundaries and prices (list, sold in last 6 months or AVM) on map;
  • View map layers such as school district boundaries, flight paths, amenities, and map pins for active, recently sold, off market and rental properties.

Getting Started:
Find Overview Video (7 minutes)
Complete User Guide
Quick Guide: Keywords and Power Shortcuts
Quick Guide: Map Search
Quick Guide: Text Search
Quick Guide: Reports
Quick Guide: Hot Feeds

Technical Support:  Click the “Contact Support” link in the upper right corner of any screen in the Find system.

Systems Supported: Windows PC with IE7 or later or Firefox 3.0 or later.  Mac with Firefox 3.5 through 4.0.

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The Share Your Listings Widget has been enhanced:

  • Includes your listings from all property types, including Multi-Family, Land and Commercial.
  • Button added to main window to allow you to post your listings on craigslist.
  • Facebook posting instructions are revised to reflect changes made by Facebook.

Share Your Listings Widget, available directly through NorthstarMLS at no additional cost, allows you to quickly and easily share your NorthstarMLS listings through social media and monitor hits.  To get started, click the “Share your Listings Widget” link in the External Links box of the home page (just below WEBForms and Infosparks).

For more information, read the original announcement from last September or the Help Guide.

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This is a follow-up to yesterday’s posting regarding bonus offers on NorthstarMLS.  Together with the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®, we created a letter that further explains why the rule exists in its current form and why the National Association of REALTORS® requires it as a matter of MLS Policy. Please feel free to use this letter in communicating to any of your clients who may not understand that it is not just you that is unable to comply with how they might wish to communicate incentives. It applies to every subscriber of the NorthstarMLS service.

Click here for the letter regarding bonus offers on NorthstarMLS.

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