Gearing up for the spring market? That likely means more showings and open houses.

The video below offers showing etiquette tips that we’ve received from agents, along with some plain common sense, to help ensure a pleasant house hunting experience. Give it a view if you have two minutes – you might get a chuckle!

Don’t forget to use ShowingTime to manage your showings & open houses. It’s a NorthstarMLS core service and part of your MLS subscription.

Questions? Our rules & regs staff is here to help! Contact us at help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-3210.

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Tip of the Week – Agent License Number

With changes to TRID requirements, you’ll likely need to occasionally look up another agent’s license number. NorthstarMLS and its shareholder Associations do not have a license number database that we can ensure is accurate. Your best bet is to use State online resources: the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Pulse Portal, or the Wisconsin Credential/License Search. Click here to see a printable PDF with instructions. We have also outlined the steps for you below.

MDC Pulse Portal
1. Go to www.pulseportal.com
2. Choose Program: Minnesota Department of Commerce
3. Choose Board: Real Estate
4. Click on search Licensees

5. Put in Last and First Name, Click Next to run the search

Wisconsin Credential/License Search
1. Go to: https://app.wi.gov/licensesearch
2. Click on Health/Business Individual/Credential

3. Put in last and first name of agent you are searching for
4. Click the Search button to run the search (Note: Agent and broker searches are separate, so if you can’t find the name of the person under agent, try broker.)


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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Did you miss one of the “10 Minutes with TrustFunds” webinars last month? No worries! Now you can view the same webinars that many other NorthstarMLS brokers and agents attended, on your own time. Both webinars were 10 minutes in length — one was tailored for brokers and one was tailored for agents. (Note: The total length of each video is longer than 10 minutes to accommodate a Q/A session at the end of each webinar — exit the video if you won’t wish to view that portion.)

TrustFunds is available as a core service through NorthstarMLS and all subscribers now have an active TrustFunds account – no login or setup is required. It’s a secure and convenient web-based service that allows buyers to simply and securely make their earnest money payment online and easily verify the status at anytime.

Broker? Click here to watch webinar.
Agent? Click here to watch webinar.


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

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Tip of the Week – Agent License Number

With recent TRID requirements, you’ll likely need to occasionally look up another agent’s license number. NorthstarMLS and its shareholder Associations do not have a license number database that we can ensure is accurate. Your best bet is to use State online resources: the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Pulse Portal, or the Wisconsin Credential/License Search. Click here to see a printable PDF with instructions. We have also outlined the steps for you below.

MDC Pulse Portal
1. Go to www.pulseportal.com
2. Choose Program: Minnesota Department of Commerce
3. Choose Board: Real Estate
4. Click on search Licensees

5. Put in Last and First Name, Click Next to run the search

Wisconsin Credential/License Search
1. Go to: https://app.wi.gov/licensesearch
2. Click on Health/Business Individual/Credential

3. Put in last and first name of agent you are searching for
4. Click the Search button to run the search (Note: Agent and broker searches are separate, so if you can’t find the name of the person under agent, try broker.)


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 – Using the Roster Tab in Matrix

Looking for the name or contact information for a colleague or business of a NorthstarMLS subscriber? The Roster Tab in Matrix serves as a convenient tool to help you find other NorthstarMLS subscribers by name, contact information, office name and more.

Watch this quick video that will walk you through how it works in under 2.5 minutes:


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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