Want to learn more about using the Homesnap mobile app?

There are multiple webinars to choose from in Homesnap’s Winter Wonderland of Training series! For each webinar listed below that you attend, you receive an entry to win a $300 VISA gift card.

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.

Webinars to choose from: 

Click here or on the image above to register for “Oh What Fun Are These Four Tools”

Click here or on the image above to register for “Give the Gift of Homesnap”

Click here or on the image above to register for “Holiday Homesnap Hacks“

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Broker Public Portal Delivers Over 20,000 Leads To NorthstarMLS Agents At No Charge! The Broker Public Portal (powered by Homesnap), continues to attract more and more consumers. It is now the second largest MLS consumer website, according to Hitwise, the nation’s leading source for measuring real estate web traffic across the entire industry. Broker Public Portal with Homesnap has delivered over one million free leads to participating real estate agents nationally and the growth trend line is rapidly ascending thanks to agents across the country introducing Homesnap to their contacts. Just since March, NorthstarMLS agents received over 20,000 free leads. These are from Homesnap users on the consumer version, who are not already linked to an agent. Those leads went directly to the List Agents (or to the Selling Agents for Solds), the best source of the information about the properties. Are you using Homesnap? It takes only a minute to set-up and invite your Contacts to download and connect. The more connections you make through Homesnap, the more word will spread, and free leads continue to rise. The Pro version of Homesnap is part of your NorthstarMLS core service at no additional charge. Be part of the industry movement to take back consumer traffic with the best data (direct from the MLS) and home search tools available!
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You Can Beat The National Portals With This Strategy Today

[When NorthstarMLS staff and its Directors meet with brokers and agents, one of the most commonly heard complaints is the prevalence of third party real estate portals for consumers and what NorthstarMLS can do about it. The article below is a summary of what you, NorthstarMLS and the entire real estate industry can and are doing. It’s well worth the read and a print version is available here.]

Imagine a world where every real estate agent, broker and franchise in the nation promoted their real estate mobile app to consumers. The app is white-label branded to the agent, broker, and franchise offering direct access to every MLS listing without any competitive ads. That is the way it would need to work. Guess what, we have it. You have it. Our industry has it. Today.

There are two models of how the app works. If the consumer is working with a franchise, a firm, or an agent – that trusted relationship is honored. The professional service provider selected by the consumer is there with them at any time. That’s you. You remain connected to the consumer to help out with any questions they have. If the consumer is looking out of that service provider’s region, the provider can refer that business however they like.

The second model of the app is for a consumer who has not selected a real estate service provider. In that circumstance, every listing is branded to the listing broker and agent with no competitors advertised on the listing other than the seller’s representative. Your listing, your lead!

Some 850,000 agents (including all NorthstarMLS subscribers) have access to this app today, but many agents still do not know about it. It is offered by NorthstarMLS as a participant in the Broker Public Portal. The app is called Homesnap. It is ridiculously easy to use. Download the app, select NorthstarMLS, and your personal branded app is created.

Next, the app prompts you to send an invitation to everyone in your phone’s address book with one click. Why would any consumer use an app from an advertising company’s app if they had this service from their agent? Accurate listings. No advertising confusion found on those other apps. It’s the best app for real estate search.

And if your clients prefer a web-based search tool, have them check out https://www.homesnap.com. It easily matches the national portals in features, functionality and, most importantly, quality of listing data because it comes directly from the MLS.

Our industry is at a crossroads. The advertising companies have intercepted the consumer, and try as you may, individual franchises, brokers, or agents will never have enough individual horsepower to beat the portals. However, with cooperation amongst the 670 MLSs, the 85,000 brokers, and the 1.3 million real estate professionals – we can offer an alternative. You have two choices. You can stand around and complain, or you can step up and lead. The hard work has already been done. It’s built.

Go to the Android Store or the Apple App Store and put Homesnap on your phone right now. Invite your clients right now. They will love it, and they will appreciate you more for pointing them to the best app and website the way it was meant to be for a home search experience.

Are you sick and tired of advertising portals and want to create an industry alternative that is motivated by cooperation and business rules that promote your relationship with consumers? You must engage. The app will not load itself.

By the way, it is important you know that there is no profit motive behind this. Nobody involved in the Broker Public Portal may ever receive a dividend or profit from your listings. In fact, the founding shareholders may not even redeem their unit shares. Those investments made by founding MLSs and Brokers only allow them to participate in guiding the company to make sure that the Broker Public Portal and Homesnap does not stray from its course, providing consumers with professional quality property information from you and your cooperating peers in the MLS.

Adapted from an article by the The WAV Group, consultants to the Broker Public Portal/Homesnap

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Now that you have downloaded and registered your Homesnap app (with Broker Public Portal), you’re ready to use one of its most valuable features: Invite your Contacts to both download the app and connect with you!

Close to a quarter of a million (237,700) consumers have already accepted NorthstarMLS agent Homesnap invitations and connected! Each one of those connections has the potential to spread the word to friends and family and help the Real Estate Industry’s source of data go viral.

Why invite your Contacts into Homesnap?

  • Reduces their need to look to third party sites for information.
  • If they accept your invitation, their Homesnap app is branded to you, and all inquiries they make about listings go direct to you.
  • They get to use the same tool that you use as an agent: one of the highest rated real estate apps, and with the most accurate data direct from 125 MLS’s (and growing) across the country.
  • No distracting advertising or redirects to other agents.

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Earlier this week, we posted the StarTribune article featuring NorthstarMLS as a participant in Homesnap, the technology partner of the Broker Public Portal. This national real estate industry-led effort enhances your client relationships and helps reclaim the agent-consumer relationship from third-party portals.

How can you participate? The first step is to download the Homesnap app for your smartphone/tablet and register for the agent PRO version. Over 11,500 NorthstarMLS subscribers have already done so. It’s quick and easy! The two-and-a-half minute video below shows you how. Or download our PDF Guide.

Next week we will cover the most important step–Invite your contacts to download Homesnap and connect with you.

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Sunday’s Star Tribune featured a story on the Broker Public Portal, the real estate industry’s alternative to third party listing portals. The Broker Public Portal is known to consumers as Homesnap–the name of the smartphone app and website.

For the article, Star Tribune interviewed NorthstarMLS President & CEO John Mosey, who serves on the Broker Public Portal Board along with many other industry leaders.

As a NorthstarMLS subscriber, you have access to the “Pro” version of Homesnap where you can connect with all your contacts. Homesnap is available to all consumers with no advertising, and no paid agent placement on your listings. All inquiries about listings for sale from consumers (not already tied to an agent) go directly to the List Agent. Your listing, your lead!

Read the Star Tribune article.

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There is a common misconception that MLS’s make money off of broker/agent listings by selling them to third party companies. NorthstarMLS does not and never has sold agent listings to Zillow, Trulia or any other company. Period.

Any listings appearing on these sites that are sent by NorthstarMLS is done so at the direction of the broker of the firms to which the agents/NorthstarMLS subscribers belong.

Our role is a convenience for the broker in that listings they submit to the MLS are accurate, complete and up-to-date. This means that when Zillow or similar sites get NorthstarMLS feeds, they are getting almost “up to the minute” additions and changes that the broker (or their agent) do not have to re-enter and maintain. Also, we were able to negotiate fair display and other terms that individual brokers might not be able to get on their own.

NorthstarMLS recently announced its involvement in the National Broker Public Portal initiative (BPP), which was founded by brokers all over the country along with MLS’s to create a consumer home search experience provided by real estate professionals, as opposed to media companies like Zillow and Realtor.com.

The BPP selected Homesnap as its technology provider and the Homesnap product is available today to more than 500,000 agents across the country through their MLS. NorthstarMLS is in that group.

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