Matrix recently added a Distance column to radius search results. This is commonly used for a CMA search where you want to find comparables around your subject property. The video below walks you through how it works in NorthstarMLS Matrix in just over a minute. Give it a view!


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Tip of the Week – Printable PDF Reports in Matrix

In NorthstarMLS Matrix, there are many useful reports, but you may have missed some great ones further down the list.

How do you find them? Run a search in any property type. Select a listing(s) from your search results. Click the Print button on the Actions button bar at the bottom of your search results. Scroll down the list of reports to below the line “Reports below print as PDF only”. Click to select a report and then, depending on your preference, click either the Print to PDF or Email PDF button.

Quick CMA
This single line per property report gives you a quick comparison of listings for some of the most common data fields, grouped by Status. Also averages by Status and overall. More info on the Quick CMA here.

1-Page Photo Fliers
Generate a 1-page photo flier for houses, condos or townhomes. This report includes a photo, details and description of the listing — ideal for showings or to hand out at open houses.

1-Page & 1/2-Page Showing Reports
Showing Reports (both agent and client versions) feature the most important property details, photo, and space for the client to record their feedback. Email or print for your clients before the day’s showing appointments. It will help them keep track of every listing they see, and then you can easily record the feedback in BookAShowing.

NOTE: don’t want to print out your reports? Email your client the report as a PDF by clicking the Email PDF button. Fill in the recipients information and click the Send button.


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 Archive 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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Our next spotlight of upcoming NorthstarMLS Matrix 6.7 enhancements (coming mid-August) is enhancements made to CMAs and maps. Check out these short preview videos and see what these great new features will look!

Click here to watch the video on CMA Custom Fields
(Video Duration = 1 minute 48 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and switch to ’720p HD’)

Click here to watch the video on Map Improvements
(Video Duration = 1 minute 20 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and switch to ’720p HD’)


NorthstarMLS Matrix Enhancement Videos OnDemand Missed one of our past Matrix 6.7 enhancement videos? No worries, we have posted them arranged in a Playlist on our YouTube channel. Check them out if you’d like to refer back to them or view them on your own time.

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Tip of the Week
NEW Quick CMA Report

We are pleased to announce a new report available for all property types—Quick CMA.  This single line per property report gives you a quick comparison of listings for some of the most common data fields, grouped by Status.  Also averages by Status and overall.

Look at this Single Family Residential example.

To run your own Quick CMA Report:

  1. Run a search in any property type.
  2. Select all of your search results.
  3. Click the “Print” button on the Actions button bar at the bottom of your search results.
  4. From the reports list, select “NEW! Quick CMA.”  You will find it first in the list below the line “Reports below print as PDF only.”
  5. Depending on your preference, click either the “Print to PDF” or “Email PDF” button.

Because there are so many fields we wanted to fit, many of the column headers are abbreviated.  Here is a key:

  • Bd: Bedrooms
  • Bth: Total Baths
  • AFSF: Above Ground Finished Square Footage
  • TFSF: Total Finished Square Footage
  • BFSF: Building Finished Square Footage (Commercial/Mixed Use only)
  • FSZ: Foundation Size
  • Built: Year Built
  • $/Sqft: Price Per Finished Square Foot (uses Sale Price for Sold, List Price for all other)
  • $/Acre: Price per Acre (Lots & Land only)
  • SC: Seller Contribution
  • SP%LP: the percentage of the List Price received as the Sale Price (does not factor in Seller Contribution)
  • Date: Off Market Date for Pending, Closed Date for Sold, List Date for all others
  • DOM: Days on Market
  • CDOM: Cumulative Days on Market
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Our next spotlight of upcoming NorthstarMLS Matrix enhancements (coming late October) is the addition of the Cloud CMA button in Matrix. This button makes it easier for registered Cloud CMA users to plug MLS numbers directly into their Cloud CMA.

*Cloud CMA is not a core service of NorthstarMLS, but many subscribers have purchased it directly from the vendor as an add-on.

Click here to watch the preview video on the Cloud CMA Button
(Video Duration = 1 minute 44 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and switch to ‘720p HD’)


NorthstarMLS Matrix Enhancement Videos OnDemand Missed one of our past Matrix enhancement videos? No worries, we have posted them on our YouTube channel. Check them out if you’d like to refer back to them or view them on your own time.

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Introducing the New Sales Comparison Analysis and Valuation Workbook
Realtors Property Resource (RPR) has released the Sales Comparison Analysis and Valuation Workbook for all REALTORS®. This new tool is designed to help you create an in-depth report using advanced analysis and property valuation best practices, leveraging RPR’s nationwide, parcel-centric database in a way that has not been done until now.

For more information about this new CMA tool from RPR, check out their webinar calender on this feature. Or, if you want to learn right now, try their on-demand video library.

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Our next spotlight of upcoming Matrix features are for CMA’s.

  1. A new optional page will be available that displays your subject and comparables together on a map.
  2. You will have the option to add up to 5 of your own custom PDF pages (up to 250K in size each) to your CMA.  This is especially helpful if you have your own marketing or statistics you want to incorporate directly into the CMA.

CMA Map Page

  • On the “Pages” tab of the CMA Wizard, select the “CMA MAP Layout” page under the new Page category “Map.”
  • This activates the new “Map” tab of the CMA Wizard.  Click here for an example of what this preview screen looks like.
  • Click here for an example of the final Map page in your CMA pdf report.

CMA Custom Pages
On the “Pages” tab of the CMA Wizard, click the “Upload Custom Pages” link (below the list of Available Pages).

Upload your pages, give them descriptions, and put them in your desired order.  Click the Save button, and you’re ready to add them to your CMA!

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