Rules Roundup – Are You Putting the Correct Status Updates on Your Listings?

Inaccurate listing statuses and untimely listing updates in the NorthstarMLS database continues to be one of the most common complaints to our Rules and Regs Department. In fact, in 2015 there were over 850 violations for incorrect statuses or contingencies. It has an adverse effect on your sellers, buyers and the entire NorthstarMLS community who rely heavily on this information to be reliable and accurate.

Below are a few examples of situations where you should change the status of a listing.

Temporarily Not Available For Showing (TNAS) status is appropriate anytime the property cannot be shown, including:

  • The seller has ACCEPTED an offer and doesn’t want to show during the inspection period.
  • The seller RECEIVED multiple offers and is not showing until they have worked through the offers.
  • The seller is going out of town for two weeks and doesn’t want to show the property during that time.

The status can remain active WITH a disclosed contingency in the contingency field when:

  • The seller has accepted an offer and is willing to show during the contingency.

Thanks to Sarah Marrinan of Keller Williams Premier Realty (Vadnais Heights) for her Rules Roundup topic on TNAS and statuses. She will be receiving a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card for submitting her idea.

Questions? Our rules & regs staff is here to help! If you have questions about NorthstarMLS rules and regs, contact us at help@northstarmls.com or call 651-251-3210.


Submit Your Own Rules Roundup Question or Topic! Do you have a question or topic that you would like to see featured as a Rules Roundup article? We’ll supply the answers. Just send your idea to tips@northstarmls.com. We will use one submission each month and the winner will receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card!


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Tip of the Week – Contingent Sales Search

Have you considered including “Contingent Sales” in property searches for your homebuying clients? Typically, agents choose “None” as an option for contingencies in a search. Many potential buyers may not want to see homes that are sold, subject to inspection, third party approval, subject to statutory recession, etc. But recently, fellow NorthstarMLS subscriber and agent Byron Anfinson tried something new while running a search for a client.

“I changed my search for a client to include “Sale of Another Property”. My search pulled up an appropriate property for my client that included the “Sale of Another Property” contingency. We viewed it, wrote an offer, the seller’s called the contingency and 72 hours later my client was able to buy the property and close on it. I include the “Sale of Another Property” on all of my buyer searches now.”

Give it a try next time you run a search – you could be missing the perfect listing for your client!

Thanks to Byron Anfinson of Coldwell Banker Burnet (Minneapolis) for submitting his Tip of the Week idea on Contingent Sales Search. Byron will receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card for the submission!


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!


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You may have noticed that we added a new category to Listing History: Contingencies.

By popular request, any time a listing has a Contingency added or removed, a line of history is added to the “History” pop-up window (accessible next to CDOM on the Property Full displays).

Each Contingency type has its own code:

C-3RDPA: Third Party Approval
C-APPRE: Application Received (Rentals)
C-INSPE: Inspection
C-RESCI: Subject to Statutory Rescission
C-SOAP: Sale of Another Property
C-BUMP: Bump Clause (Wisconsin listings only)
C-XBUMP: No Bump Clause (Wisconsin listings only)
C-OTHER: Other
C-NONE: None

We hope you find this additional information helpful.

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Single Line Grid Quick Tips

Here are a couple quick tips for using the Single Line Grid display of your search results.

1. Contingencies in “Status” Column – If you see a listing that has a comma and a lower case letter after the Active Status, you probably already know there’s a contingency. But did you know you can see what the Contingency is by hovering your mouse pointer over the box to prompt a pop-up (like the red arrow below) telling you what the Contingency is.


2. Price Change Arrows – Ever notice a red or green arrow next to the price of a listing? This means the listing has had a price change in the last seven days. A red arrow (like the one circled in orange below) means the listing price has decreased, while a green arrow up means the price has increased. Click on the arrow and a pop-up with the price history will appear, as seen in the screenshot below.


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 Starbucks Coffee gift card!


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