Homesnap, one of NorthstarMLS’s mobile solutions, recently released several search enhancements for its mobile app.

  • Homesnap now tallies local listings and uses clusters to show you how many homes are for sale in an area. You can see individual listings by tapping on a cluster circle or zooming in.
  • The main map in Homesnap now shows property lines – you don’t have to click into the individual listings to view property boundaries.
  • The list view of homes in Homesnap is now more dynamic. Swipe right on a home’s main image to message, share or favorite it, or swipe left to scroll through all available photos.
  • It’s now even easier to look at local schools in the map view or through the search function. Then you can narrow your home searches to a particular school attendance zone and filter further by home-specific details.
  • Search for open houses scheduled in the area you’re interested in. They will appear on the map view as purple pins with an orange dot. To see them, click “Filter,” then change the status to “Agent Open” and select a date.

The video below highlights these enhancements:


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


To compare the features of the Homesnap Pro, NorthstarMLS Mobile (powered by Homespotter) and Matrix Mobile to see which one might be more beneficial to your real estate business, check out our handy NorthstarMLS Mobile Comparison Chart.


Search Tap Download
If you’re not already using Homesnap, head over to the App Store or Google Play on your mobile device and download it.

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We are pleased to announce three BookAShowing enhancements resulting from frequent user requests.

Open Matrix listing from BookAShowing
This is the one most of you have been waiting for. The MLS number and primary photo are now linked to the listing in Matrix. Click to open the Matrix property full display in a new tab/window. These links are available on the scheduling screen, showings calendar, feedback forms and feedback emails.

Schedule multiple appointments on Mobile
If you are using the full version of Matrix on your phone (not Matrix Mobile), select up to 20 listings and click the BookAShowing button, all of those listings are now sent together to BookAShowing Mobile for scheduling.

Notify Selling Agent of Inspections and Appraisals
You can now set automatic Selling agent notification of Inspection and Appraisal appointments. This is a helpful courtesy to keep the Selling agent in the loop as often the Inspector or Appraiser makes the appointment direct with the List Office.

To set this notification (as early as when a contingent offer is accepted), select Listings>Active from the BookAShowing top menu bar. Click the check mark under the Edit column for the Contingent or Pending listing you want to set. On the Edit screen, this is the Selling Notification portion of the Listing Details section:

If your listing is in Pending status, the Selling Agent’s name will automatically be filled. If the listing is in Active status with a Contingency, you will need to fill it in. Start typing the agent’s name or ID, and it will pop up for you to select. Set the Yes/No dropdown box to “Yes.” The Selling Agent will then get automatic notifications of Inspection and Appraisal appointments only. They will not be notified of any other appointment types.  When booking a specific appointment, you have the option to override whatever is set for the Listing. For example, if you have it set to No, you can set it to Yes in the appointment screen, and the Selling agent will be notified just for that appointment.

Note: If a listing goes from Pending back to Active status, or a Contingency is removed, BookAShowing automatically clears out the Selling agent information.

We hope you ejoy these enhancements. If you have questions, contact the NorthstarMLS Help Desk at 651-251-5456 (1-877-251-5455 toll free) or help@northstarmls.com, or contact BookAShowing support at support@bookashowing.com.

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Have you used Down Payment Resource to get down payment assistance for your buyers lately? Check out these recent improvements that give DPR an updated look and feel. DPR is accessible through NorthstarMLS Matrix and is a core service for all subscribers.

Here’s what you can expect:
•    New mobile-friendly responsive design that adapts to any device or screen size
•    Improved search form highlights the number of matched programs
•    Fresh look and feel across all workflows
•    Simple MLS home page layout
•    Direct access to updated training videos and other resources

Watch this 45 second video to understand more about what DPR can do for you and your clients.

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We are pleased to announce new enhancements coming to NorthstarMLS Matrix in late October. We will release at least one video per week detailing each enhancement. This week’s video is a quick general overview of all the changes.

Enhancements include:
• Improved listings portal functionality for your clients;
• Realist map layers added to the Matrix map;
• Map “pin clustering” allowing up to 5,000 search results to show on map;
• Single line display in grid format for easy customization;
• New “My Information” section in My Matrix to manage all your custom information in one place (contact information, header/footer, CMA cover sheet, agent photo, etc.)
• Reports printing from a single tab.

Watch here for more details each week!

Click here to view the NorthstarMLS Matrix 6.3 Preview video
(Video Duration = 3 minutes 10 seconds)

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