For those of you signed up for RatePlug (a NorthstarMLS core service), we are pleased to announce a new feature—the RatePlug Agent Dashboard. To access your agent dashboard, click the RatePlug link in the External Links box here on the home screen, from the Home tab drop-down menu, or the link at the bottom of this announcement. (If you are not signed up for RatePlug, the link will take you to information on how you can do so at no additional charge.)

This new RatePlug Agent Dashboard includes:

  • FHA, VA, USDA, eligibility of your listings as determined by data from government agencies (such as HUD), local assessors, banks, lenders and CoreLogic (public records database company and provide of Realist and Matrix).
    • Of currently Active NSMLS listings, 62% are FHA eligible, 37% USDA eligible, and 78% VA Loan Limit eligible—find out which of your listings qualify.
  • Increase your productivity by presenting property specific monthly cost to own with PITI and HOA calculated. Show them what they can afford and avoid what they cannot.
  • Shorten the time from contact to contract to close, by connecting your trusted loan officers and buyers. Because it’s not just the price of the home that matters, it’s the monthly payment.
  • Create co-branded property flyers on-the-fly with customized financing options
  • Check out this screenshot from the Dashboard that shows you how to request a flier, post your listing with mortgage affordability to social media, and check eligibility for FHA, VA, etc.

Click Here to get started at no additional cost (included with your NorthstarMLS subscription).

Need help with your Agent Dashboard or getting started with RatePlug? Contact RatePlug support at 1-877-710-0808, or fill out their online contact form.

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Tip of the Week – FHA Approved Condos

So your buyer found the perfect condo, got approved for an FHA loan and wants to make an offer. But you just noticed a big problem: the listing incorrectly says it is FHA approved. Now you’ve got to break the news to your client. It can be a very frustrating situation for all parties involved.

Whether you’re a listing or selling agent, we encourage you to visit the link below (HUD.gov) and ensure that the condo and/or condo association IS FHA approved. This process takes just a minute or two of your time. It will help save the buyer and seller’s agent time, and client disappointment, if the information is correct in the “Financial Information” section of the listing.

Click Here to Check Your Condo Listings


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 – FHA Approved Condos

So your buyer found the perfect condo, got approved for an FHA loan and wants to make an offer. But you just noticed a big problem: the listing incorrectly says it is FHA approved. Now you’ve got to break the news to your client. It can be a very frustrating situation for all parties involved.

Whether you’re a listing or selling agent, we encourage you to visit the link below (HUD.gov) and ensure that the condo and/or condo association IS FHA approved. This process takes just a minute or two of your time. It will help save the buyer and seller’s agent time, and client disappointment, if the information is correct in the “Financial Information” section of the listing.

Check Your Condo Listings Here

Thanks to Steve Norton of Norton Realty, Inc (Mendota Heights) and Dave Rakowczyk of Coldwell Banker Burnet (Woodbury) for their recommendation of this week’s Tip of the Week. They will both be receiving a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card.


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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