Tip of the Week – Searching for DPR Eligible Homes in Matrix

Many buyers in today’s market have no idea that there are homebuying assistance programs out there that could make their home purchase more affordable – but they don’t have access to this information. That’s where you as their agent comes into play by using Down Payment Resource (DPR). Its a NorthstarMLS core service available to all MLS subscribers, and is an excellent tool for matching your homebuying clients with these programs. When you run a search in Matrix and you see the DPR logo on a listing, it means the property is eligible for an assistance program.

See how to search for homes in Matrix that are DPR eligible in just over two minutes by watching the video below!


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Would you let a surgeon operate on you if she only had half the information? Yet today’s homebuyers typically focus on their loan total monthly payment, and that can be less than half their home costs.

Give your buyers TLC  – True Lifestyle Cost – an exciting core service from NorthstarMLS and there’s no extra charge to you.

Home buyers will be able to see and compare homes based on estimate total costs when searching for a home such as commuting expenses, utility bills, daycare cost, and more. You can give your buyer something they won’t be able to get from a Zillow search. It’s simply a smarter way to compare homes and neighborhoods.

Discover TLC: Click on “True Lifestyle Cost” from the External Links in Matrix and try TLC today!

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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!


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