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Searching for Available Heat Types in Matrix 

Did you know there are 16 searchable heating types for listings in NorthstarMLS Matrix? If you have a client looking for a specific type of heating, you can run a search in Matrix and provide a quick answer.

To find heating types, add Heating to your search from the Additional Fields. Scroll through the list to see the available heat types and click to select a heating type for your search.

The most common type is forced air. Our infographic shows each type of heating and the percentage of homes currently listed in the MLS that have it.

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Like any industry, real estate has its own language, with plenty of jargon, specialized terms and abbreviations used daily by professionals in the biz. But lingo used by real estate professionals in the MLS system can sometimes be confusing when you’re selecting the proper status for a listing in the MLS.

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. It’s frustrating to everyone involved if you have to back track and tell an interested buyer that a property isn’t available because it’s listed wrong on the MLS.

In the first half of 2018, the NorthstarMLS Rules and Regs Department reported over 460 violations for listings in the NorthstarMLS system with an incorrect status. It’s an easy violation to avoid, and having listings in the correct status helps keep the MLS as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

Our definitions infographic can help! It provides clarity with a definition and an example/situation of each Listing Status available in NorthstarMLS Matrix and when it should be applied. Give it a quick view!

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.


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MLS data is always evolving and being updated. Inaccurate listing data can quickly deflate potential buyers’ perceptions of your clients’ home. NorthstarMLS safeguards market information so you can do your job confidently.

When you login to the MLS, you can be assured that you’re seeing the latest, most accurate information about a property. The rules we operate by, the decisions we make, the regulations we enforce: all are created through the input and guidance of agents and brokers, and from subscriber Associations.

Below is a summary of 2017 statistics pulled from the NorthstarMLS Rules & Regs Customer Service report.

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Tip of the Week – Searching for Air Conditioning Types in Matrix 

Did you know there are six searchable Air Conditioning types for listings in NorthstarMLS Matrix? If your client is looking for a specific type of AC, you can run a search and provide a quick answer.

To find AC types, add Air Conditioning to your search from the Additional Fields box. You’ll find the Air Conditioning option near the top of the list. Once you find it, click and Add it your Additional Fields so you can select an AC type for your search.

The infographic below illustrates those AC types available and percentages of Active listings in the MLS for each AC type.


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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Rules Roundup — Listing Status Guide

The NorthstarMLS Rules and Regs Department has reported over 850 violations for listings in the NorthstarMLS system with an incorrect status so far in 2016. It’s an easy violation to avoid, and having listings in the correct status helps keep the MLS as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

If you’re not sure what status a listing should be set to, check out our Listing Status Guide below (Click here for a printable version).


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The summer is officially over and the peak selling season is waning. Median sale prices, pending sales and closings are all up in each NorthstarMLS area, while new listings and inventory are down.

How do the numbers look in your area?
Check out the infographics below that highlight housing statistics for each NorthstarMLS area through Sept. 19, 2016:

Click here for Brainerd stats.

Click here for St. Cloud stats.

Click here for Twin Cities (including Western Wis.) stats.

*All stats were pulled from Infosparks


Did You Know Archive Want to check out older Did You Know articles? Click here to view the archive of previous Did You Know articles on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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Minnesota and Western Wisconsin (NorthstarMLS jurisdiction) may not be a hotbed for properties with swimming pools like Florida and California, but there are some swimming pool options available in Matrix.

If you’re searching for a property with a pool for a client, remember that there are six different Pool types available for searching in the MLS — Above Ground, Below Ground, Heated, Indoor, Outdoor and Shared. Include them in your search next time you’re hunting for properties with pools for you client!

This infographic below shows the number of pool types currently available on Active listings in NorthstarMLS Matrix:

Want a printable version of this infographic? CLICK HERE to download.


Did You Know Archive Want to check out older Did You Know articles? Click here to view the archive of previous Did You Know articles on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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Rules Roundup — Showing Etiquette Infographic

Gearing up for a busy summer? Monday marked the official first day of Summer 2016 and it’s shaping up to be a good one for the housing market. More than 85 percent of buyers who said they plan to buy a home this year say it will be in the spring or summer of 2016. That could mean lots of showings and open houses this summer!

The infographic below illustrates some showing etiquette tips that we’ve received from agents, along with some plain common sense, to help ensure a pleasant house hunting experience for everyone involved. Don’t forget to use ShowingTime and/or the ShowingTime Mobile App to manage all of your showings — it’s a NorthstarMLS core service and part of your MLS subscription.

 

(Click here to view it in new browser window or click here if you want a printable version)


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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ShowingTime Goes Live on NorthstarMLS on Tuesday, May 3 — less than four days from today! 

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, NorthstarMLS will be moving from BookAShowing to ShowingTime for its online showing scheduling solution. As we announced last fall, BookAShowing was purchased by ShowingTime. Hopefully by now, you’ve seen, read or watched one of our many announcements here on Matrix and social media. But if not, the infographic below highlights important content to get you ready for Tuesday’s transition.

Each light blue headline in the infographic below is clickable and will direct you to more information in a new web browser window. Check it out! If you still have questions about this transition from BookAShowing to ShowingTime, please contact the NorthstarMLS Help Desk (651-251-5456).

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Tip of the Week – Searching for Heat Types in Matrix 

Did you know there are 15 searchable heating types for listings in NorthstarMLS Matrix? If your client(s) are looking for a specific type of heating, you can run a search and provide a quick answer. To find heating types, add Heating to your search from the Additional Fields. Scroll through the list to see the available heat types. Click to select a heating type for your search.

This infographic illustrates those heating types available and percentages of Active listings in the MLS for each heat type.


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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