In a recent Matrix 360 video tip, we showed you how the Parcel Map tab right within the full property display in Matrix 360 works. You can also use the new Flood Map tab to show your client precisely where the property is, relative to flood zones, as well as other FEMA Flood Zone data.

Our quick video below shows you how it works. Give it a view! 


NorthstarMLS Matrix 360 Videos On Demand Click here to view our other Matrix 360 videos, including how to search public recordsprinting mailing labels, enhanced printing features and how to use the interactive parcel maps in Matrix 360.

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Tip of the Week – Map Starting Place Location

This week’s Tip of the Week comes from NorthstarMLS subscriber Byron Anfinson. If you regularly use map searches to locate properties or perform CMAs, you may want to change the Default Map to a new starting location. The location can be your home address, your office or just a general area that you conduct most of your business in. To adjust the map, select a property type by hovering over the Search tab in Matrix. (Single Family/Single Family General are most commonly used). Click on the Map Search link at the top of the Search page. Now you’re in the map view and can zoom into the area, or type in the address you want to center your map on. Click the cog wheel (under the Results Tap) and click Set this map view as my starting default. Each time you use that search tap map function, you will start on a map that is your preferred location. Click Reset to the systems Search defaults if you ever want to change a starting default location. Congratulations to Byron Anfinson of Coldwell Banker Burnet in Minneapolis! A $30 Caribou Coffee Gift Card is on the way to you.
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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As you may have already noticed, the Bird’s Eye View on the bing maps in Matrix is no longer available. We apologize for not being able to give you information about this in advance. Here is what we have learned.

  • Microsoft discontinued Bird’s Eye View in their bing maps application for all third party vendors, not just Matrix.
  • Microsoft had been dealing with customer complaints on inaccuracy and outdated imagery for years on Bird’s Eye View and decided it was not worth maintaining.
  • CoreLogic, our Matrix vendor, has been fielding the same complaints from many of their MLS customers.
  • Although we lost Bird’s Eye View in the last update, the remaining satellite imagery has been improved to be more current.
  • The next update to Matrix (scheduled for October) will replace Bing maps with Google Maps in both The Matrix MLS and the Matrix Client Portal. We are very excited for this change, because all aspects of Google Maps are more accurate and up-to-date, as well as better features.
  • Sadly, Google Maps does not have the Bird’s Eye View, so that particular feature will not return.

We are sorry for the loss for those of you who liked using the Bird’s Eye View. We hope the impending integration of Google Maps is something you will look forward to and that will benefit you and your clients.

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Tip of the Week – Functional “My Areas” in Infosparks

Let’s say you have a buyer that wants an Edina address but the income just isn’t quite lining up with that desire. What can you do? Infosparks can help you find other interesting options!

You know the market well, so you know that Hopkins and Saint Louis Park have an overall lower median sales price compared to Edina. You’ll obviously want to show those areas off, too. But you also know that there is a part of Edina amidst those other cities that might also be affordable.

You are also aware that these older suburbs have something akin to traditional city neighborhoods. A good home at a fair price can be obtained if a buyer is looking in the right place. So you open up Infosparks and draw a map using My Areas that looks something like this:

You call it “Hop-SLP-Edina-169” and place it next to the other three cities for comparison. Then, based on the specifications of your buyer, you specify single-family home, previously owned, traditional sale, 3 and 4 bedrooms to achieve this comparison:

Notice how the Hop-SLP-Edina-169 prices are all lower than the three stand-alone cities? As a buyer, wouldn’t you like to see your agent creating scenarios that can help you meet your dreams?

Once a “My Area” is created, it lives within your Profile to be drawn from later, so create subareas to your heart’s content to tell stronger stories about the sub-regions you know exist in the marketplace!

Click here for a printable (PDF) version of this Tip


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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In late January, the Map Page and Map Coordinate fields will be removed from listing input in Add/Edit. The fields will be kept in NorthstarMLS but will automatically be populated based on the property geo-coordinates. This maintains the information for those who need it (such as for the Uniform Appraisal Report) but takes away the need for listing agents/offices to have to look it up when adding a new listing.

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