Tag: Maps

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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We hope you’re enjoying Matrix 360, which was released last month and is available to all NorthstarMLS subscribers. A cool new feature with this release is the addition of the Parcel Map tab. These interactive maps allow you to switch between map and satellite view. It also displays brief tax and listing information on the parcel. You can also enable map layers and more. “Walk the block” to see the whole neighborhood! Our video below shows you how to utilize the Parcel Map tab in Matrix. Give it a view! 
NorthstarMLS Matrix 360 Videos On Demand Click here to view our other Matrix 360 videos, including how to search public records with 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!


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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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 — Google Street View

NorthstarMLS Matrix lets you see the Google Street View of many listings in the system. The video below explains how to use this feature in Matrix in less than 90 seconds!


Want to check out older Tip of the Week topics? Click here to view an archive of previous Tip of the Week entries.


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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Tip of the Week – BAS Calendar Sync

Want to sync your Google Calendar with your showing appointments in BookAShowing? Once you have it set up in BookAShowing settings — which takes just a few clicks/taps, you will have all of your appointments in one place and a Google Maps route each appointment. You won’t get lost trying to find a listing appointment again!

Here’s How:
Google –  Go to your “Settings” tab in BookAShowing. Click the “Sync Calendar” box/mark. Copy the link. Now open your Google Calendar. On the left you will see “My Calendars” and “Other Calendars” — click the “Add” button. Select “Add by URL”. Paste the URL you copied in there. Save your settings. Your Google Calendar is now synced. This also works for Outlook, Apple iCal and Mozilla Sunbird.

Mobile – Login (northstar.bookashowing.com) and click on Calendar. There will be a “Subscribe (ICS)” link at the bottom. Click it and save your settings. Your Google Calendar is now synced with your appointments in BookAShowing.

**Note** You may not see an appointment sync to your calendar for a few minutes or even a few hours as Google controls on its end when they feed appointment updates to Google Calendars. Only appointments for buyer’s agents can be synced to a calendar — including any upcoming appointments. Past appointments will be removed after a couple days.

Thanks to Cotty Lowry of Keller Williams Integrity for his recommendation of this week’s Tip of the Week. He will 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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Tip of the Week – Map Searching for Open Houses

Currently, there are over 3,600 Public/Broker Open Houses in the NorthstarMLS Matrix system. The Open House Search screen allows you to quickly find Public Open Houses and Broker Tours in the Matrix system. Make it even easier by using the map function to search for Open Houses and Broker Tours, rather than skimming through the Single Line Display list. This video demonstrates.

Click here to watch the video on Open House Map Search in a new window

Thanks to Cotty Lowry of Keller Williams Integrity Realty (Minneapolis) for submitting his Tip of the Week idea on using map searching for open houses. Cotty will receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card for the submission!


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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Our next spotlight of upcoming NorthstarMLS Matrix 6.7 enhancements (coming mid-August) is enhancements made to CMAs and maps. Check out these short preview videos and see what these great new features will look!

Click here to watch the video on CMA Custom Fields
(Video Duration = 1 minute 48 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and switch to ’720p HD’)

Click here to watch the video on Map Improvements
(Video Duration = 1 minute 20 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and switch to ’720p HD’)


NorthstarMLS Matrix Enhancement Videos OnDemand Missed one of our past Matrix 6.7 enhancement videos? No worries, we have posted them arranged in a Playlist on our YouTube channel. Check them out if you’d like to refer back to them or view them on your own time.

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Effective January 1, the Saint Paul City Council changed the Como and North End Neighborhoods:

  • A portion of the North End/South Como neighborhood (the portion commonly known as “South Como”) is now a part of the Como neighborhood.
  • The North End/South Como neighborhood has been renamed to simply North End.

Because it is our policy to reflect the neighborhood boundaries established by the cities, these changes are now reflected on NorthstarMLS. All newly entered listings will be automatically placed in the correct neighborhood. All existing listings that are in the portion of the North End neighborhood that was moved to Como have also been automatically updated.

NorthstarMLS has updated its St. Paul Neighborhoods Map with the new neighborhood boundaries.
The maps are also updated on the City of Saint Paul neighborhood websites for Como and for North End. These maps show more detail on what streets are covered by each neighborhood.
If you have questions, contact our Help Desk at help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-5456.
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