Bring Your Listing to Life with Homesnap Stories

With Homesnap Stories, you can add unique, engaging marketing content right to your active listings through the Homesnap Pro app.

Think of all the selling points about a home that are tough to get across in a photo. Now, you can take your own photos and videos and add them directly to your Homesnap listing. Add text, emojis, and even use augmented reality to create one-of-a-kind marketing content that you can also share on Facebook and Instagram. Record a voice-over or add music to personalize your Stories even more.

Homesnap wants agents to have an easy, engaging way to create marketing content (especially video) on their own, and that’s the benefit of Homesnap Stories. (And don’t forget, Homesnap is the technology provider of the Broker Public Portal!)

Check out this short video and see how Homesnap Stories works!

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ShowingTime Font Size

Want to adjust the font size for the ShowingTime mobile app? ShowingTime offers a font size for everyone's eyes!

The ShowingTime app taps into your phone's native font size options to match the preferences you set on your device, like in the screen shot below. You'll just have to use your device's Font Size Settings to adjust the size to your liking and it will enable that size in the ShowingTime app. 

For iPhone/iPad

  1. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size.
  2. Drag the slider to select the font size you want.

For Android Devices

  1. Open your device's Settings app 
  2. Tap Accessibility, then tap Font size
  3. Use the slider to choose your font size

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 New App Chart Quickly Compares Features of HomeSpotter & Homesnap To save you time and eliminate the guesswork, we’ve completely redesigned our NorthstarMLS Mobile app chart to compare the features of our most used mobile solutions available to NorthstarMLS subscribers – HomeSpotter (formerly known as the “NorthstarMLS app”) & Homesnap. With our newly designed and easy to read comparison chart, you can quickly find features that are most important to you to determine which app may be best for your real estate business. Can I edit listings? Does it let me share listings via email, text or social media? Is there integrated access to Instanet, ShowingTime, DPR or TrustFunds? Can consumers access data? These are all features you can quickly compare with our new NorthstarMLS Mobile app chart. Click here to check it out.
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If you haven’t tried the NorthstarMLS app or simply stopped using it, you’re going to want to try the new HomeSpotter! HomeSpotter is the creator of the NorthstarMLS mobile app, and soon we will retire that app to move onto their new platform, simply called HomeSpotter. This new app will provide you with all the information you had in the NorthstarMLS app, but with even more great features and on a faster and more reliable platform.

How is the HomeSpotter app different than the NorthstarMLS app?
Based on agent feedback, the HomeSpotter app is re-designed from the ground up to be faster and more reliable using HomeSpotter’s latest technology. While some of the features you’ve come to rely on will stick around, a lot has improved.

  • The app is all around faster and more reliable.
  • Access property history and listing highlights quickly from the listing details.
  • Improved access to supplements- email them right from the app to your clients.
  • See a map, street view, and property boundaries for the listing.
  • Access Transaction Desk (Instanet).
  • Edit listings and upload photos – coming soon!

How do you get started?
You can download HomeSpotter here or search “HomeSpotter” the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android for the free mobile app. Sign in with your NorthstarMLS credentials to get started and access agent only information.

HomeSpotter holds free webinars every Wednesday and Friday for Agents.
Sign up here.

See it in action! Check out a short video here!

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Homesnap, one of NorthstarMLS’s mobile solutions, recently released several search enhancements for its mobile app.

  • Homesnap now tallies local listings and uses clusters to show you how many homes are for sale in an area. You can see individual listings by tapping on a cluster circle or zooming in.
  • The main map in Homesnap now shows property lines – you don’t have to click into the individual listings to view property boundaries.
  • The list view of homes in Homesnap is now more dynamic. Swipe right on a home’s main image to message, share or favorite it, or swipe left to scroll through all available photos.
  • It’s now even easier to look at local schools in the map view or through the search function. Then you can narrow your home searches to a particular school attendance zone and filter further by home-specific details.
  • Search for open houses scheduled in the area you’re interested in. They will appear on the map view as purple pins with an orange dot. To see them, click “Filter,” then change the status to “Agent Open” and select a date.

The video below highlights these enhancements:


Homesnap Archive Want to check out older Homesnap content? Click here to view the archive of previous Homesnap news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.


To compare the features of the Homesnap Pro, NorthstarMLS Mobile (powered by Homespotter) and Matrix Mobile to see which one might be more beneficial to your real estate business, check out our handy NorthstarMLS Mobile Comparison Chart.


Search Tap Download
If you’re not already using Homesnap, head over to the App Store or Google Play on your mobile device and download it.

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Going Mobile with NorthstarMLS

Did you know that over 68% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, 45% own some kind of tablet and 66% of buyers who used mobile searching found their home through a mobile application?

NorthstarMLS offers three mobile application solutions that ALL NorthstarMLS users have access to with their MLS subscription – NorthstarMLS Mobile (powered by HomeSpotter, formerly Mobile Realty Apps), Homesnap Pro and Matrix Mobile.

To compare the features of the NorthstarMLS Mobile (powered by Homespotter), Homesnap Pro and Matrix Mobile to see which one might be more beneficial to your real estate business, check out our handy NorthstarMLS Mobile Comparison Chart (updated with some new features).


Search Tap Download
If you’re not already using one of the available apps and would like to check either one of them out, head over to the App Store or Google Play on your mobile device and download it.


NorthstarMLS Mobile Archive Want to check out older NorthstarMLS Mobile content? Click here to view the archive of previous NorthstarMLS Mobile news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.


Homesnap Archive Want to check out older Homesnap content? Click here to view the archive of previous Homesnap news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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Below are some interesting statistical nuggets on a couple of NorthstarMLS Core Services that we pulled on NorthstarMLS subscribers.

Authentisign
So far in 2016, over 9,000 consumers/users have signed 266,622 documents. NOTE:  In 2015, Authentisign was used by 10,675 consumers to sign 613,619 documents.

ShowingTime
Since ShowingTime was launched on NorthstarMLS over a month ago (May 3), NorthstarMLS subscribers have scheduled 194,636 showings for their clients. ShowingTime has its own mobile app for phones and tablets — 4,219 agents and 4,804 clients have installed the ShowingTime mobile app.


Instanet Archive Want to check out older InstanetSolutions content? Click here to view the archive of previous Instanet news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.


ShowingTime Archive Want to check out older ShowingTime content? Click here to view the archive of previous ShowingTime news, articles, and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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InstanetSolutions has enhanced its editor for InstanetForms on mobile devices. When accessing InstanetForms on your web browser from a mobile device (NOTE: this is NOT a separate app that you need to download in the App Store or Google Play), users will notice larger menu icons on left side and top of the screen. This will make it easier for you to navigate, and use the menus and functions — including creating/editing InstanetForms on devices with smaller screens.

A new version of InstanetForms was released this past March, which is more mobile-friendly for users. This is the first update since that release.

Check out this document that includes screen shots of these new features. Or watch this brief highlight video of these new mobile features.


Instanet Archive Want to check out older InstanetSolutions content? Click here to view the archive of previous Instanet news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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RPR Mobile has now been optimized for your tablet! RPR Mobile delivers RPR’s vast repository of property information and tools anytime, anyplace, to any iPhone or Android tablet. Use your tablet’s location to instantly view any property nearby, or search for properties to find listing, sales, valuation, assessment, deed, foreclosure, school, photos, maps, and market trend information…create, customize, view, save, and send RPR reports with your added photos, audio, and text notes.

If you haven’t already, download RPR Mobile today at the App Store or Google Play, and join RPR for this webinar that will cover all the powerful features of this great REALTOR-only tool!

When?
Wednesday, May 25 from noon-12:30pm

 Register now!


RPR Archive Want to check out older Realtors Property Resource content? Click here to view the archive of previous RPR news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.

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The Homesnap Pro app search now covers rentals. You can search for rentals that have an open house scheduled, are pending or are currently rented. You can also use Homesnap Pro’s unified property history to see the history of any rental, including sales. Homesnap provides the detailed information your clients want, including security deposit and whether pets or smoking are allowed. Homesnap also features rent estimates, rent history and investor score for over 90 million homes, so you can see what a home would rent for. Rentals search is an in-app feature only at this point. Rental search on the web will be available in a few months. However, if an agent shares a rental listing with a client, that client will be able to view the rental listing page on the web.

Watch the video below for more information about searching for rentals with the Homesnap Pro app.


Don’t be left behind!
If you haven’t already, join your colleagues and discover how Homesnap Pro can help you stay connected on the go to the MLS, your colleagues and clients. Over 7,000 NorthstarMLS subscribers have downloaded the app since we introduced it last April. It’s free, so download the Homesnap Pro app for your smartphone and claim your profile today!


Homesnap Pro Archive Want to check out older Homesnap content? Click here to view the archive of previous Homesnap news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.


To compare the features of Homesnap Pro, the NorthstarMLS Mobile (powered by Homespotter) and Matrix Mobile to see which one might be more beneficial to your real estate business, check out our handy NorthstarMLS Mobile Comparison Chart.

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