Check out the webinar schedule for the next couple of weeks below. Registration to all NorthstarMLS webinars is FREE to subscribers — sign up now!

Other Valuable MLS Tools
When: Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 10-11AM
What: In this webinar we discuss and walk you through the Share My Listings widget, which allows you to place your listings on different social media sites. We also cover the updated Infosparks, now allowing comparisons between regions and useable on tablets and mobile devices. We will also look at the basic features available on the NorthstarMLS mobile app. Click here to sign up.

New Matrix Features
When
:Thursday, Sept. 4 from 10-11AM
What: Join us as we cover some of the advanced features in Matrix, including some of the new features included in the recent Matrix upgrade. Come see the new Mobile Customer Portal, lot dimensions on the Matrix map, enhancements to Reverse Prospecting, the new Hot Sheets widget and more. Click here to sign up.


Click here to take a look at upcoming NorthstarMLS Webinars in a calendar view.


NorthstarMLS Webinars OnDemand We have recorded some of our past webinars and posted them 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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Because we no longer use the old “Home Base” system for roster changes, the Home Base tab has been removed from Matrix. Your local Realtor Association has a new membership database application that feeds directly into the NorthstarMLS roster. Any changes you make with your Association will automatically be reflected on NorthstarMLS.

Whenever you need to change your personal contact information in the NorthstarMLS Matrix roster (address, phone numbers, email, etc.), please do so through your local Realtor Association as follows:

Greater Lakes Association of Realtors (GLAR): contact the Association office at 218-828-4567 or office@greaterlakesrealtors.com.

Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR): Use the online portal (click the orange “sign on” button or the My Account tab on the MAAR website home page). Check out their overview video.

St. Cloud Area Association of Realtors (SCAAR): Use the online portal (click the “Login” link on the SCAAR website home page).

St. Paul Area Association of Realtors (SPAAR) and Western Wisconsin Realtors Association (WWRA): Use the online portal (click the “access account” box or the “my account” link in the upper right corner on the SPAAR website home page).

Broker Office Staff:  Broker office staff needing to make office roster changes or to assign MLS privilege levels need to contact their Association by phone or email to have the changes made.

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Single Line Grid Quick Tips

Here are a couple quick tips for using the Single Line Grid display of your search results.

1. Contingencies in “Status” Column – If you see a listing that has a comma and a lower case letter after the Active Status, you probably already know there’s a contingency. But did you know you can see what the Contingency is by hovering your mouse pointer over the box to prompt a pop-up (like the red arrow below) telling you what the Contingency is.


2. Price Change Arrows – Ever notice a red or green arrow next to the price of a listing? This means the listing has had a price change in the last seven days. A red arrow (like the one circled in orange below) means the listing price has decreased, while a green arrow up means the price has increased. Click on the arrow and a pop-up with the price history will appear, as seen in the screenshot below.


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 Starbucks 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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For those of you who regularly use the Infosparks market analytics tool, hopefully you are now using the new version released last Fall. We will switch over exclusively to this version the week of March 10.

This improved version includes multiple areas, more variables, usability on tablets, expanded metrics, customizable price ranges and live data widgets.

For more information on the new version, see the online users manual that includes a less than 5-minute overview video.

If you have never used Infosparks, you’re missing out on a great tool to enhance your listing presentations and client relations. Infosparks is included as a core service of NorthstarMLS and can be accessed via the Matrix Home tab menu, the External Links box on the Matrix home page, or below the main photo on any full listing display.

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Our next spotlight of upcoming NorthstarMLS Matrix enhancements (coming late October) is the addition of Map Pin Clustering in mapping. In previous versions of Matrix, maps would not display pins if the query results exceeded 500 results. In the new version, Matrix will group up to 5,000 pins and display them on the Map using dynamic clusters.

Click here to watch the video on Map Pin Clustering
(Video Duration = 1 minute 32 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 enhancement videos? No worries, we have posted them 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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Our next spotlight of upcoming NorthstarMLS Matrix enhancements (coming late October) is the addition of the Auto Email Resend button. When clicked, the initial welcome email is re-sent to the auto email’s associated contact.

Click here to watch the video on Auto Email Resend

(Video Duration = 1 minute 45 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 enhancement videos? No worries, we have posted them 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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On Monday we introduced the first segment of the “My Information” section, as we continue to spotlight upcoming NorthstarMLS Matrix enhancements (coming late Oct.). This addition will allow users to manage their personal information used by Matrix in one central place. Today’s video covers the rest of the “My Information” section.

Click here to watch Part 2 of the “My Information” management video
(Video Duration = 3 minutes 9 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and switch to ‘720p HD’)

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Our next spotlight of upcoming NorthstarMLS Matrix enhancements (coming late October) is the addition of the “My Information” section, which allows users to manage their personal information used by Matrix in one central place.

Click here to watch Part 1 of the “My Information” management video
(Video Duration = 4 minutes 2 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and switch to ‘720p HD’)

Watch for Part 2 of the “My Information” section this Wednesday (Oct. 2).


NorthstarMLS Matrix Enhancement Videos OnDemand Missed one of our past Matrix enhancement videos? No worries, we have posted them 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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On Friday (September 27), the latest iteration of the interactive market analytics tool known as Infosparks will be available through NorthstarMLS Matrix.

(click on image to see an enlarged version)

Highlights of the new tool designed by 10K Research and Marketing, include multiple areas, more variables, usability on tablets, expanded metrics, customizable price ranges and live data widgets.

At this time, Infosparks will continue to default to the older tool, but users can switch over to the NEW Infosparks in the new toolbar.

Eventually, the new Infosparks will completely replace the old tool. Please note that “My Areas” are still only buildable and accessible in the old tool. These will be migrated to the new Infosparks as part of a near-future update. NorthstarMLS users can learn all about the new tool in a refreshed user manual and tutorial video starting on Friday.

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Our next spotlight of upcoming NorthstarMLS Matrix enhancements (coming late October) are improvements to the Customer Portal. These improvements include:

  • Improved and integrated mapping
  • Easier Favorites/Possibilities management
  • A Welcome screen with optional message/photo from you and better organization of everything you have sent them through Matrix.

This video has been tailored to clients as the audience and is a great resource for new clients, or for existing clients who may want an overview of the changes.

Keep watching the Matrix News Screen for more information and new preview videos each week leading up to the late October release.
Click here to watch the preview video on the improved ‘Client Portal’
(Video Duration = 7 minutes 23 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and change to HD)

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