By popular demand, we recently made a change to our Add/Edit system where all photo uploads automatically have the photo filename as the photo caption. Also by popular demand, we now have a way for you to quickly clear those automatic captions if you don't want them. After uploading your photos, click the "Select All" box, then the "Remove Captions" button. The animation below shows you exactly how (click it to open a larger version in a new browser window). You can also use the new button to remove captions on individual photos or a selected group of photos.

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Earlier this year, we announced the ability to edit listings directly from the HomeSpotter app. As a reminder you can edit the status, contingency, price, public and agent remarks and expiration date on your listings in the HomeSpotter app – this video shows you how. HomeSpotter added another new feature with the ability to add and update photos from your device, this includes editing photo captions. You’ll find this new option under integrations in the Highlights tab, right beneath Edit Listings option on your own listings. After you’ve saved any changes in your photos, there is a delay of approximately 20 minutes before these changes will be reflected on the MLS and on your HomeSpotter mobile app. How do you get started with HomeSpotter? 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 MLS credentials to get started and access agent only information.
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Tip of the Week – Don’t Forget About Photo Captions!

Are you including photo captions with your listing photos on NorthstarMLS Matrix? Captions can be added to each photo that you upload and can help make your listing photos more enticing. Quality captions enhance the details of each photo and can effectively provide more information about the property that buyers might otherwise miss.

Currently, over 65% of listing photos for active single family homes on NorthstarMLS do not have a photo caption.

Photo captions appear in NorthstarMLS Matrix reports that agents provide to their clients, and are also sent to broker reciprocity websites. Consider adding photo captions to your next batch of listing photos, or update your current listing photos that aren’t using captions today!

To add [or edit] captions to your listing photos:

  1. Go to Add/Edit and find the listing you wish to add photo captions to
  2. Click on the ‘Add/Edit Media’ link (near top right of page) and a pop-up window will appear with each of your previously uploaded listing photos for the selected property
  3. Click on ‘Add Caption’ and a text box appears where you can type in your photo caption, up to 250 characters
  4. Once you’re done typing the caption, click ‘Save’
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 for each photo
  6. Click ‘Save and Close’ on the pop up once you’re finished adding the photo captions

ICYMI: You can now upload 24 photos per listing with improved photo resolution.


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PLEASE NOTE: Matrix will be unavailable Wednesday night from 9:00 pm to approximately 10:30 pm for the system upgrade that we have been highlighting the past few weeks through videos.

Our final spotlight of upcoming NorthstarMLS Matrix 6.7 enhancements is on an improvement made to photo captions of listing photos. Check out our brief preview video and see what’s new with photo captions!

Click here to watch the video on Photo Caption Improvements
(Video Duration = 1  minute 4 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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Stand Out With Photo Captions

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Are you including photo captions with your listings on NorthstarMLS Matrix? Captions can be added to each photo that you upload and can help make your listing photos more enticing. Quality captions enhance the details of each photo and can effectively provide more information about the property that buyers might otherwise miss.

A majority of active single family listing photos on NorthstarMLS do not take advantage of photo captions. Photo captions appear in NorthstarMLS Matrix reports that agents provide to their clients, and are also sent to broker reciprocity websites.

To add [or edit] captions to your listing photos:

  1. Go to Add/Edit and find the listing you wish to add photo captions to
  2. Click on the ‘Add/Edit Media’ link (near top right of page) and a pop-up window will appear with each of your previously uploaded listing photos for the selected property
  3. Click on ‘Add Caption’ and a text box appears where you can type in your photo caption, up to 250 characters
  4. Once you’re done typing the caption, click ‘Save’
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 for each photo
  6. Click ‘Save and Close’ on the pop up once you’re finished adding the photo captions

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!


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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