Looking to tap into new markets? Realist is a great tool to mine those opportunities. We prepared three short videos to show you how you can identify pre-foreclosure property owners, investors and renters who may want to buy. 

Marketing to Pre-Foreclosure Property Owners
When a property is subject to a pre-foreclosure filing, CoreLogic publishes that information to Realist. Run a search on pre-foreclosure listings and use the results to power a direct mail or other marketing campaign.
Click Here to Watch Video

Marketing to Investors
Property investors are represented in Realist as the title owner of non-owner occupied homes. Using Realist, you can run a search for non-owner occupied homes and mail to the property owner. Also, you may be able to view mortgage information and property value information to discuss how investors can leverage equity in one property to acquire another.
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Marketing to Renters Who May Want to Buy
Similar to searching for investors, a search for non-owner occupied homes will provide the addresses of renters. Agents who know the normal rental rates in an area for a particular size of property can market to renters by providing a rent vs. own analysis.
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Tip of the Week
Exporting Data from Realist Tax

Want to export the property data from a Realist search? With just a few clicks you can create labels for mailings or export the data into an Excel spreadsheet. It can be a great tool for lead generation. We’ve put together a short tutorial video that demonstrates how to export property data from Realist.

Click here to watch the video
(Duration: 2 mins 49 seconds)


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It’s tax season, a good time for a refresher on Minnesota’s often misunderstood property tax system. The MN Department of Revenue offers a couple of good fact sheets on its Website:

Wisconsin also has a variety of resources on its Property Tax site.

Also, check out our Realist FAQ’s, particularly pages 3 and 4 for information on assessment year and last market sale.

Remember you can click the PID number on most Realist tax reports (accessed by clicking the PID number or TX icon on Matrix reports) to open the tax record for that property on the County website. Counties usually publish updated taxes and property values on their own websites before they send them to publishers such as Realist.

Realist starts receiving tax data from MN and WI counties anytime after April. We will keep you posted as updates are available.
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Ready for a faster Realist? Version 1.11 of Realist Tax is scheduled to be implemented on the evening of Monday, Jan. 27, and will be available on Tuesday, Jan. 28. This release focuses on improvements related to the load speed when opening Realist Tax, a NorthstarMLS core service. Due to the maintenance, Realist will be unavailable for several hours on the evening of Monday, Jan. 27.

The new version of Realist includes several new features, including:

  • Faster load speed performance when opening Realist Tax
  • Enhanced property selector navigator
  • Improved modify feature
  • Enhanced photo support and workflow

For more details on these enhancements, view the Realist 1.11 Release Notes.

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We’ve posted a new video on the NorthstarMLS YouTube channel, called Realist Tax. Narrated by Luciano, NorthstarMLS Customer Outreach Representative, this video covers the different ways to search within Realist, walks you through your reporting options and talks about the advanced Plat viewer.

Click here to watch the video.
(NOTE: For HD quality resolution, click the cog wheel icon on the video tool bar (bottom right) and select the 720pHD resolution option.)

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We are pleased to announce two reports available through quick links on most NorthstarMLS listings.


Realtors Property Resource (RPR):  Whenever you want a detailed RPR report for a specific address, it’s just a click away.  You will find the link below the main photo on the Property Full Display (between the BookAShowing and Infosparks links).  This is what it looks like:

A great resource for you and your clients, the RPR Report includes property details, maps, statistics, valuation model, nearby schools, tax information, property history, and much more.
If you have never used RPR before, you may need to set up your account first.  RPR is an NAR member benefit available exclusively to REALTORS®. Learn more about it on their Website.

Realist Short Format:  Clicking the PID number on any listing opens the detailed Realist public records report.  Now you also have the option of a shorter version, linked next to the PID number.

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Changing “Regions” in Realist Tax

Want to change the region for your search in Realist Tax? Click the Realist Tax tab in Matrix to open the app. In the upper left corner, you’ll see a link that says “Change Region.” Always go here first and select the desired counties for your search. You are able to select up to 8 counties at a time, and it will always remember your last selection.


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Please note the following Matrix system changes:

  1. The “Tax” tab has been removed. All searches for the most current tax data should be done through the “Realist Tax” tab.  If you still want to do the old tax searches on the old tax data, you will find them by hovering over the “Search” tab and selecting “Tax (old data)” at the bottom of the list.
  2. When viewing a full listing display, click the PID number for the Realist Tax report.  This contains the most recent and complete information.  The “Prior Format” link has been removed because it was older data.  It will eventually be replaced by a Realist short format report.
  3. Tax data has been removed from the Property and Customer “Comprehensive” reports because it was outdated.  The vendor is working through some technical problems, but tax data will eventually be restored to the Comprehensive reports with updated Realist tax data.
  4. Links to the old tax data on customer portal displays have been removed.  Realist tax data will not be available through the customer portal yet, but we are working with the vendor on a special consumer display.
Updated tax data for 2012 assessments and 2013 taxes will start being delivered from the counties in the coming months.  We will post updates here as they become available in Realist.
For help using Realist:
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Realist Neighbors Report

Doing a showing in an area you’re not familiar with? You can use Realist to get an idea of the neighborhood makeup. Open the property you’re showing, click on the PID number, and then use the Launch Realist button at the top. Once Realist opens, you can click on the Neighbors tab, and it will pull up properties around the one you are showing. You can click through them to get an idea of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, and other useful information.

(Click the image above to see a larger view)

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If you want to search in a specific area within the Realist tax software, you can use a map search. To access Realist, click the “Realist Tax” tab in Matrix. Then in Realist, click on the My Search tab at the top left.

Next, click on the pencil icon in the map menu at the top right and choose a shape to draw. (In this example, we used the Radius Tool).

To begin drawing your shape, click on the map near your desired location. Click again to set the desired radius of your circle.

Now click the blue “Search” button on the bottom left and browse the listings within the shape you have drawn.

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