Minnesota is home to some of the best schools in the country, according to a recent Newsweek article.

The quality of a school district is a top factor for parents considering where to live. Labor Day has passed and school is back in session statewide for the 2016-17 school year. If you have a client that looking for specific school information, check out one of these tools that are included with your NorthstarMLS subscription!

RPR & RPR Mobile
An RPR school search yields an important array of information, such as ratings from GreatSchools, test scores, enrollment, student/teacher ratios, the number of students receiving free lunch, parent reviews, maps, nearby schools, contact information, and active listings within that district. With RPR Mobile, you can use your phone’s location to instantly view school information. With RPR and RPR Mobile, you can create, customize, view, save, and send RPR school reports for a school district or radius for your clients. This 2-minute video shows you how to create a RPR school report.

The Neighborhood Profile in Realist Tax lets you take an in-depth look at the neighborhood for the property, including the people (population), the housing statistics, quality of life information, and schools and other areas of interest. The Schools section of the report lists the public and private schools within a specified geographic area. You can configure the geographic area in the Neighborhood Profiles report preferences to fit your clients’ needs.

Homesnap Pro
If you’re out with a client and need to quickly access school information (from your smart phone), Homesnap is perfect! Quickly 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. This quick video demonstrates school attendance zone searching with Homesnap.

True Lifestyle Cost
With TLC, you can use the TLCengine portal to find all the rankings for schools within specific school district on the property details page. Print or send the school information to your clients. You can also use TLCengine to search based on school districts.

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Last month, we added RPR View™ (from Realtors Property Resource) as an alternative for sharing statewide listing information and offers of compensation.

You can learn more about RPR View for Minnesota and how it works by watching this prerecorded webinar. RPR View and the Minnesota data share is covered in the first 3 to 4 minutes.

Other topics covered in the 32-minute webinar include:

  • How to use RPR Mobile™ with buyers and sellers in multiple jurisdictions
  • How to research the history of a property
  • How to search by school districts
  • How to create reports

If you have never used RPR and need to create an account, learn how here. If you need help, RPR’s Call Center is ready to walk you through, 24/7. Call 1-877-977-7576. Once your account is set up (or if you have already been using RPR), access it here from the Matrix home tab drop-down menu or the External Links box.

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We are pleased to announce that RPR mobile™ is now available for iOS and Android. Found in the Apple App Store or Google Play, RPR mobile™ gives you access to RPR’s powerful database in the tool you use most: your phone.

When launching the app, you will be asked to enter your email address and password. Use your email address that is in the NorthstarMLS roster. You may not remember the password you originally created specifically for RPR because you access it now via single sign-on. Just tap “Forgot Passord” below the Login button, answer your security question, and they will automatically email a temporary password to you.

RPR made a number of other enhancements to their application as well.  Check out the release notes for details.

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