Tip of the Week – Set Search Pre-Selects in Matrix

With the recent expansion of six Iowa Associations joining the NorthstarMLS Common Data Platform (CDP), searches on City names that exist in both Minnesota and Iowa may return listing results from both states – exampleFarmington, MN & Farmington, IA.

If you'd like to set your starting default State to MN so that you do NOT get duplicate cities from Iowa, go to the Matrix Search screen, select “Minnesota” in the State field, and then click the gear icon (upper right below the Results tab) and click the text "Set currently selected search criteria as my starting default." This will set it as your starting default search state. (You can also add any other criteria that you want pre-selected anytime you start a search.)

The animation below demonstrates how to select Minnesota as your Default on the Search screen (click it to open a larger version in a new browser window). 


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We recently showed you how to print mailing labels from a public records search directly within Matrix 360. Today, we show you how you can also get mailing labels for your MLS listings search results. (Or maybe you want an easier way to view the public tax records for your listing search results.) Our quick 90-second video below shows you how. Give it a view! 


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We hope you're enjoying Matrix 360, which was released earlier this month. A great new feature with this release is the ability to search Public Records right in Matrix – without having to open Realist separately like you did in the past. 

Our video below shows you how to run a Public Record Search in Matrix. Give it a view! 

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Tip of the Week — Market Watch and Hot Sheets in Matrix
NorthstarMLS Matrix offers two handy search tools on your Matrix Home Screen for quick access to local market information — Market Watch and Hot Sheets. Market Watch shows a detailed view of changes in the local market. These changes include new listings, canceled listings, price changes and more. Hot Sheets provide you with changes to the daily or weekly market activity that you can save as a saved search for easy access. More about each of these tools below. Market Watch If you’re looking to keep up with what’s happening in a certain area of the market, use Market Watch. Use the dropdown (left side) to select your search type — Single Family, Multi-Family, Farm, etc (as seen in screen shot below). The number of listings available for each search type is in parenthesis. You can see what’s happened in the entire market in the last 24 hours, or adjust it for different time frames – using the dropdown (right side). Use the information with your clients or for growing your own knowledge of the market. You can also use the “Customize” button to narrow it down to a certain area or price range — add Additional Fields using the Add/Remove tool. Click on “Reset” to restore your settings to default. Hot Sheets Hot Sheets offer quick access to information about your market, and they make it easy for you to check in on various market segments whenever you log into Matrix. To access the Hot Sheets click one of the Property Type links on the Hot Sheets tool as shown below: NorthstarMLS Matrix provides 6 default Hot Sheets — one for each search type. You have the ability to customize up to 10 Hot Sheet searches. Unlike the Market Watch, you won’t see the number of new listings next to the search. You will need to click the link of the Hot Sheet you want to view each time you want to see a report of the changes and updates of a particular search. Give them a try next time you’re using NorthstarMLS Matrix!
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Minnesota and Western Wisconsin (NorthstarMLS jurisdiction) may not be a hotbed for properties with swimming pools like Florida and California, but there are some swimming pool options available in Matrix.

If you’re searching for a property with a pool for a client, remember that there are six different Pool types available for searching in the MLS — Above Ground, Below Ground, Heated, Indoor, Outdoor and Shared. Include them in your search next time you’re hunting for properties with pools for you client!

This infographic below shows the number of pool types currently available on Active listings in NorthstarMLS Matrix:

Want a printable version of this infographic? CLICK HERE to download.


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Tip of the Week – Searching Listings from a Neighboring MLS

Have you tried searching listings from Neighboring MLS’s in ShowingTime? Then maybe you’ve noticed that if you get TOO specific, you won’t get hits.

For example, street directionals, states and zip codes aren’t part of the search index. Adding those fields will fail your search.

So what should you do?
When you type “2309 E 1st S, Duluth, MN 55812” into the search bar in ShowingTime, you’ll likely get no results.

If you just search for “2309 1st Duluth” you should get three hits — one from NorthstarMLS, one from Duluth and one from Superior.

ShowingTime is looking into improvements for this, but generally if you get no hits, it is better to work backwards getting less specific until you do get hits for your search.

The MLSs you have cross MLS scheduling with are:

  • Superior
  • Duluth
  • Range Association
  • Southeastern MN
  • Southern MN
  • Itasca County
  • Realtors Association of Northwestern Wisconsin
  • Greater Alexandria
  • Lakes Country
  • Northwestern MN
  • West Central MN
  • Upper Peninsula MI

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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:


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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.


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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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Tip of the Week – Speed Bar Shortcut

Most of us have saved a search as a regular Saved Search or Auto Email. But have you ever saved one as a Speed Bar Shortcut? By saving a Speed Bar Shortcut, you can rerun a complex search or recreate a drawn map search area with just a few quick keystrokes. Let’s say you have a specific area you like to search with a map shape that does not correspond to a municipality, Zip code, or school district.

1. On the Map tab of a search, draw your shape (radius, rectangle or polygon).

2. Select any other parameters you frequently use, such as Active status or single family houses.

3. Select the Save button bar and then click the “New Speed Bar Shortcut” button.

4. In the “Speed Bar Shortcut” box, type in a name for your shortcut. You want to keep it as short as possible, because this is what you will type in each time you run the search. The system automatically places a forward slash “/” as the first character. This is required. For example, if you draw an area around Lake Como, you may want to name it /como.

5. Click the Save button.

Now anytime you want to start a search with the custom Lake Como area, all you need to do is type /como into the Speed Bar and hit the Enter key on my keyboard (or click the magnifying glass icon in the speedbar). You can do this from any screen within Matrix. The Speed Bar is located just below the tabs:

After executing the search, click the Criteria tab and enter any other criteria for your client. By creating this shortcut, you no longer have to redraw a custom area around Lake Como every time you want to search it. This works for any shortcut you want to create, not just map shapes.


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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!


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Tip of the Week – Searching for Rentals in Matrix

Have a client that’s looking to rent? Try using the NorthstarMLS database to search for available rentals that fit your client’s needs. Currently, there are over 500 active residential rentals listed in the NorthstarMLS database.

To search rentals on the MLS, hover over the “Search” tab, then the “Single-Family” tab and click on “Rentals” in the dropdown window. This will bring you to the “Rentals Search” page.

Note: To more easily access rentals with just a single click, add your “Active Rentals” to your My Favorite Searches widget on your Matrix home screen.


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