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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In case you missed it, Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Feb.2, Groundhog Day. If tradition holds true, winter’s time is ticking and it could mean an early start to the spring market — which is already right around the corner!

The Homesnap Pro mobile app, a NorthstarMLS core service, makes it easy to view the same listings that you can view on NorthstarMLS Matrix while you’re on the go with your clients, or away from the office.

The video below walks you through MLS searching using 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 6,800 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!


Homesnap Archive Want to check out older Homesnap content? Click here to view the archive of previous Homesnap news, articles and other content on the NorthstarMLS Blog & Archive.


To compare the features of Homesnap Pro, the 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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Would you let a surgeon operate on you if she only had half the information? Yet today’s homebuyers typically focus on their loan total monthly payment, and that can be less than half their home costs.

Give your buyers TLC  – True Lifestyle Cost – an exciting core service from NorthstarMLS and there’s no extra charge to you.

Home buyers will be able to see and compare homes based on estimate total costs when searching for a home such as commuting expenses, utility bills, daycare cost, and more. You can give your buyer something they won’t be able to get from a Zillow search. It’s simply a smarter way to compare homes and neighborhoods.

Discover TLC: Click on “True Lifestyle Cost” from the External Links in Matrix and try TLC today!

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