Tip of the Week – The Matrix Speed Bar

The Speed Bar Shortcut in NorthstarMLS Matrix allows you to create Custom Shortcuts that can be Saved and used in the Matrix Speed Bar anytime. The Speed Bar allows you to rerun a complex search or recreate a drawn map search area with just a few quick keystrokes. If you have a specific are you like to search with a map shape that does not correspond to a municipality, Zip code, or school district (like Lake Como seen in the screen shot below). Click here to see step-by-step instructions on setting up a new Speed Bar Shortcut.

Click here to learn more about how the Speedbar in NorthstarMLS Matrix can help save you time when searching for an MLS #. 

To Delete a Speed Bar Shortcut
Go to the Settings link from the My Matrix tab. Click the Speed Bar Shortcuts Link and then Click the checkbox next to the shortcut you wish to delete and then click Delete.

Thanks to NorthstarMLS subscriber Tess Andrews of Edina Realty for her recommendation of this week’s Tip of the Week. Tess will receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card.


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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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Tip of the Week – MLS ID # Search with the Speed Bar

Want to save some time with your Matrix search? Rather than using the Search dropdown in Matrix (Single Family, Waterfront, Multi-Family, etc.) to find a listing, you can use the Speed Bar to search across all property types at once using the MLS ID #.

Just type, or copy and paste the seven-digit MLS ID # into the Speed Bar and then click the magnifying glass icon to run the Speed Bar search. The listing will open on your search screen. You can input multiple MLS ID #s into the Speed Bar, too. The screen shot below shows an MLS ID # in the Speed Bar search tool.

Give it a try next time you run a search!

Note: You can also search by MLS ID # within the NorthstarMLS Mobile App (powered by Homespotter) and Homesnap. Just type the MLS ID # into the search bar within the app.


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Tip of the Week – Cross Property Search

Have you ever had to field a call or email from a potential client that is inquiring about a listing, but is unsure of the property type – only have the street name, house number or municipality? To speed up the search process for the client, use the Cross Property Search in Matrix and give your client a quick answer. Check out our brief video and see how it works!

Click here to watch the Cross Property Search Video

Thanks to Byron Anfinson of Coldwell Banker Burnet (Minneapolis) for submitting his Tip of the Week on Cross Property Search. Bryan will receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card for the submission!


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!


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Create a 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 I drew an area around Lake Como, I may want to name it /como.
  5. Click the Save button.

Now anytime I want to start a search with my custom Lake Como area, all I 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).  I can do this from any screen within Matrix.  The Speed Bar is located just below the tabs:

After executing the search, I can click the Criteria tab and enter any other criteria for my client.

By creating this shortcut, I no longer have to redraw my custom area around Lake Como every time I want to search it.  This works for any shortcut you want to create, not just map shapes.

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