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Are you using your smartphone to capture your listing photos? In Part 3 of our ‘Winter Listing Photography Tips’, Teresa Boardman and John Walsh discuss why using a phone to snap listing photos may be convenient for agents, but it’s not always suggested.

Teresa works for Saint Paul Home Realty, pens articles for Inman News from time to time and has her own photography web site. John is an broker/agent for his own company, Walsh Real Estate, but lately has been focusing on his professional photography business.

Click here to watch Part 3 of Winter Listing Photo Tips
(Video length: 3 minutes 26 seconds)


Just in case you missed it, here’s Pt. 1 & 2 of our Winter Listing Photography Tips:

Click here to watch Part 1 of Winter Listing Photo Tips
(Video length: 4 minutes 25 seconds)

Click here to watch Part 2 of Winter Listing Photo Tips
(Video length: 4 minutes 12 seconds)

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In Part 2 of our ‘Winter Listing Photography Tips’, Teresa Boardman and John Walsh discuss some challenges with shooting listing photos in the snow, how to grab a homebuyer’s attention with seasonal photos and tips for keeping your camera equipment warm while battling the cold.

Teresa works for Saint Paul Home Realty, pens articles for Inman News from time to time and has her own photography web site. John is an broker/agent for his own company, Walsh Real Estate, but lately has been focusing on his professional photography business.

Click here to watch Part 2 of Winter Listing Photo Tips
(Video length: 4 minutes 12 seconds)


Just in case you missed it, here’s Pt. 1 of our Winter Listing Photography Tips:

Click here to watch Part 1 of Winter Listing Photo Tips
(Video length: 4 minutes 25 seconds)

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Setting Up NorthstarMLS Teams in 3 Easy Steps

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Are you using NorthstarMLS Teams to help manage your listings? NorthstarMLS Teams is a function in Add/Edit where you can assign assistants (and other agents) to your team so that they can do work for you in Add/Edit, Matrix, BookAShowing and Instanet Forms. We’ve made a new tutorial video that will walk you through the three basic steps of setting up a Team.

Click here to watch our new video on Setting Up Teams
(Video Duration = 8 minutes 44 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and switch to ‘720p HD’)


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!

Want to check out older Tip of the Week topics? Click here to view an archive of previous Tip of the Week entries.

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Map Search: My Location

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With the recent upgrade to NorthstarMLS Matrix 6.3, you can now use the new “My Location” feature to search for listings around your current physical location in Map Search. This feature is ideal for mobile devices, but also works on Wi-Fi enabled computers.

Click here to watch the Map Search: My Location video
(Video Duration = 1 minute 15 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and switch to ‘720p HD’)


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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Jump to Address Text Box

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In previous versions of Matrix, if you wanted to use the “Jump to Address” drop down menu to enter an exact address, you had to select it from drop down and then type the address. With the recent upgrade to NorthstarMLS Matrix 6.3, you can now simply type the desired address directly into the text box and run your search.

Click here to watch the Jump to Address Text Box video
(Video Duration = 1 minute 39 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and switch to ‘720p HD’)

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Our next spotlight of upcoming NorthstarMLS Matrix enhancements (coming late October) is the addition of the Auto Email Resend button. When clicked, the initial welcome email is re-sent to the auto email’s associated contact.

Click here to watch the video on Auto Email Resend

(Video Duration = 1 minute 45 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and switch to ‘720p HD’)


NorthstarMLS Matrix Enhancement Videos OnDemand Missed one of our past Matrix enhancement videos? No worries, we have posted them on our YouTube channel. Check them out if you’d like to refer back to them or view them on your own time.

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As we announced last week, new enhancements are coming to NorthstarMLS Matrix in late October. We will release at least one video per week detailing the enhancements. Keep watching the Matrix News Screen for more information each week. This week’s video is a look at at a new kind of single line display called, ‘Single Line Grid.’

Single Line Grid Enhancements Include:

  • Change column widths
  • Reorder columns
  • add and remove columns
  • Change column properties (alignment and wrapping)
  • Auto-fit columns
  • Save as default display

Click here to watch the Single Line Grid video
(Video Duration = 2 minutes 43 seconds — For better quality, click on the cog wheel and switch to ‘720p HD’)

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Using Multiple Web Browser Tabs

Tip of the Week Submission Winner Congratulations to this month’s winner, Roanne Richardson of Partner Counselor Realty, Inc., in Maple Grove! Roanne received a $30 Caribou Coffee Card for her Tip of the Week submission topic on “Using Multiple Web Browser Tabs.” Here’s Roanne’s submission — we made it into a short video tutorial:

Watch this video and see how multiple browser tabs within your browser window can help you become more efficient and a better multitasker when using the NorthstarMLS database.

Click here to watch the video tip on using multiple tabs in your web browser window

(Video Duration = 2 minutes 45 seconds)

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A few weeks ago we introduced a new webinar — MLS Data Accuracy, a topic of great importance to us all. In two separate sessions, we had over 400 NorthstarMLS users attend the free online webinar and have received some great feedback.

If you missed out on the webinar or just want to view it again, we’ve posted a new and improved (fixed sound issues) version of it on the NorthstarMLS YouTube channel.

Instructors Luciano Patino (NorthstarMLS Customer Outreach Rep.) and Zoe Liston (appraiser, agent, MLS trainer) discuss these topics: accurate square footage measuring; styles, bedrooms, bathrooms & basements; commonly broken MLS rules; how to improve the quality of your listings.

Click here to watch the updated Data Accuracy Webinar
(For HD quality resolution, click the cog wheel icon on the video too bar (bottom right) and select the 720pHD option.)

More Data Accuracy Content
Data Accuracy Q&A — Click here to view user submitted questions that were submitted during the webinar.

Check out our data accuracy handout, rules quick guide and square footage measuring examples (below), which were discussed in the webinar.

Measuring Example 1, Measuring Example 2, Measuring Example 3, Measuring Example 4 and Measuring Example 5.

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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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