Closing Widgets in Matrix

You can close widgets on the Matrix home page. If you do, they will be filed under the Additional section, as in the first image below.


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If you want to restore the widget, drag it out of the Additional section and onto the screen, as in the second image.


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(Photos courtesy of the Red Cross)

Volunteers from all over the United States have flocked to the East Coast to help with relief efforts following the devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought forth in October. One of those volunteers is NorthstarMLS’s very own Ed Newman, Director of Information Technology. Newman learned of his disaster relief deployment with the Red Cross in mid-November and has been out there ever since. He found a few minutes to share what he and so many others are doing to help with the rebuilding process.

When did you get the call to head out there?

Ed Newman: You put your availability into a national system. Once you get requested for a deployment – if you agree, you have 24 hours to make your travel arrangements.

What exactly is your title and role with the Red Cross?

EN: For this deployment, I am a Client Casework Manager – I am responsible for sixty awesome volunteers, of which about 25% are supervisors. Our activities include 1) working with clients at four shelters helping to create transition plans and support to move them out of shelters; 2) Operating a call center that combined Red Cross chapter calls, how and what to donate calls, plus possible client calls for the call center (staffed by client case workers to help clients with connections to support and recovery agencies; 3) Seven outreach teams that traveled the coast of two counties in New Jersey, Ocean and Monmouth, connecting with people providing emotional and real support ranging from shovels, clean up kits, back packs with emergency supplies, garbage bags, pampers, as well as referrals.

What area/zone are you helping with?

EN: New Jersey, Ocean and Monmouth.

How long are your shifts?

EN: You might get one day off every seven days. Most volunteers work from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. I have had days that started at 4 a.m. and ended at 11 p.m. Most of mine are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How long do you expect your stint to be out there?

EN: Up to three weeks total.

How long have you been volunteering with Red Cross and how did you get involved?
EN: Eight years ago. A friend asked me.

Now that you’ve been out there and have seen things first-hand, how is the clean-up progressing?

EN: It will take years.

Was your group involved with anything Thanksgiving related?

EN: We had more turkey than we could possibly eat. A lot of locally donated feasts – as well as ones planned by the New Jersey Red Cross headquarters.

Any other thoughts or stories you might have?

EN: To counter the stories about not seeing Red Cross volunteers, we had Red Cross volunteers get their pictures taken standing next to town signs so they could be posted to social media.

If you would like to donate to the Sandy relief efforts, there are various ways to help. Financial donations to help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy can be made here. Or you can text message REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to Disaster Relief efforts.

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Listing Agreement

A List Agreement is the first step to entering a listing on the MLS. If you don’t have one, you should not enter the listing on NorthstarMLS. Entering a listing without a listing agreement is considered a serious violation with a fine of $1,000 for a first offense.

The listing agreement authorizes the listing broker to cooperate with and to compensate other brokers. NorthstarMLS does not dictate the form of the agreement, except that:

1. The listing agreement must adequately protect the interest of the public and the participants.
2. The listing agreement must not establish, directly or indirectly, a contractual relationship between NorthstarMLS and the client (buyer or seller).
3. The listing agreement must include the seller’s written authorization in order to submit the agreement to the MLS.

Contact the Rules Department with any questions at 651-251-3210.

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This week we spotlight how DPR can help generate more leads for your business.

NorthstarMLS 2012 DPR Summary Report

Survey Question: How has DPR helped your business?

Key statistic: We learned that DPR has helped over 60 percent of those surveyed do at least one the following: closed one or more sale, scheduled a showing, wrote a contract offer, converted prospects to customers, or save time researching local homebuyer assistance programs. 

How can DPR help generate more leads for my real estate business?
Whether you are new to DPR, or have been using it since it was incorporated into the MLS in 2010, DPR can be a great lead generator for your business. You can begin searching for homes in your client’s target area using NorthstarMLS and quickly match them with available funding for down payment assistance.
Any property listing in NorthstarMLS will display the DPR icon if a property is potentially eligible for payment assistance programs.

How DPR Recently Helped a Local Agent
This could be you! Check out this case study with a local touch. With the help of DPR, Twin Cities Agent Brenda Hanson, was able to find a home and payment assistance program that best suited her buyers, Jared and Anna. Watch Jared and Anna share their home ownership story in this short video.

More Survey Results
Over the past couple of weeks, we spotlighted two other areas of the 2012 DPR Summary Report. Did you miss them? Check them out below:
DPR – Increase Your Leads
DPR – Training and Education

If you have additional questions about DPR, contact them toll free at (877) 816-8050.

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Our next spotlight of upcoming Matrix features are for CMA’s.

  1. A new optional page will be available that displays your subject and comparables together on a map.
  2. You will have the option to add up to 5 of your own custom PDF pages (up to 250K in size each) to your CMA.  This is especially helpful if you have your own marketing or statistics you want to incorporate directly into the CMA.

CMA Map Page

  • On the “Pages” tab of the CMA Wizard, select the “CMA MAP Layout” page under the new Page category “Map.”
  • This activates the new “Map” tab of the CMA Wizard.  Click here for an example of what this preview screen looks like.
  • Click here for an example of the final Map page in your CMA pdf report.

CMA Custom Pages
On the “Pages” tab of the CMA Wizard, click the “Upload Custom Pages” link (below the list of Available Pages).

Upload your pages, give them descriptions, and put them in your desired order.  Click the Save button, and you’re ready to add them to your CMA!

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Our next spotlight of upcoming Matrix features are several enhancements to the “My Matrix” section.

Auto-Email
Revising an auto email no longer sends a new opt-in email to the recipient.

My Listings
Your My Listings section will include the standard display picker that is in use throughout Matrix. This enhancement removes many previous limitations existing on this page.  You can now specify the display and count per page (no more 10 per page limitation), a well as set a default view that includes sort order.

Custom Exports
“Copy” button added so that you can make a copy of any of your existing Custom Exports.

Custom Displays
1) “Copy” button added so that you can make a copy of any of your existing Custom Displays.
2) You can choose to wrap longer fields (such as Directions, Remarks, etc.) within a single column rather than across the whole display.  Just click to select “Wrapped” for the field.

3) Added search box that allows you to search the available fields list.  The list of fields narrows as you type.

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Realist Neighbors Report

Doing a showing in an area you’re not familiar with? You can use Realist to get an idea of the neighborhood makeup. Open the property you’re showing, click on the PID number, and then use the Launch Realist button at the top. Once Realist opens, you can click on the Neighbors tab, and it will pull up properties around the one you are showing. You can click through them to get an idea of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, and other useful information.

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As we continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary, we will share a series of interviews with individuals who are a part of RMLS’s past and present.

In the second and final part of this interview with Tracey Douglas, she shares how the MLS helped her during her years as an agent, touches on the future of MLS’s and compares being an agent now to 25 years ago. Douglas is the Senior Vice President of the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors.

Watch Part 2 of Tracey Douglas Interview:
Click here to watch Part 2.
(Switch picture quality setting to 720p or 1080p for HD quality video)

Have you missed any of the previous 25th anniversary celebration videos? Watch them all here on the NorthstarMLS YouTube channel.

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Our next spotlight of upcoming Matrix features allows you to quickly create a public Web page for any of your listings.

The “Share Your Listings Widget” (in the External Links box on the Matrix home page), is still the most powerful and feature-rich way to share your listings on the Web and through social media.  But if you want an alternative that is quick and simple, Matrix is adding a Share feature.

When it’s released, you can go to “My Listings” (under the “My Matrix” tab).  Below your listings, you will see a new button labeled “Share”.


Select the listing you want to share, and then click the Share button.

In the pop-up window, copy the Web address.  This is a link to the Customer Full Display for the listing you selected.  You can share this link on the Web, through social media and emails.

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NorthstarMLS would like to congratulate RE/MAX Results CEO, Lynn Foulke, who was named to Finance & Commerce’s annual Top Women in Finance list for 2012. Finance & Commerece is a daily print and online newspaper focused exclusively on business in Minnesota. Lynn shares her leadership on our Board of Governors and was one of our past Chairpersons.

The full article can be viewed by clicking here.

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