Core Services

These are the applications and services that are integrated into the NorthstarMLS system and included with your MLS fees at no additional charge (or at a discounted rate where noted).

NorthstarMLS® Matrix

Matrix is our primary, full-featured MLS system where licensed Realtors and Appraisers list properties for sale with offer of compensation, search available properties for their clients, conduct market analyses, set up searches and listing portals for their clients, run reports, etc. Developed and maintained by Tarasoft Corporation, Matrix is a cutting edge and leading MLS system used by tens of thousands of agents across the U.S. and Canada.


A full featured parcel-based system combining MLS data, detailed public records data (including CREV, mortgage and foreclosure data) and a wealth of other information in a single source. Includes GIS maps, plat maps, map layers, reports, CMA’s, neighborhood profiles, robust search, and much more! Covers all of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Tax data is updated annually and additional data from sales records are added regularly for most counties.

Homesnap PRO

Full version of the Homesnap mobile app, available only to NorthstarMLS subscribers. Available for download for iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets.

  • access to all NorthstarMLS data fields for all listings, just like in the regular desktop version of NorthstarMLS Matrix;

  • your own customizable agent profile viewable by other agents, clients and consumers;

  • all product features, including Quick CMA’s and more;

  • invite your clients to the app which gives them the client version described below, tied to your profile and branded to you;

  • connected directly to BookAShowing for quick and easy scheduling.

Any consumer invited by a NorthstarMLS agent will have a special client version with the same data that can be accessed on any broker IDX website. Tied and branded to the agent who made the invitation.

Homesnap for Consumers (Powered by Broker Public Portal)

The Broker Public Portal, using the #1 rated real estate app Homesnap, allows consumers to search and view listings available in our market, much like big national real estate portals. However, there is no advertising on the app, and all consumer leads go direct to the List Agent/Broker at no charge. Because all content is provided by brokers and updated real time by the MLS, it is the most accurate and up-to-date real estate information available to consumers.


HomeSpotter (formerly known as the “NorthstarMLS app”) was recently re-designed from the ground up to be faster more reliable. Just a few highlights:

•    Access property history and listing highlights quickly from the listing details.
•    Access your saved searches, contacts, carts and auto-emails from Matrix.
•    Access and share listing supplements.
•    Access Realist public record reports, Transaction Desk (Instanet), TrustFunds, Google Street View
•    Edit listings and upload photos

HomeSpotter is available for download for iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets. Download it here

Add/Edit System

Click the Add/Edit tab in Matrix to add new listings, edit current listings, change a listing’s status, add photos, add supplements, add virtual tours, schedule open houses, correct your listing’s map pin location and view your listing inventory. At listing input, auto-populate address and other key fields from county tax records. Automated address clean-up (standard addresses matching county and/or USPS records) and geo-coding services (latitude and longitude coordinates added for precise mapping).


Accessible within Matrix, ShowingTime is a full-featured online showing scheduling application. Quickly schedule showing appointments, confirm appointments for your listings, provide/receive feedback, grant seller access to see schedule and feedback. Saves an enormous amount of agent and staff time by eliminating the need for phone calls and waiting for follow-ups. Use the desktop PC version or their streamlined smartphone app.

Minnesota REALTORS® Forms (Instanet Solutions)

Online forms system containing all NorthstarMLS and State forms for Minnesota. Complete online, auto-fill from MLS, print or email to your clients. Include your broker logo on all forms for a one-time nominal fee. Option also available to add all of your broker forms. Includes Authentisign e-signature, Instanet Fax and DocBox document storage.


A powerful but easy-to-use statistics program that runs on NorthstarMLS data. Create beautiful and information-rich graphics on market activity for any area for your client presentations. Launch through a quick link on any NorthstarMLS listing.


The world’s first Property Intelligence Platform bringing property data and consumer data together to reveal opportunity and motivation. Using best-in-class science and applying it to billions of data sets, Remine can accurately predict when a property is most likely to sell, and when a buyer is most likely to buy. Once you find an opportunity, you can track properties, neighborhoods, and people to get notifications and stay informed. Remine data is portable and can work with any CRM or marketing company.


TrustFunds is a secure and convenient web-based service that allows buyers to simply and securely make their earnest money payment online and easily verify the status at anytime. Other than a nominal service fee per transaction (which may be passed on to the buyer), there is no charge for making earnest money payments to participating brokers' accounts via TrustFunds. Brokers who want to accept earnest money payments into their accounts may purchase a premium TrustFunds membership.

My Flood Status Reports

Through its partnership with NorthstarMLS, MyFloodStatus offers their flood zone determination reports to you at a discounted rate. These reports are prepared specifically for your listing by their in-house experts. Ongoing support is included for any issues you encounter. Looks at the location of the main structure in the flood zone, drastically reduces your risk of liability and can potentially reduce flood insurance premiums for homeowners, buyers and sellers.

INRIX Drive Time Search

Within NorthstarMLS Matrix, use INRIX Drive Time search to find homes that are within your client's desired workplace commute time. Enter the work location and maximum desired commute time. Matrix will return all the properties that match both the commute and all your client's other search criteria. You can even include the spouse's commute. INRIX is fed by the Smart Driver Network, with nearly 100 million GPS powered vehicles and roadside devices reporting position and speed every 15 seconds across 1 million miles of North American roadway. INRIX Drive Time is the ultimate traffic “Big Data” platform providing drive time intelligence to home searchers today.  

Lake/Waterfront Data Excellence

We serve the land of 10,000 Lakes (actually closer to 13,000). In NorthstarMLS, we have them all in our database for easy selection into your listing and searches. Data we collect includes Lake Acres, Waterfront Frontage Feet, Depth, DNR Lake Class and more. We even link the DNR Lake ID Number directly to the page for that lake on the DNR Website where you and your client can find a wealth of additional information about the lake.


ListTrac allows agents to track where their listings are getting the most views on real estate sites across the web. Also includes reports to provide sellers with this info to help with web placement and pricing decisions.


Search active and off market listings for most MLS’s in the state of Wisconsin. Available to Western Wisconsin REALTOR® Association members only.

Down Payment Resource

An application and database of national, state and local down payment assistance programs. Quickly match clients and properties to available programs through NorthstarMLS and your Agent/Broker Web site.

Realtors Property Resource (RPR)

An initiative of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The goal is to build a national database of robust, property centric information covering every parcel of property in the country. This database is designed to be a resource exclusively for NAR members (no public or consumer access). It is a single source access to data available for members to use with their clients and customers. Easily accessed through desktop, iOS and Android devices.

RPR View

Within Realtors Property Resource, allows you to view listings from participating MLS's across the state of Minnesota with up-to-date MLS data and offer of compensation.

FIND (from MOVE, Inc)

Find is a database of residential properties throughout the U.S. into which information is captured from MLS’s and from public record sources. Find contains active listings data, off-market data, sold data, and property photos; county recorded data, community information, amenities, environmental, and transaction data.

Share Your Listings Widget

This tool allows you to share your listings on popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN; post a link to your listings on your blog or company website; add the NorthstarMLS Facebook app to your Facebook business page to always display your active listings; grab a custom “QR code” for each active listing to use in your print marketing materials; and much more!


This tool allows you to display your Lender’s live mortgage payment and product information on listing displays you send to your clients and on property fliers for marketing.

Online Webinars

Online training programs available from the comfort and convenience of your office or home. Visit our webinar page to see a list of NorthstarMLS webinar dates and topics.

Cooperation and Compensation Agreements

Cooperation and compensation agreements among over 15,000 real estate professionals and over 3,000 offices. Participant License Agreements with all brokers establishing copyright and ownership interest in Listing Content on behalf of brokers. Includes assignment of partial interest to NorthstarMLS so that NorthstarMLS can take any necessary legal action to protect both the compilation and the content per listing.

List Assist

An internally developed automated rules and regulations monitoring system that catches problems at the point of listing and notifies offices for corrections. Greatly increases accuracy of data and education of rules. Full service centralized rules & regulations monitoring, education and enforcement.

SafeMLS Security

All MLS systems and broker data is protected by the industry standard highest strong authentication security available.

Broker Reciprocity System

Close to 100% participation. Data feed includes upcoming open houses that you can integrate into your broker/agent sites and reduce reliance on costly newspaper ads. Also includes two years of sold data to enhance the functionality of your Web site for a richer consumer experience. Data available through RETS.

Live Help Desk Support

Available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with on call emergency coverage 24/7.