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Below are the instructions you need for the one-time setup of your export file in Sandicor.

If, for any reason, you have trouble with the file setup below or with the data going into Spark, contact us here for assistance.

Creating a Custom Export for use with Sandicor in San Diego, CA - Paragon System

MLS export files that are uploaded to Spark must be in a specific format in order to provide both accurate data and all possible fields.

You can either watch the above video or follow the instructions below to complete the one-time setup for Spark in the Sandicor Paragon system. Contact us here if you have problems with the file setup and we will be glad to help.

The following is for SFR/Manufactured Homes/Condos/Rentals. If you want the instructions for Multi-Family click here.

  • Once in the results of a search, click the green 'Reports' button.

  • Under the Spreadsheets folder choose any spreadsheet that you don't normally use because you're going to be modifying it.

  • Click 'Customize' and then 'fields'.

  • Verify that the class is 'RESIDENTIAL' and Group is 'Listing'.

  • Name it 'Spark'.

  • Click the 'Remove All' button. All fields on the right side should be removed.

  • Add the following categories from the left to the right window until you have all fields listed below in the right column. The order does not matter. If you have too many fields that's okay but you must have AT LEAST the following fields. You must repeat this process for RENTALS if you want to use Spark to import Rental comps as well. Some items are different for Rentals and those will be noted. Also, below is a link to the Multi-Family instructions. IMPORTANT: If there are duplicates (e.g. Update Date is listed twice) only choose the first one.

    • Address

    • Assessors Parcel #

    • Attached Style

    • Baths Full

    • Baths Half

    • Bedrooms

    • City

    • Close of Escrow Date

    • Complex/Park

    • Concessions - Not needed for RENTALS

    • Concessions (Y/N) - Not needed for RENTALS

    • County

    • Days on Market

    • Estimated Square Feet

    • Financing

    • Fireplace(s)

    • High School

    • Home Owner Association - Not needed for RENTALS

    • Home Owner Fees - Not needed for RENTALS

    • Home Owners Payment Freq. - Not needed for RENTALS

    • Levels

    • List Price (H)

    • Listing Date

    • Listing Type

    • Lot SqFt Approx - Not available with RENTALS

    • Max Search Price

    • MLS #

    • Neighborhood

    • Original Price

    • Parking Garage Spaces

    • Parking Spaces Total

    • Parkng Non-Garaged Spaces

    • Pending Date

    • Price Date

    • RENTAL LIST ONLY - Rental Residential Styles

    • RENTAL LIST ONLY - Rental Type

    • RENTAL LIST ONLY - Rented Price

    • Residential Styles - Not needed for RENTALS

    • Residential Sub-Category - Not needed for RENTALS

    • Sold Price - Not needed for RENTALS

    • State

    • Status

    • Status Date

    • Stories in Building - Not needed for RENTALS

    • Unit #/Space #

    • Update Date (if there are two, only use the first one!)

    • Year Built

    • Zip

  • At the top of the window click on the Group drop-down and change it from 'Listing' to 'Feature Categories'.

  • In the new list of fields on the left select each one (all of them) and move them over to the right side.

  • The list should be complete now but make sure that there are no duplicates on the right side (such as Update Date). If there are two of the same thing, delete the last one and keep the first one.

  • It is important that you check the boxes on the right to make sure that none of them for either 'Short Lbl' or 'Short Val' are checked. They should all be unchecked.

  • Click 'Save' and you are done.

Click here to go to the instructions for Multi-Family export setup.

How to Export your Data

  • Verify that the search you are exporting includes the sales/listings/rentals you want to put into the grid(s) of your appraisal report.

  • Click 'Export' then 'Export to CSV'.

  • Select the appropriate box for whether you want to export all in your results or just the selected.

  • Choose Spark as your selected export (or whatever you named the custom export you created) from the drop-down and click 'Export'.

  • Save the file by whichever file name and into whichever folder you prefer (depending on browser settings you may not be given the option to choose the file name/location).

  • Now load Spark by going to and follow the steps.

Note: Spark can input a maximum of 30 properties for each grid (sales grid/listing grid/rental grid) and a maximum of 10,000 for your 1004MC files (Competing and/or Neighborhood File).