Below are the instructions you need for the one-time setup of your export file in IRES.
IRES is one of the few systems where no custom export or special setup is needed. All you need to do is export your comps using the 'ExportforChoiceValuation' export option built into IRES. See below for instructions if you're not familiar with how to do that.
If, for any reason, you have trouble with the file setup below or with the data going into Spark, contact us here for assistance.
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.
On the results page of your search choose the listings you want included (using the check box to the left) or if you want them all don't select anything.
When the Report Window loads, click the 'Export' button.
Select 'ExportforChoiceValuation' from the list of Available Downloads.
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 - if this happens that means your browser most likely saved the file in your Downloads folder).
Now load Spark by going to app.sparkforappraisers.com 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).
IMPORTANT FOR MULTI-FAMILY: Spark will work with multi-family forms, however, your MLS does not allow exporting of all of the necessary multi-family data so Spark will load in as much as it can, but you will have some fields with no information. If and when your MLS provides data for the rest of the fields, we will update accordingly. To use Spark with multi-family properties, do the following:
Export the information from IRES like normal. Be sure that, when you’re in Spark, you choose the 1025 form before you load in your data so that the data loads in correctly. Keep in mind that some data, including individual unit information, will not be available and some property feature information (e.g. pools, fireplaces, etc) that works fine for SFR and Condos may not be exported from the MLS the same when it comes to multi-family. Be sure to verify all of the information.