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Below are the instructions you need for the one-time setup of your export file in the Flex system for RAPB+GFLR.

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

One-Time Export Setup for use in the RAPB+GFLR Flex 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 RAPB+GFLR Flex MLS system.  Contact us here if you have problems with the file setup and we will be glad to help.

  • Click Menu at the top left, then scroll down until you see the ‘Preferences’ section and then click ‘My Exports’ within that Preferences section. NOTE: You have to repeat this process for Multi-Family if you appraise those types of properties.

  • Click 'New'.

  • Name the export 'Spark' (or 'Spark Multi-Family’), make sure 'Detail group names show in front of the detail name' is selected and that 'Residential' is also selected and click 'Next'. NOTE: For Multi-Family choose 'Multiple Dwellings' instead of 'Residential'.

  • On this screen, in the left window click the top field in the list and it will highlight in blue.

  • Then scroll down to the very bottom of that list.

  • Hold down the 'Shift' key on your keyboard and then click the very bottom field which will probably be 'Window Treatments: Verticals'. This will select every field. If they all highlight that means it worked and you can let go of the ‘Shift’ key.

  • Click the 'Add' button below the left window and this will move every field over to the right column.

  • If it looks like all of the fields have been populated into the right column click 'Save' and wait a few seconds until the MLS loads back up to the 'My Exports' screen.

  • Spark should now be an available export template and you are done with the setup.

  • NOTE: You will want to repeat this process for multi-family if you want to use Spark for those types of properties. The only difference is that on the 3rd step above you will choose Residential Income and give the export a slightly different name, like ‘Spark Multi-Family’.

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' at the top right.

  • Verify that 'Export all matches' is selected or if you selected just the properties that you want to export from a larger list, by putting a checkbox next to each one, then choose 'Export selected matches'.

  • Click 'Custom Text Export' and choose the export you created which should be named 'Spark'.

  • Type in the verification text and click 'Export'.

  • Save the file by whichever file name and into whichever folder you prefer (depending on your 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).