Click here for more information about Spark or to get started. Below are the instructions you need for the one-time setup of your export file in RAPB+GFLR Matrix system.
Please contact us immediately if you ever experience a problem with the listing information not being entered correctly into your report.
Creating a Custom Export for use in the RAPB+GFLR Matrix 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.
Please follow the instructions below to complete the one-time setup for Spark in the RAPB+GFLR Matrix system. Contact us here if you have problems with the file setup and we'll be glad to help.
Hover your mouse over 'My Matrix' and select 'Settings'.
Click on 'Custom Exports' then click on 'Add Export'.
You will need to complete this export setup in the RAPB+GFLR Matrix system two or three times (once for SFR, once for Condo/Townhomes, and a third time if you want to use Spark for Multi-Family properties). That being said, name this first export 'Spark SFR' and follow the below instructions as if it's an SFR. Then, once this setup is done you'll need to repeat and name the export 'Spark Condo' and 'Spark Multi' (if applicable).
- IMPORTANT: Verify toward the bottom that 'Label' and 'Comma' are chosen. The 'Label' button is TO THE RIGHT of the word 'Label'. Looks like this: None ( ) Label (●) Name ( ) No need to enter a description.
Double-click on each of the following features individually (you can also click on each one and click 'Add'). Once you are done, the categories will appear on the right side of the window. NOTE: Keep in mind that you will have to repeat this once for Condo/Townhomes and once for Multi-Family but once you've done it once each for SFR, Condo, and Multi-Family you won't ever have to do it again. ALSO, if you don't appraise multi-family properties you don't have to set up that export.
Unless noted otherwise every feature below is in the SFR setup. Features that are necessary or not necessary for when you do the Condo Setup or Multi-Family Setup will be noted.
#Beds (DO NOT INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY SETUP)
#FBaths (DO NOT INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY SETUP)
#HBaths (DO NOT INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY SETUP)
CONDO SETUP ONLY (#Interior Levels)
CONDO SETUP ONLY (Amenities)
Assoc Fee Paid Per
MULTI-FAMILY SETUP ONLY (CITY NAME)
CONDO SETUP ONLY (Condo/Villa/TH Unit View)
CONDO SETUP ONLY (Complex Name)
Days on Market
Design (DO NOT INCLUDE IN CONDO OR MULTI-FAMILY SETUP)
Design Description (DO NOT INCLUDE IN CONDO OR MULTI-FAMILY SETUP)
Garage Description (DO NOT INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY SETUP)
Interior Features (DO NOT INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY SETUP)
Land Lease Amount (DO NOT INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY SETUP)
Original List Price
MULTI-FAMILY SETUP ONLY (Property Type Information)
MULTI-FAMILY SETUP ONLY (Remarks)
Room Count( DO NOT INCLUDE IN CONDO OR MULTI-FAMILY SETUP)
Seller Contributions Amt
Sq Ft Living
Status Change Date
Street Number Numeric
CONDO AND MULTI-FAMILY SETUP ONLY (Style)
Subdivision Information (DO NOT INCLUDE IN CONDO SETUP)
Subdivision Name (DO NOT INCLUDE IN CONDO SETUP)
MULTI-FAMILY SETUP ONLY (Tax Amount)
MULTI-FAMILY SETUP ONLY (Tax Year)
MULTI-FAMILY SETUP ONLY (Total Units)
CONDO SETUP ONLY (Unit Design)
CONDO SETUP ONLY (Unit Floor Location)
Water Access (DO NOT INCLUDE IN CONDO SETUP)
Waterfront Frontage (DO NOT INCLUDE IN CONDO SETUP)
Once the list is complete, click 'Save' and you are done.
Repeat this process for setting up a Condo Export and a Multi-Family Export (if you want to use Spark for those types of properties).
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/sales/rentals you want included (using the check box to the left) or click 'All' if you want all of them.
Click 'Export' which is on the bottom row of buttons.
Verify the custom export you made is selected in the drop-down which should be 'Spark' then 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 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 does not support multi-family in this MLS due to limitations in how this MLS exports multi-family data. However, there is a work-around to get some of the multi-family information into your report. Simply, export the information like normal for an SFR and choose the 1004 form in Spark. Even though you chose 1004, Spark will recognize the multi-family data and load as much data as possible into your report given that Spark does not have full support or have access to all the multi-family data in this MLS. 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.