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Creating a Custom Export for Condos in the SEF 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.

Contact us here if you have problems with the file setup and we'll be glad to help.

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR THE CONDO SETUP. CLICK HERE TO GO BACK TO THE SFR SETUP INSTRUCTIONS.

  • Hover your mouse over 'My Matrix' and select 'Settings'.
  • Click on 'Custom Exports' then click on 'Add Export'. 
  • Name the export 'Spark Condo'.
  • 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 the list is long but once this is set up in your MLS for SFR and Condo you'll never have to do it again. 
    • #Beds
    • #Carport Spaces
    • #FBaths
    • #Garage Spaces
    • #HBaths
    • #Interior Levels
    • Amenities
    • Assoc Fee Paid Per
    • Association Fee
    • CDOM (Days on Market)
    • City Name
    • Closing Date
    • Compass Point
    • Complex Name
    • Cooling Description
    • County
    • DOM (or DOM - Grid)
    • Entry Date
    • Exterior Features
    • Folio Number
    • Garage Description
    • Heating Description
    • Legal Description
    • List Price
    • List Price Chg Date
    • ML#
    • Original List Price
    • Parking Description
    • Pending Date
    • Property Detached
    • Property Type
    • REO
    • Sale Price
    • Sale Terms
    • Seller Contributions Amt
    • Short Sale
    • SqFt Liv Area
    • Status
    • Status Change Date
    • Street Name
    • Street Number
    • Street Suffix
    • Style
    • Unit Design
    • Unit Floor Location
    • Unit Number
    • Unit View
    • Windows/Treatment
    • Year Built
    • Zip Code
  • Once the list is complete, click 'Save' and you are done.

NOTE: THE ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS WERE FOR THE CONDO SETUP. CLICK HERE FOR THE SFR SETUP INSTRUCTIONS.

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).