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

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 in the Stellar 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.

Follow the instructions below to complete the one-time setup for Spark in the Stellar Matrix system.  Contact us here if you have problems with the file setup and we'll be glad to help.

These are the instructions for the MLS custom export setup for SFR/Condo/Manufactured properties. Click here to see the instructions for the Multi-Family export setup.

  • Hover your mouse over 'My Matrix' and select 'Settings'.

  • Click on 'Custom Exports' then click on 'Add Export'.

  • Name the export 'Spark'.

  • 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.
  • Click on each of the following categories individually and click 'Add' after each one. Once you are done, the categories will appear on the right side of the window. The list is long but once this is set up in your MLS you'll never have to do it again.

    • Additional Rooms

    • Address

    • ADOM

    • Air Conditioniong

    • Architectural Style

    • Attached Garage Y/N

    • Auction Type

    • Beds

    • Carport Spaces

    • CDOM

    • City

    • Close Date

    • Close Price

    • Community Features

    • Complex/Community Name/NCCB

    • Condo Fee

    • Condo Fee Schedule

    • County

    • Exterior Features

    • Fireplace Description

    • Fireplace YN

    • Floor Number

    • Floors in Unit/Home

    • Foundation

    • Full Baths

    • Garage Spaces

    • Garage/Parking Features

    • Green Energy Features

    • Green Energy Generation

    • Green Water Features

    • Half Baths

    • Heated Area

    • Heating and Fuel

    • High School

    • HOA Fee

    • HOA Payment Schedule

    • Interior Features

    • Lease Term

    • Legal Description

    • Legal Subdivision Name

    • List Date

    • List Price

    • Lot Size Square Footage

    • MLS Number

    • Original List Price

    • Ownership

    • Pending Date

    • Pool Features

    • Pool Private Y/N

    • Price Change Timestamp

    • Property Description

    • Property Style

    • Property Type

    • Public Remarks

    • Seller Paid Buyer Costs

    • Sold Terms

    • Special Sale Provision(s)

    • Status

    • Status Change Timestamp

    • Tax

    • Tax ID

    • Tax Year

    • Total # of Floors

    • Unit Number

    • View

    • Water Frontage Y/N

    • Water View Y/N

    • Year Built

    • Zip

  • Once the list is complete, click 'Save' and you are done.

Click here to see the setup instructions for the 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.

  • 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 - if this happens that means your browser most likely saved the file into the 'Downloads' folder on your computer).

  • 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).