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

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 with the GAMLS Paragon 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 GAMLS Paragon system. Contact us here if you have problems with the file setup and we will be glad to help.

NOTE: These instructions are for SFR/Condo/Rentals only. Click here to be taken to the instructions specific to exporting multi-family properties.

  • Once in the results of a Single-Family Detached search, click the green 'Reports' button. (**NOTE: You will need to repeat this for 'Single Family Attached' and 'Residential Rental')

  • Under the Spreadsheets folder choose any spreadsheet that you don't normally use because you're going to be modifying it.

  • Click 'Customize' and then 'fields'.

  • Name it 'Spark'.

  • Add the following categories from the left to the right window until you have all fields listed below in the right column. Some of the fields will already be on the right and that's okay. The order does not matter. You also need to make sure and uncheck every box on the right under the heading 'Short Lbl' and 'Short Val'.  If you have extra fields that's okay but you must have AT LEAST the following fields. As noted above you must repeat this process for Attached and Rentals. Some items are different for Detached/Attached/Rentals and those will be noted.

    • Above Grade Finished

    • Acreage

    • Address

    • Annual Association Fee - NOT IN RENTAL LIST

    • BAF Lower

    • BAH Lower

    • Baths Full

    • Baths Half

    • Bedrooms

    • Below Grade Finished

    • Below Grade Unfinished

    • BR Lower

    • City

    • Closed Date - NOT IN RENTAL LIST

    • RENTAL LIST ONLY - Closing Date

    • Contract Date - NOT IN RENTAL LIST

    • County

    • Days on Market

    • District

    • Financing Type - NOT IN RENTAL LIST

    • High School

    • RENTAL LIST ONLY - Lease Terms (in Months)

    • List Date

    • List Price - NOT IN RENTAL LIST

    • Listing #

    • Off Market Date

    • Original List Price

    • Ownership - NOT IN RENTAL LIST

    • Price (may say 'Price - Ascending') - NOT IN RENTAL LIST

    • Price Date

    • Private Remarks

    • Property Type

    • Public Remarks

    • RENTAL LIST ONLY - Rental Date Available

    • RENTAL LIST ONLY - Rental Price

    • RENTAL LIST ONLY - Rental Rate (may say 'Rental Rate - Ascending')

    • Sellers Contribution - NOT IN RENTAL LIST

    • Sold Price - NOT IN RENTAL LIST

    • State

    • Status (may say 'Status - Ascending')

    • Status Date

    • Subdivision

    • Tax ID

    • Tax Year - NOT IN RENTAL LIST

    • Taxes - NOT IN RENTAL LIST

    • Total Finished Area

    • Total Fireplaces

    • Unit/Lot Number

    • Year Built

    • Zip

  • At the top of the window click on the Group drop-down and change it from 'Listing' to 'Feature Categories'.

  • In the new list of fields on the left select each one (all of them) and move them over to the right side.

  • The list is now complete.

  • As noted above, it is important that you verify the boxes on the right to make sure that none of them for either 'Short Lbl' or 'Short Val' are checked. They should all be unchecked.

  • Click 'Save'. I have had issues with Paragon not saving the information on occasion so you should verify that your changes were saved by clicking on 'Customize' then 'Fields' again and make sure the list on the right looks like the one you just made.

  • If you have any problems with this MLS setup or with Paragon not saving your list please call or email and I will be glad to help. Click here to contact us.

NOTE: These instructions are for SFR/Condo/Rentals only. Click here to be taken to the instructions specific to exporting multi-family 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.

  • In the search results screen click the green 'Reports' button.

  • Then choose 'Spreadsheets' and then 'Spark - Detached' (or attached or rental depending on what type of property you searched).

  • Click 'Export' then 'Export to CSV'.

  • Select the appropriate box for whether you want to export all in your results or just the selected.

  • Choose Spark as your selected export (or whatever you named the custom export you created) from the drop-down and 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 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).