Below are the instructions you need for the one-time setup of your export file in Northstar.
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 Northstar 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 Northstar 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 SFR/Condo/Rental setup. To see the instructions for the setup specific to multi-family properties click here.
Hover your mouse over 'My Matrix' and select 'Settings'.
Click on 'Custom Exports' then click on 'Add Export'. NOTE: If this is for the multi-family setup, click the drop-down at the top and change it from Single-Family to Multi-Family, then click ‘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.
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 you'll never have to do it again. *All fields below are required.
Above Ground Finished Square Footage
Amenities - Shared
Amenities - Unit
Bath - Full
Bath - Half
Bath - Three Quarters
Bedroom 1 Level
Bedroom 2 Level
Bedroom 3 Level
Bedroom 4 Level
Below Ground Finished Square Footage
Common Wall Yes/No
Date ListPrice Change
Date Status Mod
Dining Room Level
Extra Room 1 Description
Extra Room 1 Level
Extra Room 2 Description
Extra Room 2 Level
Extra Room 3 Description
Extra Room 3 Level
Extra Room 4 Description
Extra Room 4 Level
Extra Room 5 Description
Extra Room 5 Level
Extra Room 6 Description
Extra Room 6 Level
Family Room Level
Financing Terms of Closed Sale
Living Room Level
Number of Fireplaces
Off Market Date
Original List Price
Potential Short Sale
Property Identification (PID)
Total Finished Square Footage
Once the list is complete, click 'Save' and you are done.
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).