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

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 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

    • Acres

    • Air Conditioning

    • Amenities - Shared

    • Amenities - Unit

    • Association Fee

    • Auction Y/N

    • Basement

    • Bath - Full

    • Bath - Half

    • Bath - Three Quarters

    • Bath Description

    • Bedroom 1 Level

    • Bedroom 2 Level

    • Bedroom 3 Level

    • Bedroom 4 Level

    • Bedrooms

    • Below Ground Finished Square Footage

    • CDOM

    • Closed Date

    • Common Wall Yes/No

    • Community Name

    • Complex/Development/Subdivision Name

    • County

    • Date ListPrice Change

    • Date Status Mod

    • Dining Room Level

    • DOM

    • Exterior

    • 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

    • Fee Frequency

    • Fencing

    • Financing Terms of Closed Sale

    • Foundation Size

    • Fuel

    • Garage Stalls

    • Heating

    • In Foreclosure?

    • Kitchen Level

    • Legal Description

    • Lender Owned

    • List Date

    • List Number

    • List Price

    • Living Room Level

    • Lot Description

    • Manufactured Home?

    • Neighborhood

    • Number of Fireplaces

    • Off Market Date

    • Original List Price

    • Out Buildings

    • Parking Characteristics

    • Pending Date

    • Pool

    • Postal City

    • Potential Short Sale

    • Property Identification (PID)

    • Public Remarks

    • School District

    • Second Unit

    • Seller Contribution

    • Shared Rooms

    • Sold Price

    • State

    • Status

    • Stories

    • Street Address

    • Style

    • Tax Amount

    • Tax Year

    • Total Finished Square Footage

    • Townhouse Characteristics

    • Unit Number

    • Waterfront Frontage

    • Waterfront View

    • Year Built

    • Zip Code

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

Click here for the multi-family 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 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).