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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 Multi-Family 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 setup instructions are for Multi-Family. Click here for the SFR/Condo/Rental setup.

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

  • Click on 'Custom Exports' then click the drop-down you’ll see to change it from Single-Family to Multi-Family. Then click on 'Add Export'.

  • Name the export 'Spark MultiFamily'.

  • 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. ***ALSO, all fields in this list are required. Do not add extra fields and do not leave any of these fields out***

    • Acres

    • Amenities - Shrd

    • Amenities - Unit

    • AuctYN

    • Basement

    • CDOM

    • Closed Date

    • Complex/Development/Subdivision

    • County

    • Date ListPrice Change

    • Date Status Mod

    • DOM

    • Fencing

    • Financing Terms of Sale

    • Finished Square Footage - Below Ground

    • Foundation Size

    • Fuel Type

    • Garage Stalls

    • Heat System

    • In Foreclosure?

    • Legal Description

    • Lender Owned

    • List #

    • List Date

    • List Price

    • Number Of Fireplaces

    • Off Market Date

    • Original List Price

    • Parking Characteristics

    • Pending Date

    • pooldescription

    • Postal City

    • Potential Short Sale

    • Property Identification Number (PID)

    • Public Remarks

    • School District

    • Seller Contribution

    • Shared Rooms

    • Sold Price

    • State

    • Status

    • Stories

    • Street Address

    • Style

    • Tax Amount

    • Tax Year

    • Unit 1 Air Conditioning

    • Unit 1 Amenities

    • Unit 1 Bath 3QTR

    • Unit 1 Bath Full

    • Unit 1 Bath Half

    • Unit 1 Bedrooms-Total

    • Unit 1 Fireplaces Number

    • Unit 1 Monthly Rent

    • Unit 1 Number of Units

    • Unit 1 Square Feet

    • Unit 1 Total Rooms

    • Unit 2 Air Conditioning

    • Unit 2 Amenities

    • Unit 2 Bath 3QTR

    • Unit 2 Bath Full

    • Unit 2 Bath Half

    • Unit 2 Bedrooms Total

    • Unit 2 Fireplaces Number

    • Unit 2 Monthly Rent

    • Unit 2 Number of Units

    • Unit 2 Square Feet

    • Unit 2 Total Rooms

    • Unit 3 Air Conditioning

    • Unit 3 Amenities

    • Unit 3 Bath 3QTR

    • Unit 3 Baths Full

    • Unit 3 Baths Half

    • Unit 3 Bedrooms Total

    • Unit 3 Fireplaces Number

    • Unit 3 Monthly Rent

    • Unit 3 Number of Units

    • Unit 3 Square Feet

    • Unit 3 Total Rooms

    • Unit 4 Air Conditioning

    • Unit 4 Amenities

    • Unit 4 Baths 3QTR

    • Unit 4 Baths Full

    • Unit 4 Baths Half

    • Unit 4 Bedrooms Total

    • Unit 4 Fireplaces Number

    • Unit 4 Monthly Rent

    • Unit 4 Number of Units

    • Unit 4 Square Feet

    • Unit 4 Total Rooms

    • Units - Total

    • Waterfront Frontage

    • Waterfront View

    • Year Built

    • Zip Code

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

These are the instructions for the Multi-Family custom export. Click here for the SFR/Condo/Rental 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 MultiFamily' 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).