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

If, for any reason, you have trouble with the file setup below or with the data going into Spark, contact us here for assistance.

One-Time Export Setup for use in the GAAR / SWMLS Flex 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.

You can either watch the above video or follow the instructions below to complete the one-time setup for Spark in the GAAR / SWMLS Flex system.  Contact us here if you have problems with the file setup and we will be glad to help.

  • Click the Menu button in the top left. Then find the 'Preferences' section below and select 'My Exports' within that section.

  • Select 'New'.

  • Name the export 'Spark', make sure 'Detail group names show in front of the detail name' is selected and that 'Residential' is also selected and click 'Next'. NOTE: This entire process will need to be repeated if you want to use Spark with Multi-Family properties. If so, then when creating the Multi-Family export choose that option rather than Residential.

  • In the left window left-click the very top field.

  • Then scroll down to the very bottom of that list.

  • Hold down the 'Shift' key on your keyboard and then left-click the very bottom field. This will select every field. Now let go of the 'Shift' key.

  • Click the 'Add' button below the left window and this will move every field over to the right column.

  • If it looks like all of the fields have been populated into the right column click 'Next' and wait a few seconds until the MLS loads back up to the 'My Exports' screen.

  • Spark should now be an available export template and you are done with the 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.

  • Click 'Export' at the top right.

  • Verify that 'Export all matches' is selected or if you selected just the properties that you want to export from a larger list, by putting a checkbox next to each one, then choose 'Export selected matches'.

  • Click 'Custom Text Export' and choose the export you created which should be named 'Spark'.

  • Type in the verification text and click 'Export'.

  • Save the file by whichever file name and into whichever folder you prefer (depending on your 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).