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

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 Bright MLS 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 Bright MLS system.  Contact us here if you have problems with the file setup and we'll be glad to help.

NOTE: There is a video where we show you how to set it up which you can also watch. Due to policy and privacy concerns, the only way to watch that video is to first log into Spark at app.sparkforappraisers.com (or through the TOTAL Store Dashboard), then, when you get to the point where it’s time to upload a file, click the ‘Need Help with File Setup?’ button and you’ll see a link to watch the video.

  • Click at the top right where it shows your MLS username in orange (just to the left of 'SUPPORT').

  • Click on the orange 'Account & Settings' button that popped up.

  • On this next screen find 'MLS Settings (toward the bottom) and click on it.

  • Now click on 'Custom Exports' then click on 'Add Export'.

  • Name the export 'Spark' (you will have to repeat this process for multi-family as well so when you're doing it for multi-family name it 'Spark Multi-Family').

  • 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.
  • Click on each of the following categories individually and click 'Add' after each one. Once you are done, the categories will appear on the right side of the window. The list is long but once this is set up in your MLS you'll never have to do it again.

    • Above Grade Finished SQFT

    • Agreement of Sale Date

    • Amenities (DO NOT INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY EXPORT SETUP)

    • Association Fee Frequency

    • Basement

    • Basement Finished Percent

    • Basement Type

    • Bathrooms Full

    • Bathrooms Half

    • Beds

    • Below Grade Finished SQFT

    • Below Grade Unfinished SQFT

    • Buyer Financing

    • CDOM

    • City

    • Close Date

    • Close Price

    • Close Sale Terms

    • Common Walls

    • Concessions Amt

    • Concessions YN

    • Condo/Coop Fee (DO NOT INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY EXPORT SETUP)

    • Condo/Coop Fee Freq (DO NOT INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY EXPORT SETUP)

    • Condo/Coop Name (DO NOT INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY EXPORT SETUP)

    • Cooling Fuel

    • Cooling Type

    • County

    • Disclosures

    • DOM

    • Electric Service

    • Entry Floor Number

    • Exterior Features

    • Fencing

    • Fireplaces Total

    • Floors in Unit Count

    • Full Street Address

    • Garage

    • Garage Type

    • Heating Fuel

    • Heating Type

    • HOA Fee

    • HOA Fee Includes

    • HOA Name

    • Interior Features

    • Legal Subdivision

    • Levels/Stories

    • List Price

    • Listing Entry Date

    • Location Type

    • Lot Features

    • Lot Size Acres

    • Lot Size SqFt (DO NOT INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY EXPORT SETUP)

    • Lower Levels Total Bedrooms

    • Lower Levels Total Full Baths

    • Lower Levels Total Half Baths

    • MLS Number

    • Non-Garage Parking Spaces

    • Num Attached Carport Spaces

    • Num Attached Garage Spaces

    • Num Detached Carport Spaces

    • Num Detached Garage Spaces

    • Num Parking Spaces

    • **ONLY INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY EXPORT (One Bedroom Units)

    • Original List Price

    • Other Structures

    • Outdoor Living Structures

    • Ownership Interest (DO NOT INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY EXPORT SETUP)

    • Parking Features

    • Parking Types

    • Personal Pool Features

    • Pool

    • Postal Code

    • Price Change Timestamp

    • Property Type

    • Public Remarks

    • Room Count

    • Rooms Total

    • Sale Type

    • School District Name County State

    • Sewer Septic

    • **ONLY INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY EXPORT (Single Room Units)

    • Status (Single Line)

    • Status Change Timestamp

    • Structure Type

    • Style

    • Tax Annual Amount

    • Tax ID

    • Tax Year

    • **ONLY INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY EXPORT (Three Bedroom Units)

    • Total Garage And Parking Spaces

    • Total Garage Spaces

    • **ONLY INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY EXPORT (Two Bedroom Units)

    • **ONLY INCLUDE IN MULTI-FAMILY EXPORT (Unit Count)

    • Unit Number

    • Views

    • Water Frontage Length

    • Water Source

    • Waterfront Freatures

    • Window Features

    • Year Built

    • Zoning

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

  • You will need to repeat the above steps to create the Spark Multi-Family export if you want it.

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).

IMPORTANT FOR MULTI-FAMILY: Spark will work with multi-family forms, however, your MLS does not allow exporting of all of the necessary multi-family data so Spark will load in as much as it can, but you will have some fields with no information. If and when your MLS provides data for the rest of the fields, we will update accordingly. To use Spark with multi-family properties, do the following:

Export the information using the Spark MultiFamily export you made above. Then, be sure that, when you’re in Spark, you choose the 1025 form before you load in your data so that the data loads in correctly. Keep in mind that some data, including individual unit information, will not be available and some property feature information (e.g. pools, fireplaces, etc) that works fine for SFR and Condos may not be exported from the MLS the same when it comes to multi-family. Be sure to verify all of the information.