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Click here for more information about Spark. Below are the instructions you need for the one-time setup of your export file in NWMLS.

To purchase Spark or get the free trial go to the TOTAL Store page here.

When the one-time file setup is complete and you've purchased Spark (or got the free trial) click here to start using it!  If, for any reason, you have trouble with the file setup in your MLS contact us here for assistance.

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 NWMLS 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.

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

  • Hover your mouse over 'My Matrix' and select 'Settings'.
  • Click on 'Custom Exports' then click on '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. The list is long but once this is set up in your MLS you'll never have to do it again.
    • APN
    • Architecture
    • Association
    • Association Dues
    • Auction
    • Bank Or Real Estate Owned
    • Basement
    • Baths Full Lower
    • Baths Full Total
    • Baths Half Lower
    • Baths Half Total
    • Baths Three Quarter Lower
    • Baths Three Quarter Total
    • Bedrooms Lower
    • Bedrooms Main
    • Bedrooms Upper
    • Building Complex Or Project Name
    • Building Information
    • CDOM
    • City
    • Common Property Features
    • Community
    • Community Features
    • County
    • DOM
    • Energy Source
    • Financing
    • Fireplaces Total
    • Floor Number Of Unit
    • Heating Cooling Type
    • Interior Features
    • Legal Description
    • Listing Date
    • Listing Number
    • Listing Price
    • Lot Square Footage
    • Marketing Comments
    • Number Of Stories In Building
    • Original Price
    • Ownership
    • Parking Assigned Spaces
    • Parking Covered Total
    • Parking Type
    • Pending Date
    • Pool Type
    • Price Change Date
    • School District
    • Sellers Concession
    • Selling Comments
    • Selling Date
    • Selling Price
    • Site Features
    • Special Assessment Amount
    • Square Footage
    • Square Footage Finished
    • Square Footage Unfinished
    • State
    • Status
    • Status Change  Date
    • Street Direction
    • Street Name
    • Street Number
    • Street Number Modifier
    • Street Post Direction
    • Street Suffix
    • Style Code
    • Tax Year
    • Taxes Annual
    • Third Party Approval Required
    • Total Rooms Count
    • Type Of Property
    • Unit
    • Unit Features
    • View
    • Year Built
    • Zip Code
  • 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'. 
  • IMPORTANT: Save as a CSV file.
  • 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).

IMPORTANT FOR MULTI-FAMILY: Spark does not support multi-family in this MLS due to limitations in how NWMLS exports multi-family data. However, there is a work-around to get some of the multi-family information into your report. First, you'll need to set up a multi-family custom export in NWMLS just like you have already done for SFR (using the instructions above). However, many of the fields on the list above that are required for SFR will not be in the multi-family list so just skip any of those. Second, while creating that multi-family export include the following four fields which are not in the above SFR list: Parking Carport Spaces, Parking Uncovered Spaces, Total Units Count, and Units Below Grade. That multi-family export is now complete so make sure and click Save. Now,  you can export the multi-family information like normal (using the export you just created for multi-family properties) but choose the 1004 form in Spark. Even though you chose 1004, Spark will recognize the multi-family data and load as much data as possible into your report given that Spark does not have full support or have access to all the multi-family data in this MLS. Keep in mind that some data, including individual unit information, will not be available so, as always, be sure to verify all of the information. Contact us anytime if you have any questions or problems using this method.