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A Sunday Spent Web Scraping

December 14th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

Scraper

I had some free time today so I thought it would be fun to write a quick little web scraper to alert me if any new land comes up for sale near where I grew up. I guess you could boil the reasoning down to a little bit town-gossip and a little bit curiosity. Finding out that Farmer John is selling the old homestead makes for interesting Xmas dinner conversations :)

The code currently scrapes the Remax website once a day looking for any properties withing a specific radius of my set middle-point and will ignore any town addresses.

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Glass

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Specific Gravity

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Done

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