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Master Geek


# 79150 13-Mar-2011 20:41
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Gidday

I've been looking for a rental in Auckland the past couple of weeks and am continuously surprised by the lack of a tool from trademe to show properties on a map (I know which areas/roads I want to live on/near) - saves me clicking through a ton of properties marked Mt Eden that are on the wrong side of Balmoral road (for my personal requirements).

So using the power of the intertubes.. err Yahoo Pipes and the (needing a bit of work) Trademe API, I barfed up something that mostly works.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/davidjroos/trademe_rentals



  • To find the District and Suburb codes, search on Trademe.co.nz for properties in that area - the search URL will contain the following: '&135=[DISTRICT]&136=[SUBURB]&'.

  • Leave any value empty to return all results for that field.

  • You can search multiple suburbs using a comma between codes, eg: '123,456'.

  • API limits results to 50.

  • Geo positioning data is only as accurate as what Trademe provides per property.



If they do have such a tool, I feel a bit of a fool, but I had (mostly) fun making it anyway.

If anyone can think of a way to parse out the District and Suburb info from here and present it in a nice way, please let me know. All I can think of is doing it manually or with another pipes setup and creating a custom web page front end (pipes doesn't have a way to enable user input from drop down lists).

If you want to modify it, this page is probably going to be helpful.

If anyone from Trademe is reading this, why the hell haven't you implemented this? Give me lots of monies and I'll tell you how Cool. Also, your XML data is perhaps borked, as pipes can't read it (it has no trouble with the JSON fortunately)

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  # 448049 13-Mar-2011 20:55
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Here is an example search (for Eden Terrace, Grafton, Newton, Ponsonby)

(Another quick way to get suburbs is to use the Advanced property search - all suburbs will show up as the '&136=', one after the other. Makes it a tad bit easier)


 

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  # 448053 13-Mar-2011 21:27
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Looks GREAT, how easy would it be to modify this to look instead at houses for sale?

Cheers - N




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  # 448057 13-Mar-2011 21:45
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I was just thinking the same thing earlier... should be a doddle actually.

Update:

It uses a different JSON source, (replace Rental.json with OpenHomes.json in the URL builder). I'd have to modify it a bit - swapping out the data source doesn't work automagically unfortunately. Sounds like a project for tomorrow.

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  # 448060 13-Mar-2011 21:59
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  # 448065 13-Mar-2011 22:26
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  # 448067 13-Mar-2011 22:28
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tomgeeknz: http://findmyflat.co.nz/


Well that is much nicer :D Big ups to whoever did that, now mine looks terrible >_>

Like I said, I had fun :P 

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  # 448074 13-Mar-2011 23:10
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  # 448084 14-Mar-2011 00:29
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also sounds similar to this
http://www.suburbview.co.nz/


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  # 448117 14-Mar-2011 09:17
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You can never have too many wheels. Re-invention's fun :)

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  # 448173 14-Mar-2011 11:58
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timmmay: You can never have too many wheels. Re-invention's fun :)


I'm not complaining :)

Google Places did really well (discontinued now), and I used it heavily to find my new place (renting).

A feature that is missing is the ability to save points of interest that are important to me such as where I work, the gym I go to, my favourite bar etc.  Have each listing ranked on a 1-100 scale, for example one house might be right next to my work, but far away from the gym, so it only ranks 95, whereas something right in the middle would get 99.

It would also be good to have a shopping list, so I could mark properties that are unsuitable, for whatever reason, and if I need to, I can make a comment so I know why I've crossed it off.

I would happily pay for the above service, mapping rental properties geospatially is far easier than looking at a property manager's Excel list :/

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  # 448299 14-Mar-2011 19:08
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I'm glad for this thread, I found some resources I will save for later :D

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