These are projects posted by the students of Dr. Gove Allen at Brigham Young University. These students have taken one semester-long course on VBA and generally have had no prior programming experience

Friday, April 13, 2012

House For Rent - KSL Classifieds Web Scraper

I have recently begun a new job as the Director of Acquisitions for a private equity real estate firm that is investing in single family homes in Salt Lake County. In assessing the investment potential of each home, it is very important to be familiar with the current rent potential for each neighborhood, submarket, etc. In order to gain the necessary market knowledge to make prudent investment decisions, I am very interested in researching the available homes for rent on ksl.com in a manner that allows for quick access and aggregation.

With this in mind, I have sought to build a web scraping tool that goes into ksl.com’s classifieds and searches for homes for rent along the Wasatch Front. The tool will then import that information into a spreadsheet where it can be aggregated, sorted, and manipulated for purposes that relate more specifically to my employment.

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