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 Post subject: Re: Introducing DaftDrop.com
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:57 am 
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Looks good - one small tip - it annoys me on DAFT - in the drop down list : Remove "Co." from "Co. Antrim, Co Dublin" so you can just hit D for Dublin?

In any case a really well executed site


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 Post subject: Re: Introducing DaftDrop.com
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:17 am 
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doubleglaze wrote:
I then did a search for price drops in a certain area of County Galway between 1 January 2010 and 1 July 2011 and was only given the price drops in that area for 2011 (up to 25 June), despite the fact that I know price drops occurred in 2010 in that area.


Hi doubleglaze,

thanks for the feedback! There's a couple of reasons. Firstly, it's only been tracking data since May, so only price detections that occurred from there on are known. Also, I used the phrase "Search for houses having price changes that occurred between" because that's what it does -- these houses in your results have had prince changes between your dates -- but if a house has also had a price change *after* your chosen dates, then that'll also be considered in the results and organised by date accordingly. It's a bit confusing but I felt it more useful to be like this.



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 Post subject: Re: Introducing DaftDrop.com
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:18 am 
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mambo wrote:
greentree wrote:
A price rise is shown in red with a minus symbol. This may be confusing when/if the market stagnates or, God forbid, starts rising!


Yes, shouldn't a price drop be in red with a minus, and a price rise a plus? This seems counterintuitive.



If you ask me, green means 'good' and red means 'bad'...unless you're a seller/estate agent ;) ...

Easily changed though, I'll see what others think...

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 Post subject: Re: Introducing DaftDrop.com
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:21 am 
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credmond wrote:
mambo wrote:
greentree wrote:
A price rise is shown in red with a minus symbol. This may be confusing when/if the market stagnates or, God forbid, starts rising!


Yes, shouldn't a price drop be in red with a minus, and a price rise a plus? This seems counterintuitive.



If you ask me, green means 'good' and red means 'bad'...unless you're a seller/estate agent ;) ...

Easily changed though, I'll see what others think...


Maybe drop the colours, since price drops are good for some and bad for others?
But shouldn't a drop by MINUS, and a rise be PLUS?

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 Post subject: Re: Introducing DaftDrop.com
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:23 am 
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mambo wrote:
Nice work. One small gripe, the "Example: Howth" on the search form, could that disappear earlier (e.g. when you first click any of the fields on the form), as it is it looks as if you have to manually clear it every time (even though you don't)

Also, you can search for drops from, say, 2005, but when are the drops ACTUALLY recorded from? Only 2011? Perhaps this could be made clearer (e.g. prevent user selecting a "From" date before the date drops are actually recorded from).

And could the date fields allow manual entry (i.e. typing in a date)? (The jQuery Datepicker control allows this)


All great points also, thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Introducing DaftDrop.com
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:15 pm 
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Nanda Devi wrote:
Great stuff. Would definitely use it. Possibly silly question considering the name, but are you scraping (or however it works) myhome.ie as well. Made a huge difference when Irish Property Watch.com started covering that as well as SherryFitz won't use Daft.


Hi,

No, I decided as a one man operation I probably wouldn't have the time to maintain both scrapers, and I didn't really see the benefits. BUT, SherryFitz do list on daft.ie, I'm sure of it: http://www.daft.ie/sherryfitzogormanoreilly ... am I missing something?



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 Post subject: Re: Introducing DaftDrop.com
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:29 pm 
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Good site, well done.

I would make similar comment re colors in that red normally means drop and green increase. people wanting price drops would quickly reconcile the red with the price drop being good for them.

Hope you keep this up as it would be great to have something like this, with data going back a few years.


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 Post subject: Re: Introducing DaftDrop.com
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:50 pm 
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I've addressed several of the issues mentioned in this thread. More to come.

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 Post subject: Re: Introducing DaftDrop.com
PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:13 am 
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Several more improvements / fixes for anyone interested.

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 Post subject: Re: Introducing DaftDrop.com
PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:40 am 
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Nice job, works well. A few more minor suggestions:

* In the search results, the headings don't line up correcly over the data (e.g. "Beds"). Perhaps left justify the headings if the data is left justified, and right justify if the data is right-justified?
* Put "€" in front of any euro amounts
* Format percentages with a fixed number of decimal places (1 may be enough?)
* Instead of "in the Co. ZZZZZ area", simplify to "in Co. ZZZZZ".
* Default search county to Dublin, rather than Antrim.
* Add a "favicon" for the site

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