What is web scraping and what are the benefits of scraping Zillow?
Web Scraping is the process of automatically extracting large amounts of data from websites using software. Such software are called web scrapers or web scraping software. There are numerous benefits of scraping real estate data from Zillow as well as from other real estate websites like Realtor, Trulia etc.
It helps in making informed real estate investment decisions, monitoring property market in terms of prices, rental yields, vacancy rates etc. and also aggregating data related to properties from multiple sources. For realtors (or real estate agents) this data helps them serve clients better by finding properties which match their requirements and budget.
How to scrape property data from Zillow listings?
WebHarvy is a visual web scraping software which can be used to easily scrape data from any website. You may download and install WebHarvy in your computer and use it to scrape property data from any real estate website.
WebHarvy can be used to scrape the following property details from Zillow.
- - Property Address
- - Sale Price, Rental Price
- - Zestimate
- - Beds, Baths
- - Area, Parking Spaces
- - Amenities
- - Pricing and Tax History
- - Neighborhood details
- - Agent, Owner contact details
- - Days on Zillow, Year Built etc.
- - Property Images
- - Property Location (latitude, longitude)
- - etc.
WebHarvy contains a built-in browser using which you can load and navigate web pages. To scrape data from Zillow, load within WebHarvy the property listings page at Zillow from which you need to scrape data and click on the start configuration button. (Know More)
You can then click and select the data which you need to scrape from the page as shown in the above image. You can also follow links to open the individual property details pages and scrape additional data.
Scraping Owner Phone Numbers from Zillow FSBO listings
The following video shows how owner phone numbers can be extracted from Zillow's For Sale by Owner (FSBO) listings.
Scraping Real Estate Agent Contact Details
The video displayed below shows how real estate agent contact details including name, address, phone number and website can be extracted from Zillow listings.
Downloading Property Images from Zillow
In addition to scraping text, email addresses, URLs and content from HTML source of web pages, WebHarvy also supports downloading images. Multiple property images displayed by real estate websites can be automatically downloaded. Know more about scraping images.
The video displayed below shows how multiple property images from Zillow listings can be automatically downloaded using WebHarvy. The regular expression string used in the video to scrape images is src="([^"]*)
How to scrape property location (latitude, longitude) from Zillow?
The location of properties listed on Zillow can be scraped from the HTML source code of the listings page using Regular Expressions. The video given below shows the steps which needs to be followed. The RegEx strings used to select latitude and longitude values can be found in the video description.
Scraping property data for a list of addresses
If you have a list of property addresses and need to extract property details from Zillow for each of them, then the keyword scraping feature of WebHarvy can be used. The following video demonstrates the steps involved.