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  1. Fine. I'm going to stop talking about this. Final word: I really do wish you success so hope you are putting some serious thought into avoiding unwanted attention. I've not seen Property Lion yet, but if it involves a website it'll be a bigger target than a browser plugin, and more centralised, so I think your risk is substantially higher.
  2. Honestly - why do I have to be so negative? Web sites get shut down all the time for screenscraping. I'd love to see this - but if you guys put a whole bunch of effort into building it and it's super useful, but you've not considered how to mitigate this kind of risk - who wins? Please don't shoot the messenger.
  3. The issue here is if a company decides to fire you a cease-and-desist, it's going to be expensive and stressful to try to prove that point.
  4. The LR data is clearly publicly available. You'd need to parse RMs T&Cs carefully to be sure screenscraped data (even done on a per-browser basis) wasn't in violation: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/this-site/terms-of-use.html In particular the following prevented me from writing a scraper and doing it myself: You must not use or attempt to use any automated program (including, without limitation, any spider or other web crawler) to access our system or this Site. You must not use any scraping technology on the Site. Any such use or attempted use of an automated program shall be a misuse of our system and this Site. Obtaining access to any part of our system or this Site by means of any such automated programs is strictly unauthorised.
  5. Thanks guys. Makes perfect sense. And propertylog looks much cleaner indeed. Also (as a quantitative-y developer myself) - I always wondered why neither of these tools (property bee or property tracker) ever had a separate web presence where they displayed aggregate area stats on the collected data (e.g. average drop, time to sell, possibly joined with LR data in a smart way to do a asking vs sold index). I kind of assumed it was because it would be too obviously against the T&Cs - but maybe it was also that they never got around to it. Hoping that's what property lion will do.
  6. Propertylog looks very nice - in particular the presentation is very clean. However I was wondering - do you guys know there's a seemingly decent plugin already for Chrome (property tracker) that's been running for a couple of years? And if so, I was wondering how propertylog plans to differentiate itself?
  7. The FT now has a story confirming the 0.8% number: https://www.ft.com/content/d2f9315a-5c9d-11e8-9334-2218e7146b04 However it points out that there is significant regional divergence and that London (-0.2%) and the SE (-0.1%) are both yoy negative for the first time since 2011.
  8. Any thoughts on how to publicise this more widely? Anyone know anyone at Generation Rent or Priced Out?
  9. I've just given in too after reading this site for >10 years. Although we did get nearly 15% off the asking price, it was still insanely overpriced. Still hoping for the crash for younger friends or a possible step up in size.
  10. This sounds good. But - how are you getting hold of the data? If you're regularly scraping from RM, presumably they may notice and block you at some point? It seems like the smart thing about property bee/equiv plugin on chrome is that the prices are collected in a distributed manner that makes it much harder for RM to block. Interested in testing this - I'm a linux dev.
  11. I'm not sure it's yet big enough, or sufficiently entangled with the real economy to cause a crunch. However a collapse seems highly likely.
  12. It's not true that everyone uses an exchange. Most people I know who understand the tech do not - they use cold storage, or a hardware wallet. This is the anticipated (by the developers) way to store BTC - but it is also not yet ready for general participation by more naive participants.
  13. Playing devil's advocate for a moment, there are lots of efforts in progress to fix scaling at the moment. From things like LN and Raiden, to new blockchains. At least some of them look very sensible and practical - and it's highly likely that at least a few will make it to a reliable production deployment. Bitcoin is a victim of its own success - it's not (in terms of development progress) supposed to be this big and popular yet.
  14. I'm not sure governments have the means to stop a distributed cryptocurrency altogether: witness the continued existence of the dark web. But they could certainly legislate to make participation difficult or illegal. There's also a huge amount of innovation in the space at present: if they govt had started bitcoin (which I don't believe), it's certainly spun far out of their control already.
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