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is there any way to get a cached version of the info of a certain house?

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By the way, the home pages are static; it is only the lookup pages that reference the home pages that are dynamic.
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September 22 2009
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Zillow doesn't even need to provide the Caching, others will do that if there are some static pages to find all the home pages.

Of course there is no need for archiving photos; Zillow saves all photos loaded forever and does not change their web address; but there is no index to them, so if you want to find it again, you need to save the address yourself, or post it in the discussions.

The biggest reasons I want the static index pages are:
1) better searching of the site
2) being able to find a Zillow Property Identification number without having to use the map interface.
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September 22 2009

   Having design and program websites for 15 years (plus helped on buidling Googles search engine), I understand that sites such as Zillow are powered by databases which it get its "dynamic" content. The archive websites usually only get "static" content that is why if you look at the different months or even days of say Yahoo.com or MSN.com, you will notice different content.

I applied for the Zillow API but have not look at the site code yet, so I don't know if they use any spider rules on certain sections of their sites such as using norobots.txt.

    I am not guaranteeing that archive.org or other archive sites would have them, but it is worth giving it a quick shot. You are absolutely correct that it would be convenient to be able to have Zillow provide cache versions of home information.
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September 22 2009
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I believe you will have the same problem with archive.ord and Wayback Machine.  If their crawler cannot fully crawl the site, they cannot archive the pages they didn't crawl, thus they really are relying on external links to these pages.

Zillow could fix this by adding some fixed reference index pages.  I've suggested it to them, but they have not responded.  If more people would ask for such a thing, they may decide it is more of a priority.
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September 22 2009

   There are some websites that archive old websites like archive.org and Wayback Machine that might have the archived pages. 

    I am also looking for some old Zillow pages that show a place that I opened escrow on which listed an additional bedroom and other illegal additions.  Somehow the house was taken off the market since the information is no longer there.  Good luck and hope this helps.
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September 22 2009
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Sometimes.  Google's crawler cannot crawl all of Zillow's pages as the pages that link to the house pages are dynamically created rather than perminant.

If Google's crawler crawled it, Google's crawler created a Cache copy.

Thus use Google's advanced search and limit the domain to the pages of interest.  If Google crawled it, the page should show up and the Cached copy made available.  It might be as much as 2 months old.
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