On Sunday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Ed Lee the Mayor of San Francisco, will present a new housing data reporting standard that will drastically improve public access to building and health code enforcement information. By creating a uniform format, which they are calling the House Facts Data Standard, data that is stored in cities throughout the country in a multitude of formats will be made widely available for the first time.
Increasing transparency in real estate is core to Trulia’s mission, so any effort to enable consumers to make smarter, more informed decisions about where they want to live aligns perfectly with the company’s efforts.
Trulia will be working with the City of San Francisco and its partners to make this information available on its site, along with all the information that is already available today, ranging from insights on properties and neighborhoods to regional data such as commute times, crime, and environmental risks.
Housing violation visualization of San Francisco
Trulia already works with agencies such as the USGS, to make information about environmental risks available. Enhanced maps that include earthquake data, as well as flood zones and rental prices were launched in May.
Housing information on Trulia property display page
Last September, Trulia COO Paul Levine participated in “Safety Datapalooza” at the White House, which highlighted innovators from the private, nonprofit and academic sectors who have utilized freely available government data to build products, services and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways.
As a follow-up, during October of 2012, Trulia was honored to host Todd Park, the CTO of the United States, to discuss how Trulia uses government data today and what would be possible in the future, as more information becomes available.
As a company, continues to pioneer working with local and federal agencies to make useful real estate information more widely available to consumers.