We’ve all been there: you scan your phone throughout the weekend looking for open houses, only to be disappointed when you actually drive through one of the neighborhoods (this part of town doesn’t seem too safe) or notice that the home you’re in doesn’t quite look like the one you saw online or on your mobile app (the bedrooms are so small!). You aren’t alone. It’s a common problem that we at Trulia wanted to help solve. And that’s why we’re excited to announce the redesign of our iPhone and Android apps, just in time for the spring house hunting season.
According to NAR, the real estate information buyers find on their mobile devices is now just as important as visiting an actual open house. With the newly redesigned iPhone and Android apps, house hunters can get some of their Sundays back. Instead of schlepping through a slew of open homes that may or may not actually help with their search, home buyers will now get must-see properties – the best of the best – which means less time driving around in a car and more time working on an offer.
We believe our apps are now so visual and immersive; it’s almost like being at the open house without even leaving your couch. Everything you want and need for your house hunt is in one place:
At Trulia we’re all about giving our consumers the inside scoop on their home search. That’s why we’re incorporating the latest Google Maps Android API in our Android app to give users a more seamless experience when searching for a place to buy or rent on-the-go.
Starting tomorrow, Trulia’s free Android app for mobile and tablets will feature a more interactive map, powered by the new Google Maps Android API, allowing Trulia users to easily navigate 2D or 3D views to discover crime, school attendance zones, and nearby amenities like restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores. This information provides users with the inside scoop and allows them to compare neighborhoods, while making their home search easy and fun.
Trulia’s Android apps provide home facts, listing details, and open house info for homes and rentals on the market across the US. Some of the key features include vivid photo slideshows, real-time notifications for saved homes and searches, and local neighborhood info to help consumers find the right place to live.
In addition to the new Google Maps Android API, we’ve also added a mortgage center tool to help you easily determine whether you can afford the house you have your eye on. Key features include:
Mobile devices are increasingly critical to home hunters and real estate professionals. We are the leading mobile platform for the home search process as 30% of Trulia’s traffic comes from mobile on an average week. According to our research, consumers using mobile devices are more likely to contact a real estate professional, and at times during the peak hours on the weekend (when most people are on-the-go visiting open houses) our mobile traffic surpasses online traffic.
The new upgrade comes just in time for the holidays, when people will be furiously downloading apps onto their new Android devices. If you’re shopping for an Android device for someone on your gift list, make sure you download Trulia’s Android app to help them with their 2013 home search. And as always, we value your feedback. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how much you love the app or if you have any questions.0 comments
Earlier today, Trulia opened its home to the local community as part of the OpenCo San Francisco initiative. Danielle Farnedi, Trulia’s Vice President of Engineering, presented an overview of Trulia and its history in San Francisco. Danielle also shared the narrative of Trulia’s culture of product innovation in context of the rapidly changing real estate industry, and the company’s efforts to deliver the inside scoop to consumers.
Trulia is one of many San Francsico-based companies that is active in the local tech community, benefiting from the unique collection of social, creative and technical talent that the region offers, while also working to give back to the community in the process. The company was founded in San Francisco in 2005 and since being headquartered in neighborhoods such as the Mission District and Potrero Hill, today the company calls the vibrant South of Market neighborhood home.
Finding a place to live can be challenging and stressful – it’s the problem that the company was created to solve. In the 1990’s searching for a home was primarily an offline experience, where consumers searched in newspapers and apartment guides enduring a relatively grueling process. As the Internet grew, listings became available online in the early 2000’s. Today, Trulia provides more than just listings and information, delivering real insights for consumers who are trying to find the right place to live.
So what does “insight” mean in this case? It’s bringing data and neighborhoods to life for consumers in a simple, visual format. For example, Trulia commute maps make it easy to determine what areas have convenient access to work. Trulia users can view school district rankings and crime heat maps that highlight safe neighborhoods.
As Danielle mentioned in the presentation, when looking at properties people ask themselves, “How much time will I spend in the car going to work and will my children be safe on their way to and from a quality school?” These are the important questions that that Trulia helps answer.
Trulia was happy to participate in the inaugural OpenCoSF initiative and looks forward to the growth of the program and further engagement with the San Francisco tech community.0 comments
This morning, Trulia’s COO Paul Levine spoke at the White House’s “Safety Datapalooza.” Hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement, Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation, this event 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.
In his remarks, Paul shared how Trulia is providing the inside scoop on what it is like to live in cities and neighborhood blocks across the country by leveraging open government data — made available through the Obama Administration’s Safety Data Initiative — on critical neighborhood information such as crime and commutes, into dynamic, interactive maps. Specifically, he demoed how Trulia’s crime map and commute map have helped homebuyers and renters make smarter real estate decisions.
Also speaking was Sha Hwang, Design Technologist at Trulia, who lead the Data Visualization Workshop for Journalists that Trulia co-hosted at our San Francisco office with Fast Company’s Co.Design, O’Reilly Media and Hacks/Hackers. He teamed up with Chrys Wu at Hacks/Hackers to recap the workshops and talk about the fields of data visualizations and data journalism.
Other speakers at the Safety Datapalooza include The Honorable John Pocari, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation; The Honorable Seth D. Harris, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor; The Honorable Marcia McNutt,Director, U.S. Geological Survey; and Todd Park, Assistant to the President,U.S. Chief Technology Officer.0 comments