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Trulia Re-“Leases” Its New iPad Rentals Application

For The First Time On iOS, Renters Can Use Trulia’s Interactive Heat Maps to Pinpoint Rental Prices and Other Local Information 

Today Trulia launches its first dedicated iPad rentals application – titled Trulia Rentals-Find Homes and Apartments for Rent –  to reach a rapidly growing rentals audience. Trulia’s rental and mobile business is growing quickly. In Q1 the company’s monthly rental visitors were up more than 100 percent year-over-year, with mobile visitors almost tripling year-over-year. And it didn’t stop there: Email leads to agents sent through Trulia also nearly tripled year-over-year in Q1, with the majority coming from mobile devices.

With the universal app optimized for iPad, renters can access Trulia’s widely popular heat maps for rental prices, nearby amenities, schools, crime, commute, and natural disasters to find the perfect place to live while taking advantage of iPad’s stunning visual interface.

Heat Map Showing Rental Prices

Heat Map Showing Rental Prices

With more than one third of Americans renting homes or apartments, Trulia’s iPad rental app keeps users up to date on the hottest rental listings, so they can stay ahead of the game. Other key features include:

  • Color-coded Listings: Because time is of the essence when finding the right rental, all apartment and home rental listings are color-coded, allowing renters to identify which properties are new and which ones have already been viewed.
Color Coded Map Marker

Color Coded Map Marker

  • Draw Search: Users with a particular neighborhood in mind can utilize Trulia’s iPad app drawing feature which gives them the option to trace desired locations on a map, keeping the focus of their rental search on a specific area.
Draw Search Feature

Draw Search Feature

  • Heat Maps: With Trulia’s large, colorful heat maps – which highlight rental prices, nearby amenities, top-rated schools, crime levels, commutes and natural disasters – renters can ensure they’re choosing the right property.
Crime Heat Map of San Francisco

Crime Heat Map of San Francisco

  • Large Photos: Taking advantage of iPad’s Retina Display, property listing pages have been built to showcase beautiful, large HD photos and thumbnails for quick scrolling. Users can also interact with photos in the full screen photo gallery by pinching and zooming to see more or less.
Large Photo of a Rental Listing

Large Photo of a Rental Listing

  • One-Step Sharing: Renters can text or email apartments they like to family members or friends with one easy tap.
Sharing a Listing

Sharing a Listing

Trulia’s iPad Rentals app is available for download now in the iTunes store. For more information on Trulia’s suite of mobile products visit www.trulia.com/mobile.

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Trulia Revamps iPad App To Give Mobile Users Everything They Need and Want

Today we are excited to announce that Trulia’s top-rated iPad app has received a major overhaul. We listened to feedback from our users and incorporated user behavior data from our updated iPhone app to identify which features users love and interact with the most. Combined with our intuitive, user-friendly design, Trulia has created an even more visual and engaging way for home buyers to search for properties and get the inside scoop on neighborhoods.

The market is heating up, and 75% of people we recently surveyed think that it’s better to buy a home now than a year from now. With that in mind, we’re revamping the iPad experience to give users the tools they need to find their perfect place to live.

Let’s dig into the details on what’s new!

Updated listing pages – The listing pages for each property have been beautifully updated to showcase large HD photos, as well as thumbnails for quick scrolling. Users can also interact with photos in the full screen photo gallery by pinching and zooming to see more or less.

Other new features include:

Navigation menu – The new menu is simplified and streamlined, allowing users to easily search for properties for sale or rent, view their favorite homes, find saved searches, see open houses, and more.

Color-coded map markers – Utilizing colored markers, users can easily distinguish the newest properties for sale: Green represents unviewed homes that have just come on the market, black is used for all other unviewed homes, while a grey marker denotes properties that have already been seen.

Nearby map and local info, including median price and school ratings, displayed directly on the property pages – This information was previously only on the property results map. Now, each individual listing page gives users more of the inside scoop on properties and neighborhoods.

My Saves section – Prior to the update, this feature was split between the results map and search filters. Now, users view their favorite properties and saved searches all in one place that’s easily accessible from the new navigation menu.

You can download the new iPad app here. User feedback is important to us, so let us know what you think of the app by emailing ipad@trulia.com.


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Trulia Now Offers Personalized, Real-Time Mortgage Quotes with Trulia Mortgage Center

Today, we are excited to launch our newest product aimed at helping consumers tackle the number one obstacle to buying a home: getting a mortgage.

The Trulia Mortgage Center, simultaneously released online, along with free dedicated iPhone and iPad apps, delivers the inside scoop on financing rates for homebuyers and homeowners. By providing personalized mortgage quotes that are updated in real-time and presented with detailed information about each quote, this new mortgage marketplace aims to help consumers find the best financing deal. Additionally, the Trulia Mortgage Center comes complete with online educational guides to help people understand the real costs of homeownership, the basics of borrowing and what happens after you make an offer.

Trulia Mortgage Center offers:

  • Personalized Quotes: Input your property location, loan purpose, home price, down payment, credit score, and property type to get a custom mortgage quote that fits your needs. Sort by lowest fees, APR, rate or payment for a more customized search.
Trulia Mortgage Center Personalized Quotes
  • Real-Time Estimated Payments: Get rates that are updated in real-time for the most accurate estimated payment possible.
Trulia Mortgage Center Real-Time Payment Quotes
  • Connect with Lenders: Learn about and connect with lenders about a specific quote by sending a direct email right from the quote detail page.
Trulia Mortgage Center Connect With Lenders
  • Get Mortgage Questions Answered: The ‘Discussions’ board allows users to submit mortgage related questions to our Voices community to get input from local real estate professionals and experts.

Trulia’s Free Mortgage Apps For iPhone and iPad offer:

  • Affordability Calculator: Determine the home price you can afford easily, and see a visual breakdown of your monthly payment and total cost of ownership.
  Trulia Mortgage iPhone App Affordability Calculator
  • Quote Comparison: Get personalized quotes updated in real-time that you can sort by lowest fees, APR, rate or payment to find those just right for you.
Trulia Mortgage iPad App Quote Comparison
  • Connect with Lenders: Contact lenders directly from your mobile device to learn more about a specific quote.

We hope you enjoy the new Mortgage Center online and the dedicated apps. We are just getting started so keep an eye out for additional product enhancements in the future.

  • To learn more and check out the Trulia Mortgage Center, visit www.trulia.com/mortgages.
  • To download the free Trulia Mortgage app for iPhone and iPad from the Apple App Store, click here.
  • To find out how you can advertise on the Trulia Mortgage Center, contact mortgagesales@trulia.com.
  • To download screenshots of the Trulia Mortgage Center, click here.
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Find the Best Schools for Your Kids from Your iPad

“Where should I send my kids to school?” It’s a burning question that every parent faces and it’s not always easy to answer.

But Trulia’s got your back. We’ve been listening to your feedback, and we’ve just released an iPad update that delivers our school maps to your Trulia iPad app.

You can now overlay school attendance zones for elementary, middle and high schools, along with comprehensive contact info for all the schools in a neighborhood.

The details provided include the (1) name of the school, (2) whether it’s public or private, (3) address, (4) phone number, (5) # of students, (6) grades included and (7) GreatSchools Rating.

You can either view the attendance zone map in full screen (shown above) or with the home list open (show below), as you search for homes for sale in your desired school district.

As always, Trulia is committed to providing the best mobile real estate search experience – we hope our latest update helps you with your school search. And if you have any feedback, we’re all ears! Reach us anytime at ipad@trulia.com

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Crime Maps and Trulia Estimates now on your iPad

Hello Trulia iPad users!

We’ve been listening to your feedback, and we’ve just released an iPad update that delivers two of your top requests: crime maps and Trulia Estimates on your Trulia iPad app.

Now, for the first time and exclusively on Trulia, you can overlay crime heatmap layers on your iPad home search to help your real estate search. Additionally, view Trulia Estimates on more than 50 million off-market homes, townhomes and condos in nearly 500 counties across the country, right from your iPad.

Here are screenshots showing the new crime maps and Trulia Estimates features:

 

Use these new features along with our location-based real estate search and millions of huge photos to find and “star” all your favorite homes into your Trulia account. No matter where you use Trulia you have access to all your favorite homes in one click.

Trulia is committed to providing the best real estate experiences on mobile – so keep the feedback coming and watch for more exciting announcements coming soon!

Reach us anytime at ipad@trulia.com

-Steven Yarger

Trulia Mobile Product Manager

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Trulia’s iPad App optimized for the new iPad – Download it Now!

At Trulia, our goal is to deliver the best mobile experience possible for our all of our users. Apple’s new iPad launches this week, and we felt it was a great opportunity to update our top-rated iPad real estate app to take full advantage of the great new iPad features.

What can you expect in the updated iPad app?

First of all, we’ve improved the speed of our app for users on 4G LTE networks. You’ll also see optimized “retina”-true icons and graphics.  And our heatmaps look fantastic on the new iPad, too. Here are a few examples:

Get more info about the new iPad (and a nice Trulia example) at Apple.com – click here

Trulia Mobile is proud of our commitment to innovation and we will continue providing the real estate information you need. That means more detailed property data, lots of huge photos and “the inside scoop” on local info such as amenities and schools–all in an effort to help you find your next place to live.

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months. We always have great new products and features in development to make your on-the-go real estate experience the best it can be.

p.s. Let us know what you think of the new iPad app – email us at ipad@trulia.com!

-Steven Yarger

Trulia Mobile Product Manager

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Your Favorite Real Estate iPad App Just Got More Personalized

Steven Yarger
September 1, 2011

Exciting news for Trulia iPad fans today – we’re linking searches and favorites to your Trulia account.

Here at Trulia, we spend lots of time in the office, at home and on-the-go cruising around on our iPads looking for the best homes and apartments. We know you do too, and you have told us that you want to save all those searches and favorite properties to your “home base,” your Trulia account. With the addition of favorites and searches to Trulia’s iPad app, there’s even more reason to spend time finding your dream home.

All your favorite Trulia features including: location-based searching, huge, beautiful colorful property photos, home price heatmaps, local restaurants, schools and amenities, search filtering – and now your Trulia account – are available across all Trulia experiences. From the award-winning Trulia website to your iPad and mobile phone, your home search is easy when you use Trulia to get the inside scoop.

We’ve also added a handy, always-available visual Help experience to help you get the most out of Trulia on iPad – just look for the “?” in the top menu bar.

Here’s a few screenshots highlighting the new Trulia iPad “My Homes” and “Help” functionality to help you get started:

ipad screenshots

Download the Trulia iPad update today, and start saving all your favorites and best searches to your Trulia account.

Thanks for using Trulia Mobile. We’re hard at work with more updates coming soon, so stay tuned – and let us know what you think by dropping us a line at ipad@trulia.com

– Steven Yarger

Trulia Mobile Product Manager

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Trulia iPad App Update Improves Navigation

At Trulia, we believe your iPad is a great way to extend your real estate search, especially if you’re on-the-go. Our iPad app gives you all the Trulia data you love in an optimized and visually beautiful iPad experience that now includes full map view, optimized photo browsing, heat map data layers, and community information such as restaurants, shopping and gas stations nearby – all in an effort to help you find your dream home.

Based on the popularity of our full map view navigation, today we are releasing an upgrade to our iPad app that adds a full list view navigation option as well. This new list view allows you to quickly scan and sort properties within your search results while still keeping all the important property information you need available at-a-glance.

Trulia iPad Listview

We added sorting functionality across the app with all the most important sort criteria, including: price, newest, bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage. And, as always, we’ve improved performance and fixed a few small bugs.

Check out the demo video for more info on the app and all of its features:

Thanks for using Trulia Mobile. As always, we value your feedback and look forward to hearing from you anytime in the comments below, on Facebook, Twitter or via email at ipad@trulia.com.

p.s. We’re not done – mobile is a new and exciting frontier, so stay tuned for more great mobile real estate innovations coming soon on iPad. We’ve been listening closely to your feedback and the ability to save searches and properties to your personal Trulia account is in the works!

– Steven Yarger

Trulia Mobile Product Manager

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