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Don’t Miss Out On Your Perfect Home or Apartment

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In today’s competitive real estate market it’s crucial to be the first to know about new homes and apartments as soon as they come on the market. That’s why Trulia is now providing instant alerts of newly listed homes near your current location.

The nearby home alerts feature is available on both the iPhone and Android versions of the Trulia app, and will alert you of any new homes — either rentals or homes for sale, the choice is yours—listed in the last 24 hours. Because it is the only real estate app to offer this kind of functionality, it truly can help you stay ahead of the game.

With fully customizable settings, you can control your search radius, price range, and how often you want to be alerted. So whether you want to search within walking distance of work, or a few minutes drive from school, Trulia will keep you up to date and get you one step closer to finding your perfect place.

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Get Some Of Your Sunday Back: Our Redesigned Apps Make it Easier Than Ever to Identify the Must-See Open Houses

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:

  • With this mobile makeover, house hunters will get a comprehensive view of what a home and neighborhood are like with large, beautiful pictures and easy-to-navigate photo galleries.
The newly redesigned iPhone and Android app showing the full bleed images

The newly redesigned iPhone and Android app showing the full bleed images

  • Home buyers can also quickly identify local amenities and important neighborhood info like crime, schools, and average sales prices for nearby homes – data that can be hard to come by at an open house.
Heat map of crime on both iPhone and Android

Heat map of crime on both iPhone and Android

  • As you evaluate each home, you can save listings you love. This information allows us to recommend the right homes for buyers and sellers as they come onto the market.
Easily scroll through the homes that match your criteria

Easily scroll through the homes that match your criteria

Be sure to download or update the Trulia iPhone or Android app today, and look forward to a little extra free time this weekend.

The complete redesigned mobile features

The complete redesigned mobile features

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New Trulia For Agents Mobile App Launches On iOS And Android

Trulia has released version 2.0 of its popular, free app for real estate agents on both iOS and Android. The Trulia for Agents App is one of the leading mobile apps built specifically for real estate agents, enabling them to convert more leads and better serve existing clients while they’re on-the-go.

Today’s upgrade features an all-new design that puts leads front and center. The new app includes improved navigation and search capabilities, as well as seamless access to helpful real estate news, coaching and tips from Trulia’s Pro Blog.

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Agents everywhere love using the Trulia for Agents app. “I get outstanding leads from Trulia,” said Stacey Feltman of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Trulia’s mobile app is great because it’s easy to use and it helps me manage leads and stay on top of my business no matter where I am. The entire system is the very best out there.”

As real estate agents know, quick responses to new leads greatly increase the chance of converting them into clients. Recent research proves it, indicating that responding to leads within minutes doubles the chance of conversion1. If agents respond to a lead within 5 minutes, they’re 100 times more likely to make contact with that lead than if responding in an hour2.

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That’s why the Trulia for Agents App is designed first and foremost to help agents respond to quickly and manage leads from anywhere on their mobile device. As leads come in, alerts are pushed to the agent’s mobile phone, enabling them to respond immediately and make a connection to a new client. The app lets agents search and prioritize leads by centralizing all Trulia leads into one inbox. Each lead is than organized by conversation, providing context and easier access to a history of communication.

Agents can also easily access a list of personal contacts, browse Trulia’s Agent directory and search listings with Trulia’s advanced neighborhood information and map functionality. Agents can use Trulia for Agents to check-in to listings they tour and display these check-ins on their Trulia profile. It’s a great way for agents to demonstrate familiarity with specific properties and expertise in particular areas, creating opportunities to connect with prospective clients.

The free Trulia for Agents app version 2.0 is available today in Apple’s App Store and on Google Play.

  1. Research from Leads360, 2013
  2. Lead Response Study
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Trulia Launches Real Estate App for BlackBerry 10

Mobile remains the fastest growing area of our audience here at Trulia, with almost 11.4 million mobile monthly visitors each month in Q1, up 122 percent year-over-year. During the first of the year, in 90 of the Top 100 metro areas across the country, we saw that more than of half of the email leads generated to real estate agents were through mobile. And, on peak periods during weekends, especially when people are out looking at open homes, over half of our traffic is from mobile devices.

Because so many of us use our smartphones during the house hunting process, we’ve made it a point to make sure we’re easily accessible across popular devices. With 14 applications dedicated to fulfilling your real estate needs, we’re excited to add another to our arsenal: today we’re launching our real estate application for the new BlackBerry 10 platform.

Our free app provides both BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphone customers with home facts, real estate listing details, vivid photo slideshows, and open house info for homes for sale and rentals across the US.

BlackBerry 10 customers can easily adjust search filters to find real estate listings that exactly match their home criteria and location, and save their favorites.

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Other key features include:

  • Nearby Listings: Utilizing built-in GPS, users can see homes nearby for sale, apartments for rent, or recently sold homes

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  • Custom Searches and Keyword Searches: While searching for a home, house hunters can utilize search filters like price, lot size, number of beds, neighborhood, MLS numbers, and other keywords
  • Photo slideshows: Consumers can view slideshows of homes, condos, town homes, apartments and more

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  • Updates: Users can get email notifications when new home listings pop up in their favorite areas or when there are status updates to their saved homes
  • Open Houses: Find open homes for sale near you
  • Mortgage Calculator: Get personalized rates and calculate your mortgage

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  • Cross-device Access: To make it easy to manage your home search, we allow you to access your favorite searches and homes across all your devices
  • Connect with Agents: Quickly contact real estate agents in your area about listings that catch your eye

Email us anytime with feedback at blackberry@trulia.com!

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Trulia for Glass: The Future of Home Search is Closer Than We Think

Jeff McConathy
June 3, 2013

For a sneak peak at the future of home search, check out this video:

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I came to the Google I/O Conference in 2012 expecting to find old friends, cool technology, and maybe something special. But this was over the top.

I stood inside the large auditorium at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and as a stunt person hurled himself out of a plane wearing the new Google Glass prototype, I watched it all happen from his perspective via the device’s embedded video camera. The jumper eventually landed on the roof and came into the venue with an entire group of stuntmen. As Jason Gilbert of Huffington Post put it, it was one “of the most insane things I’ve ever seen at a tech demo.”

The decision to reserve my spot as an “explorer” – becoming one of the first 2,000 people to get Google Glass – was an easy one.

One year later, I couldn’t contain my excitement as I finally laid my hands on the prototype. I chose the slate gray color thinking it was low key, which now seems comical since Glass seems to bring a reaction out of almost everyone. There’s nothing low key about wearing a piece of cutting-edge technology that’s so rare.

It was lighter than I expected and included some cool accessories like darkened lenses that can be attached when it’s sunny out. I spent the first few days getting acquainted with the user experience, walking around the neighborhood to get a feel for how Glass provides information.

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Jeff demos Trulia for Glass for NBC News

After spending three weeks with the device, I can say this technology is in its early days, but there’s no denying it has the potential to be an incredibly powerful platform. And because real estate shopping is such an inherently mobile experience, it’s perfect for a Trulia app.

Google has done a really nice job with the Glass Mirror API, and as a result, I was able to build Trulia for Glass in about a week.

What makes the technology incredibly powerful is that it allows users to either continue what they are doing or engage with new information being provided to them. For example, Glass notifies me when I receive a message, but nothing appears or impedes my vision. The idea is to provide just enough fresh information that is personalized for me and relevant to my location.

It’s a very different experience than having your head buried in your phone while the world passes by.

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Looking at a listing on Trulia for Glass while sitting in the park

With that in mind, I’ve added features to Trulia for Glass that help people learn more about homes that should interest them, when it’s convenient. Specifically, with Trulia for Glass, you can:

  • Get notifications when you’re near a home that meets your predetermined search criteria, such as neighborhood, number of bedrooms, and price range
  • View property listings easily and scroll through pictures with the flick of your finger
  • Have the property description read to you if you decide you want to learn more
  • Save properties to My Trulia so you can follow them anywhere on Trulia, whether on the Web or any of the mobile apps
  • Get directions to a home if you want to see the property yourself
  • Call or email the real estate agent directly from Glass

The Trulia team is continuing to tweak and improve Trulia for Glass, and we hope that sometime soon it will be available for Google Glass wearers to download. Watch for future updates, and feel free to ask for a demo if you see me wearing it around town.

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Trulia Launches New Map Visualizations to Show Rental Prices and Environmental Risks Across America

At Trulia, we use interactive map visualizations to present large amounts of information in an easy-to-understand format. Today, Trulia released interactive map visualizations that bring two distinct new categories of information that help to better inform house hunters.

The first new map is dedicated to rentals. Now, consumers can browse through color-coded neighborhoods and quickly focus their search on neighborhoods that meet their budget.

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The second set of maps visualizes historical earthquake and flood data to depict environmental risk at a block-by-block level. Up until now, the risk of these events has traditionally been hard for home buyers, sellers, and renters to find. Now house hunters can use our maps to see flood zones and understand where earthquakes, for example are more common, in order to make informed decisions about where to move.

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With today’s launch across Android mobile and web platforms, rental prices and environmental risks join Trulia’s robust suite of interactive visualizations, which already feature home values, crime, school rankings, commute times and local amenities such as banks, gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores.

Details of the New Trulia Map Visualizations

  • Rental Prices: The rental rate visualizations incorporate a year’s worth of data to show the average cost-per-bedroom at the neighborhood level. Deep reds indicate high-cost areas, and yellow and green designate more affordable neighborhoods.
  • Earthquakes: The earthquake map layer incorporates USGS and the California Geologic Survey data to show seismic hazard, also known as ground shaking potential. Blues and greens show low shaking potential and reds show high-potential areas.
  • Floods: Using FEMA data, Trulia’s flood hazard maps outline a community’s different flood risk areas, determined by topographic surveys and statistical data for river flow, storm tides, and rainfall. High risk areas are identified by dark blue shading and show the areas where there is at least a 1 in 4 chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage. Light blue designates the lower-risk flood areas.

Trulia’s visualizations are accessible on the web by visiting http://www.trulia.com/local. Select a city and then utilize the menu on the left-hand side to see properties, home values, crimes, schools, commute times, amenities, rental rates and environmental risks of floods and earthquakes. On Android mobile, click on the layer icon in the upper right corner and select heat maps from the menu.

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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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Win a Visa Gift Card This Weekend with #TruliaOpenHouse Photos

You could just use your phone to find open houses this Nationwide Open House Weekend, but why stop there? You could use it to win an extra $50 – just by tweeting photos of any open houses you visit this weekend to #TruliaOpenHouse. Every photo you tweet gives you a chance to win one of five $50 Visa gift cards.

Entering to win is easy and takes seconds:

1. Visit any open house this weekend (April 19th – 21st)
2. Take a digital photo of the open house from the curb
3. Tweet the photo with #TruliaOpenHouse before Monday

For more details, check out our Official Rules.

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Need to do any last minute planning? (It’s alright, we won’t tell.)

We’ve made it very easy to find open houses no matter where you are, with top-rated apps for your iPhone or Android phone, and online at Trulia.com. Wherever your house hunt takes you, we’ve got you covered.

To get you going, check out these Quick Start guides for iPhone, Android and Trulia.com.

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Find Open Houses with Trulia for iPhone - free in the App Store

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Find Open Houses with Trulia for Android - free in Google Play 

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Find Open Houses on Trulia.com

Happy house hunting!

Andrew

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Based on User Feedback, We Revamped Our iPhone App for an Even Better Experience

When we first launched our iPhone app in September 2008, we were excited to give consumers a new way to find homes to buy or rent while on the go. And throughout the years, we made many updates, incorporated new features, and expanded our mobile suite. We’ve gone from one iPhone app–simply dedicated to finding a home–to six different iOS apps for renters, agents, iPad owners, and two more strictly devoted to our mortgage tools. Today, we’re excited to announce that our original iPhone app has received a major overhaul.

Trulia Real Estate — Homes for Sale & Apartments for Rent was updated with our users in mind. We conducted in-person user research, then studied our other apps to identify the features that consumers engaged with most. From there, we incorporated the best of the best for a more intuitive, user friendly, beautiful iOS app.

The navigation has been completely updated with a Facebook-style menu that includes quick links to popular areas like homes for sale, homes for rent, open houses, my saves, and more.

The new features include:

? Color-coded markers to easily distinguish the newest properties on the market: Black represents new, unviewed homes, while a grey marker denotes that users have already seen a property.

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? School and amenity markers—which were previously only visible on property pages—are displayed right on the map results page, giving users more inside scoop upfront. This new feature can be utilized in both satellite and hybrid view.

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? Updated property pages which allow users to get the inside scoop on median prices and school ratings for any city.

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You can download the new iPhone app here: http://www.trulia.com/mobile/iphone/. User feedback is so important to us, so please let us know what you think of the app by emailing iphone@trulia.com.

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Trulia Enables Social Sharing of Listings via the Trulia for Agents Mobile App

Property listings with check-ins receive twice as many consumer views 

We are excited to announce new social media features on the Trulia for Agents mobile app to help real estate professionals establish themselves as experts in their local market and attract more buyers for their property listings. The app enables listing check-ins and property insights to be shared by agents through Facebook and Twitter, as well as on their Trulia profile with the click of a button.

“I recently closed a $350,000 transaction with a new client I met as a result of a property check-in that was shared on Facebook, “ said Kenny Truong, top producing Realtor with Michael James Real Estate. “With so many buyers starting their search online, using Trulia is one of the key strategies that puts me on the front line of this competitive market and gives me the edge in the marketplace.”

The app’s social features also enable agents to receive immediate inquiries from both consumers and agents. When a home is checked-in to, alerts are instantly sent allowing for real-time communication between the listing and buyer’s agents. During 2012, for-sale listings on Trulia that were checked-in to received twice as many views as listings that did not have check-ins.

Property listings with check-ins benefit from the added exposure, receiving double the views from potential home buyers who can now discover properties shared by their agent. With the Trulia for Agents mobile app, agents can build their online presence, connect with customers, and boost their productivity all from their mobile phone, ultimately helping them provide better service to their customers and close more deals.

In addition to the social functionality, the Trulia for Agents App includes key tools for managing a real estate business, including lead notifications and contact management. Other features include:

  •  Converting Leads. Agents get notified instantly with every new lead so they can respond quickly.
  •  Connecting with clients. Agents can easily share homes they tour with prospective buyers on-the-go.
  • Displaying Local Expertise: Allows Agents to showcase their knowledge and activity in their local market.
  •  Staying informed. Listing agents can gather feedback and communicate with buyer agents as they show the listing.

The Trulia for Agents mobile app is available for free from the Apple App Store and the Android Market. For more details, visit www.trulia.com/agents/mobile.

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