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Be Josh and Matt Altman’s First Intern!

Cristin Zweig, PR Manager
March 21, 2013

Be the First Altman Brothers Intern. Apply now!
Dream job alert! Trulia just launched the “Be the First Altman Brothers’ Intern” contest, which will give one lucky Trulia user the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be the first intern to Josh and Matt Altman, two of the most well-known and well-connected real estate agents in the industry.

Amidst the glitz, glamour, and ultra-luxurious lifestyles of Hollywood, the Altman Brothers dominate their local housing market – now representing some of the biggest household names, from celebrities to entrepreneurs and socialites, and Josh Altman is becoming a bold-face name in his own right. You’ve likely seen Josh on TV, where he sells high-end real estate to the rich and famous. Together with his brother Matt, Josh recorded a staggering $200,000,000 in sales in 2012. With 2013 off to an even more impressive start, the duo is turning to Trulia to help them find their first superstar intern.

Could it be you?

The Altman Brothers’ very first intern will learn from Matt and Josh by witnessing and playing a part in their day-to-day business. Roles and responsibilities of their first Los Angeles-based intern include rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, as well as the following:

  • Building and executing online marketing plans for properties
  • Shadowing the duo as they show for-sale homes to prospective homebuyers
  • Touring some of the most exclusive private residences in Los Angeles
  • Aiding in scheduling appointments with clients
  • Planning and attending open houses alongside the Altman Brothers

To enter, visit Trulia.com/altmanintern and complete the submission form. Entrants are asked to test their online marketing prowess by “writing a compelling – and authentic – local review that sells your neighborhood to potential buyers,” and by also penning a brief overview of why they want to work for the Altman Brothers. Submissions will be judged and select entrants will advance to the next round, where an eventual winner will named the Altman Brother’s first intern.

Trulia’s “Be the First Altman Brothers’ Intern” Contest Timeline:

  • March 21, 2013: Contest opens to user submissions for four weeks
  • April 18, 2013: The initial entry window will close and second round finalists will be notified
  • April 22 – May 2, 2013: Second round interviews with the Altman Brothers commence
  • May 15, 2013: The winner is selected and notified by the Altman Brothers
  • August 1, 2013: The Altman Brothers internship begins!
  • August 30, 2013: The internship concludes

Think you have what it takes to work for the best in the business this summer? Enter here!

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Most Popular Homes of 2012

To close out this year, we’ve compiled a short list of the most-viewed homes of 2012, including some seriously drool-worthy pieces of real estate that hit the market this year.

1) Elvis and Pricilla’s Former Love Nest

Kicking off this list is the King of Rock and Roll. The former Beverly Hills estate of the late, great Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla was briefly for sale from October to December for $12.995 million. Recently off the market, the 4-bedroom, 5-bath, 5,367-square-foot home set on 1.18 acres had been remodeled and renewed with fresh paint and flooring, a gorgeous kitchen with professional appliances, a new laundry room, upgraded electrical, and a resurfaced pool and spa. Check out details on Trulia’s Luxe Living blog.

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2) Fleur de Lys

Most homes don’t have a name, but Fleur de Lys is no ordinary home. With a $125 million price tag, the 4-acre, 35,000-square-foot mega-mansion in Los Angeles, CA, is one of the most expensive homes in America. Built in 2001, this 12-bedroom, 15-bathroom home was designed to have the look and feel of a French château . But is it worth its hefty asking price? Just consider the fact that you’d not only be getting a single-family home, but also a ballroom, movie theater, jogging track, and a 9-car garage. Check out all the details on Trulia.


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3) Larry House’s Guitar House

Don’t be fooled by this home’s guitar-shaped drive way, the exquisite 50,000-square-foot property sitting on 27 acres in Shoal Creek, AL doesn’t belong to a rock star. Nope. It’s actually the former home of Larry House, the one-time CEO of MedPartners. Don’t know who that is? Read this NY Times article to jog your memory of an executive who fell from grace. But enough of that, let’s talk about this house–now listed for $13.9 million. Like Fleur de Lys above, it’s styled after the châteaux of France. And in addition to 15 bedrooms, this mega-mansion also boasts a guest/service house, 2 poolside cabana homes, a barn with living quarters, and a 25-seat movie theater. Check out all the details on Trulia.

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4) Third Most Expensive Home Sold in San Francisco

We’ve definitely sensed a lot of real estate movement in San Francisco’s sought-after Pacific Heights neighborhood this year, but the property that got the most attention (based on page views on Trulia) was 2901 Broadway.  Having closed escrow earlier this month, according to SocketSite, this 3-story, 6,848-square-foot Italian Renaissance hilltop mansion is no longer on the market after looking for a new owner for over 5 years.  Check out all the details on Trulia.

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5) The Nightingale of the Hollywood Hills

Perched atop one of the Sunset Strip’s most coveted ‘Bird Streets,’ Nightingale Drive, this newly constructed 3-bedroom, 3-bath modern home in Los Angeles, CA, has all the elements befitting this popular location, along with a $15 million price tag to match. While not the biggest home on our list, this 6,500-square-foot property features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, bringing the outside in, and providing a spectacular backdrop: panoramic views of the city below. But if buying a home isn’t in the cards, this stunner can also be leased for $55,000 a month. Check out all the details on Trulia.

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Trulia Luxe Living Celebrates One Glamorous Year!

Cristin Zweig, PR Manager
August 27, 2012

This month, Trulia Luxe Living celebrated one glamorous year of bringing you all the details on celebrity and luxury real estate. Launched last August, Trulia Luxe Living has showcased the fancy, the funky and the high-society, offering a virtual window into the out-of-the-world real estate of the rich and famous.

In honor of the one year anniversary, we thought we’d take a look back at the most popular posts on Luxe Living in the last 365 days. The homes Luxe Living readers loved most run the gamut, from the late Dick Clark’s wacky Malibu “Flintone’s” house, to the new NYC pad of reality TV maven Bethanny Frankle, to not one, but two well-loved posts about the real estate moves of our fickle “Friend” Jennifer Aniston.

If you missed any of these throughout the year, here’s the top 10. In the future, be sure to bookmark Trulia Luxe Living and come back often – we feature a swanky new pad almost daily!

10. Megan Ellison Lists Stunning Hollywood Hills Home

Larry Ellison’s daughter may have inherited a famous last name and a strong work ethic from her father, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, and it seems like she also picked up another habit from dear ole dad as well – a penchant for high-priced real estate. Megan Ellison is selling a $15.M Hollywood Hills estate.

9. Bachelorette Winner Jef Holm

Americans love love and reality TV, thus explaining the success of the long-running “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” franchises. The latest winner to receive the final rose from Bachelorette Emily Maynard was Jef Holm, a well-to-do Utah businessman. His family home is currently for sale, and Bachelorette fans across the nation couldn’t help sneaking a peek at the $3.39M estate Jef grew up in.

8. Lauren Conrad’s Hollywood ‘Hills’ Home

For many years, the American public couldn’t get enough of the TV train wreck that was MTV’s “The Hills.” Drama, cat fights, love triangles and the like kept viewers enraptured on a weekly basis. Based on the popularity of “The Hills” during its run, it’s no surprise Luxe Living readers were interested in reading more about the $2.25M home LC filmed the series in.

7. Camille Grammer’s Beaver Creek Vacation Home

On “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” viewers could see that these particular wives had more than one house to toil away in. Camille Grammer, the famously scorned ex of megastar Kelsey Grammer, took cameras and the other “Housewives” to her vacation escape in Beaver Creek, CO before she was forced to sell it as a part of the divorce settlement. Originally listed for $7.9M, the home is still on the market with a reduced asking price of $6.995M.

6. Jennifer Aniston Buys Big in Bel Air

Our fickle “Friend” Jennifer Aniston shocked real estate watchers earlier this year when she purchased a Bel Air spread for a whopping $21M. Just a few months earlier, she sold her Beverly Hills home for $37M and swore she and then-boyfriend (now fiancé!) Justin Theroux were going to become permanent East Coasters. She gobbled up a few apartments in NYC, but ultimately decided that the siren song of the Los Angeles area was too strong for her to ignore, and she was back – in a big way.

5. Leo Leases Out Malibu Mansion

Just in time for summer 2012, Leonardo DiCaprio hoisted his beachfront Malibu home on the rental market. If you wanted to stay just for the summer months, it’d cost you $150,000 a month. If you signed  a longer lease and stayed through the end of 2012, you’d only be shelling out $75,000 a month. Prior to placing it on the Malibu rental market, DiCaprio remodeled the 7 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 2,633 square foot estate.

4. Jen Aniston and Justin Theroux Rent in Beverly Hills

Celebrity real estate watchers and Luxe Living readers were all in a tizzy over the news that Jen & Justin were shacking up in a $40k-a-moth Beverly Hills rental while they waited out the extensive renovations on their new Bel Air estate. The home was recently on the for-sale market for $11.5M, and Aniston and her man friend picked it up as a temporary rental for a sky-high price. Like all her other homes, this rental is modern and architecturally significant.

3. Reality TV Titan Bethenny Frankel Buys in TriBeCa

Bethenny Frankel, of “Real Housewives of New York” and “Bethenny Ever After” reality TV fame purchased a massive TriBeCa home in New York for $4.995M. The big buy came shortly after the news broke that Bethenny had sold her SkinnyGirl alcohol brand for upwards of $100 million dollars. On the following season of her hit Bravo show, much of the story line centered around the renovations of this particular apartment.

2. Jim Carrey Lists Malibu Colony Home

Luxe Living readers said “allllrighty then” to the news that funnyman Jim Carrey was selling his beachfront Malibu home for $13.95M. The 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom, 2,866 square-foot home is situated on one of the best sections of sandy beach in coveted and celebrity infested Malibu Colony.

1. Keep on Rockin’ in Dick Clark’s Malibu Home

Prior to passing on and heading to the great “Rockin’ New Years Eve” party in the sky, the late, great Dick Clark placed his rather unusual Malibu home on the market for $3.5M. The Flinstones-esque home atop a bluff features 360 degree views, clocks in at 22.89 acres and and features 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms. While many celebs hole up in massive mansions, the world was fascinated by the odd and understated home of the legendary Clark. Proving that bigger might not always be better, it was this unusual and quirky home that easily came in as the most popular home of the past year on Luxe Living.

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The Trulia PR Team’s Favorite Homes on Trulia

Cristin Zweig, PR Manager
December 31, 2011

At Trulia, we spend a lot of time looking at houses. When you see so many amazing homes on a daily basis, it’s hard to pick a favorite. We challenged our mighty PR team of Ken, Daisy, Cristin and Vanessa to pick their favorite home currently for sale on Trulia and explain why. While each of their chosen homes are stunning, it’s the reason WHY they picked that home that really says it all.

shumanKen Shuman – Head of Communications

I moved to California almost 13 years ago but I will always be a sucker for cape cod style shingle houses.  This home on the Marblehead Neck is the perfect example of the “summer home” I would love to own one day. Marblehead is cool little town north of Boston with an old school downtown.  Marblehead is also where I used to go to the beach growing up and where we went to see the July 4th fireworks every year. This home would provide the perfect view and I can picture bbq’ing with my friends and family and making this a new tradition for years to come.

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423 Ocean Avenue, Marblehead, MA 01945 – $5,850,000

daisyDaisy Kong – Senior PR Manager

Having just moved to a new house on a hill in Oakland, I thought I would share my dream house in Piedmont, CA – which is part of the “real” Oakland Hills. What I love about this 6-bedroom, 5 full/3partial bath house is its history and style, which brings to life one of my favorite books, “The Great Gatsby.” Built by renowned architect Albert Farr in the 1920s, it features all the classic details and elegance that you don’t see in any of the new, track homes that are built today. What’s even more awesome about this house is that all ancient plumbing and fixtures has already been gutted and updated. Score! As an added bonus, this four-story house includes a library, wine cellar, a grand stone terrace with an outdoor fireplace, two offices, a guest suite with its own kitchen and private entrance.

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68 Lincoln Avenue, Piedmont CA – $7,500,000

cristinCristin Zweig – PR Manager

I’ve always loved to chase the sun. Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my family on the Hawaiian islands, returned in my teens to dance in the Pro Bowl halftime show and other times just to enjoy the spirit of the Islands. While I love a Hawaiian sunset, the only thing I love more is seeing it with friends and family. This is why I am swooning over this massive Maui home. It’s over 11, 000 square feet of living space, which means that there is room for everyone! This magnificent beachfront home has stunning ocean and sunset views. Big and open, the outstanding craftsmanship is visible throughout the two master suites, six guest suites, media room, library, office, and separate caretaker’s quarter (or additional bedrooms). The warm sandy beach and warm Pacific ocean are the backyard of this Kaanapali estate. This needs to be my vacation home – stat!

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20 Kai Ala Drive, Lahaina HI – $23,800,000

Vanessa Villatoro – PR Specialistvanessa

When I envision my dream home, I see a grand estate that can appeal to every side of my personality. I’m the type of girl who loves a fun night out on the town but can also enjoy a quiet night in. This Paradise Valley home offers the best of both worlds. Located just ten minutes away from the fun nightlife of Scottsdale, the 5-bedroom, 8-bathroom, 9,358 square foot estate mixes traditional décor with modern architecture offering a well-rounded Arizona escape. I love old European and Italian architecture and décor however a modern twist is a must. This home’s traditional architecture and design with its high ceilings, large windows and massive drapes gives it a very homey feel. Its modern exterior landscaping with the pool, fountain and cabana design gives it a sleek finish. I’m a very active person so the lap pool, in-home fitness center, basketball court and tennis court are amazing to have right at your fingertips. On those scorching Arizona nights, a night in hanging out in the library, entertainment center/home theater and/or wine cellar and grotto sound like a dream come true.  Me = obsessed.

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Villaresi in Paradise Valley, Arizona – $7,500,000

Those are our favorites. What’s your favorite home on Trulia?

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Trulia’s Top 10 Cities and Homes for Extreme Bargain Shoppers

If you’ve been watching TLC’s “Extreme Couponing,” then you know that it is very possible to buy a thousand dollars worth of groceries and household supplies for mere pennies with coupons. In the most extreme of cases, the store could be handing the buyer cash on their way out! It’s crazy to watch these men and women go home with carts and carts full of merchandise for such great deals…almost makes you wish you could use coupons when you buy real estate.

Well, guess what – in some cities, sellers have cut their list price so much that you’re practically getting a discount on top of a discount. For example, you can get a 40% discount on a $50K house in Detroit, MI, lower the cost to a bargain bin price of $30K.

In the spirit of holiday shopping and bargaining, we’ve  identified 10 U.S. cities in 2011 that are home to the biggest price slashers based on the average discounts (as a percentage) made on non-foreclosure homes listed for sale on Trulia. From there, we’ve pulled the homes with the biggest markdowns in that market.  So pay attention, bargain shoppers!

1) Detroit, MI (below)

  • Average Market Discount:  23%
  • # of properties on the market (as of 12/19):  7,782
  • Median Sales Price: $69,000

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2) Cleveland, OH (below)

  • Average  Market  Discount:  14%
  • # of properties on the market (as of 12/19):   5,340
  • Median Sales Price: $57,000

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3) Baltimore, MD (below)

  • Average  Market  Discount:  11%
  • # of properties on the market (as of 12/19):   5,094
  • Median Sales Price: $115,000

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4) Miami, FL (below)

  • Average  Market  Discount:  11%
  • # of properties on the market (as of 12/19): 21,937
  • Median Sales Price: $146,000

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5) Memphis, TN (below)

  • Average  Market  Discount:  10%
  • # of properties on the market (as of 12/19): 4,270
  • Median Sales Price: $82,000

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6) Milwaukee, WI (below)

  • Average  Market  Discount:  10%
  • # of properties on the market (as of 12/19): 1,244
  • Median Sales Price: $93,000

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7) Atlanta, GA (below)

  • Average  Market  Discount:  10%
  • # of properties on the market (as of 12/19): 8,874
  • Median Sales Price: $173,000

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8 )  New Orleans, LA (below)

  • Average  Market  Discount:  10%
  • # of properties on the market (as of 12/19): 2,611
  • Median Sales Price: $140,000

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9) Chicago, IL (below)

  • Average  Market  Discount:  9%
  • # of properties on the market (as of 12/19): 27,308
  • Median Sales Price: $202,000

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10) Jacksonville, FL (below)

  • Average  Market  Discount:  9%
  • # of properties on the market (as of 12/19): 12,547
  • Median Sales Price: $100,000

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Lights, Camera….Luxe Living

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Here at Trulia, we’re obsessed with beautiful homes and we believe that a life of luxury is best when lived. And it’s no surprise that some of the most beautiful homes on the planet are owned (and subsequently sold) by A-List celebrities. The homes are often so spectacular, you can’t help but gawk. If you’re not in the .0001% of people who can afford a home in a glitzy zip code, never fear. We’ve got you covered. We’ll bring you inside the abodes of your favorite stars so you don’t have to risk that restraining order.

We’d like for you to consider Luxe Living as your virtual guide to celebrity, athlete and luxury homes. Whether you’re buying from an A-lister, or you’re just a real estate and luxury property voyeur, this is the place to virtually gaze at the homes of the rich and famous

On the new blog, we’ve started you out with a star-studded map of Los Angeles, a market on fire with celebrity home sales. Malibu and Beverly Hills are the hotbeds of the rich and famous and where you’ll see a majority of celebs listing and buying homes. Poke around the map, and then peak into the homes of your favorite stars.

This is the first of many exciting and entertaining posts and maps that bring you all the juicy details on Hollywood homes and luxury real estate. Bookmark us, add us to your RSS feed, or do whatever you have to do to make sure you’re connected to Luxe Living to get the inside scoop.


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6 things that turn buyers off

February 24, 2011
*Note: Hot consumer topic and highly relevant if you’re in the market to sell!

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We’ve talked about surprising home features buyers LOVE, and about why buyers aren’t biting on today’s market, but we haven’t talked much about the characteristics of sellers, listings and homes that turn buyers all the way off. Here are 6 big-time home buyer turn-offs that make buyers cringe at the thought of your home, and steps you can take to prevent your home from being an offender!

Like what you read here? There’s more! Get the dirt on LeAnn Rimes’ current housing situation. Head over to our newsroom to read the full newsletter!

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Elvis Presley’s Beverly Hills home for rent

February 18, 2011

*From Trulia’s latest consumer newsletter: 5 Insider Secrets For Buying Your First Home
Want a place fit for a (rock and roll) king? This former home of Elvis Presley can be yours to rent! Gated and private, the French Regency estate boasts fresh coats of paint, new flooring, updated kitchen and resurfaced pool with spa. And you can’t live like the King without some house bling – like breathtaking floor-to-ceiling windows and coffered ceilings. This home is ready for your blue suede shoes!


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Today Show 2/11: Deals For Under $450K

February 11, 2011

Hello fellow real estate eye candy lovers! It’s Friday and we’ve got some real estate treats to share from Barbara Corcoran’s segment on the Today Show this morning. Check it out!

800 Deercross Court, Louisville KY 40245
$409,950 | 4bd | 3 full, 1 partial ba
Price reduced: $14,050
Notes: Built-in entertainment center & outdoor stone fireplace

With a ridiculous outdoor stone fireplace…

120 28th Avenue, Seattle WA 98122
$449,900 | 5bd | 4 full, 1 partial ba | 2,320 sqft
Price reduced: $25,100
Notes: Victorian duplex with period details & modern updates

Amazing kitchen – just look at the ceilings structure…

Watch this morning’s clip:

Watch past segments:

What You Can Get For Under $300K

What You Can Get For $350K or Less

What You Can Get For Under $500K

What You Can Get For $375K to $425K

Do you have a home that would be a great fit for the Today Show? Email it to pr@trulia.com.

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