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Trulia Co-Hosts Data Visualization Workshop In Support of White House Safety Data Initiative

Two-Day Data Visualization Workshop for Journalists Happening in New York City and San Francisco on September 4 and September 10

the Trulia Trends team
August 23, 2012

We’re exciting to announce that we’ve teamed up with Fast Company’s Co.Design, O’Reilly Media and Hacks/Hackers to co-host a two-day data visualization workshop for journalists. Created in support of the Obama Administration’s critical Safety Data Initiative – a historic effort to make government safety data on transportation, crime and consumer products much more accessible— these workshops aim to help data journalists investigate and tell stories fueled by this data.

If you’re in San Francisco or New York in early September, we hope you can join us! Here are the workshop details and RSVP instructions.

WHEN: From 6:00PM to 9:00PM on Tuesday, September 4 and Monday, September 10, 2012.

LOCATION: The New York City workshop will be held at Fast Company’s downtown Manhattan office and the San Francisco workshop will be held at Trulia’s SOMA headquarters.

SPEAKERS:  Brian Forde, Senior Advisor to the U.S. CTO on Mobile and Data Innovation, and Jo Strang, Co-lead of the Safety Data Initiative, will introduce and provide insight on the Obama Administration’s Safety Data Initiative. The workshops will be lead by Jon Bruner, Editor-at-Large at O’Reilly Media in New York City and Sha Hwang, Design Technologist at Trulia in San Francisco. Other speakers include leading data journalists and design technologists such as Nathaniel Kelso, Design Technologist at Stamen Design and Chief Cartographer at NaturalEarthData.com, and Alex Howard, Government 2.0 Correspondent at O’Reilly Media, among others.

KEY TAKEAWAYS: Designed for both established and emerging journalists, these workshops will provide hands-on instruction on how to understand, source and tell compelling stories using data visualizations. The first workshop on September 4 will focus on how to find and understand government data. Then the second workshop on September 10 will provide an overview of useful tools for dealing and visualizing data.

REGISTRATION: Class size is limited. There is a $5 fee and registration is required by Friday, August 31.

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Change is Good – We’re Changing Our Name

the Trulia Trends team
March 14, 2012

When we first started this blog nearly a year ago, our goal was to make our plethora of complex housing data easier to digest and even more useful through cool interactive data visualizations. Since then, we’ve evolved to become even more than that.

Bringing together a team of creative design technologists, super-smart data analysts and savvy writers as well as our awesome Chief Economist Jed Kolko, we’re investigating a wider range of unconventional housing trends — from measuring housing misery in different states to tracking the window shopping activity of European house hunters. We’re also breaking down current events, new housing policies and local market data — such as the robo-signing settlement and the monthly jobs report – to help translate what really matters to people who are looking for a new home. Lastly, we continue to make good on our original promise to deliver visual insights – which has included visualizations that shed light on where and when people are looking for homes.

So to reflect our evolution as a blog, we’ve changed our names to Trulia Trends and updated our mission statement. Ta-da!

And with that, here’s to many more years of sharing trends through data, design and insights!

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Thanks for the Memories, Strata!

Strata 2012 showcases Trulia's interactive data visualizations at the conference's art gallery.

the Trulia Trends team
March 7, 2012

Last week, the Trulia Insights team took a little field trip to Santa Clara, CA (a town south of San Francisco for all our non-Bay Area peeps) to check out Strata 2012: Making Data Work.

All in all, it was an awesome experience and we left feeling a little smarter. But what was even more amazing was seeing our work being showcased at the conference’s data visualization gallery.

We compiled all of our favorite interactive data visuals for a display on a touch-screen monitor.

Watch this video to see the magic of the touch screen and our data visual in action. Just be careful, it might make you a little dizzy.

… continue reading

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Think Locally, And Take The Long View

Trulia’s new chief economist shares his take on today’s housing market and what’s important when you’re looking at all the numbers coming out on real estate.

Jed Kolko, Chief Economist
September 20, 2011

Let me introduce myself: I’m Jed Kolko, Trulia’s new Chief Economist, and I will be translating economic trends, housing data and public policy to help you make smarter decisions about real estate and where to live. For many years I’ve been studying why people and businesses move where they do and why some places grow faster than others, and explaining what’s happening with housing, the economy and technology to business executives and government officials. At Trulia, I will continue to do this and will be sharing my thoughts on Trulia Insights, Twitter (follow me @JedKolko), and through the media. In addition, some of my work will be behind the scenes, advising the development of Trulia Estimates and other great data tools on Trulia.com.

Housing – What’s to understand?
I’m joining Trulia at an exciting time for the company and at a critical time for understanding housing. The housing market’s unprecedented downturn brought the economy into a recession and is holding back recovery. The effects have been national and global in scope, creating an urgent crisis as homeowners have lost homes, construction workers have lost jobs and renters face stiff obstacles to buying. Prices still sag and inventory clears slowly as the struggling economy depresses buying power and homes move slowly through the foreclosure process.

But despite the national effects and real urgency of the housing market collapse, we must think locally and take the long view. While national financial institutions and federal policy have the biggest impact on the real estate industry, we need to keep in mind that housing markets are local. Some markets, like Pittsburgh, Dallas and Houston, have actually gained value over the past five years while home prices in others, like Phoenix, Las Vegas and the sprawling Inland Empire region east of Los Angeles, have dropped by more than half. Some neighborhoods have been abandoned and are returning to pasture while others have few vacancies and long lines at open houses. And although a glut of new data comes out on housing prices, sales and the economy every week, it’s the persistent trends that matter.  Housing is a long-term investment. Buying, selling or moving costs time and money, and people can’t (and shouldn’t!) decide to buy a home, sell or move based on a weekly or monthly housing market report.

So what affects local markets in the long run?
For starters, we need to look at whether local industries grow, where baby boomers want to retire, whether gas prices rise and make commuting expensive, and whether local regulations allow construction where people want to live. There are so many factors that will affect the future of real estate and it can be incredibly confusing, especially if, like most people, you’re not making decisions about housing every week or every month. I’m here to help cut through all the noise and make sense of which trends really matter and what they mean for where you live today and where you want to live tomorrow.

 

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Hey, Soul Sister — Introducing Luxe Living

the Trulia Trends team
August 1, 2011

Just a little PSA to get your Monday morning started – while we here at Trulia Insights love to play with data (so that we can make it look pretty and uncover fun facts that make you go “Huh, that’s really interesting. I never would have thought of that”), there’s another side of us that fawns the gorgeous homes (er..or should we say, mcmansions) of the rich and famous.

Well, that side now has a name and a place to call home at Trulia. Allow me now to introduce you to our “little sister” site, Luxe Living. Now, you can get a regular fix of real estate eye candy and take your celeb obsession to the next level. C’mon, what are you waiting for – go check out the mega mansions belonging to Diddy, the Hulk (of “Hogan Knows Best”), Ellen & Portia, and The Osborne’s, etc.

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