Also notice the little "updates" about metrowest sales have disappeared lately, this is b/c the numbers are disturbing to realtors.
The second part of your question is more interesting. I have also noticed that Trulia (and Zillow) will take down negative slanted posts about the RE market, even those lacking attacking or rude lingo.
I live in Westboro and was fortunate to be forced to sell a house in Westborough near the peak. I relocated in 2005 and recently returned to WB. I have been looking for a while but will hold out as the prices still are declining.
Notice how many houses are on the market in this area. In one stretch of road 3 houses of 6 are on the market, one of them lacking a for sale sign. What a ploy. Get ready for homes to sale in the mid to low 500s
Take a look at the tactics agents are using now:
Falsely marketing properties (3BR as 4BR, putting "Fales" in the listing when they are Armstrong)
Another one I find interesting is that there are a couple of Neighborhoods with an unusually high number of homes on the market. One agent recommended to their client (friend of mine) that they NOT put a for sale sign in their yard because 3 others within an 1/8 of a mile were for sale. Thought it would look bad for all with this many signs up. What a bizarre strategy.
My opinion is that there is a major shift happening in real estate. The younger adults who are just finishing college and graduate school (Generation Z, Me, whatever they are called) simply will not buy houses as avidly as the baby boomers did. This generation is already saddled with tremendous debt to pay for higher education and have too much of a shared resourse mentality (i.e borrow / rent and NOT own, Napster, Netflix, Zipcar etc). Unless there is a program akin to the clash for clunkers to knock down existing homes, there will be way to many homes for another decade and thus further price loss.
My daughter and her husband are classic examples. They are in there mid 30s and both make over 250 K (my daughter is an MD, son in law JD) annually and they rent with no plans to buy. They dont want to buy b/c they think RE is a bad investment. Many of their peers are doing the same.
I recently purchased a home and already the comps this spring prove I would have gotten a better price if I had waited a bit longer. Economy doesnt seem to be improving either and the local economy is not great (i.e Fidelity, UMASS layoffs and hiring freeze). All signs seem to point to more decreases in home prices.
I posted a couple of discussions about N'hoods with a high density of homes on and agents mis-representing properties (both reflections of a poor market) and trulia took them down. Sure local agents complained. This discussion will probably be deleted by Trulia too.