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Trulia Names Issi Romem as Chief Economist

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Trulia®, a home and neighborhood site for homebuyers and renters, today announced Issi Romem as its new chief economist. In this role, Romem will spearhead Trulia’s economic research and use Trulia’s extensive neighborhood-level data to provide timely industry insights on both national and local housing market trends, demographic shifts and economic policies that matter most to buyers and renters. Under his leadership, Trulia’s Housing Economics Research team will continue to publish a regular cadence of research, data analysis and commentary about the U.S. housing market.

Issi Romem, chief economist, Trulia
Issi Romem, chief economist, Trulia

“Finding a new home and neighborhood is no easy task especially as the real estate market continues to shift over time. With our housing research, Trulia has always strived to help people understand what trends and policy changes they need to consider during their home search,” said Tim Correia, senior vice president and general manager, Trulia. “As a well-respected thought leader in the housing industry, Issi brings a fresh but experienced perspective on the U.S. economy, urban development and housing policy to Trulia’s Housing Economics Research team that will ultimately help drive our mission forward.”

Romem is currently a fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also taught as an adjunct professor of economics. Before Trulia, he served as the chief economist at BuildZoom for more than four years, leading research around metropolitan growth patterns, housing and construction trends, with his work most-notably featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, among others. Concurrent to his last role, Romem advised the Rentonomics team at Apartment List on economic methodology. He also previously worked at OnPoint Analytics as an economist. Lastly, Romem earned his Master of Arts in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, graduating Magna Cum Laude, as well as a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

“I am thrilled to join Trulia and lead its dedicated research team in delivering real-world insights that will help people better understand the trends impacting America’s cities and their local housing market,” said Issi Romem, chief economist, Trulia. “More than ever, it’s now a critical time to follow housing. Today, along with the next few years to come could be the most interesting time in decades to study housing and land use policy in America, as longstanding approaches face new challenges.”

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About Trulia
Trulia’s mission is to build a more neighborly world by helping you discover a place you’ll love to live. Homebuyers and renters use Trulia’s website and suite of mobile apps to get a deeper understanding of homes and neighborhoods across the U.S. through personalized recommendations, insights sourced straight from locals, and 34 neighborhood map overlays that offer details on commute, reported crime, schools, nearby businesses, and more. Founded in 2005, Trulia is based in San Francisco, and owned and operated by Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG). Trulia is a registered trademark of Trulia, LLC.

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