A Trulia Estimate is an approximate calculation of a home's market value. It is not an appraisal; it is a starting point in determining a home’s value. Trulia Estimates are based on publically available information and agent-reported transactions, including:
Currently, Trulia Estimates are available for more than 65 million off-market single-family homes, condos, and townhomes across the U.S. We’re working to make Estimates available for every home in every neighborhood on Trulia, so buyers, sellers, renters, and agents have the information and insights they need to make informed decisions.
If you’re thinking of selling your home, Trulia Estimates are one piece of information to consider. To determine the value of your home, we recommend you also talk to a real estate agent in your area about scheduling a professional appraisal.
We continuously monitor the accuracy of Trulia Estimates by comparing (1) actual sales prices for recently sold homes over a 3 month period with (2) those homes’ Estimates at the end of the month prior to sale. For each county and state, we report the median absolute error of these differences and the percentage of sales where Trulia Estimates were within 5%, 10% and 20% of the final sale prices. Take a look at our accuracy report, which details the accuracy of Trulia Estimates in available counties across the U.S.
Our engineers and data scientists developed a proprietary algorithm, based on a thorough analysis of market data, which calculates Estimates automatically and updates them daily.
Our model spots trends that affect sale prices based on a home’s location and nearby homes. For example, some characteristics, such as square footage or the number of bathrooms, are given more or less weight depending on a home’s location. Some of the information we use includes:
The Trulia Estimate is calculated using a proprietary algorithm. We continuously monitor customer feedback to identify and address systematic issues with the model. It is not possible for anyone to manually change a Trulia Estimate for a specific property.
Several factors can affect the accuracy of Trulia Estimates, including the:
For example, in some places home sales data is limited or unavailable. Certain “non-disclosure” states don’t disclose sale prices for homes in public records. Non-disclosure states include: