Dunes, First off, you are to funny! Your post made me laugh out loud, & everyone came in to see what was so funny.
Second, if I am reading u'r post right, you are saying there is a section called " Using Trulia ", but I don't see where that is...
Debbie, Where I live, in Phoenix AZ, it varies greatly within the same zip code. One neighborhood can be very high end, & the neighborhood across the street can be run down, but both are in the same zip code. So it is a bad idea for Trulia to post the same review, no matter how general, for every home for sale in that zip. It just wouldn't apply. There wouldn't be much to say because everything varies so greatly.
We will have to agree to disagree on wether or not people writing a review on a property is a good thing. I think it is a great idea. Especially if Trulia fixes it so each review is specific for that one property. While some reviews might just be abstract thoughts and judgements, I think the majority would be helpful info to the buyer. For example, in my review, I wrote about how you couldn't tell from the realtors pix, but the stone work on the outside of the home is really nice & well done. I also wrote about our neighborhood association (which the realtor did not mention), & how it works & that it is a really friendly, community minded neighborhood. Yes, someone could call the city & find out that there is an active neighborhood assoc, get the head of the neighborhood assoc phone #, & call & ask about it, but not many people know you can do that outside of a planned community, & not many people are going to dig that much in the beginning when they are just scanning the internet to find homes to go look at, if ever. I actually think that the average person does not know how to go about collecting info on a property. So why not give them extra info about the huge investment they are about to make? The people who live in that neighborhood are the ones who can tell you the most. Before I buy a home, I always walk around & talk to as many neighbors as I can. You can find out all kinds of things from them. Good & bad. I have found out about house fires, termites, repairs that were made, etc...from doing that, that were not disclosed. Having a review section on Trulia that reviews each home, would save so much time & be so much easier. Much more helpful than a movie review.