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JB, Home Seller in Colorado

Why doesn't the front page of Trulia have a map mashup of listings as default vs. a search box?

Asked by JB, Colorado Sat Jan 31, 2009

That would be much more effective than a search box which requires someone to know names in an area. Search terms are too narrow to capture all relevant inventory in a metro area.

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Hi JB,

Though such a mashup isn't available on our homepage, you can easily search this way via our National Heat Map located at the link below. Let me know if this doesn't meet your needs and/or if there are ways that it could be more helpful to you. I'll be sure to share your suggestion to make this search available on our homepage with the rest of our team, and I'll be happy to pass on any other suggestions you may have for us.

Thank you for your feedback!

Emily Gibson
Community Moderator
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 2, 2009

I've been watching your post all day wondering if any one would come up with a valuable answer.

The fact is, a map mashup is the best solution for the vast majority of home searchers. This is the fundamental belief behind the development of . Simply click, locate areas of interest, zoom in and see what homes are for sale. What is easier than that? No zip codes, no city names, no subdivisions.

We make it easy and intuitive to address the three most important things about real estate: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. In addition, provides a wealth of resources for each home listing. It's such a great tool that even some real etate brokers use our site to help their clients!

In a challenging real estate environment; buyers need to get back to the fundamentals of real estate and recognize that granite counter tops and the latest plumbing fixtures shouldn't supercede the best locations.

I'm off my soap box...

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 31, 2009
Hi JB,

The way you responded works just fine.

I agree that this map isn't the easiest to find, however I thought it would be helpful if you were starting your search at a state-wide level. If you already know approximately what area you area interested in, I'd recommend that you perform a search from our home page in that area. On the search results page you'll then be able to use the 'Search Within' option to search via the map - you move the map any which way you want and we'll show you all the listings that we have in that area.

I hope this helps you. Thanks again for the great feedback!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 3, 2009
Hi ... Emily two things:

1. Is there a way to respond to your answer in a threaded fashion (I just used the 'answer' functino here instead)?
2. I agree with Bob's point. It seems to me that the default interface for buyers should be a very easy to use map which can be manipulated and scoped to allow interested parties to quickly see ALL relevant properties in as broad or narrow a geography as of interest -- an area not just defined by zip code. While I like your heatmap feature, it is hard to find and it's still fundamentally zip-code based. And when you get down to a specific zip code you can't keep using the map to look at available properties ... you can see a list of all properties for that zip code but not see e.g. pins representing all properties in an area, each of which when clicked gives you details on the property... .

If I'm interested in an area I want to scroll around a map and see all the properties that pop up according to specific parameters .. regardless of the zipcode boundaries that (I guess) MLS uses to flow data...

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 3, 2009
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