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Trulia Real Estate HD to launch – sexy Kindle Fire app on the way

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Real estate search company Trulia has announced that in response to the launch of the Amazon Kindle (which we dubbed a legitimate iPad competitor that costs only $199), they are launching an app specific to the Kindle Fire called “Trulia Real Estate HD.” Trulia tells AGBeat that “This app was built from scratch by our talented mobile development team in less than 3 weeks, and since GPS and location-based services (maps) aren’t part of the Kindle Fire upon launch, we had to build this particular app in a new way.” Consumers don’t want to wait for map services to be available, so Trulia says they won’t either.

The app will be available tomorrow for all users and will be live in the app store any minute (keep refreshing the page), and the app will “leverage Kindle Fire’s vibrant color touchscreen and extra-wide viewing angle to give users an exceptional real estate search experience.”

The app emphasizes list view, photo search and full screen slideshows to take advantage of Kindle Fire’s wide screen. “We threw a lot of resources behind this development because we think Kindle Fire will be the next big thing in the tablet world (and the initial sales figures prove it). Mobile is Trulia’s biggest growth initiative, and currently more than 25% of Trulia’s weekend traffic comes from mobile and continues to grow at a rapid pace. We anticipate that Amazon’s platform will continue to fuel that growth.”

Trulia Real Estate HD App Features

According to Trulia, these are the app’s top features:

  • Search Filter: Personalize your search from step one by setting filters and search parameters, guaranteeing that you only sort through properties that fit your needs.
  • Full-Screen Slideshows: Unique to the Kindle Fire, use photo gallery search to view big, beautiful property slideshows on the tablet’s entire screen.
  • Save Your Searches: Save your favorite properties and searches to your MyTrulia account, synced to www.trulia.com and across all of your Trulia devices automatically.
  • More Information Instantly: Contact the listing agent to get more details or schedule a showing; Share good finds with friends and family.

Tara Steele is the News Director at The American Genius, covering entrepreneur, real estate, technology news and everything in between. If you’d like to reach Tara with a question, comment, press release or hot news tip, simply click the link below.

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  1. garylittlerlp

    November 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Trulia is really missing the boat here by not providing an interactive map for Fire. If instead of creating an app they instead created an intelligent web page they could easily provide a map-based interface built on top of Google Maps.

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Austin tops the list of best places to buy a home

When looking to buy a home, taking the long view is important before making such a huge investment – where are the best places to make that commitment?

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(REALUOSO.COM) – Let us first express that although we are completely biased about Texas (we’re headquartered here, I personally grew up here), the data is not – Texas is the best. That’s a scientific fact. There’s a running joke in Austin that if there is a list of “best places to [anything],” we’re on it, and the joke causes eye rolls instead of humility (we’re sore winners and sore losers in this town).

That said, SelfStorage.com dug into the data and determined that the top 12 places to buy a home are currently Texas and North Carolina (and Portland, I guess you’re okay too or whatever).

They examined the nerdiest of numbers from the compound annual growth rate in inflation-adjusted GDP to cost premium, affordability, taxes, job growth, and housing availability.

“Buying a house is a big decision and a big commitment,” the company notes. “Although U.S. home prices have risen in the long term, the last decade has shown that path is sometimes full of twists, turns, dizzying heights and steep, abrupt falls. Today, home prices are stabilizing and increasing in most areas of the U.S.”

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Average age of houses on the rise, so is it now better or worse to buy new?

With aging housing in America, are first-time buyers better off buying new or existing homes? The average age of a home is rising, as is the price of new housing, so a shift could be upon us.

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The average home age is higher than ever

(REALUOSO.COM) – In a survey from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of homes in the United States was 35 years old. In Texas, homes are a bit younger with the median age between 19 – 29 years. The northeast has the oldest homes, with the median age between 50 – 61 years. In 1985, the median age of a home was only 23 years.

With more houses around 40 years old, the National Association of Realtors asserts that homeowners will have to undertake remodeling and renovation projects before selling unless the home is sold as-is, in which case the buyer will be responsible to update their new residence. Even homeowners who aren’t selling will need to consider remodeling for structural and aesthetic reasons.

Prices of new homes on the rise

Newer homes cost more than they used to. The price differential between new homes and older homes has increased from 10 percent traditionally to around 37 percent in 2014. This is due to rising construction costs, scarcity of lots, and a low inventory of new homes that doesn’t meet the demand.

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Are Realtors the real loser in the fight between Zillow Group and Move, Inc.?

The last year has been one of dramatic and rapid change in the real estate tech sector, but Realtors are vulnerable, and we’re worried.

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Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes

(REALUOSO.COM) – Corporate warfare demands headlines in every industry, but in the real estate tech sector, a storm has been brewing for years, which in the last year has come to a head. Zillow Group and Move, Inc. (which is owned by News Corp. and operates ListHub, Realtor.com, TopProducer, and other brands) have been competing for a decade now, and the race has appeared to be an aggressive yet polite boxing match. Last year, the gloves came off, and now, they’ve drawn swords and appear to want blood.

Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

So how then, does any of this make Realtors the victims of this sword fight? Let’s get everyone up to speed, and then we’ll discuss.

1. Zillow poaches top talent, Move/NAR sues

It all started last year when the gloves came off – Move’s Chief Strategy Officer (who was also Realtor.com’s President), Errol Samuelson jumped ship and joined Zillow on the same day he phoned in his resignation without notice. He left under questionable circumstances, which has led to a lengthy legal battle (wherein Move and NAR have sued Zillow and Samuelson over allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets), with the most recent motion being for contempt, which a judge granted to Move/NAR after the mysterious “Samuelson Memo” surfaced.

Salt was added to the wound when Move awarded Samuelson’s job to Move veteran, Curt Beardsley, who days after Samuelson left, also defected to Zillow. This too led to a lawsuit, with allegations including breach of contract, violation of corporations code, illegal dumping of stocks, and Move has sought restitution. These charges are extremely serious, but demanded slightly less attention than the ongoing lawsuit against Samuelson.

2. Two major media brands emerge

Last fall, the News Corp. acquisition of Move, Inc. was given the green light by the feds, and this month, Zillow finalized their acquisition of Trulia.

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