Zillow + Trulia = Love Forever

Zillow + Trulia = Love Forever

After swirling rumors and speculation last week, it is now official: Zillow and Trulia announced this morning that they will merge. Trulia shareholders will get 0.444 shares of Zillow stock (Z) for every share of Trulia stock (TRLA), making the deal worth $3.5 billion at today’s prices. I’ve never been much of a fan of […]

Zillow & Trulia Still Apathetic About Data Quality

Zillow & Trulia Still Apathetic About Data Quality

As regular readers here may know, after the world’s longest home search, I finally bought a house in May 2011. Specifically, we closed on May 20, 2011 and paid $224,950. Last week I happened to pull up my home on Zillow, and was greeted with an interesting surprise. According to Zillow, I purchased my home […]

MLS-Powered Search Sites Hold Major Advantage Over Zillow & Trulia

Full disclosure: The Tim is employed by Redfin. Earlier this month, Redfin released the results of an in-depth study of real estate listing accuracy across various websites, including Redfin, Windermere, Zillow, and Trulia. The results will not surprise anyone who has attempted to do any serious home searching on these sites, but I still wanted […]

Nonsense from Trulia: Buying 42% Cheaper than Renting

Longtime P-I real estate reporter Aubrey Cohen certainly knows how to get my attention. Here’s a story he ran on their site yesterday: Report finds buying a home way cheaper than renting Buying a home is way cheaper than renting in all 100 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, including Seattle, according to a new […]

Redfin Flourishing Despite Downturn, Dirty Tricks

A couple of national outlets have had interesting stories about Redfin in the last few days. Since you’re not likely to read about it in the “we pretend Redfin doesn’t exist” local agent blogs, I thought I’d highlight them here. First up is a New York Times story that claims the bursting of the real […]