Wildfires, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Oh My! Trulia Adds More Natural Hazard Maps.

When shopping for homes, you’ve also got to watch out for Mother Nature.
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Trulia Expands Services With Personalized Agent Search

Today, Trulia introduced a new feature called Find an Agent to help connect prospective home buyers and sellers with real-estate professionals. Though the company already offers an agent directory, users will now be able to search Trulia for a real-estate agent based on experience, local expertise, sales history and client recommendations. The company said it developed the tool as another form of “word of mouth,” and due to the increasing importance of matching people with the right agent to help navigate changing and competitive market conditions.

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Boom Time for Zillow, Trulia, Other Web Home-Search Firms

Prices of Bay Area homes are climbing quickly, but not as fast as the value of Bay Area technology companies that help people search for homes online.

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Trulia Agrees to Buy Real-Estate Software Maker Market Leader for $355 Million

Trulia Inc.has agreed to acquire real-estate-focused software maker Market Leader Inc. for about $355 million in cash and stock as the real-estate-listing service looks to beef up its offerings.

Trulia Thinks Outside the Search Box for Smarter House-Hunting

Trulia Suggests promises a more intelligent, personalized way to search for a new home.
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House-Snooping App Homesnap Launches Website, Plans Android App

Can Homesnap, a mobile app that lets you peek at other people’s property values, compete with Zillow and Trulia?
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Trulia Gets a Boost From a Strong Mobile Real Estate Market

Trulia’s shares hit an all-time high today, driven in part by the strong performance of mobile.
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Zillow Shares Dive on Revenue Outlook; Company Buys Mortgage Tool Firm

Zillow will pay $12 million plus stock for Mortech.
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Trulia Shares Surge as Much as 43 Percent in IPO

If only the housing market were doing so well: Trulia shares climbed as much as 43 percent to $24.24 a share today in its public market debut. The San Francisco online real estate listings company priced shares at $17 apiece last night, up from its original expectations of $14 to $16 each. The company sold six million shares and raised roughly $85 million for the business, excluding proceeds from stockholder sales.

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Trulia Aims High, Prices IPO at $17 a Share

Analysts were expecting real estate marketplace Trulia to set its IPO price somewhere in the $14 to $16 neighborhood, but the market must have looked favorable, because TRLA will debut at $17 on the NYSE tomorrow. The six-million-share offering (one million of that from existing investors) will bring in $102 million. In going public, Trulia follows sector leader Zillow, which hit the market last year at $20 and closed Wednesday at $45.55.

Real Estate Site Trulia Acquires Movity