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Trulia unveils blogging platform and mobile tools

New releases enable location-aware real estate searches

The latest batch of new features at real estate site Trulia.com includes a simplified blogging platform, mobile tools for property searches that use your phone as a divining rod for for-sale homes in the area, and information feeds that provides customized property listings and other area-specific information -- including blog posts and other user-generated site content -- within the locations that visitors are searching at the site. The mobile tools released today include customized applications for a series of Internet-capable phones, including the iPhone, and for the Dash, an Internet-connected global positioning system designed for driving use. The Trulia Blogging Platform allows any site user, including agents, brokers and consumers, to create blog posts at the site -- this platform builds upon user-generated content at the site's question-and-answer section, called Trulia Voices. ActiveRain, Realtor.com, RealTown, Point2 and HomeGain are among the other real estate sites that a...

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