Trulia housing economist Ralph McLaughlin has been promoted to chief economist.
McLaughlin will lead Trulia’s housing economics research team, effective immediately.
“Having a dedicated research team at Trulia is part of our commitment to making it easy and enjoyable to find a home. With Ralph’s expertise, we have shed light on how the real estate market has changed in the last few years, focusing on key consumer issues like affordability,” said Paul Levine, President of Trulia, in a statement. “Ralph has been an invaluable member of our research team, and with this promotion, I am excited to have him lead the charge and build on the work that has already been done.”
Second chief economist hired in 365 days
This is the second time in a calendar year that Trulia has hired a new chief economist. In February 2015, Jed Kolko left Trulia following Zillow’s acquisition of the company.
In June 2015, Trulia hired Selma Hepp, formerly a senior economist at California Association of Realtors.
According to Hepp’s LinkedIn profile, she was chief economist at Trulia for five months. She left in October 2015.
Trulia has not yet responded to questions about Hepp’s departure and McLaughlin’s hire. We will update the article with commentary later as it arrives.