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Trulia gets snapshot-happy

New tool lets consumers search homes for sale using map-linked photos

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Real estate site has launched a new visual aid for property searches, dubbed Trulia Snapshot. The visual search tool pulls out a handful of map-linked property photos in a given area and allows users to customize the selected properties based on a price range or whether the listing is stale or fresh. A scrolling bar of photos is pictured at the lower end of the screen, along with a corresponding scrolling tool that allows users to select a price range. Users can also click on a series of tabs to view "Most Expensive," "Least Expensive," "Newest" and "Oldest" properties. Scrolling the pointer over a property image displays the home's address in large type and the amount of time that has passed since the property was listed. Clicking on an image displays more detailed information, including the price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and a brief description of the type of home, age of the home and the name of the brokerage co...