Trulia, a prominent online real estate search and marketing company, has announced the release of a new free search feature that aims to give users a better feel for a locale they'd like to live in. Trulia Local allows users to search cities via interactive, "zoom-able" Google Maps where they can see Trulia-listed homes both for sale and sold, area amenities like restaurants, school district and school information, and crime levels. "Trulia Local is more about exploration than specific home data," said Sha Hwang, a designer at Trulia who helped develop the new product. "It's the inversion of how we've traditionally presented data," he said. Trulia Local features filtered map searches, allowing users to see info like average Trulia listing prices and sold prices of homes in a view; recent crimes, including a heat-map overlay of violent and nonviolent crimes; nearby restaurants, banks, gas stations and grocery stores; school district boundaries a...
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