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Zillow vs. Trulia – All Joking Aside


Trulia has been good to me since December 2007, and I truly appreciate the featured blog distinction this week. Trulia, thank you for helping me and my real estate business.

It should make you feel terrific that Zillow really blew it today with one of my listings – bad data, mystery data, and confusing data never happen with my Trulia listings.

I’ve never liked Zillow’s GUI.

Now, I just think that their data is messy.

All joking aside, Trulia crushes Zillow at almost every touchpoint that matters to the real estate consumer, in my opinion.

I wanted to say something funny to lighten my mood, but now, I’ll just tell the same joke that I told back on January 7, 2008 on Trulia.

Did you hear the joke about the mathematician, the accountant and the economist ?

A mathematician, an accountant and an economist apply for the same job. The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks “What do two plus two equal?” The mathematician replies “Four.” The interviewer asks “Four, exactly?” The mathematician looks at the interviewer incredulously and says “Yes, four, exactly.”

Then the interviewer calls in the accountant and asks the same question “What do two plus two equal?” The accountant says “On average, four – give or take ten percent, but on average, four.”

Then the interviewer calls in the economist and poses the same question “What do two plus two equal?” The economist gets up, locks the door, closes the shade, sits down next to the interviewer and says “What do you want it to equal?”

Zillow has two tech support tickets now, no 800 number that’s easy to find and no human response like Trulia, and their GUI still sucks.

All joking aside, Zillow vs. Trulia is a contest that we’ll be watching for a long time. I just believe that the quality of the community and creativity of the web architects at Trulia is way better, and has been for years.

Much love.


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