Trulia’s new heat maps show how expensive it is to live in San Francisco

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When looking for a home far away from home, it can be hard to know where to go to find the best house that fits your budget. With a new tool, Trulia is trying to make that a bit easier for homebuyers.

The San Francisco-based real estate search company, which recently acquired Seattle’s Market Leader, is continuing its trend of producing heat maps for key metrics, allowing people to look at how prices break down by neighborhood in different cities. The Trulia Local site now has maps that shade areas of a city based on the median asking price, sale price and price per square foot of homes that exist therein.

In general, the data isn’t all that surprising, though being able to view a city in the aggregate tells some interesting stories.

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The fact that it costs more to live in San Francisco than Seattle shouldn’t surprise anyone, but seeing a sea of maroon polygons delineating the City By The Bay’s neighborhoods shows that really, there isn’t a whole lot of affordable space available. Even just comparing the two cities side-by-side, it’s easy to see Seattle’s affordability advantage.

The maps are also a key competitive edge Trulia has over Zillow in the race to inform homebuyers of what they’re getting into. While Zillow makes many of the same metrics available that Trulia does, they don’t have the same data overlaid on a map in the same way.

To get your own look at Trulia’s maps, head here.

Previously on GeekWire: Worried about wildfires or floods? Trulia heat maps help find safest places to live

  • Kevin Foreman

    Blair, thanks for the article interesting.

    FWIW, it appears the “Commute” function is not traffic aware and assumes homeowners get to drive to destinations with no one else on the road. For home buyers looking to better understand expected drive time to work, I encourage them to check out Windermere.com’s implementation of Search by INRIX Drive Time.

    Disclaimer: I am employed by INRIX, Inc.

    Thanks again for the interesting article.
    Kevin