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With the housing bubble going strong, consumers willing to take on debt and houses in short supply, Jeff Clavier says vertical search is moving into real estate domain, thanks to Trulia. (The name doesn’t make sense) The Google Maps mash-up with real estate listings is clever. […]

With the housing bubble going strong, consumers willing to take on debt and houses in short supply, Jeff Clavier says vertical search is moving into real estate domain, thanks to Trulia. (The name doesn’t make sense) The Google Maps mash-up with real estate listings is clever. Bad news: no New York City listings. Come on, no true real estate search engine will dis NYC like dat! Anyway taking donations so I can buy this pad!

  1. You sure you want to bother cleaning up that size of a pool. Trust me, it is a pain :-).

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  2. i agree… but then when i have the house, i will worry about that.. :-)

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  3. Actually, the reason it doesn’t work in NYC is that there is no multiple listing service (MLS) which virtually every other city has – a way to ensure that brokers are not disintermediated. As a New Yorker, it is very sad as one has to troll through about 25 sites to get a reasonable sense of inventory.

    BTW, check out this pad!

    http://striblingny.com/propinfo.asp?webid=949456&type=SALE

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  4. A new housing site. Oh, and Dogster may be profitable!

    Jeff Clavier, a Silicon Valley consultant and investor, points to some noteworthy local news: (1) There’s Trulia, which is a new Google Maps mashup with real estate listings. (2) Dogster and Catster, of San Francisco, are beginning to make money. (3) …

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  5. Even if someone gives it to me for free, I still cannot afford to live in it! Think property tax, and to lesser extents insurance and maintenace.

    Will I be enjoying my time there? Only if I have someone cleaning toilets, windows, vacuuming and doing other household chores.

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  6. John C,

    Great pad it is! Its incredible to me how pricey Tribeca is, although at about $1200/Sq. Ft., this condo doesnt seem that overpriced.

    I am a real estate agent with Citi-Habitats, focusing on residential sales. It is a shame that New Yorkers either have to contact a broker, or sift through 15-10 websites to find good listings.

    Was going to start http://www.urbandigs.com as a real estate search engine to solve that problem, with the same search technology as another site I started, http://www.hotspothaven.com (wifi access finder). But, it was going to be way too expensive, and now that I see Trulia, dont know if I can beat that!

    As a broker, I use Corcoran’s TAXI system to find listings for my clients. Its fantastic, but as you say, there is nothing out there in the public domain for New York apartment hunters.

    If I can ever help you find something here in NYC, dont hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to help!!

    Have you considered DUMBO, Brooklyn or new constructions? The tax abatement on new developments gives you savings on monthly, but usually with higher purchase prices. Look at http://www.70washington.com, in DUMBO. Great building!

    Noah

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  7. This NYT article mentions some of the MLS situation in NYC if anyone’s interested. Finding housing in NYC totally sucks unless you’ve got money to burn.

    [does WordPress have no comment preview out of the box or does everyone turn it off? why?]

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  8. sorry for the double post…..wasn’t sure the first one went through…

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  9. for NYC real estate search take a look at

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  10. [...] I am at the Search SIG down in Mountain View listening to the founders of some of the new vertical search engines including Healthline, Simply Hired, Trulia and Truveo. There were nearly 20% people in the room who were building search engines. When I asked these panelists whose search engines are basically are scraping other sites, cannibalizing the folks that provide the “content” for their sites, what was their exit strategy? Answer – dead silence. I was saying this earlier in the day, on this Web 2.0 highway, there are three exits: Microsoft, Yahoo and Google. And that simply sums up the single biggest problem with Web 2.0. Niall says Google mentioned every five minutes! [...]

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