Trulia, the national listings website, puts its monthly “Spotlight” on the city of Boston.

The (brief) report (warning, .pdf) includes a “heat map” of what searches were most popular during the month of August.

Back Bay, one of Boston’s most upscale neighborhoods, was the most searched Boston neighborhood in August.

Median sales price in Back Bay is up 18.2 percent over last year, showing that some areas have defied the real estate slump. South End was next on the list … South Boston, or Southie, was third most popular.

Median sales price in South End and South Boston was up 8.8 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively, over the previous year.

In my opinion, Trulia has yet to make much of an impression, here in Boston. I haven’t heard any client or agent mention it. If you look at Trulia’s list of “most popular cities” that use their website, it isn’t in the top ten. I’d guess it isn’t in the top 20, either.

I’m not taking anything away from them. I like the website and I like their service. It’s just not used much, here. Yet.

Part of that problem, so far, has been the (serious) lack of listings in its database. The reason is, Boston-area agents have to agree to have their listings uploaded to Trulia. Up until a couple months ago, no major brokerages had done so. Then, our local Multiple Listing Service, MLSPIN, offered to upload listings to Trulia (an agent’s office has to manually approve this, by checking a box on the MLSPIN website … and I bet many offices don’t even realize this!).

In addition, separately, companies such as th Keller Williams and Coldwell Banker started uploading their listings on the site.

Check out their site, and let me know what you think.

(Trulia – update your maps! We don’t have any neighborhoods called Charlston and Alliston-Brighton!

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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