Trulia has promoted Ralph McLaughlin from Housing Economist to Chief Economist, effective immediately. In this new role, Ralph will lead Trulia's housing economics research team and provide house hunters with key insights about the economy, housing trends, and public policy.
"Having a dedicated research team at Trulia is part of our commitment to making it easy and enjoyable to find a home. With Ralph's expertise, we have shed light on how the real estate market has changed in the last few years, focusing on key consumer issues like affordability," said Paul Levine, President of Trulia. "Ralph has been an invaluable member of our research team, and with this promotion, I am excited to have him lead the charge and build on the work that has already been done."
Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin added, "As an economist and long-time house hunter, I understand what buyers, sellers, and renters actually care about and what they need to know to successfully navigate today's polarized housing market. Under my leadership, Trulia will continue to explore the growing divide between the Costly Coasts in the booming West and Northeast markets versus the Bargain Belt in the sluggish South and Midwest markets. It's a trend that has important ramifications for the U.S. economy and housing policy."
Prior to joining Trulia in 2014, Ralph was an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University, where he was the Director of the Real Estate Development program. He has also worked as an Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of South Australia. During his time as an academic, his research focused on housing supply, urban growth, and economic geography. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Geography and Regional Development at the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Planning, Policy, and Design with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Economics from the University of California, Irvine.