Trulia Welcomes New Chief Economist Selma Hepp

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The FINANCIAL — Trulia, one of the leading home search resources for buyers and renters, on June 15 announced Selma Hepp as its new chief economist.

In this role, Selma will lead Trulia’s housing economics research team and provide house hunters with key insights about the economy, housing trends and public policy. Selma joins Trulia from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (C.A.R.) and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (NAR) where she oversaw research and analysis of housing market and economic trends, surveys and the impact of real estate related regulatory and legislative policy, according to Trulia.

“Finding a home is a messy and overwhelming process that hinges on making tradeoffs among price, space and location. At Trulia, Selma will help people navigate their home search by translating complex economic trends and housing policies into plain English,” said Paul Levine, President of Trulia. “The housing market today is in transition, and with Selma’s expertise as a seasoned housing economist, Trulia is well positioned to provide house hunters with the information they need to make smart real estate decisions.”

Chief Economist Selma Hepp added, “Over the years, I’ve admired the prolific and creative insights that Trulia uncovered about the housing market. I am thrilled to lead Trulia’s housing economics research team and am excited to build on the great work that has already been done. Under my leadership, Trulia will continue to publish new research that will help house hunters understand which trends really matter.”

Previously, Selma served as a senior economist at C.A.R. and as an economist and manager of public policy and homeownership at N.A.R. She has also worked as a research associate at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. Currently, Selma collaborates with the University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate and the REALTOR University Center for Real Estate Studies. She earned her Master of Arts in Economics from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design from the University of Maryland.

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