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Map mashup: LA real estate

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Looking for real estate by neighboorhood can be tricky; it's easiest to search by zip code, but 90039 is tony Silverlake, the still-sketchy Frogtown flats and spotty Glassel Park all at once. Trulia is trying to make it easier, combining Google Maps and local real estate listings. Want to live downtown? Look for a little green icon and click: yipes, $893,000. Forgot to hit the "less than $500,000" filter.

The idea is great, but it's still got two problems. The first are the neighborhood listings. The alpha start of the list is: Boyle Heights, CANNDU, Crenshaw, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, Empowerment Congress Central Area, Empowerment Congress North Area, Empowerment Congress Southeast Area... uh, WHAT? When's the last time someone told you they live in Empowerment Congress Area North? Until the categories make sense to consumers, it's not going to work. CANNDU? Can Don't.

The other problem is that all the listings are from the LA Times' classifieds. In a hot real estate market (cooling, probably, but still very very warm) there are listings on the MLS, but we're not so sure the LA Times is the go-to source. Or are we wrong? Is what's on Trulia truly all there is?