Real-estate website Trulia.com is opening an office next month in Centennial, where it plans to employ 100 people.
Trulia is leasing 16,000 square feet of space in Waterpark at Briarwood II, 10771 E. Easter Ave. in Centennial, company spokesman Ken Shuman said. The office will open next month with 25 employees and quickly ramp up to 100 workers. There will be positions in customer service, sales and human resources.
The office will be the third for Trulia. In addition to its San Francisco headquarters, the company has an office in New York. The company describes itself as being focused on giving buyers, sellers and renters tools to help them find the right home. The site includes property listings and market information.
“We have 200 people now,” Shuman said. “Hiring another 100 is a pretty big expansion for us.”
After looking at 25 markets coast-to-coast, Trulia had narrowed the field to Eugene, Ore.; Las Vegas; and Canton, Ohio. The Denver area wasn’t on the company’s radar until its real-estate consultant, Jeff Pappas of Dallas-based Aldredge Partners Real Estate Group, visited Denver for a site-selectors conference.
“When I was there, I felt like it was a market they should at least consider and tour and visit,” Pappas said.
Pappas and Trulia worked closely with the Southeast Business Partnership to find a suitable location.
“They came to Denver three times before they made their decision,” said Lynn Myers, the organization’s director of economic development. “They met with Arapahoe Community College, University of Colorado at Denver and workforce-center representatives. They’ve had a really nice introduction to the overall community.”
The company has hired Don Fitzmartin of Fitzmartin Consulting Co. to handle project management for the build-out of the space.
Metro Denver wasn’t the least expensive market Trulia considered — and no incentives were offered — but the company liked the well-educated workforce and ease of doing business here, Pappas said.
Trulia also found the region to be compatible with its corporate culture.
“Denver is work hard, play hard,” Pappas said
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