Hopefully by the end of 2010’s first quarter or start of second quarter Trulia will be offering its already-acquired 4.5 million rental listings on the Trulia site. We learned this from Trulia spokesperson Ken Shuman, who said the listings are being accumulated from big communities, and current Trulia brokers and partners.

While not revealing exact details of features to come, Shuman said that the first priority from day one will be to help consumers make better decisions, and will begin with help on the “Should I rent or should I buy?” quandary. He promised continuing unique features to help with this decision.

While Shuman told us that 30 percent of homebuyers would still consider renting, he didn’t have statistics available on the number of sellers that might be inclined to rent their properties instead or until they found a buyer.

“While I don’t have the seller statistics, I can tell you that at my loft community in Oakland there has only been one sale this year. As a result, many owners have turned their properties into rentals. They’re buying new places and they still want to sell eventually, but are turning them into rentals in the meantime.”

The New York Times just published an informative story on rental listings on real estate sites, including Zillow and Trulia. Here’s AIM Group’s prior announcement about Zillow’s recent launch of rental listings.

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