Zillow’s unexpected announcement in October that it was temporarily pausing its home-buying activities raised many analysts’ eyebrows. Now, the company is reportedly offloading thousands of homes at a discount, Marketwatch recently reported.
It also announced it would lay off 25% of its workforce over the next few quarters.
Some argue that more concerning trends could be on the way. The company’s Zillow Offers division—what’s known as an “iBuyer”—purchases and sells homes directly to consumers, typically renovating them in between.
Following a report in mid-October from Bloomberg, Zillow confirmed that its Zillow Offers division would not be signing any additional new contracts to purchase homes through the end of 2021.
In explaining the move, Zillow said the company was facing a backlog of renovations and dealing with operational-capacity issues.
Now, though, Bloomberg is reporting that the company is selling off roughly 7,000 homes, looking to claw back $2.8 billion in the process. A separate report from KeyBanc analyst Edward Yruma found that two-thirds of the homes Zillow has listed for sale feature an asking price below what Zillow paid for the property, with the average discount being 4.5%.
“Zillow may have leaned into home acquisition at the wrong time,” Yruma wrote in a research note.
When asked to comment on the sale, Caliber’s co-founder & CEO, Chris Loeffler responded, “Zillow had it, the brand, the capital and the access to win this race at scale. What they didn’t have, and you cannot replace, is the proper balance of local, specialized knowledge and flexibility to move with the market. Technology can enable better real estate investing. What it cannot do is replace a world-class local team that realizes each property is unique.”
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