Redfin analyzed MLS and public records data on home purchases and sales made by the most well-known national iBuyers, including RedfinNow (Redfin's iBuying business), Opendoor, Zillow and Offerpad for the report. The fourth quarter is the most recent period for which iBuyer data is available.
The term "iBuyer" (short for instant buyer) is used to describe real estate companies that purchase houses from homeowners in quick cash transactions by using algorithms to evaluate a property's worth based on comparable market data. Real estate firms including Redfin, Zillow and Opendoor put iBuying on hold at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic amid substantial economic uncertainty. These companies resumed their iBuying businesses in May and June as housing demand began to rebound thanks to record-low mortgage rates and a wave of relocations made possible by remote work.
Still, business remains slower than usual, in part because the housing market is so hot. With homebuyer demand through the roof, many sellers figure they can offload their homes without having to share the profits. Plus, an intense shortage of homes for sale means there aren't as many properties for iBuyers to purchase in the first place.
"We're being very aggressive when it comes to buying homes right now—it's all gas, no brakes," said
Phoenix Kept Its Crown as the Metro With the Highest iBuyer Market Share
iBuyers Purchased Less Expensive Homes Than the Typical Homebuyer
iBuyers bought homes for a median of
iBuyers Sold Homes In 14 Days—A Record Pace
Nationally, the typical iBuyer-owned home found a buyer after being listed on the market for 14 days—the quickest pace since at least 2015, when Redfin began recording iBuyer data. That's down from 42 days a year earlier and a revised 17 days in the third quarter. By comparison, the typical non-iBuyer home spent 30 days on the market, down from 46 days a year earlier and 33 days in the third quarter.
"Most homes that RedfinNow puts on the market in
In a majority of the top 27 iBuying markets, iBuyers sold their inventory faster than the typical homeowner, with the largest margins in
To read the full report complete with graphs and metro-level data, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/news/ibuyer-real-estate-q4-2020
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