(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Offerpad.)
By Lily Katz | Realtor Magazine
The nation’s top iBuying companies purchased 4,383 homes in the first quarter of 2021—the most recent period for which data is available. While that’s down 6.1% from a year earlier, it’s up 20.6% from the prior quarter—a sign that iBuyers are continuing to ramp up after pausing business at the beginning of the pandemic.
Still, iBuyers make up a tiny portion of the overall housing market, purchasing just 0.5% of homes that sold across the 418 U.S. metropolitan areas tracked by Redfin in the first quarter. That’s down from a peak of 0.8% in the second half of 2019 but up from 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2020.
This is according to a Redfin analysis of MLS and public-records data on home purchases and sales made by well-known national iBuyers: RedfinNow (Redfin’s iBuying business), Opendoor, Zillow Offers (Zillow’s iBuying business), Offerpad and Bungalo.