The iBuying space is getting increasingly crowded, and it's come home to roost for one top Silicon Valley unicorn.
Opendoor ($OPENDOOR) is laying off staffers and losing leadership - and posting fewer jobs, judging by our data. The upside is, as it moves more roles at the company to Phoenix, Arizona, there is at least a chance the drop in job postings may soon be reversed.
Job postings at Opendoor plummeted from a peak of 335 this January to 105 at the most recent count in early July. That's a drop of nearly 70%, and comes just a few months after Opendoor announced a $300 million round that shot its valuation to nearly $4 billion.
Opendoor's downtrend is a stark comparison to Zillow ($NYSE:Z), which recently announced plans to enter the online home sales space after developing itself first as a database for homebuyers and real estate service professionals. Zillow hasn't increased job postings much to begin 2019 - it only has four more roles now than it did at the beginning of the year posted online - but it appears postings are closing in on a recent high.
Zillow's move to join an already-crowded iBuying space pits Zillow against Opendoor, as well as startups like Perch (which recently raised more than $200 million in a cash-and-venture-debt deal) and Offerpad. Venture debt deals have gone hand-in-hand with budding iBuyer platforms, it seems - Opendoor, too, has raised private debt to fund its development. Its next challenge will be returning to the growth trajectory it once had - which, at the time, rivaled even Zillow.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Opendoor would relocate headquarters to Phoenix - it is moving some jobs there, but will remain headquartered in San Francisco. A representative for the company says Opendoor has doubled headcount in the last year, to 1,300 employees.
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