Zillow Record Profits

Josh Fraser Jun 15th, 2021 / Zillow, Estated Episodes, Industry News, Profits

Zillow Group, Inc., one of the most-visited real estate websites in America, has made a boom in its Q1, 2021 results. It has earned a total income of $52 million. Due to the country's rising housing markets where the supply was low compared to the demand, Zillow's earnings soared once again after the fourth quarter of 2020.


The previous year's first quarter saw Zillow fall by $163.3 million as it spends massively on its nascent home-buying program, Zillow Offers. Zillow made $1.2 billion in revenue in its first quarter, i.e., 8 per cent high YOY. The company's agent advertising was solely responsible for the profits. Zillow Premier Agent sales increased by 38 % to 334.3 million dollars, year over year. Its internet, media, and technology division, which involves Premier Agent, made a gain of $144 million during the period.

On 4th May, when the earning release took place, CEO Rich Barton announced that the house's pricing has extraordinarily inflated in the last half-year, which he was not able to see in 35 years. He added that volumes have grown, the value of homes is appreciating, and houses are moving at a breakneck pace.

The re-acceleration of Zillow Offers contrasts with the property market recovery. When the covid-19 pandemic hit, Zillow, like other iBuyers, put an end to iBuying. Throughout the quarter, Zillow bought 1,856 homes and marketed 1,965 homes. In Q1,2021, Zillow Offers made $700.9 million in sales, a decrease of 9%. (The company announced in the first quarter that it would begin making deals based on its Zestimate). Zillow's Zestimate home pricing model determines the market price of houses. As a whole, Zillow's Homes division lost $58 million, which comprises property and closure services. During the three months, Zillow's site and mobile traffic increased by 15% to 221 million active monthly users. It received 2.5 billion visits, an increase of 19% over the previous year. Despite having the eyeballs of most of the buyers in the industry, Zillow has been remaking itself as a one-stop-shop for property transactions over the last 24 months.

On top of instant home buying, the business now provides mortgage and title services. It compensated $500 million for Showing Time, a famous tour scheduling program, in February. Another redeeming factor in the quarter was Zillow's mortgage sector. Revenue from mortgages increased by 169 per cent to $67.9 million. The division had a $2 million significant loss. The Adjusted EBITDA met the high end of the firm's forecast for all three divisions, culminating in an Adjusted combined EBITDA of 181 million dollars. Zillow recorded $4.7 billion in cash and investments at the completion of the fourth quarter, high from $3.9 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020.

Headquartered in Settle, Washington, The Zillow Group, Inc. is reinventing real estate to make it much easier for people to move on to the next phase in their life.

Zillow and its subsidiaries provide consumers with an on-demand sale, purchasing, renting, or lending experience that is transparent and virtually seamless from beginning to end. In hundreds of markets countrywide, "Zillow Offers" buys and sells houses directly, giving sellers leverage over their timeframe. Their associate lender, Zillow Home Loans, makes it easy for their customers to obtain pre-approved and stable funding for their next property purchase.

To simplify Zillow Offers transactions, the company currently launched Zillow Homes, Inc., a licensed brokerage agency. Zillow, HotPads, Trulia, Out East, StreetEasy, Zillow Homes, Inc., Zillow Closing Services, Zillow Home Loans, Zillow Premier Agent, and Zillow Offers are among the Zillow Group's brands, franchises, and associates. The company trades on NASDAQ with a market cap of 29.5 billion dollars with a share volume of 3,329,230 dollars on Class C Capital Stock (Z) and a share volume of 436,449 dollars on Class A Common Stock (ZG). 

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