For allegedly “tricking” customers, the FTC fines Opendoor $62M

 For allegedly "tricking" customers, the FTC fines Opendoor $62M

On Monday, the Federal Commerce Fee said that Opendoor had been dishonest to customers. They disagree with the allegations, but have decided to take responsibility and resolve their conflict by paying the fine.

Luckily, you are in Real Estate Heaven. You’ll be the first to know what happened and why Opendoor agreed to pay the $62 Million fine. Keep reading this blog to learn more!


Real Estate Heaven REH For allegedly tricking customers, the FTC fines Opendoor $62M CustomerJust recently, Opendoor released a mortgage-related app which claims to help consumers quickly get pre-approved for a loan. The app is part of the company’s suite of products which also include Buy with Opendoor, Opendoor Backed Offers, and Opendoor Complete.

A machine learning system uses structured data and machine learning to create mortgage options for customers with the needs and criteria that have been defined by them. In this way, the broker can tailor their services to a specific customer’s needs.

Opendoor has created an algorithm that processes 10,000 data points in seconds to provide the buyer with the maximum amount of money needed for a home purchase, based on their individual needs and qualifications.

This is good news, right? But on the other hand, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a press release stating that online home buying company Opendoor Labs was fined for tricking homeowners into thinking they could make more money by selling their homes to them.


The US Federal Trade Commission fined iBuying a $62 million fine for fraudulent behavior. The FTC alleges that iBuying misled home-buyers by using tactics such as using fake positive reviews, making broad claims about their product and offering deals the company was not legally allowed to.

Opendoor, an internet-based real estate platform, created deceptive and misleading data that convinced sellers to promote their homes to the company rather than other buyers on the open market. However, the FTC got involved and introduced a settlement with the company that claims Opendoor used “outdated and unscientifically based data.”

The FTC announced that Opendoor, a company that helped people sell their homes, had misled potential buyers into thinking that they were selling to someone who would give them more money than they would have by selling on the open market. While some people made thousands of dollars less by selling through Opendoor, others made tens of thousands of dollars less compared to traditional ways.


Real Estate Heaven REH For allegedly tricking customers, the FTC fines Opendoor $62M FraudSamuel Levine, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said that Opendoor promised to revolutionize the real estate market with a new app, but built its business with simple deceit.

“There’s nothing modern about dishonest customers,” Levine added.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has determined that Opendoor misrepresented details about its business. Its assertion includes properties, with the idea having been funded and publicized based mainly on an article which reported that homeowners could advertise their homes for $5,000, which Opendoor would then maintain when they purchased it. The corporation additionally denied making money and misplaced clients by underbidding competitors, even though in truth it did so.

In other words, Opendoor claimed that it would sell homes more quickly and pay more than a traditional brokerage. But, Opendoor confused consumers about the fair market value of homes, by offering homes for less than they would have in the traditional marketplace. Opendoor called this a scandal-free transaction with an effective seller-buyer system. But according to the FTC, they were presenting false numbers to sell houses.


The FTC authorized Opendoor, Inc. to agree to pay $62 million into the settlement, and allegations of Opendoor’s deceptive practices have ceased. Opendoor also agrees not to make unsubstantiated claims about their services in the future.

Opendoor responded with a personal assertion Wednesday, saying, “We strongly disagree with the FTC’s allegations.” Furthermore, Opendoor settled due to doing so will facilitate being able to “resolve the matter and give attention to serving customers purchase, promote and transfer with simplicity, certainty, and velocity.”

The corporation’s assertion claims that the FTC’s allegations are regarding “advertising and marketing messages which the corporation modified years ago.”


Real Estate Heaven REH For allegedly tricking customers, the FTC fines Opendoor $62M HousingThough no longer in its trend phase, the iBuying sector has grown significantly over the previous decade or so and has offered strong support for sellers who might not wish to do much work themselves. Opendoor was launched in 2014. Initially, iBuyers claimed that they offered extra safety and comfort for selling agents who didn’t want to get involved with all the effort of itemizing items. Over time, however, tight stock and skyrocketing demand from the coronavirus pandemic motivated sellers to offer iBuyers larger and better conditions as they scrambled for market share.

It has been challenging and complex to price properties during the last two major economic booms. Zillow, the second largest platform for iBuyers, could not continue on with this sector as of a few years ago. Opendoor, however, continued and is now in “profit” mode for the first time this year.

This year, Opendoor’s premium is much lower than it was before. For most of the year, their premium has been near zero. According to analyst Mike DelPrete, Opendoor’s buying to listing distinction is around -100%.

On the same day that the settlement with the Federal Trade Commission was reached, Cisco announced its earnings report which would be released within days. This earnings report is highly anticipated because it reflects a relatively slow market —  a reflection of Apple stock dropping and Facebook’s recent scandals.


Eric Wu founded Opendoor in 2014 and the company went public six years later. The company made $28 million in net income in their first quarter and was responsible for the purchase of nearly 37,000 homes last year.

Here, we just want to let you know that when looking for a company, consider interviewing at least three different companies. Look carefully at details of what the company has done in the past to make sure they’re providing quality work and being honest.

Recognizing when someone is trying to take advantage of you is important. If necessary, take immediate action to prevent any further damage.

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