The real estate industry is also in the midst of a paradigm shift, as it embraces a digital transformation. For example, Opendoor Technologies (NASDAQ:OPEN) developed an app-based platform that makes buying and selling a home a cinch. Homeowners can sell their property directly to Opendoor, which will then renovate and sell the home at a profit, or they can choose to sell to other buyers, all for a flat fee of 5% of the home’s value. By eliminating the need for the traditional real estate agent, the company is carving out a growing and profitable niche for itself.
Like many real estate companies, Opendoor was initially hit by the pandemic, but it’s staging a comeback. While revenue slipped 46% year over year, the company’s gross profit margin grew to 8.5% of sales, up from 6.4%. The pandemic-driven housing boom should help Opendoor further scale its business. The company was still unprofitable in 2020, but it cut its net loss by 15%.
ARK Next Generation Internet (NYSEMKT:ARKW) ETF and ARK Fintech Innovation (NYSEMKT:ARKF) both scooped up shares of Opendoor last week. The company is a significant holding for both funds, representing 2.32% and 2.83%, respectively, of the funds’ holdings. The digital revolution is still in the early stages in the real estate industry, and with a market cap of just $13 billion, Opendoor could eventually be a 10-bagger from here.
Disclosure: Didn’t buy any yet.