purplebricksFlat-fee brokerage Purplebricks pulls out of the U.S. market, we have May housing numbers for Texas, and we find out what Dallas-Fort Worth town was named to a list of the 34 richest towns in the U.S. – all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Purplebricks Hits the Bricks, Leaves U.S. Market

Less than two years after entering the U.S. market via Los Angeles, U.K.-based Purplebricks announced it would leave the market.

The flat-fee brokerage struggled as of late in its expansion, reporting a full-year operating loss of 34.1 million pounds (or roughly $43 million), Inman reported. It had previously announced this Spring that it was shutting down in Australia as well. (more…)

Credit: London Stock Exchange

There could be rough waters ahead for the flat-fee, UK-based brokerage disruptor Purplebricks, which is now in four U.S. states: California, Arizona, Florida, and New York.

I had heard they were planning to come to Dallas and Texas also — maybe not so after this news.

Purplebricks is NOT an iBuyer. It is more akin to our Door, to Trelora, and other flat fee brokers that are also taking traditional real estate by storm nip, nip, nipping at the traditional 6 percent (3 percent +3 percent) agent commision, among other things.

Purplebricks has been charging a flat fee of $3,600, up from $3,200, to sell a house. The company claims it is a full-service real estate experience for thousands less. Dallas-based Door, in contrast, charges $5,000.

But just a month ago, Inman reported that Purplebricks was shifting it’s US model towards a more traditional real estate model: (more…)

honestyThis week’s social media-generated story actually came about as the result of two different stories about honesty we asked readers to react to — one that gave a shockingly low number of those surveyed who felt that Realtors were trustworthy, and another that delved into the depth and scope of MLS manipulation.
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