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Real estate firms Compass and Redfin announce layoffs as housing market slows


A Redfin Corp. ‘For Sale’ sign stands outside of a house in Seattle, Washington.

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Real estate firms Redfin and Compass are shedding employees, as mortgage rates rise sharply and residential sales drop.

In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Compass announced a ten% cut to its workforce, and Redfin announced an 8% cut.

Shares of each corporations fell Tuesday. Redfin’s stock touched a recent 52-week low.

Rising rates and overheated home prices, which at the moment are up over 20% from a yr ago in keeping with various surveys, have crushed affordability. Home sales have been dropping for several straight months, and the autumn is predicted to worsen.

Mortgage demand has fallen to its lowest level in over 20 years. Rates have taken off because the start of this yr, rising from 3.29% in early January to six.38% now, in keeping with Mortgage News Every day. Rates shot up greater than half a percentage point in only the past three days, as concerns over inflation hit the bond market.

“On account of the clear signals of slowing economic growth we have taken quite a lot of measures to safeguard our business and reduce costs, including pausing expansion efforts and the difficult decision to scale back the dimensions of our worker team by roughly 10%,” a Compass spokesperson said.

The Redfin filing had an attachment from CEO Glenn Kelman, who writes an everyday blog on the corporate’s website. Within the blog posted Tuesday, Kelman wrote, “With May demand 17% below expectations, we do not have enough work for our agents and support staff, and fewer sales leaves us with less money for headquarters projects.”

Kelman went on to say that with mortgage rates increasing faster than at any point in history,

“We might be facing years, not months, of fewer home sales, and Redfin still plans to thrive. If falling from $97 per share to $8 doesn’t put an organization through heck, I do not know what does.”

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