Opendoor formally filed its SEC type S-4 saying its intention to turn into a public firm, and revealing that the corporate is at the moment below investigation by the Federal Commerce Fee.

Following its merger with a Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. II, a particular function acquisition firm (SPAC), Opendoor formally filed its S-4 filing saying its intention to turn into a public firm.

The submitting reveals the corporate’s ambitions, in addition to, for the primary time, that Opendoor is at the moment being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its promoting.

Inside the submitting, Opendoor reveals that, in 2019, the corporate obtained a civil investigative demand from the FTC “in search of paperwork and data relating primarily to statements in our promoting and web site evaluating Opendoor’s affords to buy properties to promoting in a standard method utilizing an agent and statements pertaining to Opendoor’s affords reflecting or being primarily based on market costs.”

The corporate mentioned, within the submitting, that as of October 1, the investigation was ongoing.

The submitting additionally reveals the corporate’s ambitions to turn into a digital “one-stop-shop” for consumers and sellers of residential actual property. Within the submitting, Opendoor says it believes it has simply scratched the floor and that it’s “within the early phases of the digital transformation of actual property.”

“We’re on a mission to empower everybody with the liberty to maneuver,” reads Opendoor’s mission assertion included within the submitting. “Our improvements in know-how and operations will allow our prospects to purchase or promote a house with solely a cell machine and with extra comfort, management and value financial savings than ever earlier than.”

“Opendoor will ship an end-to-end residence promoting, shopping for and possession expertise that’s self-service, pleasant and low value.”

Opendoor’s high competitor Zillow has spoken of similar goals up to now, since CEO Wealthy Barton re-took the reigns of the corporate.

Opendoor is at the moment stay in 21 markets, however the submitting reveals the corporate believes it may scale to 100 markets, which make up 90 p.c of residence gross sales between $100,000 to $750,000.

“Our purpose is to construct the biggest, most trusted platform for residential actual property and empower tens of millions of People with the liberty to maneuver,” reads the assertion within the submitting.

Opendoor posted $1.9 billion in income within the first six months of 2020, in response to the submitting. It’s a slight decline from the $2.2 billion the corporate posted in 2019, though it’s probably because of the headwinds of COVID-19, which compelled the corporate to suspend its homebuying operation for a brief period.

The corporate posted a internet lack of $118 million within the first six months of 2020, in comparison with a internet lack of $157 million within the first six months of 2019. For all the yr of 2019, Opendoor bought practically 19,000 properties and generated $4.7 billion in income.

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