Opendoor public filing shows company under FTC investigation
In today’s Daily Download episode, HousingWire covers a report that claims not only has Opendoor officially filed to go public, but the filing has also revealed the company is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission over its advertising practices.
For some background on the story, here’s a summary of the article:
Opendoor has officially filed its announcement to go public after announcing its merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. II in September. But the filing also revealed that Opendoor is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission over its advertising practices.
According to the filing, Opendoor in 2019 received a civil investigative demand.
“In August 2019, the FTC sent a civil investigative demand (CID) to Opendoor seeking documents and information relating primarily to statements in the company’s advertising and website comparing Opendoor’s offers to purchase homes to selling in a traditional manner using an agent and statements pertaining to Opendoor’s offers reflecting or being based on market prices,” the filing said.
Inman first reported on the investigation, which was disclosed in the company’s S-4 statement. As of Oct. 1, the investigation is ongoing, the filing says.
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