How has the exit activity for real estate technology developed in the first half of 2019? This blog post explores real estate technology exit metrics through Q2 2019 and compares them to previous years. The graph below shows the number of real estate technology exits by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, real estate technology has seen a total of 26 exit events through Q2 of this year. This represents 52% of the total exits in 2018, and 118% of the exits through Q2 in 2018. Some of the exit events in Q2 2019 include Control4’s acquisition by SnapAV, Intelex’s acquisition by Industrial Scientific, and Dynamic Lead Solutions’ acquisition by MRI Software.
A straight-line projection of the completed exit activity this year would come out to 52 exit events, which exceeds the total exits in 2018 by 4%. By the same token, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 exit activity would come out to 59 exit events, which surpasses the total exits in 2018 by 18%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, real estate technology exit activity in 2019 is projected to increase from the exit activity in 2018.
How has investor appetite in real estate technology evolved throughout the years? In this blog post we examine the total investments by year into this sector to help answer that question. The graph below shows the total number of investors in all deals stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, investor activity in real estate technology has been on a downward trend in recent years. The 5-Year CAGR of real estate tech investor activity from 2013 to 2018 is 16%. In addition, the sector has seen a total of 502 investors in all deals through Q2 of this year. This represents 45% of the total investor activity in 2018, and 83% of the investor activity through Q2 in 2018. Taking all these data points together, we can see that investor appetite for real estate technology deals has started gradually declining in recent years.
The real estate technology industry has seen 2,714 investors and $73B total all time funding. Let’s analyze which real estate technology categories have the most number of investors actively financing the startups. The graphic below highlights real estate technology categories based on the number of investors in each category.
As the graphic demonstrates, IoT Home has the highest number of investors at 697, with Home Services following behind at 580. IoT Home companies produce connected devices focused on the residential real estate segment. Home Service companies build technologies that support tenants in the management of their homes. In addition, the average number of investors across all real estate technology categories is 372.
For this quarter’s funding analysis, let’s examine how average funding in the real estate technology sector is evolving. The graphic below shows the real estate technology average funding across all deals over time by quarter.
As the graphic demonstrates, real estate technology average funding deal size in Q1 2019 was at $66M, which increased by 101% from the $33M in the same quarter last year. The average funding deal size has experienced accelerated growth, with the average funding last quarter around 9 times larger than it was 5 years ago. The top three funding events in Q1 2019 include a $1B round into the We Company, an $800M round into Ke.com, and a $413M round into Delhivery.
This blog post examines the different components of the real estate technology ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.
IoT Home Is The Largest Real Estate Technology Category
Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 1,755 real estate technology startups into 12 categories. They have raised $72B from 2705 investors. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.
We see that IoT Home is the largest category with 332 companies. These companies create connected devices focused on residential segment usage. These devices include home security, home automation, and energy management systems. Some example companies are Eero, Leeo, Tado°, and Netatmo.
Let’s now look at our Innovation Quadrant to find out the funding and maturity of these categories in relation to one another.
The Pioneers Quadrant Has the Most Real Estate Technology Categories
Our Innovation Quadrant divides the real estate technology categories into four different quadrants.
We see that the Pioneers quadrant has the most number of real estate technology categories at 8, accounting for 67% of all real estate technology categories. The Facility Management category has the highest average age, and the Commercial Search category has the highest average funding. On the other hand, the Indoor Mapping and Property Management categories are low on both average funding and age.