The Real Brokerage Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results

TORONTO & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Real Brokerage Inc. (TSX: REAX) (NASDAQ: REAX), the fastest-growing publicly traded real estate brokerage, announced results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022. 

“2022 was another momentous year of growth for Real that saw us significantly increase our agent base, capture additional market share and expand our geographic presence despite a challenging housing backdrop in the second half of the year,” said Tamir Poleg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to expect to be adjusted EBITDA profitable in the back half of the year driven by the important changes we made to our agent fee model. Looking ahead, our top priorities are building an industry-changing consumer experience, continued acceleration of platform growth and market share and executing on additional monetization opportunities.”

Full Year 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased 214% year-over-year to $381.8 million.
  • Gross profit grew 188% year-over-year to $32.0 million.
  • Operating expense as a percentage of revenue of 13.5%, compared to 18.4% in 2021.
  • Net loss attributable to owners of the Company of $20.6 million, compared to a $11.7 million loss in 2021.
  • Loss per share of $0.12, compared to a loss per share of $0.07 in 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss of $8.9 million, compared to a loss of $5.1 million in 2021.
  • As of December 31, 2022 the Company held $10.8 million in cash, not including $7.5 million of restricted cash associated with customer deposits, and an additional $7.9 million held in investments in financial assets.
  • The Company repurchased 3.8 million common shares for $8.1 million pursuant to its normal course issuer bid.

Q4 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased 90% year-over-year to $96.1 million.
  • Gross profit increased 100% year-over-year to $8.2 million.
  • Operating expense as a percentage of revenue of 15.8%, compared to 15.6% in Q4 2021.
  • Net loss attributable to owners of the Company of $6.8 million, compared to a $3.8 million loss in 2021.
  • Loss per share of $0.04, compared to a loss per share of $0.02 in Q4 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.0 million, unchanged from Q4 2021.

Q4 and Full Year 2022 Operational Highlights

  • Surpassed 8,200 agents at the end of 2022, a 113% year-over-year increase. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, Real surpassed the 9,000 agent milestone on February 3.
  • Over 37,500 closed transactions in 2022, a 181% increase compared to 2021. The number of transactions in Q4 2022 grew 85% year-over-year to 9,745.
  • The total value of completed real estate transactions in 2022 grew 226% to $14.4 billion and grew 193% year-over-year to $3.5 million in Q4 2022.
  • Commission revenue per average agent on our platform in 2022 was $62,400, compared to $45,400 in 2021. For agents that closed a deal during Q4 2022, commission revenue per agent was $27,200 compared to $32,600 in Q4 2021. These agents on average closed 2.8 transactions during the quarter, compared to 3.4 in Q4 2021.
  • Operating expenses per transaction, excluding revenue share, declined 27% to $979 in 2022, and rose a modest 6% year-over-year to $1,146 in Q4 2022.
  • Real opened brokerage operations in seven new states and territories in 2022. In Q4 2022, we began operating in Alabama in the U.S. and British Columbia in Canada. Earlier in the year, we launched in Arkansas, Mississippi, Maine, New Mexico and Ontario.
  • As of December 31, 2022, Real’s headcount efficiency ratio, defined as full-time brokerage employees excluding Real Title and LemonBrew employees divided by the number of agents that are currently on our platform, improved 1 to 98 from 1 to 77 as of Q3 2022 and 1 to 62 as of Q4 2021.

Changes to Agent Fee Structure and Additional Benefits

Subsequent to the end of the year, in January Real announced changes to our U.S. fees and additional benefits as we seek to grow sustainably while still offering industry-beating incentives for our agents. These changes include:

  • A co-sponsored revenue share program that allows new agents to select two sponsors that split 90% of the revenue share stream equally while paying the remaining 10% back to Real.
  • A joint venture (JV) profit sharing program that gives agents an opportunity to invest in the Real Title business and earn profit sharing income as the business grows. There are two opportunities for investment: a $100 investment gives pre-cap agents an equal ownership stake in the JV, while post-cap agents can invest in tiers of increasing ownership ranging from $500 to $7,500.
  • Expanded access to Real’s stock purchase program, giving agents the ability to buy shares of Real stock beyond the company-issued equity awards.
  • A $30 fee on each transaction to cover broker review, E&O insurance and processing expenses.
  • A $175 annual fee to participate in our revenue sharing program, and a 1.2% fee on all revenue share payments.
  • A $100 increase of the joining fee to $249 and a $250 increase of the annual brokerage fee to $750.
  • A $60 increase of the post-capping transaction fee to $285, and a $29 increase to the Elite Agent transaction fee to $129.

These changes went into effect for new agents February 1 and will go into effect for existing Real agents on April 1. These changes are expected to generate additional net profit of over $5 million in 2023 with an even more significant full year effect in 2024.

The Company will discuss the results on a conference call and live webcast today at 11:00 a.m. ET.

About Real

The Real Brokerage Inc. is revolutionizing the residential real estate industry by pairing best-in-class technology with the trusted guidance of the agent-led experience. We provide a digital brokerage platform for agents, while working to build a better end-to-end home buying experience for consumers. The company was founded in 2014 and serves 45 states, D.C., and three Canadian provinces with over 9,000 agents. Additional information can be found on our website at