If there’s one thing we keep an eye on around here, it’s domains (we’re an exciting bunch, we know).
We had just done a lot of reading on the recent .realtor news when a friend mentioned that .estate is now available. That got us wondering:
What other real estate-related domain extensions are coming up for grabs in the near future?
As it turns out, quite a few are slated to become available in 2014, including .realestate and .realty. Here’s a complete list along with the anticipated release timeline for each:
.apartments Q2 2014
.casa Q2 2014
.condos Q2 2014
.estate Currently available
.haus December 2014
.home Q2 2014
.homes Q2 2014
.house In sunrise
.immobilien In sunrise
.land In landrush
.lease Q4 2014
.mortgage August 2014 (tell your mortgage broker friends!)
.mls Q2 2014
.place Q2 2014
.properties Q2 2014
.property Q2 2014
.realestate Q2 2014
.realty Q2 2014
.reit Q2 2014
.rent Q2 2014
.rentals Q2 2014
.villas Q2 2014
Wait, what exactly is a domain extension?
Domain extensions, sometimes referred to as TLDs or top-level domains, are located at the end of your web address. For a long time, .com, .edu and a few others were your only options. But because there is so much competition for unique web addresses as more and more people create websites, new domain extensions are now being created by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) as appropriate.
Some interesting, non-real estate-related domains being released this year include .coffee and .blackfriday.
So what does this mean for you as a real estate agent?
This means you may soon be able to get MyName.realestate or YourNeighborhood.homes. How cool is that? (We think it’s very cool.)
A relevant, top-level domain like YourCity.realestate looks professional and builds trusts with prospects. It can also set you apart from the competition.
If the domain extension you’re interested in isn’t available yet, you can pre-register on some sites, like GoDaddy. Pre-registration will boost your chances of getting the name you want – especially if there is a lot of competition – but it is not a guarantee.
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What is your dream domain name for your real estate website?