Top-Level Domains

Overview

Up until now, the internet has been organized into a handful of generic top-level domains (TLDs, or gTLDs) which were limited to three letters — .com, .org, .gov, .net, .biz, .edu, and so on. Until recently, the list of TLDs stood at 22 extensions. 

In early 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the international authority over top-level domain names, approved the expansion of the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs), which included allowing companies and organizations to create domains for their brands. NAR has been following this initiative since ICANN first began considering the introduction of a new round of gTLDs in 2005.

To make it easier for home buyers, sellers and investors to locate a trusted valued source of real estate information, resources and services online, NAR has secured the branded .realtor top-level domain (TLD) as an alternative to the commonly used .com and .org.

NAR believes the new domain name creates a more positive experience for consumers who are seeking expert information and services and want to ensure they are working with a REALTOR®, a real estate professional committed to abide by a strict Code of Ethics. Given the internet's convenience and round-the-clock accessibility, REALTORS® know that every year a growing number of consumers turn to the internet as a source of information. According to NAR research, nearly nine out of 10 recent buyers used the internet in their home search process.

NAR has also entered into an exclusive marketing partnership with The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the exclusive licensors of the REALTOR® mark in Canada. REALTOR® members of CREA will also be able to use the domain to provide consumers in Canada the same advantages, making .realtor™ truly North American in scope.

As an early adopter, NAR has been working closely for over 7 years with Second Generation, an Embrescia family investment firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and registry operator for the top-level domain .jobs, throughout the application, review and development process to bring the .realtor™ solution to the real estate industry.

NAR, through Real Estate Domains LLC (RED), has filed with ICANN for the .realtor™ TLD. RED was created for the sole purpose of applying for and operating the .realtor™ TLD. NAR has also submitted applications for the .realestate and .home top level domains through a partnership of its wholly owned subsidiary, the REALTORS® Information Network (RIN) and DotHome, LLC.

References

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ICANN and Top-Level Domains

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers)

Root Zone Database (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority)

What Is a Top-Level Domain (TLD)?

What is a TLD? (Hostinger, May 7, 2019)

TLD (ICANNWiki, Jan. 9, 2017)

Why the TLD Structure Is Changing & What It Means for the Internet

Association Agenda: Internet Sticker Shock (Associations Now, Jun. 2, 2019)

Internet Grows to 351.8 Million Domain Name Registrations in the First Quarter of 2019 (Business Wire, May 30, 2019) E

ICANN Encourages Registry Operators to Adopt Industry Best Practices and Rights Protection Measures (AEI, Apr. 23, 2019)

Four Things to Think About When Considering Domain Names (TechRadar, Apr. 1, 2019)

New TLDs, Five Years In (Domain Name Wire, Feb. 28, 2019)

Rampant Spam, Falling Registrations Show New gTLDs Have Limited Business Value (TechRepublic, Jun. 15, 2018)

The .realtor™ and .realestate Domains

Learn why NAR launched .realtor™, and find out what it means for you:

get.realtor — Claim your .realtor™ domain here

5 Tips for Using NAR’s Online Domain in Your Business (RISMedia, May 28, 2019)

Mapping Your .REALTOR Domain to Placester (Placester, May 20, 2019)

Make Double the Marketing Impact With .realestate (REALTOR® Magazine, Nov. 12, 2018)

Become the Master of Your .realtor™ Domain (REALTOR® Magazine, Dec. 2014)

.realtor™ Launch Fact Sheet (National Association of REALTORS®, 2013)

Association .realtor™ Marketing Program (National Association of REALTORS®, 2014)

Top-Level Domains and Your Business

Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Your New Domain Name (Forbes, May 22, 2019)

Goodbye, .com, Hello, .inc: The Rise of Premium TLDs (Inc., May 7, 2019)

Do I Still Need a .com TLD for My Business? (Hub Spot, Mar. 25, 2019)

A Thousand Plus Top Level Domains for What? Who Cares? Google Does! (Realty Times, Aug. 31, 2018)

Top-Level Domains Are Evolving--and Marketers Should Take Notice (The Next Web, Jan. 22, 2018)

Premium Domain Names Fetch Higher Prices (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 4, 2018)

eBooks & Other Resources

101 Ways to Promote Your Real Estate Website (Kindle, eBook)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Website ( eBook)

I’ve Got a Domain Name—Now What??? (Kindle, eBook)

Building Websites All-In-One For Dummies (Kindle, eBook)

101 Ways to Promote Your Website (Kindle, eBook)

The Rough Guide to the Internet (eBook)


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