GoDaddy Sells Small Portfolio of Generic Domain Names

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According to my Registrant Alert emails from DomainTools over the past couple of days, it appears that GoDaddy may have sold a small portfolio of generic one and two word .com domain names from its NameFind portfolio. The domain names below were previously registered to NameFind, and the registrant information changed to GoDaddy’s Whois privacy service, Domains By Proxy, LLC. I have not seen NameFind use Whois privacy on its domain names before, so I presume the domain names below have been sold.

Here are the valuable generic domain names with a registrant change I noticed over the past two days:

  • BarHop.com
  • Ceramic.com
  • Conducive.com
  • Crudo.com
  • Dijon.com
  • Duster.com
  • Fiche.com
  • Floral.com
  • Fractional.com
  • Gaggle.com
  • Gobs.com
  • Gonna.com
  • Handles.com
  • Hearty.com
  • Hoorah.com
  • Liner.com
  • LOLZ.com
  • MakeAMark.com
  • Minis.com
  • Ouzo.com
  • Peppy.com
  • Pidgin.com
  • Redress.com
  • Regale.com
  • Ruler.com
  • Sheikh.com
  • Silken.com
  • TheWallet.com
  • Tinge.com
  • TresBien.com
  • VegasRealEstate.com
  • Velveteen.com
  • Virtualize.com

In addition to those .com domain names, I also noticed a few generic and acronym .CO domain names change registrant as well, including:

  • DR.CO
  • Event.CO
  • Play.CO
  • Yo.CO

I did not check all of these domain names, but the handful I checked all point to Uniregistry inquiry pages. This would seem to indicate the domain names were acquired by an investor. I suppose a large acquisition of generic domain names would also indicate that as well!

GoDaddy does not usually comment about its sales, but I will reach out to Paul Nicks, Joe Styler, and Nick Fuller to see if they can confirm the deal and/or offer additional details.

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  1. Truth in domaining, and profiles in irony:

    The best and most valuable domain there is VegasRealEstate.com, also the longest in absolute length and tied for longest in number of words.

    From the end user value point of view, most of the other domains actually suck, though some are good to pretty good, to having very interesting potential but you can’t bank on mere potential. You can hold that variety hoping for a great sale, but it very easily may never come.

    But even if one wants to quibble about the value of the others, the bottom line is that no matter where that discussion goes VegasRealEstate.com is the clear winner in terms of clear and present value.

    • Vegas Real Estate bores me, Las Vegas Real Estate I get, but there are so many choices, so I would see it watered down, I would say Peppy.com and Play.co are pretty exciting.

      • You’re completely off.

        Peppy = don’t know where you are from, but in the US that word has become obscure and even archaic. And as a contract attorney might say, that one is “void for vagueness.” Merely a brandable long shot kind addressed in my third paragraph above.

        Play.co = you must be kidding, so perhaps that’s what you are doing with your entire comment.

    • I think that’s a silly endeavor since I neither have s confirmation of a saw nor do I know exactly which names might have sold. I would be willing to bet there are other names I did not notice.

      • I was just curious to see how others would value the specific list of names you published as a bundle. Of course it’s all speculation but I’d view it more as an educational exercise than a silly endeavor.

        • Notwithstanding the fact that this might be a small fraction of the names that were sold in a package deal, it would take a lot of time to go through a list of 40 names, guess their retail asking prices and guess how much they were marked down for a bulk sale. Even if you knew the original asking prices (which I don’t), I assume the bulk discount is related to the number of and value of the names that were sold. There would be a major difference between a deal only involving these names and a deal involving 5,000 names where I did not see the vast majority. Put simply, what you are asking is a time consuming endeavor if someone were to actually think about it, and there’s not really anything to gain from that.

          • I wasn’t thinking that much into it, and I agree it would silly to turn it into a complex endeavor. It was just a passing comment made out of curiosity and a little bit for fun. Perhaps there is no merit in that either.

      • Also I have to then point out if you don’t have confirmation you ought to consider updating the title, if you want to be consistent.

        • Not only does the registrant and nameserver change support the title, but these names are no longer listed for sale on Afternic, which is unlike every other NameFind name. In addition, when I emailed several GoDaddy representatives a link to the article, I did not get a reply. They do not generally confirm or report sales ($30 million Voice.com sale aside).

          If my reporting was inaccurate, I am quite sure they would have told me.

          • I agree. I was moreso objecting to your stating a lack of confirmation of sale as a counter to my initial comment, which seemed to run contrary to the title, as though you were trying to have your cake and eat it too (i.e. saying in the title that they sold but then claiming my question was silly because you don’t really know for sure that they sold). That’s just what it looked like to me. I admit it was also a little bit of my ego that felt it necessary to call that out. Perhaps I was misreading your comment.

      • Uniregistry once they have done a deal with you, put all your inquiries to a broker thru their lead system, not sure why it works like that, I guess the likelyhood of you paying again is high, so they want that 15%

        • I do not believe that is accurate. I have sold multiple names through their brokers and I can still get my own leads when I use their landing pages.

          • I’ve sold a bunch of RealEstate.com names (well into the six figures), and I still own several. They were valuable and desirable years ago, but they have fallen off a cliff. VegasRealEstate.com is decent, but there are many one word .com domain names in the list above that I would buy for much more than VegasRealEstate.com, which would be low on my list. One word .com names are far more liquid, and I do not believe the market has been stronger for them.

            With very few exceptions, one and two word .com domain names are worth more and sell for more – generally much, much more. This isn’t speculation or theory – this is fact – based on NameBio and my own business deals.

            Here are the top RealEstate.com sales of the past two years according to NameBio (https://namebio.com/?s==UTMxkjNzMjM):

            cancunrealestate.com – 5,988 USD
            torrancerealestate.com 5,000 USD
            worldrealestate.com 4,560 USD
            sonomarealestate.com 4,333 USD
            corerealestate.com 4,200 USD

            Not great!

            In the past 5 years, there have not even been 10 five figure sales. Heck, there have been just 25 public 5 figure RealEstate.com sales since inception. I have multiple 5 figure RealEstate.com sales, so I know a little bit about this type of domain name, and I think the values have fallen off a cliff in the last few years, with few exceptions.

            Sorry, you are wrong on this.

            Off the top of my head, some of my RealEstate.com sales over the years include:

            AspenRealEstate.com
            MassachusettsRealEstate.com
            PennsylvaniaRealEstate.com
            BrooklineRealEstate.com
            CherryHillRealEstate.com
            MargateRealEstate.com
            ChelseaRealEstate.com
            BeaconHillRealEstate.com
            ChestnutHillRealEstate.com
            GeorgetownRealEstate.com
            AmherstRealEstate.com
            DelrayBeachRealEstate.com
            BoyntonBeachRealEstate.com
            PompanoBeachRealEstate.com
            HerndonRealEstate.com
            RosslynRealEstate.com

            I wish there was more demand for these names because I still own several. Needham, Massachusetts is one of the hottest real estate markets in MetroWest Boston, and I have probably received 2 inquiries during the prior 3 years. There is very little demand or interest right now, unfortunately. I would try to buy them if I felt otherwise.

          • Here’s what I’m saying:

            1. There is a small number of “RealEstate.com” domains I would consider to be truly special above the pack, and VegasRealEstate.com is definitely one of them.

            2. There may certainly be many one and two word .coms that are much more desirable and valuable than VegasRealEstate.com, but among this particular list the contenders mostly either suck or are not really that “liquid” *in comparison to VegasRealEstate.com* at all. A few of them appear as if they should be, but they are not. One or two of them *may* (only “may”) truly be easier to sell, which one may want to describe as “more liquid,” but not at a value that matches the real world value of VegasRealEstate.com.

            And as far as I’m concerned the .co’s are not even part of the discussion.

          • I disagree for two important reasons.

            The biggest issue, in my opinion, is confusion with LasVegasRealEstate.com. I have been on LasVegas.com and Vegas.com (I used one for a booking for TRAFFIC several years ago) and if you gave me $20 to tell you which is which, I would have just a 50/50 shot. People will likely confuse VegasRealEstate.com with LasVegasRealEstate.com, and it looks like that is already being used.

            The second issue for me is the home values in Las Vegas. Zillow says the average home values is just $274,000 and the market temperature is “cold.”

            Boston, on the other hand, is “cool” with a $592,300 average home value.

  2. The thing about Real estate us that it goes up and down. I remember back before the recession I was at a time share presentation in Las Vegas. At that time there were plans to “double” the size of the strip. Then the recession hit in 2007 & obviously ruined their plans. But the key is could things change down the road? Yes they could. They got plenty of space out there to build. If I was the new owner of (VegasRealEstate.com) I’d expect to have to sit on that name for a few years to get a good price. It’s a gamble just like most other things in Vegas.

    • Just to jump in here as someone familiar with real estate markets.

      Historically since it has been tracked each RE peak is followed eventually by a down turn but the next peak get higher.

      Now keep in mind many outside factors play a part on how long each cycle can last. Therefore when one is born may play a factor in how they view the RE market vs someone older or in the current case, younger.

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