‘When Can You Close on the Deal?’

When a prospective buyer makes a serious offer to buy one of my domain names, I like to ask a question like this:

When could you close on the deal?
When could you pay for the domain name?

These similar questions can help me determine if it is a bonafide offer or someone who is just trying to get a price. There’s nothing really wrong with the later if it is a genuine buyer, but my pricing may be different depending on how the buyer answers the question.

I like asking this question to prospective buyers who made a serious offer on a domain name. I might not accept the offer that was submitted, but their answer can tell me a few things. For one thing, it gives me clarity on when they plan to pay. Do they want to do a deal ASAP or are they wishy washy on the deal. Someone who tells me they will pay right away is more serious, in my opinion, than someone who can’t give me a straight forward answer.

Understanding when the buyer is going to pay can also establish that the buyer doesn’t expect payment terms, like monthly payments. This is helpful to know because the price expectations will be different if someone is going to take a long time to pay for the domain name.

Over the past several days, I have been negotiating the sale of one of my domain names. When I asked the buyer this question, he told me his business unit approved the offer but he would need corporate approval for a deal of this magnitude before proceeding. In short, this may have been a genuine offer, but it is not a firm offer. Had I agreed to the deal, he could have replied that corporate only approved a deal of $x. I could have had a nice deal on my mind, but in reality, it was contingent on something out of my control and unknown. I told him he would need to submit a firm offer with corporate approval before it is considered.

Asking when someone will be able to fund a deal can help solidify an offer and ensure both parties are on the same page with respect to payment terms.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


  1. i know all companies have different set of rules…public companies have usually started with low 5 figures for my best domains…i decline, and don’t counter until we get to 6 figures, but all cases are different

    the more info you can grok or glom about the potential buyer, the better

    also i used to decline high 5 offers with ease…but mortgages, etc and no recent big windfalls have made me a bit more cautious, unfortunately

    those domain investors who have reached F U Money status can wait for “their” prices and sip margaritas on their hammocks, yachts, islands…and more power to them…they turned down many high offers to reach the F U tier 🙂

  2. Interesting article. I’ve been taught that “close” and “deal” are salesperson’s words that can scare a prospect. Instead: “When would you like to finalize this agreement? What’s your timeline?”

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