WASHINGTON – Nov. 4, 2013 – The world of online domains is opening up – .com, .org, .edu, and other commonly used domains will soon stand alongside new domains like .doctor, .music, .lawyer, .realtor, and hundreds of others coming to the web.
Domain sellers such as GoDaddy are beginning to promote a list of top-level domains that will become available, including .realtor – but these domain sellers have no relationship with the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) or the sale of .realtor domains.
NAR says Realtor members shouldn’t pre-register or pay money to any outside company for a .realtor top level domain because NAR will oversee registrations for .realtor when it’s approved by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
Only NAR members are eligible for a .realtor domain and membership will be verified via the NRDS system at registration.
NAR says the .realtor domain will be free for members for the first year, providing it is associated with their name. URLs by names will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. NAR’s goal is to ensure the trademarked term, .realtor®, is used properly –to denote that the website owner is a member of NAR.
NAR expects to roll out the domain in 2014.
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