What is a domain name?
A domain name is a unique word or phrase in a particular format that allows people to find information on the Internet. Instead of accessing information by IP address which uses a number string, a domain name allows people to navigate to Web sites and send email using familiar, easy to remember names e.g. www.Domains.Homes.
There are different levels of domain names. You can tell what level you are looking at by its position in relation to the ‘dot’. Values to the right of the dot are called Top Level Domains (TLDs). In this example, www.Domains.Homes , the Top Level Domain = Homes. Values to the left of the dot are called Second Level Domains (SLDs) and using the previous example, “Domains” would be the second level.
What is a Registry Operator?
A Registry Operator is the wholesaler of domain names and sells names via Registrars. It manages the registration of domain names, establishes policies for domain name allocation, and technically operates the domain. Dominion Enterprises is the Registry Operator for .Homes.
What are Domain Name Registrars?
Registrars are the retailers of domain names. They provide domain name registration services directly to registrants. These include helping registrants find, register, renew, and delete domain names. They send the information to the registry for entry into the centralized registry database.
Who are the Accredited Registrars for .Homes?
Dominion Registries publishes a list of all .Homes accredited registrars on our Registrar page. All .Homes registrars must be officially accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and will have executed a Registry-Registrar Agreement (RRA) with Dominion. .Homes domain names may also be offered by resellers that operate under a contract with one of the accredited registrars.
What is a Registrant?
A Registrant is a company, organization or individual who registers a domain name.
What is ICANN?
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is a non-profit, private organization responsible for coordinating IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and other services.
Who can register a .Homes domain name?
.Homes domain names will be made exclusively available to registrants that provide products, services or information that benefit the residential real estate industry. All registrants will be validated by the Registry. This means that as consumers do their home related research and execute transactions online, they will be able to trust content found on websites using the .Homes extension and find relevant content on these sites.
A registrant who belongs to one of these categories and meets the verification requirements is eligible to purchase a .Homes domain name:
- Residential Real Estate Agent
- Residential Real Estate Broker
- Multiple Listing Service
- Real Estate Association
- Residential Home Builder
- Residential Property Management
- Residential Real Estate Property Appraiser
- Residential Real Estate Property Inspector
- Residential Mortgage Provider
- Residential Mortgage Broker
- Residential Property Insurance Provider
- Residential Property Listings Service
Click HERE to view our Registration Policy and learn more about category definitions and eligibility requirements.
When will I be able to buy a .Homes domain name?
Trademark owners who have registered with the Trademark Clearing House can apply to reserve their mark beginning March 7, 2016. General Availability begins May 12, 2016.
Why are some domain names unavailable for registration?
Some .Homes domain names may be unavailable for one of several reasons:
- The domain name has already been registered
- The domain name is reserved for use by the Registry Operator
- ICANN requires that the certain domain names not be released
What is a sunrise period?
The Sunrise Period is provides the opportunity for trademark, trade name, or service mark holders to claim rights to domain names that match their mark and are registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).
.Homes will be running an End Date Sunrise Period. Applications will be reviewed at the end of the period, and those that meet the eligibility requirements will be registered. If more than one claim is made for the same domain name, an RFP mechanism will be used to determine the winner of the contested name. Instructions on how the mechanism will be run and what is required will be provided to all affected applicants.
What is a Pioneer Program?
The .Homes Pioneer Program provides the unique opportunity for industry and thought leaders to work with Dominion Registries to secure some of the best .Homes domain names and promote the .Homes name space for the benefit of the residential real estate industry. Companies, brands and individuals accepted into the Pioneer Program will benefit from special pricing and early availability together with advertising and marketing promotion for their .Homes Pioneer website by Dominion.
If you are a start-up with an innovative idea, an established industry leader looking for a category killer domain name, or a big brand looking to extend your reach with a specific campaign, we want to hear from you.
What is General Availability?
The General availability phase follows the Sunrise period. This is the open-ended phase where .Homes domain names will be available on a “first-come, first-served” basis to registrants meeting the eligibility criteria.