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.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Note: The eligibility criteria as described below will no longer be effective as of 14 January 2019 at 16:00 UTC. The eligibility criteria as currently defined will be enforced for all registrations submitted prior to that time.

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