It seems I have been reporting A LOT lately on 2 letter .com domain name sales and today is no different with 3 more changing ownership.
A couple of things to keep in mind:
- There are only 676, 2 letter .com domain names
- Minimum wholesale IMO is riding about $600,000 USD based on a couple recent sales around that price point
BrokerageFirm.com who I personally do not know much about prior to recently, had its hand in two of the recent purchases. According to its website: “We’re a confidential digital brokerage firm that specializes in the buying and selling of websites, domains and apps.”
JC.com has been sold by E. W. Scripps Company to BrokerageFirm.com. Journal Communications Inc. recently merged with Scripps and they must have felt it was an asset the company did not need and quickly sold it. I first detected movement on JC on September 7, 2015 and by September 21, 2015 BrokerageFirm.com stepped in and purchased the domain name from them. BrokerageFirm.com has been buying up popular category type domain names like LL.com, NNN.com and many more.
MW.com has been sold and acquired by BrokerageFirm.com. The domain name was owned by MWH Americas, Inc. and transferred out of Ascio domain name registrar to GoDaddy and going under whois privacy on or about September 17, 2015 with name servers going to BrokerageFirm.com.
KC.com has been sold. The domain name brokerage firm Igloo.com and Amanda Waltz had a for sale page on the domain name recently. The prior owners are unknown due to the domain being under privacy protection but the buyer is Mou Yiming according to whois records. I reached out to Amanda for confirmation but had not heard back at time of publication.
BrokerageFirm.com is a 5 member team according to its website, with all of them listed as “Senior Acquisition Specialists”
- Cory DeRosa
- Nick Tsapaliaris
- Max Klekner
- Joel Malmquist
- Brittany Nickelsen
I reached out to the entire team several days ago and did not get a reply back.
Although BrokerageFirm.com is a brokerage firm for domain names, it is not common for a brokered domain name to change ownership to the broker. Since both MW.com and JC.com have transferred registrars and went under whois privacy, it may indicate that BrokerageFirm.com were the direct buyers of both domain names.
According to DomainTools.com, BrokerageFirm.com has about 9,300 domain names using its name servers and would indicate its inventory.
To stay with BrokerageFirm.com, they also appear to have acquired 429.com from General Electric Company according to whois records:
The domain name was registered at CSC Corporate Domains and has transferred out to GoDaddy and went on the name servers BrokerageFirm.com.
GE had owned the domain name from about April 5, 2008 when they obtained it from a SBS Technologies.
It’s unclear currently if the domain name was purchased from GE or they may be selling it but since whois has changed and registrars, I would again go with sold and BrokerageFirm.com are the likely buyers directly.