Can You Flip Vacation Home Domains?
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was impressed that the owners of a vacation home in Vermont where I stayed had used StoweVacationHome.com to market its two homes. This was one of the deciding factors for me since there were a few that I liked fairly equally (the home was great, BTW).
That day, I ended up hand registering a few VacationHome.com / VacationHomes.com domain names as speculative investments – and who knows, maybe I will end up using them one day.
This morning, I was looking through the NameJet’s 50 Most Active Pending Delete Backorders email, and I saw MiamiBeachVacationHomes.com listed. I visited NameJet to place a backorder (more to monitor the auction than to bid), and the name has 18 bids and a current bid of $100 prior to the auction. I do not believe this domain name had been developed before, so the bidding appears to be on the name value alone.
It got me thinking about whether there is value in some of these unregistered domain names – and there are many large city VacationHome.com / VacationHomes.com domain names available. This morning I hand registered several names like:
I like the singular names (VacationHome.com) for individual home owners to market their homes, and I like the plural names for companies that may broker local vacation homes – or people that own more than one vacation home.
Anyhow, IMO, some of these types of names would potentially make good flip opportunities. VRBO is a great place to start finding potential buyers, as they allow you to email the home owners and many have phone numbers to call. As the HomeAway brand grows, more listings will be added.
People often ask me what types of names I would hand register to flip, and here’s a set of names I like and are available for you to buy if you do your research. I do strongly recommend you do your research before buying because, IMO, an available name like DetroitVacationHome.com would not make an excellent investment. A domain name like DallasVacationHome.com or NashvilleVacationHome.com might be good.
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