The year is almost halfway over and 2017 is shaping up to be a big one for sales of valuable domain names. Four domain names have sold for over $1 million and the top ten public domain sales so far this year have been for at least $300,000 each, according to DNJournal, a site that tracks domain sales.
Here are the top ten domain name sales of 2017 through the middle of June.
1. Fly.com $2.89 million
Online travel site Travelzoo bought the Fly.com domain for $1.8 million in 2009 but shuttered the website on the domain name earlier this year. It sold the domain name to another travel company for $2.89 million.
2. Freedom.com $2.0 million
Media company Freedom Communications owned the domain name Freedom.com for many years. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2015 and the Freedom.com domain was sold as part of the bankruptcy. Then Freedom Mortgage bought the domain for a whopping $2.0 million.
3. 01.com $1.82 million
Domain name investors in China are big fans of short numeric domain names like 01.com. That’s why 01.com commanded so much money. The domain name changed hands at the end of 2016 but the sale was publicly announced in February of this year.
4. 20.com $1.75 million
Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, who sold Weblogs, Inc. to AOL in 2005, cashed in big on 20.com earlier this year. He bought the domain name in 2006, and no doubt made a healthy profit on the sale.
5. SW.com $660,000
Chinese domain name investors also like short domain names made up of letters, and one picked up SW.com for $660,000 this year.
6. Lola.com $550,000 (tie)
Much like the #2 sale this year, the #6 sale also resulted from a bankruptcy. A judge forced BCBG Max Azria to sell Lola.com in a $550,000 deal. The buyer is using it for a business travel app.
6. Place.com $550,000 (tie)
The domain name investor who owns Place.com finally decided to offer it up for sale this year. There’s no word yet on who bought the domain name and what they plan to do with it.
8. Refi.com $500,000
Mortgages are a big business and many mortgage applications start online. Refi is short for refinance, hence the half million dollar price tag on this domain name.
9. Asset.com $406,000
This domain name was once owned by the government contractor SAIC but has been in private hands since at least 2007.
10. Advance.com $300,000
Advance Publications, Inc., the publishing business that owns Conde Nast, shelled out $300,000 to buy Advance.com this year.
There are many more domains that have sold for at least $100,000 this year, and the list keeps growing. Will you be the next person to make a big domain name sale? Register the next hot domain at Namecheap.com.
Andrew Allemann is editor of Domain Name Wire, the longest-running blog covering the business of domain names. Domain Name Wire has covered the business of domain name investing for over ten years.