How to Deal with a Domain Name Broker
Posted on 2009-05-14
I have a client who wants to buy a currently owned domain name. In making contact via the WhoIs info, I got a response from an outfit called DomainBrokers.com stating they are the exclusive agent for the owner of the domain name and that all bids for the domain name must go through them.
As another data point, the website of the domain is a single page with a bunch of links to other websites in the same general business (real estate). It has no contact info and no real description of its business.
(1) In general is this brokerage thing a typical arrangement and in particular is DomainBrokers.com a legit outfit?
(2) Is it possible this site is largely fake, existing to increase the apparent value of its domain name to potential buyers?