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NamesCon Global Announces Dates and Opens Registration for 2023 Conference in Austin 

After a successful 2022 event NamesCon Global announced the conference would be returning to Austin, Texas in 2023 - the only question was what the dates would be. The answer came in an email sent to those on the show's mailing list today. The big event will run from Wednesday, May 31 through Saturday, June 3 at the same venue - the downtown Omni Hotel in Austin

The same letter included a link for early bird registration 

that is now open. Jumping in ahead of the crowd will cut your ticket cost by 65% with Standard passes reduced to $349 and Channel passes cut to $549. That is a nice Black Friday style discount but you can take of advantage of the deal any time before it expires on December 22. Discounted hotel rooms at the Omni will also be available soon and we will let you know when those are available to book.

NamesCon Global brings together domain investors, developers and service providers who build and grow the digital asset industry, covering everything from domain names to emerging digital assets. The industry's biggest event has proven to be the best place to find new customers and build the relationships that accelerate success in this business. 

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This is Thanksgiving Day in America - a day when we make a special effort to do something we should do every day of the year but too often forget in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. That is to give thanks with a grateful heart for the friends, family and blessings we have been given. We are especially thankful, grateful and blessed to have all of you in our lives - including many who have been visiting DNJournal for almost 20 years now! While this is an American holiday, we wish all of you, where ever you are around the globe, a joyful day and endless blessings in the weeks, months and years ahead!

(Posted November 24, 2022)

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Public Interest Registry Reveals Winners of 4th Annual .ORG Impact Awards - Over $100,000 Will Go to Honorees

The Public Interest Registry (PIR), the people behind the .ORG Family of Domains, has announced the winners of the 4th annual .ORG Impact Awards, that honor and celebrate outstanding mission-driven organizations and individuals working to make the world a better place. A record 947 organizations and individuals submitted entries this year from more than 68 countries across seven award categories:

  • Community Building

  • Quality Education for All

  • Environmental Stewardship

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Health and Healing

  • Hunger and Poverty

  • Rising Stars (leaders, under 25, making a difference in their communities)

PIR President & CEO Jon Nevett

The .ORG of the Year will receive a donation of $35,000 for an eligible charitable entity of its choice, while the other award winners will receive donations of $10,000 each. 

PIR President and CEO Jon Nevett said, “We are honored to celebrate the deeply impactful champions for change who have won a 2022 .ORG Impact Award. These inspiring organizations and individuals work incredibly hard to put their mission first, improving the lives of so many, and bringing meaningful change to communities across the globe. We are thrilled to uplift their tireless efforts and to celebrate their dedication to making the world a better place. Each organization is an emblem for what .ORG stands for, and we are humbled by the work of all the .ORGs that submitted for the awards, were named finalists, or are winning an award today. Congratulations, and thank you for being the best of our .ORG Community.” 

...and the winners are:

.ORG of the YearFood Rescue Hero  Donation Amount: $35,000

Purposefully designed to automate the time consuming and variable coordination of food recovery, Food Rescue Hero enables scalable impact on food waste, food insecurity, and climate change. Since 2016, the Food Rescue Hero network of 14 partners in the US and Canada, and a growing community of 34,000 volunteer drivers, have diverted 100 million pounds of perfectly good food from landfill and mitigated 54.3 million pounds of CO2 emissions. With Food Rescue Hero, coordination between food donors, non-profit partners and volunteer drivers is reliable, timely and transparent, and yields greater food waste prevention and shrink real time data transparency and greater overall impact. Food Rescue Hero is also the winner of the 2022 .ORG Impact Award for Hunger and Poverty.

Community BuildingKageno Worldwide  Donation Amount: $10,000

Kageno Worldwide’s mission is to transform impoverished communities into places of hope and opportunity. They believe there is no single solution for communities living in poverty, but that there must be change across multiple sectors, to effectively transform an impoverished community. This is why Kageno works with community leaders to develop programs in four key areas of Education, Healthcare, Income Generation, and Conservation. Their programs operating in Africa address the diversified needs of each community. Kageno is a big picture non-profit, with boots on the ground able to provide the infrastructure, resources, and knowledge needed to develop education initiatives, stronger infrastructures for community health, diversified economies, and a healthier environment. 

Quality Education for AllHello World  Donation Amount: $10,000

Hello World's paradigm-busting solution to the education deficit tackles the twin injustices of lack of educational resources in remote and last-mile communities and the digital divide. Hello World is helping solve the lack of global education by working with the most marginalized communities to build state-of-the-art, Solar Powered Internet Hubs and bridge the digital divide. Each “Hello Hub” provides free internet access and world-class educational software to over 1,000 people, giving children and adults an education and a voice in the global community. Hello Hubs are built by the community for the community across Uganda and Nepal. Each one provides everything needed to get online and further education. 

Environmental StewardshipTIP Sessions  Donation Amount: $10,000

TIP Sessions focuses on a combination of gender-sensitive response​ to climate change, and technological intervention with lingual and regional context to achieve climate and gender justice. They achieve this through a three-pronged approach of community-led climate action, culture for climate programs and economic empowerment of rural women. Their programs are action-driven and give local communities—particularly, women and youth—the platform and voice to impact their world. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Pro Mujer  Donation Amount: $10,000

Pro Mujer has been working to advance gender equality in Latin America for over 32 years. It provides underserved women with financial inclusion, skilling opportunities and health services in order for them to reach their full potential, become agents of change and improve their living conditions.

Health and HealingLimbitless Solutions  Donation Amount: $10,000

Limbitless Solutions Inc. (LSI) is a University of Central Florida-based, non-profit dedicated to empowering individuals by creating access for children—and soon adult first responders and veterans—to personalized, high-functioning and expressive prosthetic arms without financial burden, using technology and interdisciplinary efforts to address accessibility issues to increase access and inclusion. They work to empower confidence and increase accessibility in the limb difference community through art-infused bionics and combine engineering and art to promote access and engagement in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education for a more inclusive future.

Hunger and PovertyFood Rescue Hero  Donation Amount: $10,000

In addition to receiving the awards for .ORG of the Year, Food Rescue Hero is also the winner in the Hunger and Poverty category. Food Rescue Hero is able to use their highly functional app to reduce waste and deliver food to hungry people in 16 cities involved in their network. They have recovered over 122 million pounds of food, equating to nearly 100 million meals. This also means 66.2 million pounds of carbon emissions have been mitigated through their work.

Rising Star – Mathias Charles Yabe, AkoFresh  Donation Amount: $10,000

AkoFresh is a green Agritech organization that is offering sustainable agricultural services leveraging climate smart solutions for improved food security and ensuring ecosystem resilience in local communities. The innovation for AkoFresh is a mobile solar powered cold storage preservation technology that extends shelf life of  perishable crops from the usual 5-day period to 21 days to reduce post-harvest losses and ensure improved livelihood of smallholder farmers. Projects implemented by AkoFresh prioritize the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions especially from food waste, conserving environmental resources, alleviating poverty in small-holders' farming communities by boosting the local economy, and creating decent employment opportunities for women and the youth.

Congratulations to the award winners and a thank you for all that you do!

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"Tech Wreck/Crypto Crash" Dented 3Q Domain Sales at Escrow.com But Business Rebounded in October

Escrow.com has released their quarterly Domain Investment Index (.pdf file) for the 3rd Quarter of 2022.  The company reported a big drop in domain sales revenue from the same quarter a year ago when they rang up $105 million in sales. In 3Q-2022 the number took a 28% dive to $75 million. Escrow.com CEO Matt Barrie said there was no mystery behind the precipitous slide noting, “The decrease in Q3 sales can almost all be attributed to a drop in multi-million dollar mega domain name transactions, which have been a result of the recent crypto crash and tech wreck."

Barrie added, "Venture capital was down in the third quarter by 53%, for example, so we saw a decline in startups seeking a premium brand to launch. The crypto space also experienced a large decline, and crypto ventures have been a large purchaser of $10 million + domains in the last year. The general climate in domains, which we confirmed at NamesCon recently was that many decided to hang up a sign saying ‘gone fishin’ for the summer”.

The good news is that Escrow.com saw the sales trend reversing over the past month. “Domain sales have shot back up strongly in October with significant sales in the first two weeks of the month," Barrie noted. Escrow also pointed out that sales volume was still up 8% year over year jumping from $449 million in 2021 to $489 million in 2022 (across the trailing 12 months).

The following graph  breaks down Escrow.com's quarterly domain sales volume for the past there years. 

Additional information is available in the full press release that Escrow.com distributed today (.pdf file).

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ICA Releases Preliminary Agenda for January Event in Las Vegas - Monday is Last Day for Early Bird Ticket Deal

Earlier this month I told you about the Internet Commerce Association's decision to stage their 2023 Member Meeting at  Hilton's Resorts World in Las Vegas January 22-24. Plans for the big event are continuing to come together nicely with the ICA releasing a preliminary agenda today via a blog post from Executive Director Kamila Sekiewicz. Kamila noted that the agenda is expected to continue evolving in the weeks ahead but this will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Some of the early highlights include an Opening Dinner Reception Sunday evening (Jan. 22), a Policy Briefing from ICA General Counsel Zak

Muscovitch Monday morning and an Ask Me Anything session with GoDaddy President for Domains Paul Nicks Monday afternoon. That day will also feature a panel discussion covering UDRP Reform Proposals. Networking opportunities and multiple social events will also be part of the appealing three-day mix. 

If you want to go, time is running out to take advantage of an Early Bird ticket offer that will knock $100 off the price, cutting it to just $199 (members can buy a ticket for a plus-one guest too). On Tuesday, November 1 the price goes up to the standard $299. That's a great deal but here is one that is even better - a free ticket for for anyone who joins the ICA and pays for an annual membership. If you are a professional in this industry you really should be a member of this 15-year-old non-profit organization that has consistently demonstrated its ability to effectively fight to protect domain owner's rights. Like the early bird deal, you will need to act fast to take advantage of the free ticket offer as Monday is the last day for both promotions.

One other thing, the ICA announced they have been able to add more rooms at Resorts World to the ICA block that will allow you to book your room for just $100 a night (+ taxes and fees).  If you are looking for a great way to kick off the New Year and get your domain enterprise off to a fast start, the ICA Annual Meeting is just the ticket!

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Good Aftermarket News, a Great New Book, the Rise of Radix, Sunrise for .Giving and Epik's New CEO! 

I normally like to do an individual post for each item in The Lowdown, but I have had so many interesting items come in I decided to bring them all together for this end of the week wrap up. I'll give you the basics about each item, along with a link to get full details - information that I hope will set you up for some very enlightening weekend reading.

For starters, with all of the turbulence in the general economy, domain investors are paying close attention to aftermarket results in an effort to get a handle on how domain sales are being affected. The latest Liquid Market Report from GGRG brokerage (the 23rd quarterly issue in this series) covering the 3rd quarter of 2022 included some encouraging news for at least one important segment of the market. 

"Liquid Domains" is GGRG's term for short acronym and numeric domains that, due to steady demand, tend to have more liquidity than most other domain categories. These are .com domains comprised of 2-4 letters, 2-5 numbers or a combination of 2-3 characters mixing letters and numbers. GGRG Founder Giuseppe Graziano reported sales disclosed by

ShortNames.com doubled from $10 million in the previous quarter  to $20 million in Q3-2022. Not only that, sales volume at Escrow.com went up from $5.5 million to $23.2 million, a remarkable 313% increase!  Be sure to check out the full report for a detailed breakdown of how the individual categories within the liquid class fared.

Now, if you want to dig into some serious reading about the current tenuous state of geopolitical cybersecurity, a well-known figure in our space, Khaled Fattel, Chairman and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Multi-Lingual Internet Group (MLi Group) has a best selling new book out. The synopsis for Survivability (Confronting the Unprecedented Risks of Today’s Geo-Poli-Cyber™ Threatened World to Competitively Thrive in the 21st Century) notes "In 2020,the COVID-19 pandemic exposed western democracies’ systemic failure to prepare for a precedented threat. This cost too many lives that could have been saved. Moreover, it exposed grave malfunctions in the current global world order—and its economic, legislative, regulative, and democratic models and institutions. It also crystalized that cyber security defenses and designs accepted as gospel are no longer fit for the purposes of defending the nation, businesses, and protecting the citizen.

Consider governmental failures to prepare for a pandemic they were warned about. Will yours be ready for cyber terrorism? Election meddling? Fake news? How about 

sinister exploitations of IOT, AI, and quantum computing? Overall, is your government prepared to mitigate Geo-Poli-Cyber™ attacks? This book explores those certainties and new paths forward."

You can get Khaled's timely new book at Amazon

As most of our readers know, new gTLD domain registry operator Radix is currently commemorating their 10th anniversary with a big We Are X celebration. The latest twist in the party is a trip down memory lane by way of a 10 Years of Radix infographic (.pdf file) the company built to highlight Radix's milestones and key achievements over the past decade. It all began in 2012 when Radix applied for 31 new TLD extensions. They emerged from the competition with the 10 solid TLDS that have underpinned Radix's rapid growth - .online, .tech, .site, .store, .host, .website, .fun, .space, .press and .uno. Happy Anniversary Radix!

 

Speaking of new TLDs - another one just launched this week! The latest newcomer is .GIVING, a new TLD launched by the Public Interest Registry (PIR), who is already known far and wide as the administrators of .ORG. .GIVING entered Sunrise Thursday (October 13, 2022), giving holders of a trademark that has previously been verified by the Trademark Clearing House an opportunity to secure their name before General Availability begins on January 20, 2023.

.GIVING can be used by any mission-driven organization – including for-profit entities – to establish a standalone website dedicated to a specific fundraising effort, serving as a complement to its primary website. For example, a for-profit entity could create a separate website or microsite using the .GIVING domain 

for a purpose-driven fundraising campaign conveying a strong, dedicated commitment to supporting mission-driven purpose distinct from their for-profit operations.

Last but not least (though definitely late on my part), I want to share the news that was released during NamesCon Global last month about domain registrar Epik getting a new CEO in veteran technologist and entrepreneur Brian Royce. Brian steps in for Epik Founder and previous CEO Rob Monster who decided to move into a non-executive role as Chairman of the Board. Rob noted that Brian had joined Epik earlier this year as EVP Operations and quickly made an impact across several areas of the business. You can expect Brian to keep Epik on the proven track that Rob blazed. Brian said, "We are committed to our mission of helping entrepreneurs and domain investors make a profit and be successful!”

I had actually gotten the news about the changeover directly from Rob when he introduced me to Brian at an evening social event at NamesCon the night before the official press release went out. I was tied up covering the show that week so didn't have a chance to write about anything else until after the conference. Then, shortly after I had gotten home and started catching up, Hurricane Ian

 

Brian Royce
CEO, Epik

appeared in the Gulf of Mexico, heading north and predicted to smash directly into the Tampa Bay area where we are located. We started battening everything down for the storm that we all now know took an unexpected early turn into the Fort Myers area, 75 miles south of us. We wound up being unscathed here but our hearts ache for our friends and fellow Floridians further down the coast who have been devastated by Ian. It will be a long road back for that beautiful part of the Sunshine State but the region and its people, working together, will get the job done. 

Wishing you all blue skies and a great weekend and we'll be back here next week, same time, same channel!

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CryptoExchange.com Introduces Crypto Domain Escrow + Crypto to $ Conversion for Secret Brokerage Sales

In one of our bi-weekly domain sales reports last month you may recall seeing three of the top ten sales jointly credited to SecretBrokerage.com and CryptoExchange.com - Rake.com at $175,000, Hot.co.uk at $99,500 and Stretcher.com at $35,000. In addition to being impressive sales, I noted in that report that in each case the buyer wanted to pay with cryptocurrency but the seller wanted to receive US dollars.

The extra hoops that creates can derail a deal but all three sales were completed in friction free escrow protected  transactions thanks to a partnership SecretBrokerage (SB) 

+

Founder Arif Sengoren formed with Crypto Exchange. As part of that agreement, Arif also became Senior VP of a new Domain Division at Crypto Exchange.

This is the kind of service a lot of people have been looking for since the Covid-fueled boom in domain and digital asset sales began a couple of years ago. That surge resulted in a lot of veteran domain owners who weren't sold on crypto finding themselves in a marketplace where crypto-rich buyers wanted to use their preferred currency to diversify into domains. That is where Sengoren, who is intimately familiar with both camps, saw an opportunity to team up with Crypto Exchange (CE) to help currency of both kinds flow smoothly through this increasingly busy intersection of old and new. 

Arif Sengoren
Founder, SecretBrokerage.com

I've now had a chance to circle back around to Arif and get more details on exactly how the service works. It starts when a CE client who has set their sites on a particular domain decides they also want SecretBrokerage.com's (SB) help to acquire that domain. In that case, if the buyer wants to pay with cryptocurrency but the seller will only accept US $, SB pays for the domain in dollars from their own account, with that transaction typically done through Escrow.com. Then, effectively becoming the seller, SB accepts cryptocurrency payment from the buyer through CE who also provide a new cryptocurrency escrow service to protect both parties.

Arif noted, "SecretBrokerage uses CryptoExchange.com (CE) for our crypto transactions and CE sends us their clients who want to acquire domains. Rake.com was a good example of this. The CE client wanted Rake.com and we were able to acquired it for them and allow them to pay for it with cryptocurrency."

As most of our readers know, crypto prices have fallen significantly this year, so we had to wonder if that has impacted the number of domain transactions SB and CE are handling. Sengoren said, "No,  the price of crypto hasn't affected the volume of transactions we do. People buy or sell domains with crypto for several reasons. One bears repeating - Privacy Privacy Privacy! Two, it is difficult for a lot of people to cash out crypto. Three, taxes. In a lot of jurisdictions using crypto to buy a domain creates no tax on the crypto profit. Four, diversification of their assets while keeping them digitally based. In the end, it is the overall economy that decided how many transactions are being done."

CryptoExchange handles transactions involving physical goods as well as digital assets. Their Bitcoin Marketplace allows consumers to buy products with bitcoin and product owners to sell their items for cryptocurrency. While domains have been the top sellers at CE, watches are a strong number two, followed by cars and real estate. Most transactions remain private, so the few domain sales that have been reported from SB/CE have been made public only because both the buyer and seller allowed the information to be released. 

You can learn more CryptoExchange.com and SecretBrokerage.com on their respective websites. Also, as someone who has never owned or used cryptocurrency, I found the Learning Center at CryptoExchange.com to be a very useful resource. It covers every aspect of cryptocurrency, including definitions of the dozens of terms the crypto field has spawned.

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ICA Returning to Las Vegas for 2023 Meeting in January With Free Ticket Offer for New Premium Members

The Internet Commerce Association (ICA), the non-profit organization that fights for domain owner rights, will be returning to Las Vegas January 22-24 for the group's 2023 Member Meeting. The upcoming event will be held at the new Hilton-owned Resorts World complex that opened in June 2021, just a few months before the ICA hosted their 15th Anniversary meetup at the Green Valley Ranch in nearby Henderson. 

Early bird tickets for the 2023 Meeting are $199 through the rest of October but will increase to to $299 on November 1. If you are not yet an ICA member, you can get a free ticket to 

the event by joining at any of the premium membership levels, including the Individual level. That offer also expires at the end of October.

 

You can also now book your discounted hotel rooms at Resorts World for just $100 a night + taxes and fees. The cut-off date for booking rooms in the ICA room block is December 30th, however space is limited and could sell out before then. 

The ICA has designed their annual meetings to be fun events that include networking opportunities, educational sessions, member meetings and social activities. All industry participants are invited to join and attend and if you go you can count on a warm welcome from current members and the ICA staff.

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After Selling $519 Million Worth of Domains in a 1-Year Span Escrow.com Sees Them as the REAL Land of the Metaverse 

Figures from Escrow.com's newly released  Q2-2022 Domain Investment Index revealed the company rang up $256 million in domain name sales volume in the first half of 2022 and a total of $519 million over the 12-month period ending June 30. The latter figure represents an 85% surge in sales volume over the past two years. 

Escrow.com Domain Name Sales (USD), trailing twelve months

Having handled transactions for premium domain names Meta.com, Uber.com, Instagram.com, Twitter.com, Crypto.com and many others, Escrow.com staked a claim to be "the the place where the land of the metaverse is bought and sold" in a detailed press release issued today.  Escrow.com CEO Matt Barrie noted, "Virtual real estate isn't a plot of land in the metaverse next to Snoop Dogg or an NFT on the blockchain, it's domain names. When Facebook rebranded to Meta, it didn’t buy virtual land in a game. Facebook bought the best possible address in the best street on the internet: meta.com." 

The Escrow.com release highlighted the diverging fortunes of the domain name aftermarket vs. NFTs with a link to an article at CoinTelegraph.com titled Metaverse housing bubble bursting? Virtual land prices crash 85% amid waning interest. Escrow.com added supporting evidence for the domain name case with these points:

  • Over the last two years, the average price of premium domain names has boomed. The average sale price in 2Q22 was US$49,910.65, up 28% from US$38,939.57 in 2Q21, and up a whopping 199% from US$16,694.49 in 2Q20.
     

  • The gains have not all been at the high end, with the median sale price for domain names up 23% to $5,000 from $4,064 in 2Q21, and doubling in 2Q22 from $2,500 in 2Q20.
     

  • Some niche segments outperformed: four-letter domains (LLLL.com) appreciated to a median of $10,000, up 59% from $6,300 in 2Q21 and $3,500 (up 186%) in 2Q20.

Andrew Rosener, CEO of MediaOptions.com,  added “Domain names are the bedrock foundation on which the entire internet is built upon, including Web3 and NFTs. Value accrues from the top down. So as more adoption occurs and more technologies and utility is created on top of the internet and its digital pipe lines, the more value accrues to the land beneath; namely domain names.” 

Rosener, who has won Escrow.com's Master of Domains Award for the last three years in a row (presented to the world's highest sales volume broker on the Escrow.com platform), can also back up his view with a long record of blockbuster sales, including NFT.com at $2.1 million and Zoom.com at $2 million.

Andrew Rosener

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Verisign Reports Worldwide Domain Registrations Reached 351.5 Million at the End of 2Q-2022

Verisign (the administrator of the .com and .net TLDs) has released their latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief (DNIB) covering the second quarter of 2022. The quarter ended with 351.5 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs) worldwide, a gain of 10.4 million domains from the same point a year ago, representing a 3% increase year over year. Total registrations were up by one million from the end 1Q-2022 (a 0.3% rise that represents a  considerably slower rate of growth than we saw for the past year as a whole).

At the end of 2Q-2022, .com registrations reached 161.1 million, 3.1 million higher than at the same point a year ago, representing 

a 2.6% jump YOY. .Net did not fare as well, losing 400,000 domains over the past year to finish 2Q-2022 with 13.2 million registrations.

Total country-code TLD domain name registrations came in at 134.1 million at the end of the 2Q-2022, a gain of 2.6 million domains (2%) year over year. The top 10 ccTLDs, as of June 30, 2022, were .cn, .de, .uk, .nl, .ru, .br, .fr, .eu, .au and .it.

Total new gTLD domain name registrations stood at 27.0 million at the end of the 2Q-2022 after enjoying a healthy 18.1% jump year over year with the addition of 4.1 million registrations.

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GoDaddy Beefs Up Newly Acquired Dan.com With Addition of Domain Brokerage Services 

After acquiring innovative domain sales platform Dan.com in June GoDaddy is moving quickly, in tandem with the existing Dan team, to make the already popular aftermarket option even more appealing. An email sent to Dan customers today broke the latest news, stating "We’re excited to share progress on this combined effort with the launch of Dan Brokerage, in partnership with the world’s leading domain broker, GoDaddy." 

The message, above a "Dan Brokerage Team" signature, promised the new service will give Dan customers access to more than 100 experienced brokers stationed around the world with close to 24/7 coverage that will provide faster response time to both sellers and their prospective buyers.

The message, sent from support@dan.com, concluded "At Dan, we’re driven by the idea of putting customers first. We’re confident this new brokerage capability where you can relay any negotiation with a value of at least $1,000 to our brokerage team, will benefit our sellers. To discover what this team can do for your portfolio, simply respond to this email."       

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