Escrow.com released its Domain Investment Index for Q3 2022

Escrow.com today released its Domain Investment Index for Q322.

While domain name sales saw a 28% decrease in total transactions in 3Q 2022, dropping from $105M in 3Q 2021 to $75M, domain name sales have increased by 8%, from $449M in 2021 to $489M in 2022, trailing twelve months up to September this year.

That being said, domain name sales through Escrow.com have also seen a strong bounce back in the second and third weeks of October, as total GPV across all transactions in the week of the 10th October reached highs of US$ 18 million.

“Domain sales have shot back up strongly in October with significant sales in the first two weeks of the month,” said Matt Barrie, Chief Executive at Escrow.com. “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.

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 $10m+ 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”.

Premium domain name pricing, however, will continue to appreciate in price as a substantial arbitrage still exists between owning the industry defining canonical domain name for online retail and physical retail property. A decent storefront on a high street anywhere in a major city
costs millions of dollars.”

“1Q22 and 2Q22 were solid quarters for us, but in 3Q22 things noticeably slowed down. October has picked up and if we stay on track we should finish the year with decent numbers,” said David Clements, CEO at Brannans.com.

“When I got into this business 15 years ago, I saw domain names as alternative investments and I still do. As an industry, the ups and downs I’ve seen in the past typically follow the markets, but there has been such a huge surge in prices achieved for dictionary word .com domains that even with the markets down, we’ve still done some pretty solid business over the past few years.”

Escrow.com continues to be the leading way businesses across the world secure premium domain names for their brands.

“Bottom line is that founders and Fortune 500s alike have really come around. They understand how valuable a one-word .com is for their brand. They know that it’s going to take a significant investment to get one because everyone else wants it too,” added Clements.

Total transaction value, by region

The total value of transactions involving at least one party from the United States eased from $95M to $60M in 3Q22. Transactions involving Canada eased from $18.1M to $6.7M, and Hong Kong eased from $5.5M to $622k.

The impact of content on domain name sale price

The fastest way to raise the value of a premium domain is to build content, and ultimately an operating business out on it.

The median price of domain names bundled with content also eased to $5,000 in 3Q22 from $8,000 in 2Q22. The Median price of domain names without content is stable at $4,504 in 3Q22 from $4,500 in 2Q22.

The total combined transaction value for all domains without content is at $42M in 3Q22, down by 39% from $70m in 3Q21. For domains with content, the total transaction value has increased by 2% from $11m in 3Q21 to $12m in 3Q22.

Two and three letter .com domain names (LL.com, LLL.com)

The median price of two and three letter {a-z} .com maintains $371k in 3Q22.

Four letter .com domain names (LLLL.com)

The median price of four letter .com domain names surges to $138k in 3Q22 due to high value domain sales.

Investors are flocking to buy four letter .com domain names as a safe investment in an uncertain economic climate. The median price of these domains has increased steadily over the past few years, and shows no signs of slowing down.

For those unfamiliar with the world of domain investing, four letter .coms are considered to be among the most valuable assets one can own. This is due to their scarcity – there are only 4,096 possible combinations of letters – and their wide appeal; they’re easy to remember and pronounce, making them perfect for branding purposes.

Five letter .com domain names (LLLLL.com)

Similar to four letter .com domains, the median price of five letter .com domain names surges to $64k in 3Q22 due to high value domain sales.

Notable five letter domain name sales in 3Q22 include:

-Denim.com
-Twins.com
-Zmail.com

Two and three character .com (CC.com, CCC.com) domain names

The median price of two and three character .com {a-z,0-9,-} domain names in 3Q22 was $44,503.

Four character .com (CCCC.com) domain names

The median price of four character .com domain names in 3Q22 was $11,650.

Five character .com (CCCCC.com) domain names

The median price of five character .com domain names in 3Q22 was $5,000.

Six character .com (CCCCCC.com) domain names

The median price of six character domain names was $10,000 in 2Q22.

Two and three number .com domain names (NN.com, NNN.com)

Highly coveted two and three number {0-9} .com domain names had no transactions in 3Q22. There are only 1100 of these names.

Four number .com domain names (NNNN.com)

The median price of four number .com domains was $23,800 in 3Q22.

Domain names containing a hyphen ‘-’

A 62% year-on-year drop was seen in the total transaction value of domain names containing a hyphen, from $1M in 3Q21 to $380k in 3Q22. Domains cannot start or end with a hyphen.

The full Q3 2022 report is available online here.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and now living in Athens, Greece. Love domains and building websites. Went online in 1995, learned about HTML in 1996 and about domains in 2002. Started publishing the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

One comment

  1. There are 456,976 different four-letter combinations, not 4096.

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