I am concidering purchasing a very very expencive german domain name (example.de). To be honest I don't have any expiriance at all with how the .de domains work - and how they are transfered.
The current owner of the domain and I have agreed on the price as well as on using Escrow.com for the transfer.
It's a lot of money so first of all I am just checking to make 100% sure that Escrow.com is very safe for this purpose?
The current domain owner is apparently an offshore company (probably just a mail box). I don't have their phone number and they don't want to give out their phone number to me for some reason.
I am a bit worried that in case something goes wrong the money and/or domain is lost.
I have no reason at all to belive that I am not dealing with the actual owner of the domain name. However the only "proof" of dealing with the right owner of the domain name is that I get reply from the email address showing when looking up the Whois information for the domain. I guess this leaves me in good faight in case this turns out not to be the case?
I have been reading on denic.de who handles the german domain names.
I also found a german domainname register - United Domains. I had them recommended by a german laywer I called. According tó this laywer United Domains are trustworthy and one of germanys biggest domain registars. Can anyone confirm this?
I am not located in germany myself - so the domain needs to have a so called "Administrative Contact" who is located in germany. The german laywer told me that United Domains automaticall provides a person who will act as the domains local "Administrative Contact".
How do I make 100% sure that I get the domain?
In particular I need to change the "Domain Holder" as well as the "Administrative Contact" person. The current owner of the domain is also registered as the "Administrative Contact" and as far as I understand the Administrative Contact can change everything regarding the domain - even who is registered as the Domain Holder. I don't want to expiriance that escrow.com pays the seller and then the administrative contact moves the domain back to the seller.
How exactly do I make the transfer of this .de domain - do I make the transfer or do the current owner make the transfer?
How do I make sure that I don't lose the domain and/or my money?
Any advice on what terms to include in a contract regarding a domain name deal?
Right now I have the price we agreed on - info on who the purchaser is as well as the seller name and address (offshore company) - as well as the sellers insurance that there is no problem with the domain in regards to copyright violations, ownershop or any other disputes of any kind regarding the domain name. And that the seller has the full rights to sell the domain.
Did I miss anything?
Thanks in advance for any advice