LifeinAsia - 2:19 pm on Sep 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Unless I was Madonna, Sting, Cher, Bono, or some other one-name wonder, firstname.tld or even firstname.com would have no value to me in business. Possibly FirstName-LastName.com if I was just using my personal name as the DBA for my realtor business. But for SEO purposes, I would more likely want a location component in the domain name.
Do you think it's reasonable to ask for $10K for a nice, well designed and coded realtor site; that includes the domain?
If the potential client is interested in paying for a website, then proposing that amount IN ADVANCE (of any work being done and getting approval from the potential client) is certainly reasonable.
Coming to someone and saying "Without your knowledge or permission, I registered a domain name based on your name, built a web site without asking your specifications, and decided on a price without knowing your budget" is not very reasonable.