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.re is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Réunion (a French island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar). Along with .fr, .tf, and .ovh, it is administered by AFNIC.
In recent years, the .re TLD has been increasingly used for real estate–related domains (RE = Real Estate), including place names (neighborhoods, cities, countries, etc.), real estate companies, developers/projects, property-related websites, and individual realtors and estate agents around the world. The .re domain has also been applied to insurance and reinsurance companies (e.g. swiss.re), and words ending in .re (for example, adventu.re or nearfutu.re), similar to contractions used with other TLDs (for example, websites such as bit.ly and delicio.us), as well as use by those involved with reverse engineering, commonly shortened to the acronym "RE". Domains with the .re TLD can be registered with some of the largest online registrars such as Name.com, as well as most European domain registrars.
Since 6 December 2011, the rules for registering French domains have changed. The owner of a domain does not need to be based in France anymore. All European individuals, companies and organizations can register French domains. This change affects not only fr-domains, but also .re..
.re allows two-character domains with at least one number. So, m7.re or 42.re are acceptable, while fi.re is not.
In addition to direct second level registrations, registrations have been made at the third level beneath these names:
- .asso.re: associations
- .nom.re: surnames
- .com.re: commercial (unrestricted registration)
Starting December 6, 2011, domain names at the official subdomains can no longer be registered. The owner of such domain names can renew their existing domains.