With the end of 2008 and a new year beginning, PC World took a look back at the Internet’s oldest commercial Web sites — the ones registered way back when in the distant past, in 1986. The biggest surprise? Microsoft.com didn’t come online until May 1991; Yahoo reserved its dot-com home in January 1995; and Google hadn’t grabbed google.com until September 1997.
I tried to find the very first real estate website online and wasn’t successfull, but I did find this old press release from Coldwell Banker claiming to be the first national real estate firm to create its own Internet web site in 1995, though I imagine the web was scattered with smaller individual agent sites prior to that time.
Some of the language is so quaint now:
The Coldwell Banker home page will allow computer users worldwide to instantly access home information, color photographs, and send messages to sales associates, from the comfort of a home or office, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.