Why is the PearlNamingService.com URL redirecting to Snapnames? Also, since it appears that the domain is being handled by SnapNames and Moniker, should I backorder the domain with SnapNames only, or would it be advised to backorder with Pool.com and NameJet as well?
To avoid a bidding war, should I backorder the domain right before the expiration date, or should I wait til after the grace period? Also, how can I find information on the length of the grace period?
There should be no bidding war if the domain has expired and is going to drop. But it is possible that could happen depending on if two people have it backordered at the same place. Check with the places you are thinking about backordering at to see what they say. And I would use more than one service if the name is valuable to you. One service may do better than another. And if would not hurt to try registering it yourself, you may get lucky. :-)
To see when you domain is going to drop, do some searches about expired and dropping domains and include the TLD of the domain. You should find out some specific information. you can also contact support for you registrar and they should be able to tell you what the exact length of time is, but don't tell anyone what the domain is. :-)