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Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

Praful is crazy for drones.

Jul 01, 2018 10:33 PM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I like the idea.  My concern has always been why they feel a need to regulate it in the first place.

Feb 24, 2015 02:33 AM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Thanks for so many great comments and different views.  I am personally a fan of the Drone photography but really haven't taken advantage of it.  It frustrates me that the FAA placed fines and restrictions on commercial use yet any kid can fly their drone with zero experience and that is ok apparently.  I have been following some of the top drone photographers and the footage they have been able to capture is AMAZING.  I work a lake market in Central Ohio called Apple Valley Lake which would really benefit from the use of a high quality drone and high resolution camera.

Feb 23, 2015 11:36 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have seen some good photos in listings by Barbara Todaro.

Feb 22, 2015 08:32 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am.

Nov 04, 2019 11:18 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

I do!

Jul 02, 2018 09:24 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have.

Feb 18, 2018 05:58 AM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

I like it - but I am not a PRO.

Feb 16, 2018 11:11 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We have!

Jun 23, 2017 05:25 AM
Tracy Santrock
Santrock Realty Group Inc. , - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Broker

I'm using a licensed FAA drone pilot for my listings.  The pictures are AMAZING!

Jul 23, 2016 11:22 PM
Sandra Scott
DPR Realty - Payson, AZ
REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ

The FFA is being a bit frustrating regarding the Drone issue.  I hope it is resolved in the REALTOR's favor soon.  I'd like to play with it here in Payson, AZ.

Feb 24, 2015 07:37 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sam Miller 

I see many opportunities ahead once the FAA gets its act together. It's terrific marketing.

One thing to consider, though - people have bought homes that we are using drone photography for in the past for many year/ without the benefit of drone, or they use other aerials like planes and helicopters - luxury estates, waterfront, mountain view, etc.. Will it REALLY make a difference in how quickly a particular home sells or for how much?

Don't get me wrong, I think it's very cool. Just sayin'


Feb 24, 2015 12:39 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

The use of drone video is the next generation in marketing real estate. Early adopters will benefit IMO, especially for luxury, vacation and acreage properties.

Feb 24, 2015 04:20 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

When the new FAA guidelines are published and final approval has been granted, it will be long overdue.  Sam, I agree that so-called drone photography will be a boon to the real estate industry once it becomes fully permitted for use by responsible professionals.

Feb 24, 2015 02:40 AM
John Dotson
Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC - Highlands, NC
The experience to get you to the other side!

I just obtained a small drone to learn on.  Either I don't understand something or they are much more difficult to pilot that one might imagine - I have yet to have a "soft" landing!

As long as kids are able to fly uninhibited, the FAA won't deter my interest.

Feb 24, 2015 02:35 AM
Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

I'm guessing a new industry of drone photographers will be created (or maybe already exists?) to fill the need of Realtors and others who can benefit from aerial photos.  Technology creating opportunity.  Rural land brokers must love it.  

I see it as a listing tool--if it's offered to prospective sellers as one of our listing and marketing services, it may give a competitive edge, at least until it's standard operating procedure. 

Can a drone be fitted with a 3-D scanner to capture interior space images?  We'll be able to see a hologram of the interior, and to print a 3-D replica in our offices.  

Feb 24, 2015 01:14 AM
Doyle Davison
Hawaiian Beaches Hawaii - 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
30 years as your Concierge services listing broker

the kids at my park have been using drones, I was amazed at how easy that are to use, they put my go pro on the drone and I said take a few shots from above of me. the footage was really nice and very stable. the gimble was even smooth...  looks like the FAA is going to allow them with regulation.

Feb 24, 2015 01:14 AM
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

Like some others, I think drone photography will primarily benefit large estates, luxury homes, and commercial listings. Our market has little use for a drone, and "things" can happen to drones in the air, as evidenced by this post I did last week:

When Technology and Nature Collide, Nature Usually Wins

Feb 24, 2015 12:11 AM
Thomas Johnson
RE/MAX TOP - Houston, TX
SRES, Green

According to my research, anyone who has been using drone photography for real estate sales since the FAA opinion is subject to a $10,000 fine. We can argue about the FAA's ability to rule by opinion, but the legal cost will exceed the fine. Never argue with a guy who has a trillion dollar budget.

Feb 24, 2015 12:01 AM
David Alan Baker | Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

Why not just use google maps or photos.  One can get decent photos from there as well, why pay for photos...........unless a beachfront/lakeside/hillside which will truly make it stand out.  

Feb 23, 2015 11:20 PM
Ron Aguilar
Gateway Mortgage Group - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

Drone views are good in some cases, otherwise not so much

Sure spend your money but keep track of the ROI.

Only time will tell, good luck out there.

Feb 23, 2015 11:16 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I'd had some listings perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean - a perfect spot for drone photography, and I'll be utilitizing drones for my next listing there.

Feb 23, 2015 10:47 PM
Debra B Albert, PA - Keyes Realty
Keyes Realty Treasure Coast, 34986 - Port St Lucie, FL
Ron and Debbie 772.708.3292

I saw a small drone in Verizon the other day.  It is well under the 500 ft. limit and reasonable priced.

Feb 23, 2015 10:45 PM
Harold Satterfield
Panoramas in Paradise - Navarre, FL
Professional Real Estate Photography

I believe drone photography can be a great asset in presenting properties if done properly.  To do it correctly takes many hours of practice and the cost can be much higher than the initial expense.  We have decided not to pursue drone photography until the FAA issues a final ruling.  When that happens, we will evaluate the cost/benefit for our clients.  The liability incurred should lead anyone to seek a professional photography company who should have insurance to cover any possible problems with the operation of a drone. 

Feb 23, 2015 10:43 PM
Erick Blackwelder
Cell: 703-677-1120 - Woodbridge, VA
Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120.

Sam, you raised a great topic.  Drone photography and video will become integral parts of any listing soon.

I am an FAA licensed commercial pilot with an instrument rating.  I am licensed to operate aircraft in controlled and uncontrolled airspace.  Uncontrolled airspace is airspace below 500' above ground level.  

Operating a drone without the proper authorization could put my license in jeopardy, so I shall apply for authorization to operate drones.

Erick Blackwelder
Washington DC Suburbs

Feb 23, 2015 10:41 PM
Morris "Bill" Austin
Team Price Real Estate - Dripping Springs, TX
Exceptional service is my standard expectation.

I"ve used drone photography for a couple years now. It's not always helpful however as many have stated. Right now it gives you a photo that "stands out" as potential buyers flip through the online listings if you have something to "show off." If seen many that end up being nothing but a nice picture o fthe houses roof or the neighbors car.

Feb 23, 2015 10:31 PM
Marci Yankelov
REMAX Sails - Baltimore, MD

We have an in house professional photgrapher on our team. We just got a drone and its awesome for water front properties!

Feb 23, 2015 10:19 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sam, I would consider a drone. It could pay for itself for commercial real estate.

Feb 23, 2015 10:18 PM
Jill Moog
Coast & Country Homes and Estates, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad, CA Homes for Sale

Sam, I am interested in getting a drone! I think it has lots of great possibilities for shooting larger properties that cannot really be seen through regular photography or video.

Feb 23, 2015 01:35 AM
Kristin Walter
Mountain Dream Real Estate, LLC - Breckenridge, CO

Definitely I would love to have a drone or a local provider. Shooting video in the mountainous area with ski resorts, an enormous lake, and craggy-hilled properties would be very intriguing and a huge service to both buyers and sellers.

Feb 23, 2015 12:28 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have seen great Drone photography done by a licensed pilot.  It is effective in our opinion on large acreage and large homes.  On a smaller home one can run into electrice wires, picture windows, and invade someone's privacy.  A

Feb 22, 2015 01:30 PM