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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

If we were to use a drone, it would be for limited use and with a specific purpose, i.e., to show a special attribute of the property, not for a neighborhood tour.

Aug 02, 2015 11:38 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I just heard on the news they are going to crack down on drones due to the possibility of terrorist acts.  A few bad apples ruin it for all of us.

Aug 02, 2015 11:17 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You have to make sure that you comply with the federal and state regulations on the use of drones. The real estate industry has been targeted for compliance.

Aug 02, 2015 11:14 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

We are not living in, or buying into an aerial home in the sky. Who makes important decisions on how their home to be looks from above?  Selling from the ground up makes sense. Not the sky down. Its a toy-ploy

Aug 03, 2015 08:15 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Here's a fact I just learned: If you operate a drone for commercial (paid for) use, you have to have a commercial pilot's license or the FAA can fine you; and the fines are in the $$$thousands$$$. For fun, they are free, for fee, they require a commercial pilot's license for the time being...I just learned this last week from a pilot friend of mine, it's a big topic amongst pilots.

Aug 02, 2015 11:37 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

if it makes it look better..YES, sometimes a house has 4 bad sides :)

Aug 02, 2015 10:54 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Not all listings are best presented by droning... but many are.   I say case-by-case.

Aug 02, 2015 10:36 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sally K. & David L. Hanson Aerial photography has always been a must have in commercial real estate. I would say yes to Drone.

Aug 02, 2015 10:33 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

A drone is a great tool.  As is home staging and/or 3D tours.  Depending on your costs and marketing requirements, you might need to do one or all.

Mar 12, 2017 11:32 PM
Adam Huntington
Caliber Home Loans - San Diego, CA

I own and operate and Realtors are not violating any laws or regulations whatsoever if they hire a Drone/UAV Service.

There are currently several different classifications of drones and the law is not clear on them at this time.  There are Micro-UAV's, Small-UAV's, and UAV's ranging from .55LBS to 55LBS.  A new bill was released the other day mandating new laws in the next 90-270 days.

Did you know that a Drone Company with a 333 Waiver is most likely breaking the law by filming your listing?  So following the NAR instructions might actually get you in to trouble because most listing videos violate numerous rules within this waiver such as filing a flight plan 3 days before flying or obtaining property and personal waivers from places or people that may appear in your listing video.

At the end of the day, this is a burgeoning industry that TOP AGENTS utilize on every listing.  In addition to this, consumers are demanding this medium from their agents to even get the listing.  On top of all that, we are seeing that our videos help reduce the average sales cycle by 90 days.  It is what it is.

Apr 22, 2016 03:00 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sally K. & David L. Hanson - well , it is still not legalized. And if and when I do, it will be for high-end listings only, I think.

Aug 03, 2015 01:49 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Specific listings for photos like ranches or acreage.  Adhere to all the FAA rules.  A

Aug 03, 2015 06:12 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

We're on the same wave length again, Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Aug 03, 2015 05:44 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

I'm not going to violate the current FAA regulations.  I live in an area with significant no fly zones yet see real estate videos that definetly are not in compliance.

Aug 03, 2015 04:19 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

They are a great tool for aerial still shots. Especially good for homes on larger lots or near points of interest.

Also excellent fro community videos from overhead to show the layout of the land.

And, a great listing tool.

Aug 03, 2015 03:53 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Eventually we will have one, not sure I want to deal with all the government over regulation though.


Aug 03, 2015 01:35 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have used a drone for a couple listings that back to open space or have magnificent mountain views.   

Aug 03, 2015 01:03 AM