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Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

I am neither for or against, I choose not to use them.  If the use of drones cause even one air traffic accident, then I would vote against them.

Sep 24, 2015 01:34 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sam Shueh If drones are used for real estate business, I don't have a problem with it. If used for invading someones privacy, the drone owner should be prosecuted. Aerial photography is nothing new to commercial real estate. It was used long before drones came along.

Sep 24, 2015 02:56 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I have many homes sitting on large parcels of land and for those, I hire a drone photographer.  We just shot an equestrian centre at which no traditional photographs would work.  I've also been able to capture some amazing waterfront footage that would have been impossible otherwise.  There is a time and a place for drone photography but 'snooping' is never acceptable.

Sep 24, 2015 01:49 AM
Amy Klock
RE/MAX Advantage - Rapid City, SD
Real estate agent servicing the Black Hills

absolutely! In my area many homes are sold with several acres of land and it is a great tool for the consumer to see the layout of the land.

Sep 25, 2015 11:42 AM
HomeHubVegas General Contractor & Real Estate Brokerage
HomeHubVegas - Las Vegas, NV
FHA 203K Rehab Loan Remodeling Connection

Drones: NO

Lack of communication: indicates lack of professionalism which is lack of broker training and to me indicates that it is too easy to get a license.

Yes on Treats

don't screen telemarketers call

Sep 25, 2015 03:34 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

For real estate I personally have no issue with it,

In a country when one is allowed to carry a gun,  I can envision people with guns will try to shoot it down when it flys over their property. 

Sep 24, 2015 03:13 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I am all for them, if they can add value to the marketing.  Some friends of mine with a million dollar listing used a drone for a real nice arieal tour of the neighborhood going up to the house.  Professionally done and VERY impressive.  Did it help sell the house?  Probably not.  Did it help him get another listing and stand above other area agents?  ABSOLUTELY!


Now if Target's new Millenium Falcon drone has a camera on it, I am SO going to be using that!! 

Sep 24, 2015 03:04 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Yes, if it is for the sale of a property on large acreages. What better way to show case a property than seeing it from above. However, I truly don't see the need if it is for cookie cutter homes. Photos and videos are adequate.

Sep 24, 2015 09:16 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

I think it is a neat idea.. I would have to give it more thought.

Sep 24, 2015 08:34 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't disapprove but doing for the sake of coolness is a waste. Onan acreage estate it can make sense otherwise use Google Earth.

Sep 24, 2015 06:02 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Who bases whether they buy a home or not based on a aerial shot? We don't normally look at homes that way.  Sounds gimmicky

Sep 24, 2015 05:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Drone photographs can be great for markting. However, real estate marketing is a commercial use and you need to be careful not to violate FAA regulations.  

You could go broke with the legal defense costs in these cases.

Sep 24, 2015 05:54 AM
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Sam,

I think once the miscreants have fully vetted the criminal potential of the device and accidents from general use have accumulated and studied, government will hopefully have a better comprehension of what to allow and what not to allow as far as drone use is concerned. I don't think there is any question as to the usefulness of drones in Real Estate photography.

a hui hou,

Sep 24, 2015 05:23 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 just listened to a legal panel at State convention, and they said the FAA is now making all agents using drone shots where the owner did not have the license to fly.  

Sep 24, 2015 04:15 AM
Andrzej Niemyjski
Realty One Group - Sun City West, AZ

I would have to say it all depends on the situation, on the house, area and so forth.  You do have to be very concern about privacy of the neighbors.

Sep 24, 2015 03:11 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

If it's flown by someone who knows what they're doing (and didn't just go out and buy a "new toy") and if privacy is respected then it can be used to enhance a property. 

I don't think it's good if the star of the video is the drone itself and not the house. 

And, above all, safety for not just planes in the air, but those on the ground. I've seen a RC airplane take out a porta potty. 

Sep 24, 2015 03:07 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I think it's great, as long as you're not trying to take shots over restricted air space. 

Sep 24, 2015 03:01 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I am for it for a beautiful front of the home shot or for large property. If only the FAA would grant me my permission I could start using it! They are as all government boddies slow as anything.

Sep 24, 2015 02:15 AM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

I approve.

Mar 03, 2019 02:27 AM
Sandra Williams
Capital Direct Funding - West Covina, CA
Private Money Lending in California

Yes.  But within limits.  The specific limit would be the scope of the footage being taken being restricted to the residence you are authorized to film and also that the drone does not enter the airspace of neighboring properties.  

Sep 25, 2015 04:05 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

If I had a listing where this technology would be of benefit I would say why not.

Sep 24, 2015 10:50 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Of course!  As they are used according to the rules, I have no problem with them.  It's the hobbiests that i have a problem with.  They don't care about rules and ruins it for everyone else.

Sep 24, 2015 01:18 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

It's a helluva lot cheaper than having a Cessna 172 do a fly by although I find that many time pole photograhy can work equally as well without prying too deep. 

Sep 24, 2015 12:10 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Yes I do why should private citizens be the only ones that get to use these cool tools when professionals doing something worthwhile or not allowed to.

Sep 24, 2015 07:36 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I think drones have their purpose and many properties benefit from this type of photography. I believe I would get a release from the seller to use it.

Sep 24, 2015 07:08 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

They can do a great job of showing the property location and I'm for their use, provided the operator knows how to use them safely.

Sep 24, 2015 05:16 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I agree with what Spirit Messingham said!

Sep 24, 2015 01:35 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


When it is appropriate.  It is not for snooping, etc.  A

Sep 24, 2015 01:17 AM