Quick Takeaways

  • Highlight dramatic features, such as cathedral ceilings
  • Use a smaller drone for indoor photography
  • Let in as much light as possible

Flying Through Your Listings (REALTOR® Magazine, May-Jun. 2021)

Technological advances have made it efficient and cost effective to take pictures and videos from drones, aka Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).  Real estate professionals working with residential, commercial and land parcels can all benefit from the images and information obtained from using UAS technology. This imagery is an incredible tool for potential homeowners moving to a different city, buying a second home, or trying to streamline the research process necessary to buy a new home. Many commercial properties or large parcels of land do not lend themselves well to traditional photography. Other UAS applications in real estate include insurance inspections, appraisals, building management, and heat-loss imaging.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) small drone rule became effective August 29, 2016.  This rule eased the restrictions on UAS use for businesses by creating an FAA-issued "UAS Operator Certificate" which does not require a pilots license.

Find out the popularity of drones in real estate businesses, learn the legal remedies for flying a drone, elevate your listings with drone footage and get the updated FAA requirements on becoming a drone operator.

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