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Drones Information From NAR
Source: National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile, 2021
Window to the Law: New Rules Expand Options for Drone Photography (National Association of REALTORS®, Jun. 1, 2021)
If you operate your own drone, keep in mind that just like operating a car, you must have your pilot certification handy during the operation, and be ready to show it upon request.
Using Drones in Your Real Estate Business Webinar-Download (Item E135-121) (REALTOR® Store)
Are you ready to move your business to the next level by incorporating drones video and photos? Find out what you need to know to safely and legally incorporate this cutting edge technology.
Drones, Real Estate, and the Law
5 Things You Must Know Before Flying Drones for Real Estate Photography (HomeJab, May 26, 2022)
“You may not fly your drone over people who are not part of the operation.
- People who are actively involved in the use of the product or service being filmed
- Anyone else who is not involved in the operation (this includes spectators)”
What Real Estate Agents Need to Know About Using Drones to Get Aerial Photos of Homes (The Drone Girl, Oct. 5, 2021)
“Whether you look to add drone photography to your skillset, or you’re a real estate agent looking to hire a drone pilot, you’re one step closer to generating listing photos that stand out from the competition. Get those sweeping views of the property, and take prospective buyers on a virtual tour that compels them to make an offer without even visiting.”
Drone Mapping in the Real Estate Industry (Right of Way, Nov. 1, 2020) E
Data such as boundary lines, trails, flood zones, topographic contours etc. can be laid on top of the drone imagery for mapping. Informative data such as deer stands, utilities, hog damage etc. can also be collected and plotted.
A Drone’s Eye View of Rights and Legal Remedies (JDSupra, Jul. 24. 2020)
Some people might be tempted to take the law into their own hands and shoot down an “invading” drone, but such an approach carries a high level of risk for the property owner and may lead to civil and criminal liability. Under federal law, willfully shooting down an aircraft (including drones) is a felony that may lead to imprisonment (18 U.S.C. § 32)—not to mention other potential liability tied to discharging a firearm into the sky. Furthermore, the drone operator could sue the property owner under state tort law and claim damages for the value of the drone and its payload.
Drones and Real Estate Marketing
Benefits of Drone Technology In Real Estate Marketing (OpenGrowth, May 2022)
“Whether you talk about cutting costs or showing the property’s features, the drone helps in every way possible. It assists both the clients and brokers to understand and explain property respectively.”
Why You Should Invest In Drones For Real Estate Marketing (Hometrack, Oct. 25, 2021)
“What’s more, a drone can help you tell a story as it sweeps across the front lawn, up the cobblestone pathway, and through the front door to begin a virtual open house of a property.”
The Bird’s-Eye View: How Drone Photography Can Help Sell Real Estate (Quicken Loans, Jul. 13, 2021)
“If your home is special because of the views it offers or its proximity to lakes, oceans or other scenic sites, there’s nothing like drone photography to make the point. Drones can offer the views a buyer might experience from your porch, or when sailing on the lake that lies just beyond your front door.”
Flying Through Your Listings (REALTOR® Magazine, May-Jun. 2021)
Indoor drone tours work best for homes with dramatic features, such as cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, or large doors that open to impressive outdoor vistas. “When you do a drone tour, it’s more for the ‘sizzle’ of the property,” says Thomas Wasinski, owner of Cleveland-based drone company Aerial Agents.
Drone Use May Be on the Rise (REALTOR® Magazine, Jun. 3, 2021)
Real estate pros who hire a drone operator to capture photos or videos of their listings will want to ensure the company has insurance coverage and the flyer has a current and up-to-date pilot certificate.
9 Ways Real Estate Drone Photography Can Elevate Your Listing (Redfin, Mar. 17, 2021)
One of the best things about drone photography is the chance to show off the love you put into your home’s build. Maybe you’ve invested in imported tile on the roof, have solar panels installed, or had custom backing added. Real estate drone photography not only highlights these intricate features but also provides greater justification if you are listing at a higher price point.
Drones in Real Estate: Can Aerial Views Help Sell a House? (Millionacres, Sep. 20, 2020)
Drone-attained aerial imagery will set you leagues apart from traditional photography, allowing the buyer to get a much better feel for the lay of the land. According to multiple listing service (MLS) statistics, properties with aerial imagery are 68% more likely to sell than those without it.
Real Estate Drone Photography: A Comprehensive Guide (Vaned, Mar. 4, 2022)
“Do a little reconnaissance to figure out how the property is oriented and when the important angles are lit the best. Midday is often best for minimizing shadows, but if it's full sun, the light will be harsh. Shooting through a neutral density filter can help reduce glare.”
Essential Drone Shots for Real Estate Photography & Videography (Busy Continent, Feb. 28 2022)
“Sometimes called ‘Nadir’, the top-down still shot is a vertical photo taken from directly above the property. This way, a potential buyer gets a clear understanding of the property’s boundaries, land size, layout and any significant features like a pool or basketball court.”
5 Best Real Estate Drone Videos To Inspire You (Styldod, Jun. 17, 2021)
“Track Away: This shot is a wide shot tracking away from the property and it's a reverse shot of the forward reveal.”
8 Drones That Can be Used for Real Estate Photography (Drones Globe, Jun. 19, 2021)
This part of our Best Drones for Real Estate Agents list belongs to the ultimate aerial photography machines. We’re talking about much pricier options in this segment, but ones that can effortlessly complete any and all tasks you put it up against. So, if you’re in a dire need for a professional-grade real estate drone, any of the following five models ought to do the trick!
How To Increase Luxury Home Sales with Drone Real Estate Videos (AccuTour, May 1, 2021)
Using the latest technology like drone video and photography shows prospective sellers that you are current with the latest marketing techniques. They understand that you can make their home stand out and look amazing. Basically, drone video offers your business competitive differentiation making your listings look better, and that means faster sales.
Getting Started (Federal Aviation Administration, Jun. 1, 2022)
“Drone pilots can fly in controlled and uncontrolled airspace. There are different requirements to you as a pilot depending on which airspace you fly in.”
Operations Over People General Overview (Federal Aviation Administration, Nov. 17, 2021)
“The Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People final rule is the next incremental step towards further integration of unmanned aircraft (UA) in the National Airspace System. The final rule allows routine operations over people and routine operations at night under certain circumstances. The rule will eliminate the need for typical operations to receive individual part 107 certificate of waivers from the FAA.”
Certificated Remote Pilots including Commercial Operators (Federal Aviation Administration)
"If you have a small drone that is less than 55 pounds, you can fly for work or business by following the Part 107 guidelines."
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) (Federal Aviation Administration, Jun. 11, 2021)
The Operations Over People rule became effective on April 21, 2021. Drone pilots operating under Part 107 may fly at night, over people and moving vehicles without a waiver as long as they meet the requirements defined in the rule. Airspace authorizations are still required for night operations in controlled airspace under 400 feet.
Become a Drone Pilot (Federal Aviation Administration, May 19, 2021)
“In order to fly your drone under the FAA's Small UAS Rule (Part 107), you must obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA. This certificate demonstrates that you understand the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying drones.”
eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBook is available to NAR members:
Drones For Dummies (eBook)
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