(Updated July 2014)
Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, are used by the military and police, and for mapping, rescues, border security and much more. At this time, however, REALTORS® interested in this technology need to be aware that drone usage for business purposes is restricted under U.S. Federal Aviation Administration guidelines. Commercial use of drones is only permissible on a case-by-case basis, and an FAA certificate of airworthiness is required. The National Association of REALTORS® does not recommend their use until the FAA issues clear-cut regulations governing their use in commercial situations, a different approach than today’s restricted case-by-case approval system.
This Field Guide includes resources to help REALTORS® stay abreast of the legal status of using drones, and learn about drones’ potential uses in the real estate industry. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)
Source: Commercial drones explained, (The Washington Post, Dec. 3, 2013).
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Drones, Real Estate, and the Law
NRT bans drone photography in northeastern US, (Inman News, July 24, 2014).
Brokerage giant warns agents against drones, (Daily Real Estate News/REALTOR® Magazine, July 14, 2014).
Drones used for real estate photos could be grounded, (Daily Real Estate News/REALTOR® Magazine, June 27, 2014).
Press release: FAA offers guidance to model aircraft operators, (Federal Aviation Administration, June 23, 2014).
Drones approved: FAA gives OK to first commercial use over land, (The Two-Way, June 10, 2014).
Will this fly?: A primer on drone laws, (Mashable, May 2, 2014).
NAR, trade groups urge FAA to clarify drone use, (REALTOR® Magazine Daily Real Estate News, Apr. 9, 2014).
Drones in Real Estate: Not so Fast; The legal landscape surrounding commercial use of drones is constantly shifting, (REALTOR® Magazine, Mar./Apr. 2014).
Judge: It’s always been legal to fly commercial drones in the U.S., (Fortune, Mar. 10, 2014).
What’s That Flying Over Your Listing? Can drones be used as a way to survey property and shoot aerial videos to help market and sell of listings? Legally, no — at least for now, (REALTOR® Magazine, Feb. 2013).
Drones and Real Estate Marketing
Drones giving real estate industry an aerial advantage, (CBS, May 27, 2014).
Smile, You’re on camera!, (Crain’s Chicago Business, May 26, 2014). Q
Drones: aerial photos the latest real estate marketing tool, (Realty Today, May 16, 2014).
Drones used for aerial real estate videos, (San Francisco Chronicle, May 15 2014).
Drones become airborne to sell homes, (Geek Estate, April 23, 2014).
Why the real estate industry is interested in drones, too, (Citylab, Jan. 30, 2014).
Drones offer promise in real estate—once rules are out, (Speaking of Real Estate, Jan. 22, 2014).
Still unconvinced, home buyer? Check out the view from the drone, (The New York Times, Dec. 23, 2013).
eBooks & Other Resources:
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, (Kindle, Adobe PDF eBook)
How To Do Everything With Your Digital Camera, (Adobe PDF eBook)
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