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(Updated April 2016)

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are currently used for law enforcement, national security, commercial and scientific purposes. The Federal Aviation Administration sets out the rules here for commercial drone operations. This Field Guide includes resources to help REALTORS® stay abreast of the legal status of utilizing drones, and to learn about the use of drones for the real estate industry. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)

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Drones Information From NAR

Drones, (National Association of REALTORS®, n.d.).

Drones, Real Estate, and the Law

The FAA’s new drone rules are effective today, (Federal Aviation Administration, Aug. 29, 2016).

NAR joins FAA Working Group, (National Association of REALTORS®, Mar. 4, 2016).

Drones: assessing the risks, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2016).

Should you pursue drone technology?, (REALTOR® Magazine, May 2015).

Section 333 waivers, (National Association of REALTORS®, Feb. 27, 2015).

Drones—Frequently Asked Questions, (National Association of REALTORS®, n.d.).

Drones and Real E​state Marketing

Drone photography taking off in Bay Area real estate, (San Jose Mercury News, Mar. 16, 2016). E

How drones are transforming the way you shop for real estate, (Fast Company, Feb. 27, 2016).

Knoxville real estate firm uses drone to showcase property, (Knoxville News Sentinel, Feb. 7, 2016).

Drones helping to sell big-ticket real estate, (Lohud, Jan. 26, 2016).

Washington real estate broker utilizes drone technology to market properties, (Litchfield County Times, Jan. 18 , 2016).

Drones are transforming real estate marketing, (CBS8, Jan. 6, 2016).

Drone photography is upping the real estate game dramatically, (Digital Journal, Jan. 4, 2016).

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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