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Field Guide to Drones and Real Estate

(Updated July 2014)

Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, are used by the military and police, and for mapping, rescues, border security and much more. Now, real estate is incorporating drones for aerial photography and videos. Learn more about this new feature in the real estate business. (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

Brokerage giant warns agents against drones, (Daily Real Estate News/REALTOR® Magazine, July 14, 2014).

Drones used for real estate photos could me grounded, (Daily Real Estate News/REALTOR® Magazine, June 27, 2014).

FAA says Realtors who fly drones to shoot listing photos are not hobbyists; Realtors 'subject to all existing FAA regulations, as well as future rule-making action', (Inman News, June 25, 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:

eBooks.realtor.org

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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