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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We have not; use a real helicopter and the seller must pay for it.

Nov 19, 2015 12:16 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

If the drone operator has an FAA exemption then it's legal.  Otherwise - asking for trouble!

Nov 18, 2015 10:47 PM
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Drones offer many benefits, and I envision them having a positive impact in many areas of real estate.  I see surveyors and appraisers finding them extremely helpful viewing hard to get to areas; and I see many uses of small robots to view in accessible crawlspaces, attics, and drains.


Back to drones, where the benefits are so obvious; but there are risks, drawbacks and liabilities as well.  Hopefully we can count on users to also use their heads.


In light of the extreme jihadists' agendas, I expect even more Federal intervention into our professions.  And we already know FAA flight concerns.  I see gun control activists wanting to outlaw drones.  No surprise, but I SUSPICION you nor I will be the ones to blog on this issue.

Nov 18, 2015 10:33 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

In the DC metro area with multiple government buildings and three major airports, 2 air force bases, and other military installations,...... the simple answer is it deends on the listing

Nov 18, 2015 10:06 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It is very east to violate the FAA regulations. If you have a recommended professional, I hope you will include that information in a blog.

Nov 18, 2015 09:26 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I have not yet, but if you want a testimonial as to results, visit Barbara Todaro. She gets excellent results!

Nov 18, 2015 08:05 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Buzz Mackintosh I do see some of them using the service provides for Drone Photography - however, it's still very minimum.

Nov 19, 2015 05:28 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I dont know, it sounds like way too much government control and red tape for me to bother with.

Nov 19, 2015 05:23 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have someone taking drone videos and photos for me.  They are hobbyists and give me the files for free.  I then edit and use them in my marketing.

Nov 19, 2015 02:55 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

So far we can. I hope they don’t ban it.

Nov 19, 2015 01:16 AM
Toronto, ON

It is currently legal in Canada if the laws and regulations are followed.  Otherwise, there are significant penalties.

Nov 19, 2015 12:29 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Yes some use it here.  A couple of companys specialize in real estate photography.

Nov 18, 2015 10:50 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

we've been using aerial photography for over a year....we use it all the time with our new construction....

Nov 18, 2015 10:50 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

We are and i cant wait to get one. 

Nov 18, 2015 10:22 PM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Yes ....I use them on certain properties ....They work great!

Nov 20, 2015 08:56 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Nobody is until the FAA approves the methods of registering your drone and passing your drone license, depending on the weight of the drone, if they go that way.  Last I heard, they were trying to come up with something in December.

Nov 19, 2015 12:53 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Yes and we have some vendors that are willign to do that for a price.

Nov 19, 2015 10:55 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Buzz - I believe Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers have it right for those of us in Arizona.

Nov 19, 2015 09:47 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I use google earth and no one has asked for more than that.

Nov 19, 2015 06:58 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes, although I don't have a drone and haven't used the photography yet.  It's one of those grey areas.  One is on my christmas list though, just because I'm a nerd who likes nerdy toys.

Personally, unless it is a big property, most homes don't need one.  Saw one on a friend's million dollar listing.  Drone flew the surrounding area, then the street up to the listing and then to the front of the house.  Some nice music in the background.  Huge gimmick that his brokerage does.  Cannot see that selling the house or getting someone to say "ooh, let's go look at that house it has cool drone photography."  In my view, it is a gimmick that agents can use to get a listing.  For most homes in my city, it isn't a benefit.

Nov 19, 2015 06:54 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Buzz Mackintosh No, I have not used drone photography.

Nov 19, 2015 06:36 AM