Benefits of drone photography for marketing real estate

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mackintosh REALTORS 82894

Drone photography has become a popular tool for REALTORS® to market their properties for sale. In the past year I have used drone photography on a number of my listings. These photos bring the texture of the lot topography and the home together. Here is a variety of properties which I have marketed with pictures from a drone.

2401 Calloway Ct in Frederick, Md is located in Whittier with a panoramic view of the Catoctin mountains and Historic Frederick from the rear deck and patio.













4605 Iris Ct  in Monrovia, Md is a large estate property with a pond and large garage / shop building on 7 + acres.


5701 Carnoustie Place is located in the Fairways at Holly Hills on a cul-de-sac lot backing to the golf course.




A recent sale on Beall Drive is a small 5 acre farmette which included a large detached garage, barn and fenced pastures for animals.







9519  Pocono Ct which sold in less than 1 week has a large 10+ acre lot and detached pole barn building. 






Agriculture properties such as this recent sale in Middletown is ideal to use drone photography. It shows the lay of the land , out buildings, pastures and the pond on this picturesque farm.



If you  plan to use drone photography make sure you use a professional who knows what they are doing. In our Market place there are many areas with restricted air space, such as Camp David, the local airport and military base. These are just a few of the locations a drone is not permitted to fly near. The photographer I use has said  there are a few bad apples using drones who are highlighted in the news that could spoil this great tool to market property for everyone.



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Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Buzz, I haven't done this yet, but looking forward to trying it in the near future..

Nov 18, 2015 04:34 AM #1
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

A drone is on my wish list but with all the military bases around here think there are a number of hoops to jump thru.

Nov 18, 2015 07:11 AM #2
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I have not seen anything saying we can use drones. Everything I have read still says you cannot use it.

Nov 18, 2015 10:33 AM #3
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Evelyn I would check the  laws in your local jurisdiction. In our market place many agents have been using drone photography for quite a while.

Nov 18, 2015 10:40 AM #4
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

We're not able to use drones in Texas.  We used to have a pilot in our office that took photos.  Now, all we have is ladders.

Nov 18, 2015 02:45 PM #5
Carol Lynn Johnson
Re/Max Elite Realty - Franklin, NC
Residential Specialist

I'd like to try this........depending on the cost.  I am in a rural area, 1.5 hours from nearest town of 100,000 or more so might not be as 'available' as you folks in urban areas.

Nov 18, 2015 11:57 PM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and these photographs.

Nov 18, 2015 11:59 PM #7
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

They are great additions to our pictures, but most of our areas don't allow them. 

Nov 19, 2015 10:13 AM #8
marvin shelley
Marvin Shelley, Broker - Fayetteville, AR
Rural - that's all - NO subdivisions, HOAs, POAs.

Better check the new FFA regulations. You need a license to operate a drone. Lot of new rules.

Nov 19, 2015 09:28 PM #9
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Buzz Mackintosh I love drone photography. At this point, it's still expensive and hope once it is 'affordable', I'll go for it!

Nov 20, 2015 02:54 PM #10
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Buzz ... I think regular photography along with a couple of drone photos can be a great selling point. Because when I look at your photos on your post it gives me a better idea and outlook of the lot or acreage around the property with aerial photos.

Dec 07, 2015 03:00 AM #11
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