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Praful is crazy for drones.
I like the idea. My concern has always been why they feel a need to regulate it in the first place.
I have seen some good photos in listings by Barbara Todaro.
I like it - but I am not a PRO.
I'm using a licensed FAA drone pilot for my listings. The pictures are AMAZING!
The FFA is being a bit frustrating regarding the Drone issue. I hope it is resolved in the REALTOR's favor soon. I'd like to play with it here in Payson, AZ.
I see many opportunities ahead once the FAA gets its act together. It's terrific marketing.
One thing to consider, though - people have bought homes that we are using drone photography for in the past for many year/ without the benefit of drone, or they use other aerials like planes and helicopters - luxury estates, waterfront, mountain view, etc.. Will it REALLY make a difference in how quickly a particular home sells or for how much?
Don't get me wrong, I think it's very cool. Just sayin'
The use of drone video is the next generation in marketing real estate. Early adopters will benefit IMO, especially for luxury, vacation and acreage properties.
When the new FAA guidelines are published and final approval has been granted, it will be long overdue. Sam, I agree that so-called drone photography will be a boon to the real estate industry once it becomes fully permitted for use by responsible professionals.
I just obtained a small drone to learn on. Either I don't understand something or they are much more difficult to pilot that one might imagine - I have yet to have a "soft" landing!
As long as kids are able to fly uninhibited, the FAA won't deter my interest.
I'm guessing a new industry of drone photographers will be created (or maybe already exists?) to fill the need of Realtors and others who can benefit from aerial photos. Technology creating opportunity. Rural land brokers must love it.
I see it as a listing tool--if it's offered to prospective sellers as one of our listing and marketing services, it may give a competitive edge, at least until it's standard operating procedure.
Can a drone be fitted with a 3-D scanner to capture interior space images? We'll be able to see a hologram of the interior, and to print a 3-D replica in our offices.
the kids at my park have been using drones, I was amazed at how easy that are to use, they put my go pro on the drone and I said take a few shots from above of me. the footage was really nice and very stable. the gimble was even smooth... looks like the FAA is going to allow them with regulation.
Like some others, I think drone photography will primarily benefit large estates, luxury homes, and commercial listings. Our market has little use for a drone, and "things" can happen to drones in the air, as evidenced by this post I did last week:
According to my research, anyone who has been using drone photography for real estate sales since the FAA opinion is subject to a $10,000 fine. We can argue about the FAA's ability to rule by opinion, but the legal cost will exceed the fine. Never argue with a guy who has a trillion dollar budget.
Why not just use google maps or photos. One can get decent photos from there as well, why pay for photos...........unless a beachfront/lakeside/hillside which will truly make it stand out.
Drone views are good in some cases, otherwise not so much
Sure spend your money but keep track of the ROI.
Only time will tell, good luck out there.
I'd had some listings perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean - a perfect spot for drone photography, and I'll be utilitizing drones for my next listing there.
I saw a small drone in Verizon the other day. It is well under the 500 ft. limit and reasonable priced.
I believe drone photography can be a great asset in presenting properties if done properly. To do it correctly takes many hours of practice and the cost can be much higher than the initial expense. We have decided not to pursue drone photography until the FAA issues a final ruling. When that happens, we will evaluate the cost/benefit for our clients. The liability incurred should lead anyone to seek a professional photography company who should have insurance to cover any possible problems with the operation of a drone.
Sam, you raised a great topic. Drone photography and video will become integral parts of any listing soon.
I am an FAA licensed commercial pilot with an instrument rating. I am licensed to operate aircraft in controlled and uncontrolled airspace. Uncontrolled airspace is airspace below 500' above ground level.
Operating a drone without the proper authorization could put my license in jeopardy, so I shall apply for authorization to operate drones.
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I"ve used drone photography for a couple years now. It's not always helpful however as many have stated. Right now it gives you a photo that "stands out" as potential buyers flip through the online listings if you have something to "show off." If seen many that end up being nothing but a nice picture o fthe houses roof or the neighbors car.
We have an in house professional photgrapher on our team. We just got a drone and its awesome for water front properties!
Sam, I would consider a drone. It could pay for itself for commercial real estate.
Sam, I am interested in getting a drone! I think it has lots of great possibilities for shooting larger properties that cannot really be seen through regular photography or video.
Definitely I would love to have a drone or a local provider. Shooting video in the mountainous area with ski resorts, an enormous lake, and craggy-hilled properties would be very intriguing and a huge service to both buyers and sellers.
I have a feeling that drone photography of estate homes, luxury homes (presumably with pretty roofs..lol), amenity-rich communities, and larger developments/projects, will start to become a pre-requisite for marketing in the near future. If you look at how quickly people that weren't doing high quaility photos saw their sales decline, then those that aren't doing virtual walkthroughs watch sales go down, pretty soon it will be the same with drones. People will start to expect to see that view and "expeirence" and find that if you're lacking that on your site they'll click elsewhere. It's not here yet though, with the FAA still screwing around with silly, non-sensical arguments - that'll help buy a little time though as pretty soon, they'll have to face the facts that drones aren't going away.
I have seen great Drone photography done by a licensed pilot. It is effective in our opinion on large acreage and large homes. On a smaller home one can run into electrice wires, picture windows, and invade someone's privacy. A