If you are a real estate practitioner using unmanned aerial vehicle – also known as drones – to take photos or video of a property you are trying to sell, you might want to think twice.
The Federal Aviation Administration has invited the National Association of REALTORS® to participate in its ongoing working group addressing the use of drones or unmanned aerial systems.
The FAA currently prohibits the use of drones for commercial purpose, including capturing video or photographs to sell a home. In June 2014, the agency issued an interpretation of its guideline stating that “a REALTOR® using a model aircraft to photograph a property that he (or she) is trying to sell and using the photos in the property’s real estate listing does not constitute hobby or recreational use.”
Shortly after, NRT – the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company, which includes Coldwell Banker – advised its agents to stop flying drones to photograph listings as well as using any drone footage to market their properties. Also, the FAA is beginning by targeting several brokerages in New York City that use drones, slapping them with subpoenas in a widespread move to learn more about how real estate professionals use the technology to advance their businesses.
According to LATimes one of the few expections was made by FAA this Thursday – it has approved exemptions that would for the first time allow six aerial photo and video production companies to use drones. The FAA approved waiver requests from Astraeus Aerial, Aerial MOB, HeliVideo Productions, Pictorvision Inc., RC Pro Productions Consulting, and Snaproll Media. The FAA said it was still reviewing a request from a seventh company that sought a waiver, Flying-Cam Inc. To receive the exemptions, the firms had to show their drone operations would not pose a public safety threat.
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