Use of Drones is Prohibited by FAA

Use of drones (aka unmanned aerial vehicles) is becoming quite popular among Realtors who want to show off their clients’ homes and neighborhoods in a unique way…from the air. This is especially true for larger homes with acreage. However, as you might have seen from the recent drone incident at the White House yesterday, the FAA is scrambling to deal with how to regulate drones and drone usage among the general population who enjoy flying drones for sport, and commercial photographers, some of whom support real estate professionals. Bottom line, the FAA has prohibited the use of drones for real estate marketing, at least for the time being. The use of drones for such purposes may lead to the assessment of substantial fines and penalties, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Board of Directors.

NAR added that they support efforts to create new federal regulations to allow for the future commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicle technology by the real estate industry. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 tasked the FAA with implementing clear-cut regulations allowing for the commercial use of UAVs, by no later than September 30, 2015.

So, if you’re a homeowner who is looking to create aerial photography of your home, you may have to wait to legally hire a drone photographer.

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