I read a good article this week : http://www.inman.com/next/drone-technology-helps-agents-sell-houses/ about the use of drones for real estate photography. Currently in the US; the FAA does not allow the use of drones for commercial purposes. Our neighbor to the north; Canada – does allow their use; although heavily regulated.
There has been a push for the FAA to lesson these restrictions. I’m sure over time; they will find a way to allow certain uses for drones. Real Estate photography is certainly one great use. Here is one great example. I have also seen Home Inspectors use them. Think of those roofs that are too high for the average ladder. A home inspector won’t climb that high; you need to pay for a specialized roofer – typically a crew of two for safely reasons. That’s a big added expense. What if the inspector could have a close; video taped examination of your roof and gutters.
Time will tell what the fate of drones are; but I suspect it is just a matter of time.