It’s a bird; it’s a plane; nope it’s just a drone

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.

Most Expensive Home Sold in DC last month

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Don’t Do It!

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When you ask a question – you will get an answer…

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