Why Should REALTORS(R) Be Concerned About FAA Regulations?
FAA Regulations Impact Real Estate: Here’s How
If you’re thinking of using commercial drones for your business, you need to know the FAA regulations behind them. Don’t get burned. Read this guide.
Drones used to be the stuff of sci-fi, but they’ve become an inescapable part of our everyday lives as time goes on.
Many like to use them recreationally, like having a model airplane.
But drones are entering the commercial sphere too.
Companies like Amazon are considering using drones for faster package delivery.
Naturally drones have uses in the security industry and can be applied to keep a bird’s eye view of an area.
Drones can be used by construction workers to examine progress being made on bridges or high rise buildings.
Farmers will find drones handy for monitoring their crops from above.
Drones make capturing sweeping aerial shots for movies much easier, and regular local photographers use them to add another dimension to their pics.
Sales of drones for commercial use are expected to go from 600,000 units sold to a staggering 2.5 million very soon.
Use of drones for commercial purposes is estimated to generate more than $13.5 billion and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, all within the first three years.
Out of all of the commercial industries poised to utilize drones in the coming years, one stands out amongst the rest.
The real estate industry is increasingly realizing how useful drones are in selling luxury properties.
In fact, the FAA puts it in the top five industries that will benefit from using the small unmanned aircraft.
With the luxury home market in flux, it’s best to jump on this trend sooner than later.
There are FAA regulations for drones – let’s get into them to make sure you’re within legal limits.
FAA Regulations Regarding Drones For Real Estate Use
Although many exceptions have been made for those who want to use drones to photograph real estate, there are a few things you must do.
The FAA has released a longer list of rules potential drone operators must follow but we’ve got the essentials you need to know to get started.
Keep in mind these FAA regulations are for drones weighing 55 pounds and below.
First, there can’t be any first person cameras. The drone must be within the sight of the pilot at all times.
Drone pilots have to be at least 16 years old.
You can only operate the drone during daylight hours, at latest twilight. There must be appropriate lighting.
Drones may only reach a maximum height of 400 feet and a maximum ground speed of 100 mph.
Keep the drone from flying over people (unless they’re part of the drone team, obviously).
All drone pilots need to get a “remote pilot airman certificate” which is issued by the FAA.
Now that you’ve got the hang of the basic FAA regulations, let’s find out how you can use drone photography to boost your real estate sales.
Capturing Perfect Pics Of Luxury Homes
Keeping in mind the FAA regulations, you’ve got a lot to work with when taking your aerial drone photos.
With a street level photo, you only get a boring shot of the front of the house. It’s standard, it’s old school, and it’s boring.
A luxury home is so much more than the home itself.
With an aerial shot, you can capture the surroundings, adding another layer to the photos.
Are there beautiful mountains nearby? Does the home overlook an expansive lake or the ocean?
What does the landscaping look like?
Don’t forget to show the neighborhood.
You know that famous saying regarding real estate – the three most important things are “location, location, location!”
Drone photos show so much more than traditional photography.
It’s really the best way to showcase the stunning luxury homes you want to sell.
Plus, you’ll get these great results for much cheaper than you would if you hired a plane or a helicopter. Drones are way more convenient, too.
If you’re a luxury real estate agent, you’ll have an edge over your competition by incorporating drones into your sales pitch.
Tips For Incorporating Drone Photos
For those real estate agents who jump on this amazing new tech and are up to date with FAA regulations, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Obviously, you need to consider the entire home and its surroundings as previously discussed.
You don’t want to waste one moment of drone photography time. Scout the location ahead of time and get a good idea of what you want to feature.
And while aerial shots are a great and dynamic way to showcase luxury properties, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Get traditional photos of the house to supplement your drone pics.
Tell a comprehensive story about the property. Get snaps inside, outside, and from above.
You’re pretty much guaranteed to sell that property – and quickly too.
Make Sure You Have The Best Drone Photographer
Drone photography is definitely not DIY; you’re better off hiring a professional.
There are several things to keep in mind when you’re hiring a drone photographer.
Obviously, you need to hire one that follows all FAA regulations.
They’ll need proper credentials and liability insurance coverage.
If a drone goes up and by accident comes down, causing any kind of damage to either property or to a person, you’ll want to be covered.
Remember what we said about using aerial sand traditional photography to sell the story of the home?
You might be able to get an “all in one” package and a bundle photography deal.
Once the photos are shot, it doesn’t end there.
Make sure your photographer has the editing skills to give the project that final polish.
Even the best photos can be killed in the editing process.
By covering all of these bases, you’ll have compelling images with lots of “wow” – not to mention you’ll be leagues ahead of the competition.
When you’re ready to pick a drone photography service, look no further than Niels Johansen Photography.
Niels has been in the photography field for a long time both as a hobbyist and a professional and knows what it takes to bring your projects to life.
He offers a wide range of real estate photography options, too.
Contact him and turn those luxury homes around with stunning photographs.