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  • Writer's pictureSandy Schupper

Drones In Commercial Real Estate

Drones are used to market commercial real estate, too.

In cities across America, Europe and Asia, drones are used to plan and photograph high rises and other residential multi-unit projects, either to help them sell or for inspection and surveying.

Commercial Photographers Are Quickly Embracing Drones The very first FAA Sec. 333 exemption for a real estate drone operator was handed out in January, 2015, to Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Arizona. By getting the exemption, Doug became the first real estate agent to legally fly a drone for real estate photography. Since then, the use of camera drones to market real estate has taken off in the United States. Out of the first 1,000 FAA exemptions given to commercial drone operators, more than 350 were for real estate marketing. The commercial photography industry is clearly embracing drones to meet the fast-growing demand for high-quality aerial video and photography. In Chicago, the major photography studio, VHT, recently hired several certified camera drone operators to meet demand. VHT’s Chairman, Brian Balduf, said he expects drones will be used on 20% of their shoots by the end of 2016.

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