While drones have multiple uses in the military and archaeological digs, in real estate, they may soon become the coolest way to experience a house tour. Currently, there's no way for real estate marketers to use drones unless they get permission from the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), but the FAA estimates that by 2020, over 30,000 drones will be used for business purposes.
Getting permission from the FAA isn't so easy, though, as only 14 requests have been met out of a total 214 sent to date. If thinking of going ahead and asking permission later, you may risk a fine the way photographer Raphael Pirker did back in 2011. After operating a drone on the University of Virginia campus, the FAA reached a settlement that required Pirker to pay $1,100.
· Drones could get expanded role in real estate [The Washington Post]
· Drones Giving Real Estate Industry an Aerial Advantage [CBS DC]