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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Byron,
Tony Marriott is the man to talk "drone" with.
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers 

Jan 25, 2018 11:03 AM
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Jordan Ayan
The Lifestyle Collection - Scottsdale, AZ
Luxury Market Expert, CLHMS,Million Dollar Guild

I took my FAA Part 107 exam and got licensed.  I fly a DJI Phantom 4 Pro, but mostly for fun.  I don't usually shoot my own video or pictures, just because of the amount of time it takes to do it well.  For $250 you can hire someone really great if you are doing video - less if you are just doing stills.  My real estate time is worth more than that.

There is a tremendous liability if you do it commercially (which Real Estate is), or you use someone who does not have their license.  It should be the first question you ask - "Do you have Part 107? if yes, please show me (or send me) a copy of your license".   If they don't have it - don't use them.

If I were to buy a drone today, I would purchase the Mavic - much smaller than Phantom (which is one of the reasons I don't shot more of my own).  The Phantom basically requires a really large suitcase.

As an aside, the Part 107 test is much more difficult than I expected.  I took a class, but basically, you are taking the FAA pilot test without the required flight hours.

For some relaxation - Drones are lots of fun!

Jan 25, 2018 05:00 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am not but I know Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers has a lot to share with you.  

Jan 25, 2018 11:18 AM
Rainmaker
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I hire a licensed FAA drone operator.  There are too many liabilities, and for that reason, I just hire a licensed, insured professional.

Jan 25, 2018 11:47 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I'm watching the prices come down and the quality going up and then I will make my decision

Jan 25, 2018 11:39 AM
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PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent)
PropertyMinder, Inc. - San Jose, CA
Modern Tools for the Modern Agent

We use drones to take aerial photos for our agents in the SF Bay Area. I'm not sure which one we use - but I will get back to you! - Tim

Jan 25, 2018 10:56 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

I have no luck with those. They usually end up in a tree or in a lot of pieces. 

Jan 25, 2018 05:42 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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I absolutely hire that out! I don't have time to sell real estate and get my FAA license...not to mention, learning to operate a drone!

Jan 25, 2018 12:23 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

our professional photographer does ours....he's licensed to do it.... we are not....need to be careful....there are severe penalties and liabilities if damage occurs...

Jan 25, 2018 11:52 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I would hire a pro to do it when I get the listing that warrants it.

Actually, I saw a neat one for like $69 that I was going to get only to use on the front of the house.

Jan 25, 2018 11:44 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I am not using drones.

Jan 25, 2018 11:17 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I hire someone.

Jan 25, 2018 09:19 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I do not, but there is a WIDE variety.  It seems they all have the HD 1080p cameras... from the $150 amazon special to the $1000+ DJI drones.  The differences I can see tend to be weight, runtime and added features (like following, GPS programmed routes, return to home, etc.).  Some of the $150 amazon specials have had comments like "blew away in the wind" due to the lack of weight.

Jan 25, 2018 06:18 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Not in a hundred years would I do it myself. I don't take any pictures of any type myself.

Jan 25, 2018 11:05 AM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Yes, always, when we can. Our photographers have a drone. 

Jan 01, 2019 12:53 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I wish I use one. :)

Happy New Year. 

Jan 01, 2019 12:24 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Looks like you received some great answers.

Feb 09, 2018 05:45 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I use a past client, or my professional photography company does them too.

Jan 28, 2018 08:14 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am [racticing with a cheap one roght not

Jan 26, 2018 05:26 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I have my drone guy do it for me.

 

Jan 26, 2018 12:22 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Looking forward to going to Drone camp and getting a license! Need a good, pricey drone.

Jan 26, 2018 07:01 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I currently have a DJI Mavic Pro.

Jan 26, 2018 05:38 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Not used it.

Jan 26, 2018 05:34 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

If you are going to use photos or videos for a commercial purpose (such as marketing real estate) you must be licensed - FAA Part 107...

Jan 26, 2018 04:18 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

See the answer from Jordan Ayan 

Jan 25, 2018 09:39 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Byron K . Jones - I have DJI Phantom 4 PRO.

Jan 25, 2018 09:15 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I do not have a drone and have no interest. I will hire it done by a professional.

Jan 25, 2018 07:41 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Byron,

You have to be cleared by the FAA in our state of CA.  Many picture windows were broken, power lines cut...can you hear the lawyers coming to sue?  Hire a professional  The top photographers in town hire drone pilots who are licensed by the FAA to do this.  A

Jan 25, 2018 07:14 PM
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Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

Unless you are truly interested in flying a drone and exploring what's over the horizon without having to hike there, have fun. But as far as a Realtor seeking some difference over another--being a drone pilot is NOT one I'll be losing any business over. We have a fabulous photographer for our home shots. If the property is suitable, we'll also have him take drone shots. A drone shot of a neigbhorhood is why god gave us Google Earth/Maps!  I've a coastal property which is going to take a very dramatic photo shoot as will another one with acreage. It's just too cheap to order it than to go through the whole process of buying, learning, maintaning, etc. 

Jan 25, 2018 06:32 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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Prices on these are dropping fast, get a good one.

Jan 25, 2018 06:22 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I GRE it out. Als builders are doing their own.

Jan 25, 2018 03:38 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Liabilities. Most aerial fotos looks like crap on CA mini million dollar homes. Beach or lake homes I can appreciate it. 

Jan 25, 2018 02:57 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I would have it professionally done

Jan 25, 2018 12:34 PM