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Drone use in real estate set to take off

Jun 24, 2016

Commercial drone use in the real estate business got a boost this week with the release of the Federal Aviation Administration's final rule governing small unmanned aerial systems, or UASs, in the national air space.

Drones are increasingly being used in commercial applications, but federal regulations have required commercial drone operators to apply for a "Section 333" waiver from the FAA before they can fly. The FAA rules  create a clearer pathway for real estate professionals to use drones for commercial purposes, a prospect that National Association of REALTORS President Tom Salomone called a win for the industry.

"We've worked hard to strike a responsible balance that protects the safety and privacy of individuals, while also ensuring real estate professionals can put drones to good use," said Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. "That effort just took another big step forward. The rules unveiled today will help more real estate professionals take flight, making the efficiency and innovation that drones have to offer available to a much broader base of operators."

Click here to read the NAR press release.

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