National Association of Realtors Speaks Out About Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 20, 2014 No Comments
Categories : Business Operations

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has issued a statement concerning the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in real estate.

NAR ‘advises members that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for real estate marketing is currently prohibited by the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA]’ (e.g., using aerial photography to showcase a property).

Although it “supports efforts to create new federal regulations to allow for the future commercial use” of UAVs for this purpose, it adds that “such prohibited use … may lead to the assessment of substantial fines and penalties.”

In September, NAR announced that it had joined the FAA’s working group for UAS in order to convey to the agency how Realtors are capable of operating the technology in a safe manner.

It notes that it is “committed to working with the Federal Aviation Administration, and any other relevant federal agencies, during the regulatory approval process” and that it will “continue its ongoing efforts to educate Realtors about the current and future regulatory structure for the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aerial vehicles.”

Read the full statement here.

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