Chris Polychron, who is also an executive broker at Arkansas-based 1st Choice Realty, said in a statement, “The FAA has taken a positive step by approving Realtor Doug Trudeau’s application, member of the Tucson Association of REALTORS, for an exemption to fly an unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) for commercial purposes,” according to a NAR blog.
“Images captured using UAV technology will provide residential and commercial property buyers with more information and visual insights than they’ve ever had before,” he explained.
According to the FAA’s release about the exemption, Trudeau is authorized to fly a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter to enhance academic community awareness and augment real estate listing videos. However, operations require both a pilot and observer, the pilot must have at least an FAA Private Pilot certificate and a current medical certificate, and the UAV must remain within line of sight at all times.
Polychron added that the organization “looks forward to the release of the FAA’s proposed regulations for UAVs, but in the meantime, the exemption process is a way for real estate agents to take advantage of the new technology.”
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.
“We are now compiling resources for our members who might want to apply for the Section 333 exemption so that they can legally and safely use UAVs for their real estate businesses,” Polychron said. “NAR will continue to educate our members about new technology and innovation that can enhance the experience of buying and selling real estate.”