The legal way to fly drones: Learn to fly ‘em yourself

Incorporating this new technology is sure to give agents competitive advantage


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The illegal nature of drone photography as a commercial (paid) service is clear: You cannot legally hire someone to fly drones, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. This is holding up the aerial photography industry and pushing people to fly drones themselves. Although these drones may seem easy to fly, there is definitely a lot of skill involved to produce quality aerial footage. It is highly advised to learn from the experts before you fly and produce your own aerial photos and video.

While the FAA is mandated to regulate this space by September 2015, many Realtors are adopting the technology now. To stay current and ahead of the curve, incorporating this technology sooner than later is sure to give you the competitive advantage you need to win listings and impress clients.

Here are three reasons why you should learn from the experts:

1. Save money

Learning to operate drones yourself gives you the ability to capture stunning photos and video whenever you want. The drone cases are no bigger than a suitcase and can easily fit in the back of any car. With this new skill you can save a lot of money each time you need an aerial shot.

2. Save time

Learning the basics of how a small drone works will save you a ton of time. It is not very hard to fix and operate these little flying machines. It just takes a little background knowledge to put all the pieces together when something breaks.

3. Create valuable content

One of the hardest things to do as a Realtor is to create valuable content for your brand, and Web and mobile presence. With drones, you can easily upload stunning pictures and video that are sure to have your social media accounts buzzing.

If you are interested in learning more about learning from the experts, FromAbove offers a one-day training course to get you up to speed.

Will Caldwell, a recent college graduate living in San Diego, is the CEO and co-founder at Rivolix, a mobile real estate tech company that helps Realtors generate more word-of-mouth leads.


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