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NAR: Drones are the best thing since sliced bread

FAA scolded for 'misuse' of Realtor trademark

Drones have “an incredible array of uses” and are a potential “game changer for the real estate industry," the National Association of Realtors said this week in a letter to regulators who are drawing up rules that will govern the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) -- already popular with real estate brokers and agents for marketing property. Drone imagery is “a creative and dynamic way to present” properties, NAR advised the FAA, giving homebuyers the ability to “evaluate the home’s site and location in the context of the neighborhood and community. Is the neighborhood school walkable, or is that half-mile path listed on a map an unsafe route? Information that could previously only be read or heard about can now be brought to life using images obtained through use of" drones. For land sales involving properties that may encompass hundreds or thousands of acres, drones let buyers “see the topography, geography, hydrogeology features, as well as exam...