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Maverick broker touts ‘legal way to get drone-like views’

Surefield incorporating aerial 3-D aerial views into virtual tours

Some real estate agents may be tempting fate if they use drones to capture aerial images of homes without obtaining authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration. But Surefield, a broker that uses a proprietary camera to produce virtual 3-D tours, says it's cooked up a way to capture drone-like aerial imagery without running that risk. Click to view Surefield virtual tour featuring 3-D aerial views The discount broker -- which has stirred controversy for offering only $2,000 in compensation to buyer's agents for bringing a buyer to a sale -- is incorporating immersive, panoramic views into its 3-D tours that let users virtually soar over its listings. "We found a legal way to get drone-like views that are movable so you can get a 360-degree look," said Cynthia Nowak, a spokeswoman for Surefield. Surefield uses a carbon-fiber telescoping pole to hoist its camera up to 30 feet above the highest point of a home, and then capture much more detailed v...