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Tuesday, March 31, 2015  
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Orlando REALTOR® | March/April 2015

NAR currently lectures against the use of drone technology, but that tune could change

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are currently used on a very limited basis for law enforcement, national security, and scientific purposes. Currently, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits the use of UAVs for any commercial purpose, except on a case-by-case basis where the FAA has granted the user a certificate of airworthiness. Given the current FAA prohibition, the National Association of REALTORS® recommends that its members not utilize this technology for any purpose related to selling property.

However, change is on the horizon. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 tasked the FAA with implementing clear-cut regulations allowing for the commercial use of UAVs, by no later than September 30, 2015. Already, the FAA has issues proposed rules for unmanned aircraft systems that are supported by NAR.

"The proposed rules for the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles are good news for property owners and REALTORS® who desire to embrace cutting-edge technology to enhance the process of buying and selling real estate with images gathered by unmanned aerial vehicles,” says NAR President Chris Polychron. “REALTORS® support the proposed federal regulation, which would allow for safe commercial use of UAV technology by the real estate industry for the purposes of marketing real estate.”

NAR plans to submit comments to the agency and will continue to work with our members to educate them about the future safe, responsible and legal uses of UAVs; however, until the final rule is published, NAR discourages REALTORS® from using UAV photography or video for commercial purposes without an FAA exemption.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

For more information, visit the NAR Library’s “Field Guide To Drones and Real Estate” on www.realtors.org.


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