Drone Use For Real Estate Agents, Brokers and Vendors

In Drone Law Blog, Real Estate Drone Use by Enrico Schaefer1 Comment

Drone Use For Real Estate Agents

There are lots of potential uses for drones. Drone use by real estate agents, brokers and vendors is going to be one of the hottest areas because of the broad demand for drone photography and videography. The Federal Aviation Administration is processing Section 333 Petitions for exemption in real estate use within 6 to 8 weeks as of the date of this post. This assumes you are selecting an UAV such as a DJI Phantom, Inspire or similar model that has already been through the exemption process. Drone use is simply one of the issues that the FAA is looking at in reviewing the Section 333 Exemption Petitions. The aircraft or UAV is another variable.

As long as your UAV use is the same as a previously granted petition by the FAA, the FAA will handle that Section 333 Petition in an identical fashion. This means that if the FAA has granted the exemption previously, they will fast track the exemption petition grant for all subsequent Section 333 Exemption Petitions.

What does all this mean? If you intend to use an UAV for real estate photography or videography, you should pick a drone which has already been through the FAA’s exemption process. Examples of aircraft which have received exemptions include:

  • Blade 350 QX2
  • DJI Phantom 2 Vision+
  • DJI Phantom 2
  • DJI Phantom 3
  • DJI Phantom 3 Professional
  • DJI Phantom FC40
  • DJI F550
  • DJI S1000
  • DJI Inspire 1
  • DJI Flamewheel F550
  • DJI Spreading Wings S1000
  • REHawk500
  • REHawk680
  • Tarot 680Pro
  • Tarot FY690S
  • Turnigy Talon 500
  • Yuneec Q500 Typhoon
  • Vulcan SkyHook Mantis
  • Vulcan Raven
  • 3DRobotics IRIS+

For more information about the FAA exemption process and approved drones for real estate use, contact one of our drone professionals.


  1. Enrico Schaefer

    Drone applications for Section 333 exemptions are the most popular with the FAA so far. Florida is the top state for applications for 333 exemptions, with real estate companies, brokers and agents accounting for half of those petitions.

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