U.S. streamlines rules to speed up drone permits (3/25/2015)
Operators still need FAA’s “Section 333” exemption, but they can get it quicker and, once issued, fly anywhere in the U.S. under specific standard restrictions.
Drones will soon be standard operating procedure (3/17/2015)
Currently, savvy Realtors want drones to make listing videos that stand out; but long-term, FAA drone approval could redefine the way Americans live.
Posting drone videos online? Be careful (3/16/2015)
The FAA sent a cease and desist letter to a YouTube provider who regularly posted drone videos, saying the site’s online ads nix his amateur photographer status.
ListHub and Trulia agree: List sharing ends April 7 (3/13/2015)
Move Inc. subsidiary ListHub will stop sending listings to Trulia the same day it stops sending them to Zillow under an agreement announced yesterday.
Survey: Buyers increasingly want smart home features (3/11/2015)
While not all buyers want the bells and whistles of a fully smart home, they increasingly want at least a few smart home features, such as security controls.
Online home sales becoming a reality (3/9/2015)
Over time, more buyers and sellers will be willing to conduct their entire transaction online – a growing niche. The question: Where does that leave Realtors?
Could no-fly zones limit future drone use? (3/6/2015)
Assume drones are legal – do homeowners have a right to ban use on private property? A website is registering addresses, but compliance is voluntary for now.
U.S. proposes rules for commercial use of drones (2/16/2015)
The FAA released proposals yesterday, such as 55-pound and 100 mph maximums – but it might be years until a comment period ends and they’re official.
Search keywords with the new Facebook tool (12/19/2014)
An update to Facebook’s Graph Search feature allows you to search your posts, photos, articles and videos using a keyword, such as “real estate.”
FAA drone rules delayed to 2017 (12/15/2014)
Realtors hoping to use drones soon must be patient – very patient. The FAA extended its deadline for issuing rules on the use of small drones from 2015 to 2017.
Technology snafus that can sink your business (12/8/2014)
Some technology failures – lost emails, calendars that disappear or data lost to hackers – can create a big headache for real estate agents.
89% of buyers say technology makes them smarter (11/18/2014)
Survey: For 83%, however, technology doesn’t replace the need for a Realtor. Instead, they consider it an added component in a buyer-Realtor relationship.
So what’s new? Realtors get tech demonstration (11/13/2014)
Technology is transforming every stage of the transaction, from listing to financing and post-closing. Agents and brokers must keep pace as consumers evolve.
FAA: Drone sightings up dramatically (11/12/2014)
The FAA says drone complaints come in almost daily. Many claim they’re flying too close to airports, including ones in Orlando and Tallahassee.
Expect ‘big data’ to impact real estate’s future (11/12/2014)
Successful Realtors anticipate change and adapt. Imagine, for example, an app that searches all real estate websites and compiles results in a single location.
Simple rules to follow when texting clients (10/9/2014)
Many clients now prefer a text to a phone call, but lax grammar rules for texting don’t extend to business relationships. Example: “L8TR” isn’t a good sign-off.
Should your listings be in 3-D? (10/8/2014)
A 3-D listing allows a buyer to tour a home naturally, stopping and focusing on specific elements. It can also be a marketing incentive to attract potential sellers.