April 4th, 2014
Probably the most significant thing happening in the last few weeks in real estate video is the NAR’s statement on RCMA. In the March/April issue of their association magazine the NAR (National Association of Realtors) recommended to it’s members, “…members should not use drones for real estate marketing purposes or hire companies to do so.” I’ve gotten feedback that this has discouraged many agents from hiring RCMA photography/videography.
While I appreciate the NAR position of showing respect for the FAA’s position on this subject I feel obligated to expose both sides of this argument. I think the best description of the other side of this situation/argument is by Peter Sachs at Drone Law Journal. Peter’s front page, titled “Current Drone Law.” Among other things Peter explains the position that there has never been law of any kind regarding RCMA.
Everyone has to evaluate their own situation and decide where they are on this issue and what they are personally going to do. As many have stated well in previous post on this subject, the primary consideration is safety and protecting yourself against liability if you choose to fly commercially.
Update April 8 2014: As Fred Light points out in his comment below, the NAR has joined with many other organizations in sending this letter to the FAA urging them to speed up their process for creating rules to regulate the use of UAS.