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Add Another Real Estate Broker Skill, Flying Helicopter Over Listings.

Today's real estate broker, agent is not working at Caveman Realty.

The more advanced, sophisicated listing, marketing, selling of real estate property listings means keeping up to do it better.

Always thinking of what the property buyer wants, listing seller expects and knowing both are pretty darn busy.

Have zip for free time and big plans that involve real estate. The reason they picked you as the real estate professional to help them meet, exceed their goals.dji phantom helicopter drone photo

Saving up for a Robinson 22 helicopter, adding it to the arsenal of real estate marketing tools will eat up a little time.

They cost about $270,000 new. $40,000 and up "pre-owned".

That is a lot of books of green stamps to lick and stick. Returnable containers to round up. If you live in a state like Maine with a can and bottle redemption law. Where we bag 'em and tag 'em. For the cash them in.

So in the meantime, the pitches, yaw, rolls. To collect aerial stills, video footages of property listings, the local area highlights. Means having a different kind of helicopter in the real estate hangar.

Flying a helicopter to collect the aerial stills, the real estate video loops to use in the online marketing presentation means becoming skilled at the basics. Playing Halo, commandeering the Banshee. Being behind the flying controls under enemy fire with the two sons, their friends on the big screen. Wearing a headset for team guidance, ground and air support in the basement rec room has not hurt the steady hand and eye coordination either. REALTORS are really just big kids with more expensive toys.

Have taken lots of aerial photography with a friend in an ultralight which is ideal to lean out, go slow and capture from every angle. But tying another up to fly while you shoot the images and video makes for pre-flight bottlenecks with scheduling. And the weather in Maine that can be iffy when you put on your silk scarf, leather bomber's jacket, polarized aviators. To trot out to strap in under the plexiglass for lift off before dusk happens. The sun falls down, the stars take over.

Enter the DJI Phantom, securing the GoPro 3+ video camera under its belly for lift off.

Have a new property listing in Houlton Maine on Washburn Street. That already have the video storyboard written in my head. Can see the hovering overhead the Meduxnekeag River up a couple hundred feet.

With a slow pan, steady hand on the helicopter stick to fly, pivot to show the park, tilt toward the high school location to the east.

The shopping center and hospital to the north and west. Then to begin the descent slowly to maine farm aerial photoapproach from the large deep back yard lined with trees.

To edit, splice in the street scene video loop from the Phantom four blade helicopter, drone and GoPro real estate video combination.

But don't want snow banks that linger, the look of brown, dead grass from a long Maine winter to make the video capture.

So the flight is schedule for a sunny, calm day. When wind does not cause added vibration, choppy distortion to the video capture. When green grass happens. For the sun to be high enough to naturally light above that row of trees that shade the backyard.

And being boy scout careful, prepared to avoid getting tangled up, wrestling with any power lines or guy wires, cable drops that would wreak havoc with gopro3+ video camera photothe four vertical, pointing skyward, carbon fiber whirling rotor blades.

The on board GPS will let me hover steady as a rock to capture the video, aerial stills on the GoPro 3+. And to set down near the Jeep so we can store the copter in the back hatch cradle. To move on to the next video production "quiet on the set" showcase for another property listing presentation. I am good to all in the wolfpack, my video army crew.

And in addition to this fly over video capture for the real estate property listing production, other intro video loops for three more new listings being chewed on mentally. Will be on the "flight plan" for the same day we go up. Flying a helicopter, one more skill to add to the real estate broker in Maine set. The tools hanging off the utility belt with the blue and gold R on the buckle.

Where the Phantom helicopter and GoPro 3+ video camera tag team really shock and awe, provide the eye candy vistas is on large farm acreages, waterfront real estate listings.

video you tube logoTo approach and circle from above a new lake listing in Maine we just took. The farm spread of open fields, mixed woods, a pond and stream. Lots of buildings collection all make aerial photography, video such a helpful marketing assistant.

You can write the narrative about the real estate listing features.

But the quickest, most memorable way to convey what the property is all about, is to show and tell using the eyes and the ears.

Video is the easy way to market best your property listings, your special local area community flavor. Don't keep it a secret. Blow it all wide open with video and natural sound for the "you are there". Real video, not a slide show with music bed.

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Comment balloon 39 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • April 19 2014 03:52AM

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I've got one of these Phantom's recently also, Andrew.  Videos and aerials are starting to come on line now.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 6 years ago

Gabe ... Nothing beats from the air expansive for that opening loop like the old Dallas TV show or Bonanza to give you the feel of lots of land, plenty of space. Have to be careful where I live on the US Canadian border though.

Border properties on that International boundary we list are ones I don't want to trigger sensors, electric eyes. Or have the border patrol white with green stripe real helicopter show up. Whether I know, sold the pilot a home or not. Also don't want to lose the Phantom like Amelia Earhart either or have it go down in a swamp. The gopro would survive, the rotors don't like rain, underwater though.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

Aerial shots....give us all a new perspective...a REAL bird's eye view !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 6 years ago

S&D ... Yes indeed but stills are one thing. Steady and even gimbal easy does it and not having to deal with cross winds helps. Eight feet and hovering over the center of the dead end street for the turn, flight profile to begin in the pan and lift fluid movement means I am glad I live in a small with zip for traffic to worry about, add to the video preparations. We shoots lots of videos, not just one or two off and on for the most expensive properties.

Everyone, all the buyers want video for their show and tell. It is the easiest, most powerful way to connect, make the best use of my time, buyers too. For on demand, right now, show me bang bang bang one after another. The buyers get into more places, learn more about the area with community videos.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

Good Morning this is a great Idea WOW!! Keep up the great Ideas and good luck with your business,  E

Posted by Ed & Tracy Oliva, The Oliva Team Arizona Agents (West USA Realty - Arizona) over 6 years ago

E & T ... The setting, the spread when the place is on the water, has hundreds of acres, or is next to the park, or something spectacular. Rather than mention it in copy or in the sound track and hope it gets caught, picked up. Fly them over what you are talking about and show them. The location location location. The area is just as important and the extra land, waterfront is part of the sizzle, rest of the real estate property listing story too! Don't leave it out. Fly overs work oh oh so well to see it all, the forest, not just a tree or two so to speak.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

Andrew, make sure you buy some prop guards and extra props.  (Learned that lesson the hard way)

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 6 years ago

Gabe, you aren't supposed to fly it into things.

Andrew, Gabe is right.  However, I'd really rather have the R22 anyway.  I just haven't found a way to justify the cost.  The part of the cost you left out was the flight training which might cost you another $40K if you are a fast learner.  And then you'll need a photographer to go with you because you can't shoot and fly at the same time like you can a fixed wing.

Posted by Lee Jinks (Jinks Realty) over 6 years ago

Had dreams of a R22 myself, now I'll just stick with the achievable remote drone/helicopter with a GoPro..

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) over 6 years ago

Gabe ... Prop gaurds, extra carbon fiber props...bigger batteries. The droid phone cradled on the controller with the app for point of view. About a three second delay in what the gopro is "seeing" capturing up above to correct for in orientation. But have all the extra equipment.

Pete ... Never once and done. Have lots of video equipment to do it better. Updates as technology advances.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

Lee ... A couple you tube videos on how to fly a helicopter and there you go.. quick study. (Smile) The ultra light is slow slow moving and can "hover" pretty neatly. No door, glass on the side and you are hanging out, strapped in and can get it all. But limited to the save up and do it all at once. When we need to be flying several times a week because we crank out new listings, the videos daily. Have over 800 videos shot of all types. They work oh oh so well.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

One of the Miami agents posted a "lost drone" plea on Instagram today, with a picture of the drone.   When good drones go bad ...

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 6 years ago

Chris... You have GPS, fail safe so if you lose the signal, or another transmitter is over powering your guidance the Phantom detects what's up and flys home. You need to take your time setting up where "home" is and get your blinking green lights. Because out of the box it does not know if magnetic north is Iceland, China or Northern Maine.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

I got a parrot AR Drone last year, and crashed it on one of my first Listing shoots. I have the parts, but jess lazeeeee....

Saw some stuff on the Phantom and it's camera options. May bite the bullet and get one.

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner, email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846 (Travis Realty) over 6 years ago

Better to be seen on your end of the spectrum than the other end with the two examples in our post.

Posted by American Brokers Realty Group (American Brokers Realty Group, Inc) over 6 years ago

Hi Andrew.  I thought drones were illegal to use for commercial purposes.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 6 years ago

Travis ... Flight check. You don't open the be a hero, go pro box and start flying with any of the drones. The tendency I see with agents with ten day new plates on their drones is to make the video all the aerials and lag, boredom happens. Use sparingly but don't neglect the interior pull through the property. Like video transitions, a big box of colors, pick a few and that's way more than enough. Otherwise it takes away from the look, listen lock on connection.

ABRG ... I read your comment a few times. It'll sink in later.

CA ... SSHHhhhhhhhh. I did not get that memo. Not using it to spy or shuttle drugs across the border. No sidewinder, stinger missles under it's bomb bay doors either. We come in peace. Simple collection of a few video aerial vista loops, pans, dips, hovers. To add to the razzle dazzle. Information transfer.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

As an agent, I'll stick to hiring out photography. We have a fantastic photographer in Omaha that has a drone to use if needed.

Posted by Christi Hacker, Your Omaha Area Real Estate Specialist (Realty ONE Group Sterling) over 6 years ago

Christi ... each layer you farm out, you lose the passion, the spark you the agent, broker knows best at the property that you list, market, sell. We are marketers, SEO masters, peddling the local area, the property listings in it.

It is your unique approach to everything from photo taking, video uploading, blog posting and website razzle dazzle that lifts you up, gets your noticed. I know agents who hire out the put up the sign, the write the blog post copy, the PPC to be found, everything to the point of what do you do besides just attend closings? Or does someone else do that? The profit is the expenses, the fun is in the marketing to guide the process.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 6 years ago

Thanks Debb!

maine waterfront land views photo

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

I am big fan of the DJI Drone and I especially like them because they have the ability to have a tilting gimbal for angled photos and videos which makes it easier to capture great images than trying to hold the drone at a tilted angle.

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 6 years ago

Sam ... The POV from the droid app to see what is being collected makes it less hit or miss when you scope out the memory card and are delighted or bummed.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

Great article and comments

Les talk upload speeds, compression and BIT rates.

Then the motion looks smoother....

 

 

Posted by David Pylyp (RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc.,) over 6 years ago

Do you know if there is an active group dedicated to Drone real estate photography? 

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 6 years ago

There is a group on Facebook that is a DJ Phantom group

I waiting to be approved as a member

 

Others on facebook are here https://www.facebook.com/groups/182901651787263/

Facebook; All things Real estate Video

 

Great Q & A

Posted by David Pylyp (RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc.,) over 6 years ago

Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a marvellous job! Please keep on posting such quality articles,

Posted by Jonas Smith about 6 years ago

Jonas ... Thanks!

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 6 years ago

Good morning and this is some great Info for all in the business!!  keep up the good work and good luck with your sales, E

Posted by Ed & Tracy Oliva, The Oliva Team Arizona Agents (West USA Realty - Arizona) about 6 years ago

Looks like a great Father's Day gift.

Posted by Brian Clinger, Brian Clinger ABR, GRI, CRS, SRES (Coldwell Banker AJS Schmidt) about 6 years ago

Wonderful illustration of using technology !

Posted by Caroline Gerardo, C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982 (Sun West Mortgage Corporation) about 6 years ago

E and T ... Roger.

BC ... Don't wait until Father's Day. It's no toy, gift, but a work horse.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 6 years ago

CG ... Make a better online experience. Watever it takes.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 6 years ago

I missed your blog.... I just did one on the same model. I am looking into buying one myself but noticed the legal issues in one of the comments and checked it out (here).

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) about 6 years ago

In our rural area, don't think it is going to be shot down thinking it is a predator drone. Depends on the market, your location. The pilot.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 6 years ago

I have heard of the Winters in the NorthEast. I do not think that I would own real estate there even if you paid me.

RES

Posted by Jonas smith about 6 years ago

Jonas ... To each his own but don't believe what someothers that have never been here before either. Think for yourself. Try it, you might like it. No polar bears in Maine. FAQ, the FYI for Maine weather, climate.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 6 years ago

Good Morning and wow what a great post!! keep up the good work and good luck with your business,  E

Posted by Ed & Tracy Oliva, The Oliva Team Arizona Agents (West USA Realty - Arizona) about 6 years ago

I can't wait to see if the new GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition has the same connection port as the Hero 3.

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) almost 6 years ago

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