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FAA rules serving as hurdles to REALTORS® looking to utilize drone photography



You’re starting to hear about Drones more and more. They’re seemingly everywhere. You turn on the national news and there’s a drone flying over a war-ravaged region in the Middle East. You can swing by a Target or Walmart and pick up a small toy drone for your child to fly around in the back yard. And no doubt, you’ve seen the videography and photography applications drones can utilize in the real estate industry.

While it’s easy to envision and appreciate picturesque aerial footage, the process to getting that done is not a cakewalk. Drones are prohibited by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for commercial use. Given that prohibition, the National Association of REALTORS’ website, recommends members not utilize drone technology when it comes to property sales.    

However, all is not lost if you still dream of utilizing aerial media in selling real estate. The FAA has provided the opportunity to grant a Section 333 waiver, which authorizes some drones for commercial operations. REALTORS can apply for a waiver or hire a drone operator with a waiver when looking to get aerial footage. It is important to point out however that the FAA’s website page on “Petitioning for Exemption Under Section 333” notes the agency has been overwhelmed with petition requests and is experiencing delays in processing.” A 120-day wait should be expected. Click here to read more.

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LeadershipNVAR kicks off 2016 training

LeadershipNVAR’s Class of 2016 kicked off its year of festivities with the first of its four organized programs, Feb. 23-25 in Scottsdale, AZ. The 15-member class made the Hyatt House in Oldtown Scottsdale its home for three days of activities to promote leadership and growth.

Brenda Aucutt, Diana Barnes, Jaren Gilbert, Tara Gonzalez, Randi Hatada, Sheri Holthaus, Gail Krolick, Debbie Logan, Andrew Lunsford, Kaci Lynch, Michael Anthony Marrone, Doug McIntyre, Alex Mejia, Stephen Smith and Glen Wilde make up the group, which is comprised of some of the state’s top real estate minds, hailing from Elko/Spring Creek to Gardnerville and Reno to Las Vegas.  

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2015 Annual Report

The report was presented to NVAR's Board of Directors at their April 27 meeting in Las Vegas. You can evaluate all the key facts and figures. To read the 2015 NVAR Annual Report, click here.

Nevada REALTORS® return from MIPIM trade show with lessons learned


Fresh from a trip to France where they sold the Silver State to attendees of the world’s top global real estate event, six of Nevada’s leading REALTORS® came home with more than just French food, fond memories and fun photos. They all returned from MIPIM, the world’s leading property market held March 15-18 in Cannes, France, with lessons learned.

“I know that our Nevada group learned a lot and got to spread the word about how great our state is,” said Kevin Sigstad, a past president of the statewide Nevada Association of REALTORS® (NVAR). “More importantly, as great as the event was, the lessons we learned and experiences we gained will help us do an even better job selling Nevada next time around.”

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NVAR CEO Teresa McKee earns NAR's Certified Executive designation


RENO – Teresa McKee, CEO of the Nevada Association of REALTORS® (NVAR),  recently earned the REALTOR® association Certified Executive designation from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

According to NAR, the RCE designation recognizes exceptional efforts made by REALTOR® association executives nationwide. McKee is now one of more than 435 association executives nationwide who have achieved this designation, including NAR members from all 50 states. Click here to read more.


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