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Real estate agents are increasingly taking their work to the skies, using remote-controlled aircraft to film bird’s-eye-view video tours of homes, land and commercial properties. Agents say it’s a great way to interest potential buyers. The only problem: They’re flying in the face of federal regulators, who say drones are illegal for commercial purposes. Real estate joins agriculture, filmmaking and journalism as one of the industries finding new ways to use the small unmanned aircraft and pushing the legal limits of their use. Flying drones to market homes and properties, however, comes with a risk. The Federal Aviation Administration considers it illegal to fly drones for commercial purposes, including real estate photography. A judge earlier this year struck down the FAA’s ban on commercial drone flights. However, real estate agents could still face a $10,000 fine from the FAA, which appealed the ruling.

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