Real estate agent using drone to sell home

Realtor Tony Miller has started using drones to capture video and photos of his listings to assist...

Realtor Tony Miller has started using drones to capture video and photos of his listings to assist in his marketing. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:00 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Stealth angles of your home, roof and backyard may soon be popping up on YouTube.

Don't call the cops, though.

Drones are being used to buy and sell homes -- well, just one house, pending government red tape, by an agent in the capital.

"I wish we had the licences now," said Tony Miller of Exit Matrix Realty in Orleans.

Teaming up with Goosebuster owner Steve Wambolt, who's known for ridding Petrie Island on the Ottawa River of pesky geese, Miller is looking for an edge over the 3,000-plus other realtors in the city.

Wambolt operates the drone -- capturing images of the front and back of the home, roof, foundation, backyard and a panoramic shot of the neighbourhood -- and edits the video.

Then it's posted on online.

Video of a house on Cookshire Cres. was uploaded two weeks ago.

Approval must be granted through Transport Canada for each house, Miller said.

"The house might be sold by the time we show up with the drone," he said.

So they've applied for a blanket permit and are awaiting the green light.

Miller said he absorbs the cost of the video and is receiving positive feedback.

DRONE ON

** Smithsonian magazine in Washington, D.C., is flying drones and a jet pack at its Future is Here festival this weekend -- requiring special clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration and Secret Service to operate them near the White House. The FAA estimates 7,500 commercial drones will be running by 2018, according to ABC News.

** Amazon.com is working on using drones for its "prime" service delivery

** Last fall, a small drone was believed to drop drugs at the Hull, Que., jail on a Sunday morning. The president of Quebec's correctional officers' union, Stephane Lemaire, told QMI Agency it happens frequently in prisons across the province.


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