Drone pictures are changing the way Howard County houses are bought


Howard County owners and real estate dealers have embraced a notably new, increasingly valuable high-tech tool for promoting homes: drones.

Drone pictures and videography, proposing aerial photographs of sprawling estates, picturesque views of expansive, well-landscaped yards, and quality pix of inviting, tidy neighborhoods, are all the rage nowadays.

Several drone organizations offer their services right here, and some of the bigger actual property companies deliver drone images and videography in-residence.

Patrick Buesing, an agent and videographer for the Bob Lucido Team of Keller Williams Integrity in Ellicott City, says Howard County is ideal for using drones—far-off-controlled cameras akin to miniature helicopters—to promote homes.

“It’s a stunning location to stay,” says Buesing, who lives in Columbia, noting the county’s many nicely laid out neighborhoods, rolling nation-state, and many parks. “And with our aerial [photography], we can exhibit that splendor.”

While drone photography can be used for homes of all sizes and patterns—or even to shoot interiors—it’s miles most frequently used for the exteriors of large-stop homes with huge yards.

“It’s simply powerful for projects that can be large and feature land, wherein you need the perspective to understand how grand the property is,” says Tyler Ginsberg, a complete-time realtor for the Lucido Team.

“It’s an outstanding manner to spotlight houses with water or houses on golf publications,” concurs Creig Northrop, head of Clarksville-primarily based Northrop Realty. Northrop has been using drone images to help promote houses for some ten years, he said, and more these days, tying them to drone-shot videos. He said his corporation uses the technology to market approximately one-1/3 of its properties.

“The gain is you may see the way of life associated with the home,” he provides. “It’s like having a huge attitude lens on your again backyard.”

David Kivioja, a retired Air Force colonel, examines the pilot, who operates his organization, Eagle Eye Imaging, out of his Woodbine home. Eagle Eye offers a range of drone-related services, including agricultural (assessing plant growth and detecting trojan horse infestations, for example), production (assessing progress), and actual estate income.

Kivioja began his agency about two and a half years ago, and his timing became no longer incidental. He released Eagle Eye Imaging quickly after the Federal Aviation Administration loosened restrictions on commercial drones, simplifying and speeding up a permitting system for flying in what’s known as “controlled airspace” (around airports, for instance) that formerly took months to complete.

Although parts of eastern Howard County are in controlled airspace due to their proximity to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the process for acquiring the necessary authorization even there has become fairly brief and smooth, Kivioja stated. He added that the extra stringent restrictions on flights close to the country’s capital do not extend into Howard County.

Still, Kivioja stated, lingering confusion over those restrictions has slowed the usage of drones right here. “I think different elements of you. S. A ., this technology has taken on lots faster,” he says. “But it’s growing. Every 12 months, it’s making a bet busier and busier.”

Another drone pilot and businessman with nearby connections said drone photography is nearly anticipated for many houses.

“A few years ago, it turned into extra of a novelty,” says Dan Edmonson, whose enterprise, Dronegenuity, does paintings in Howard County. “Now, specifically for larger houses, human beings need to see the whole scope and scale of the assets.”

His organization shoots, he stated, rely upon what the agent or the homeowner is attempting to illustrate. “If they need to expose waterfront belongings, on a lake or anything, that’s hard to expose effectively with undeniable old ground photographs.”

Amanda Koehler, who operates Charm City Virtual Tours, an Ellicott City enterprise specializing in architectural, industrial, and actual property images, has been using drone generation to help dealers and owners promote property since 2016. Her business has grown regularly.

“It seems sellers absolutely like having aerial pix taken in their assets,” she says. “It has that ‘wow’ aspect.”

Increasingly, Koehler said, customers love it as nicely. “It gives them an outline of the belongings, and the neighborhood, the proximity of faculties, that sort of aspect. I think it’s just going to continue to grow.”

Koehler said that while drone images will display those houses in a good light, it can be the other way around for different types of houses. Images of a run-down community or a dilapidated neighboring house with a messy backyard can scare off would-be consumers.

For those reasons, drones are increasingly used to complement home inspections with Eagle Eye’s Kivioja. “They can screen things like stains on the roof, matters you couldn’t see from the ground,” he explained.

Drones and actual property at the moment are considered a fit made in home-promoting heaven.

“Drones can do quite a few super matters, for special kinds of movies, films, maybe TV suggests with vehicle chases,” says the Lucido Team’s Buesing. “But what they’re in reality acceptable for is actual property. … It simply gives an entirely new look to any domestic home.

“We see drones everywhere,” he adds, “I assume we’re handiest going to look more of them.”