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"Drone"-d out

Original post made on May 22, 2014

While many have heard Amazon's Jeff Bezos assert that in five years drones will be used to deliver its packages, right now a Palo Alto resident is making use of these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the field of real estate.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 3:32 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by seriously , a resident of Atherton
on May 22, 2014 at 11:55 am

Nice commercial for Mr kohn! I want one too#


Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I wonder if he is the one who lost his quadcopter..

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Posted by Back yard privacy, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm

If my neighbor's home were for sale, I would not want a drone taking pictures while I was outside enjoying the privacy of my backyard.

Back yard privacy must be preserved.


Posted by Kicking tires, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Back yard privacy,

"Back yard privacy must be preserved.."

I agree.

At the end of the day, you're going to want to see and walk through the house you're going to buy. Additional views of the house are as useful as the professional photos provided by realtors.

Nothing beats a walk through.

Certainly losing privacy is not worth a gimmick for realtors.


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on May 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Backyard privacy disappeared when our neighbor added a second floor.

Did I see recently that a prominent local realtor has purchased a light aircraft to give tours?

@Mr Recycle, nice find. Can't wait for the rest of the story.


Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 22, 2014 at 11:08 pm

@Back yard privacy - I'd worry more about google than some realtor with a drone, but better safe than sorry so keep your pants on when sunbathing.


Posted by Gargle, a resident of Atherton
on May 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Got to try out a camera drone, which was really fun, but easy to lose and or crash. It takes loads of practice, but annoys a lot of people with its constant humming and buzzing. If everyone owned one, there would be a lot of crashed drones, and the noise would be unbearable.

They are also pretty cheap at $525


Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 24, 2014 at 8:22 am

I thought the FAA doesn't allow commercial use for drones???


Posted by Gargle, a resident of Atherton
on May 24, 2014 at 10:33 am

These particular drones are itty-bitty, about the size of a radio-controlled airplane, if not in some cases even smaller. You can buy them at some hobby shops ( one in Mtn View near Gold's Gym off Hwy 101 sells them).

Prices start at $525 and go up to $10,000. The ones I tried out were $525 and $1500, respectively. As of right now, the FAA doesn't know what to do about photographic drones, but has only a little regulation controlling their use. This, of course, may soon change, with legislation currently in the works.

There was an article in the WSJ about these buffers early last week.


Posted by it's not about us, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 24, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Crescent Park Dad,

"I thought the FAA doesn't allow commercial use for drones???"

There are no rules against drones.

Anything goes.


Posted by it's not about us, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm


CP Dad,

note that the featured Realtor in the story is helping shape policy with the FAA.

last sentence of the article.
"The challenge, he says, however "is how do we use it safely." For that, he's working with the FAA and UAV underwriters to develop public policy in this still nascent area. "


Posted by Palo Alto Lifer, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 11, 2014 at 11:43 am

I agree with backyard privacy 100%. If a neighbor builds a second story the design is subject to review for privacy. If drones can fly around and take pictures all bets are off.


Posted by Parent, a resident of JLS Middle School
on Jun 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

My middle schooler reports that several times this year a drone spent time buzzing around them at gym class on the field. This is a disturbing intrusion of children's privacy and I wonder how many parents know about it...from the description, there seems to have been a camera...


Posted by Palo Alto Lifer, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Imagine what the paparazzi will do with this technology...


Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

@Palo Alto Lifer - Realtors have been renting helicopters for this for years, so why freak out about a drone? At least a drone crash won't kill your family. Paparazzi are scum, are using drones, but before drones, they were doing it in helicopters. See the NY Times article on helicopter traffic:

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