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Using Drones for Real Estate is a Good Idea

I am not surprised with the influx of drone activity in the recent years.  While it’s really cool that my 9 year old nephew is interested in buying a drone, I am much more excited about the commercial and lifestyle application.  It happens that because I am a Real Estate investor, this is one of the areas that really excites me.
In 2016 the FAA approved drone usage for commercial activity, which adds a tremendous area of opportunity for viewing real estate as investor and buyer without leaving your house.

You can now view Real Estate without leaving home!

Viewing properties takes time and resources.  Let’s face it there is nothing like touring a property on foot, but what if you didn’t have to leave your house?  A realtor could just send out a drone and live feed this property for you.  As a real estate investor this really excites me.  There is a major difference between touring a property and when you are viewing the property on site.  When drones are being used in real estate it will help buyers survey properties inside and out for say a leaky roof or to survey a neighborhood.

The National Association of REALTORS® has already issued a field guide for drone usage which is an indication of major support.  The average person who hears about drones won’t actually be using them for the current time, but it won’t be long before most everyone is able to purchase a commercial drone.  Here are some options that are worth considering if you are involved in land purchasing or

Should I buy it now?

As of now I would shy away from buying a drone for real estate unless you are going to be using it in a compacted city center, or if you need to view large parcels of land that can’t be tracked on foot.  The batter life, and distance is a major effect on this.  I know that over time this will change so let’s be optimistic about it.


Here are some drones worth looking at

This drone retails on the apple store for $1,199.95 and sports a 30 minute flying time, and a 4 mile range.  For a real estate agent or investor focusing on a small area such as a congested downtown, you can browse a parcel without even leaving your desk.

In conclusion, drones are going to change everything, and the sooner we start applying them to the real estate field, the sooner we will gain higher competitive advantage over our competition.


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New Wine Magazine 1974

I am really enjoying the graphic design from this magazine in the 1970s.

New Wine Magazine – Issue 12 1974

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How Carnegie Melon Researchers Predict Social Security & Sexual Orientation with a Facebook Profile

by Michael David Pagan

Internet privacy is no new topic, but we find it fascinating how little we actually know about internet security.  Many of our clients come to us asking how we can help them secure their systems, and that’s why we are talking about this interesting bit of predictive research.

In a 2010 study led by Carter Jernigan and Behram Mistree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jernigan, and Mistree discovered that they could identify someones sexual orientation by an accuracy of 78% just by data mining Facebook profiles on the internet (Lohr, 2010.)

We can even take it a step further, and predict someones social security number according to a recent paper released by Carnegie Melon University.   Alessandro Acquisti mined data from the Web to successfully predict Social Security numbers with peoples online identities.  In this study by Carnegie Melon the researchers could “accurately predict the full, nine-digit Social Security numbers for 8.5 percent of the people born in the United States between 1989 and 2003 — nearly five million individuals.” (Lohr, 2010)

This type of information is alarming and there has been little accomplished by the US government to protect people from this type of data mining.

As more business grows online, and people become increasingly more comfortable on the internet, it’s important to take the measures to secure your systems.


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