Ottawa real estate agent takes to the high skies to try and sell homes

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 from Exit Matrix Realty in Orléans.

Teaming up with Goosebuster owner Steve Wambolt, who’s known for ridding Petrie Island of those 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 for the video and is receiving positive feedback.

kelly.roche@sunmedia.ca

http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/05/15/ottawa-real-estate-agent-takes-to-the-high-skies-to-try-and-sell-homes

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