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Could Drones Be the Solution to Help the Local Housing Market? 

“Every single house has a story to tell that isn’t shown by traditional still photography,” he said. Often a drone can help a buyer too, by steering them away from a home where there are visual blights like water towers or electrical pylons. “There’s always something that can be a deal-breaker, like the home is near a freeway or in a cul-de-sac,” said Isaacson “You wouldn’t have known that with just a still photographer.” 

Safety a concern as drones fill the sky above Rockford and beyond

​By Isaac Guerrero
Staff writer
Posted Jan. 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Updated Jan 16, 2016 at 7:14 PM

“If you ask how the world will be using drones in five years, that's like asking — back during the time that AOL was popular — how the Internet will change our lives. No one really knows that answer,” said Daniel Isaacson, whose Elgin company, CAVU Aerial Photography, maintains a fleet of drones and is hired to take high-resolution pictures and videos for clients around the world. Some customers want aerial photos of weddings. Others need aerial video of construction projects or real estate they're trying to market.

“The only thing I can say for sure is that drones today are an $80 billion-a-year industry,” he said. “In five years, it will be bigger than that.

Drone technology races ahead of rule-makers

Dan Isaacson is president of CAVU Videos of Elgin, a drone photography business that has grown significantly in the past two years.
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Drones, or unmanned aerial systems, have been growing in popularity nationwide among real estate agents who use the devices to make aerial videos of the properties they market, and at least one local real estate professional recently joined the trend.

Glenview Realtor Margaret Ludemann said she started using videos shot by drones about a month ago to show off the surrounding amenities of some of the houses she advertises. She said her clients have been impressed by the bird's-eye view perspective the devices provide.

"I think it's going to be the next norm," she said of drone-made videos in real estate uses.



By Phillip Reed |
Published 06/20 2014 09:21PM


By Paul Meincke
Thursday, September 04, 2014

Dan Isaacson runs a firm that uses drones to take video of homes for sale. Hugely successful in providing potential home-buyers with a look not just inside a house, but at the neighborhood they may choose to buy into...

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Elgin drone video, photo business riding industry's rapid growth 

Real estate drones come to Glenview

The drone is used at Gambino Realtors. Jonathan Krause of Gambino Realtors says "My agents love it...