CRE brokers are turning to drones to overcome COVID constraints

by Candyd Mendoza11 Mar 2021

A drone media company said it has experienced a major boom in the commercial real estate (CRE) segment of its business thanks to the COVID-19 lockdowns that restricted travel, site visits and in-person meetings in CRE sales.

DroneVideos.com said that major brokerages like CBRE, JLL, Avison Young, and others have turned to it for custom drone videos and aerial photography during the pandemic. Instead of in-person visits to properties, CRE brokers are using professionally shot drone photos to attract buyers and close sales. The company said that sellers also use their services for roof and construction inspection, land surveys, and maintenance updates.

“The commercial real estate segment of our business has exploded during the pandemic,” says Christopher Jesuele, CEO and co-founder of DroneVideos.com. “Seismic shifts caused by COVID in industries like online shopping, warehousing, hospitality, healthcare, shopping strips, office and multifamily complexes, and factories have ignited an extraordinary turnover in properties.” 

The drone company offers all-inclusive, flat-rate packages with no travel or hidden fees. DroneVideos.com also features a fully automated system that enables brokers to order and schedule shoots online and specifies the date and time a property will show best.

“We’re fully equipped and ready to shoot nationwide – capable of handling the surging demand for aerial photography and drone video in the commercial real estate sector,” Jesuele said.