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Like that house for sale? Get a drone's eye view first

Realtors have been using drones to show off tony homes, but FAA rules next year could affect the real-estate buzz.

Drone's eye view
This beach house in Connecticut was photographed with drones.
Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET

Anyone want to buy this heap in Connecticut for $7.6 million? No? What if you can see it from a flying robot's perspective?

Until recently, most real estate agents could only show off headshots with fake gigawatt smiles to distinguish themselves from the competition. But some have been using drones for years to sell luxury homes.

New York-based Halstead Property shot exterior and interior footage of this sprawling beach house in Darien, Conn. Featured on "The Today Show" months ago, it's still for sale.

The agency has commissioned similar photography for hundreds of multimillion-dollar properties. Video reels highlight the best features of homes with high-def, cinematic footage from drones that fly over, around, and inside them.

The remote-controlled flying cameras can produce both panoramic views of the entire property, as well as dramatic zoom-ins such as a shot in the promo vid below in which the drone swoops in toward the front door of the house.

Other real-estate agencies are using the technology in unusual ways, such as positioning drones on each floor of planned condos to capture what prospective tenants would see outside their windows once construction is complete.

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued halt orders for drones flown for commercial and even educational purposes (the University of Nebraska, Lincoln's Drone Journalism Lab got one) and it's expected to come out with new rules in 2014 for drones under 55 pounds.

Farmers, journalists, realtors, and many other drone users would be affected. So if you want a video like this one for your luxury pad, get that drone aloft quickly.

(Via The New York Times)