Can a professional photographer and/or videographer take photos or video of a property? (added 4/29/20)
If the photographer/videographer has received approval for real estate photography as an essential business from Empire State Development (ESD) and provides a copy of such approval, the activity is permitted. Such approvals are on a case-by-case basis and it is currently NYSAR’s understanding that photography/videography as a whole has not been deemed an essential business, only those individuals receiving the letter from ESD.
Can I go to a vacant or unoccupied home or vacant land to view it or take photographs for a listing? (updated 4/29/20)
Yes, with the knowledge and informed consent of the seller. In the event the property is not vacant/unoccupied upon arrival, the licensee should cease taking photographs/video and leave the property.