EDC offers tools for realtors during roundtable


By Lauren Jette

Local company MAXSUR treated area realtors to a drone demonstration on Wednesday as part of the first Economic Development Corp. Real Estate Roundtable.

EDC Executive Director Kirk Clennan welcomed about 25 realtors and introduced them to various maps and information sheets that he is working on to offer realtors the most information possible about the area.

“We’re trying to collect real estate information so we can sell the community,” Clennan said.

Attendees were given a prospect activity spreadsheet, site/facility inventory sample, primary employers and real estate partners spreadsheet.

Clennan said real estate inquiries that the City of Liberty Hill receives range anywhere from an informal two-page email to a 42-page electronic inquiry.

“We’re an evolving little community,” Clennan said.

MAXSUR Chief operating Officer Jake Lahmann then spoke about how a drone could assist local real estate agents by taking aerial photographs of properties. MAXSUR, located at 14365 W State Highway 29 in Liberty Hill, makes drones for a diverse range of interests, including aerial photography and videography, as well as for law enforcement.

“On the real estate side, we’re seeing a lot of people use drones,” Lahmann said. “Some people won’t even list their property without aerial photos.”

Realtors then went outside and watched a demonstration of one of the drone models and attached camera, which can take still photos, record video and cover a 360-degree radius.

Drone pilot Nathan George walked through the distance and range covered by the drone, as well as how to navigate the controls and features, which offer realtors another tool.

Several of those present were impressed by the capabilities and services a drone could provide and many questions were posed to Lahmann and George.

According to its website, MAXSUR sells “high performance, reliable, and easy-to-use small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) – drones.”

The idea behind what Clennan hopes will turn into a monthly roundtable meeting is to encourage development in Liberty Hill.

“Communication is the key to the development of the community,” Clennan said. “Development allies are important to the growth of the city and community.”

Clennan said these meetings are aimed at allies including architects, engineers, real estate and finance people and title people in addition to realtors in the area.

“I was pleased with the turnout,” Clennan said. “It was great to see some new faces.”

Clennan said there were guests from other parts of Williamson County, including Georgetown and Leander.

“I hope they got a better understanding of Liberty Hill and an appreciation for the community’s interest in their investment.”