Real estate hunting by copter.

Luxury real estate agents take top clients up by helicopter to tour ranch lands, gated manses and other scenic listings.

Wall Street Journal staffer Amy Gamerman reports that in cities like Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago, flying real-estate agents score points with high-value clients by gliding over snarled traffic, and scoping out neighborhoods (and potential next-door neighbors) in a matter of minutes. Gamerman writes:

Prices start at $650 to $800 an hour for a three-passenger Robinson R-44 Raven II helicopter and pilot. Sightseeing and catered lunches are often included. The broker usually foots the bill, including the cost of the helicopter and pilot.

Beats the hell out of the boat of an SUV.

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