Virtual Staging Real Estate in Cedar

Virtual Staging Real Estate in Cedar

Technology is becoming more advanced everyday and the real estate industry is constantly having to stay on the cutting edge to stay competitive. Real estate agents are constantly having to continue their education about real estate and technology. One of the newer technologies to enter the real estate world is virtual staging.

Virtual staging is exactly what it sounds like, you take a home and stage it with furnishings. All real estate agents know that it is easier for a home to sell when a potential buyer walks into a home and sees some furniture.

Why is this such a big deal. Well vision has a big play on our senses and when you walk into a room with nothing in it then the eyes have a hard time to see what it could be like. There are some people who are fairly good at visioning what something would look like by not having furniture. Those in construction generally have to look at a drawing and visualize what it is supposed to look like.

Yet having a 3D model makes the process much more advanced in visualizing what something would look like. Now in the real estate industry virtual staging is starting to make an impact as more consumers use the internet to find homes. In the past virtual tours use to be the hot topic and then it went to video.

Virtual staging will take a home and then furnish it as though it is being lived in so consumers can see the home online the way they would if they were visiting the home that was staged by the real estate agents or homeowners or builders.

Some may say that virtual staging is a play on the imagination as the furniture does not really exist and is really not what the home looks like. This may be true yet virtual staging does seem to be the way that the real estate industry is going into.

We want to know your thoughts about virtual staging so go ahead and join the conversation and make a comment. Next time we might have what virtual staging looks like here on this site.


6 Activities of Successful Real Estate Agents

Successful Cedar City Real Estate Agents

There are a lot of real estate agents who seem to be struggling right now and a lot of it is can be in their head. Everyone thinks that the grass is greener on the other side. Some may say that if they were in a different city then the market would be different and could be better.

This begs the question, why are successful people successful no matter where they are. The majority of successful real estate agents focus there time and energy on 6 activities:

  1. Generating Leads
  2. Following Up
  3. Showing Properties
  4. Taking Listings
  5. Writing Contracts
  6. Negotiating

Every real estate agent should be prospecting and generating new leads. Everything starts from here. If an agent is prospecting everyday then everything else will follow into place. Some agents may say that they do not have any homes to show or contracts to write.

Then prospect and get yourself out there. Let people know who you are and what is going on. You have to get in front of their face. People buy real estate from people and sign contracts with people. However this does not mean you have to become a nuisance and spam people with advertising from you that they did not ask for.

If you are a successful prospector and lead generator then you will always have success. This is by far the most important thing that all real estate agents need to know how to do exceptional and yet the majority have no idea what or where to start.

Here is a website that will help real estate agents in the prospecting and lead generation activities.


Real Estate Agents in Cedar City (not salespeople)

Real Estate Agents in Cedar City

Real estate agents are supposed to be constantly looking out for their clients best interest. Agents do not need to be salespeople and talk like they are selling something. I know what you might be thinking, as a real estate agent we sell homes and property of course we are salespeople.

If as a real estate agent you think of yourself as a salesmen then you will more than likely act like a salesmen. People do not like salesmen for certain reasons. The highest reason is “People do not like to be SOLD”.

It is better if people sell themselves rather than a salesmen selling them something. In real estate you have the property that is doing the selling.

Remember why people buy real estate:

  1. Place to live
  2. Price
  3. Location

These are the selling factors that people must weigh their decision on before purchasing real estate. As real estate agents we are more than just a salesmen.

Real estate agents are representatives who represent the best interests of other people. They are to understand the market, the laws and regulations, the contracts, and most importantly the agent and client relationship.

There is so much more to being a real estate agent that most people do not know about. In reality a real estate agent is not a salesmen he is a clent representative.

The main question is how do you define yourself as a realtor. The way you handle yourself and the way you conduct yourself will be the way that people look at you and make decisions about what they think of you and if they want you to represent them.

As a consumer who is looking to purchase real estate you will want to look for someone who understands the code of ethics and is very good at understanding their agent to client relationship.

As a real estate agent defining who you are is the most important thing you can do and should be decided as soon as you step into the real estate industry.

So as a real estate agent think to yourself, how do I define myself to others?

As Cedar City real estate agents we are always looking out for our clients best interest and feel it a pleasure to do business with such great people.

The Bontadelli Team

The Bontadelli Team is here to help you with all of your real estate needs in Cedar City, Utah. In addition, all needs for: Parowan, Utah real estate, New Harmony, Utah real estate, Paragonah real estate, Enoch real estate, Kanarraville Utah real estate, Springdale Utah real estate, and Panguitch real estate.

Whether you’re needing to find a new home, a used property, fix something up or wanting to invest in a property in Cedar City the team is here to find that dream for you! To get you started choose a link above or go to our Cedar City mls or you can even check some other Cedar City real estate resources you might be in need of. You can also learn about the St. George Utah real estate market or get more information on St. George.

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Look For Cedar City Real Estate Marketing Agents

Cedar City Real Estate Marketing Agents

Often you hear about home sellers who are frustrated with their real estate agents because they feel all they are doing is putting a sign in the front yard and home on the multiple listing service.This is a sad thing to hear because their is so much more a real estate agent can and should do. By far the most important thing as a seller you should be focusing is marketing. This may seem a little unusual and out of the ordinary of what you mostly hear about. When you are selling something you want a good marketer to spread the word in a fast and effective manner. Real estate agents who understand marketing do far better then those who do not. Why? Because when trying to sell something it is the marketing that matters the most. You can have the greatest home available in the whole city but if no one knows about it then who cares. This is why it is important as a seller to interview real estate agents that understand marketing. So as a seller you want to ask a real estate agent exactly how they market real estate. The key to marketing is to get the word out to people who are looking for what you sell. This is why it is critical to ask them the questions in the beginning before all they do is put a sign up and leave. It is also very important to find an agent that is on the cutting edge of technology. Why do I say this? Because the world is becoming more advanced everyday and the internet is making big changes in the real estate industry. When people are looking for real estate now they use the internet. If your real estate agent is not placing your property online then you are missing the boat. So make sure you get an agent that is very good at marketing real estate in many different ways.


Tell The Truth In Real Estate Advertising

Real Estate Advertising in Cedar City

As real estate agents list all types of real estate there are bound to be some that are not as desirable as others. You must tell the truth in your listing of a home in order for people to trust that what you are saying is true.

There have been many times people have driven around cities looking at homes that they have seen online or in other forms of marketing and have been dissappointed because what they saw online is not what they saw in person.

This is kind of like when you see a commercial online of a nice meal that is by some restaurant and then when you go there it does not even look the same or as good. Although it is good to advertise your products in a way that are appealing it is also important to advertise the truth.

The biggest killer in real estate is when customers do not trust you as a real estate agent because you have a reputation of leaving or advertising property better than they really are. If you have a listing that says it has beautiful views and then a potential buyer visits the property and the view is less than to be desired then you are losing their trust.

It is vital as well to do good in the real estate industry as word travels very fast. If other real estate agents know that you have a reputation for not telling the property the way it really is then they will not be as excited to show your homes to thier potential buyers.

So in order to gain the trust of the consumers and other real estate agents please tell the truth at all times. It will pay off in the long run. If you list a home that is a dump, then that is what it is and you should list it and explain it in the proper description.

The Bontadelli Team are always striving to tell the truth and to look out for our customers best interests. We pride ourselves in understanding the Cedar City Utah real estate market and will always find the best deals for our clients.

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Dressed to Sell Home Staging Tips

Cedar City Home Staging Tips

This is a great time of year to create an outdoor retreat. Shop second hand stores or garage sells. Spruce up your finds with fresh paint and new pillows. This year’s trend is silver or metallic grays. Outdoor fire pits are relatively inexpensive to purchase or construct. Add some lifestyle appeal, maybe give an office area a bright color wall finish to keep the thinking process going. Cabinetry painting can freshen the bath or kitchen. Look-up, are your lights out of style or date? Mismatches are ok and add interest to a room.

The Bontadelli Team

435-559-ERA2 or ERA3


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Selling Cedar City Real Estate in a Down Market

Selling Cedar City Real Estate in a Down Market

As Cedar City real estate agents we are confronted daily with sellers who need to sell their Cedar City home for various reasons. Some need to sell their home due to a relocation. Sometimes sellers refer to appraisals they had 2 years ago.

Today’s real estate values are very volatile and appraisals are only accurate for 60 days. You may feel your home is worth more than you can sell it at in today’s market. On the flip side of the coin, you will receive the benefits of purchasing your next home in a great buyers market or ”down market”.

Prices of real estate constantly fluctuate up and down and sometimes they go up fast and some times they go down fast. Lately the price of real estate has gone down and is a perfect time for buyers to be looking to purchase at a great deal.

However for the ones who are looking to sell, right now is a good time to sell with so many buyers looking but if you are in a bind and need to sell fast and keep the price high then you will struggle.

Fair market value will constantly be changing and so those who are looking to sell real estate in a down market have to realize that things could change tomorrow.

Simple Tips for Better Home Showings

The Bontadelli Team

435-559-ERA2 or ERA3 

Simple Tips for Better Home Showings 

1. Remove clutter and clear off counters. Throw out stacks of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorative items. Put excess furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are cramping closet space. Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too.

2. Wash your windows and screens. This will help get more light into the interior of the home.

3. Keep everything extra clean. A clean house will make a strong first impression and send a message to buyers that the home has been well-cared for. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, mop and wax floors, and clean the stove and refrigerator. Polish your doorknobs and address numbers. It’s worth hiring a cleaning service if you can afford it.

4. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows to air out the house. Potpourri or scented candles will help.

5. Brighten your rooms. Put higher wattage bulbs in light fixtures to brighten up rooms and basements. Replace any burned-out bulbs in closets. Clean the walls, or better yet, brush on a fresh coat of neutral color paint.

6. Don’t disregard minor repairs. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well-maintained.

7. Tidy your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, add new mulch, trim the bushes, edge the walkways, and clean the gutters. For added curb appeal, place a pot of bright flowers near the entryway.

8. Patch holes. Repair any holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.

9. Add a touch of color in the living room.  A colored afghan or throw on the couch will jazz up a dull room. Buy new accent pillows for the sofa.

10. Buy a flowering plant and put it near a window you pass by frequently.

11. Make centerpieces for your tables. Use brightly colored fruit or flowers.

12. Set the scene. Set the table with fancy dishes and candles, and create other vignettes throughout the home to help buyers picture living there. For example, in the basement you might display a chess game in progress.

13. Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones that let in more light. Show off the view if you have one.

14. Accentuate the fireplace. Lay fresh logs in the fireplace or put a basket of flowers there if it’s not in use.

15. Make the bathrooms feel luxurious. Put away those old towels and toothbrushes. When buyers enter your bathroom, they should feel pampered. Add a new shower curtain, new towels, and fancy guest soaps. Make sure your personal toiletry items are out of sight.

16. Send your pets to a neighbor or take them outside. If that’s not possible, crate them or confine them to one room (ideally in the basement), and let the real estate practitioner know where they’ll be to eliminate surprises.

17. Lock up valuables, jewelry, and money. While a real estate salesperson will be on site during the showing or open house, it’s impossible to watch everyone all the time.

18. Leave the home. It’s usually best if the sellers are not at home. It’s awkward for prospective buyers to look in your closets and express their opinions of your home with you there.

Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine (REALTOR.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.

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Mature market

Spotlighting Tips for Senior Homebuyers


“The mature market is one of the fastest-growing segments of the public,” noted Rich Bontadelli Associate Broker. “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by the year 2025 the senior population is expected to jump nearly 80 percent. As more Americans are living longer, quality of life in the home they choose for their retirement is of the utmost importance, and the professionals at ERA Realty Center can help senior homebuyers make the best choice.”


I will help you with all concerns you may have including topics as accessible homes with not too many stairs, high cabinets, etc.; availability of public transportation and senior services; comfort-level of climate and terrain; and other concerns of seniors considering options for their retirement home.

I look forward to visiting with you!





Home buyer and seller warranty

ERA Home Protection Plan

As a real estate professional, you strive to deliver the highest service value possible, distinguish yourself in the marketplace and build business. An ERA Home Protection Plan administered by American Home Shield can help you do all that – and more! That’s because a home protection plan from American Home Shield provides sensible, affordable protection against unexpected, covered repair costs for your clients and can spare you from time consuming involvement after deals close. An ERA Home Protection Plan can also help guard your client’s largest investment, increase their satisfaction and boost referrals for you.

An ERA Home Protection Plan is a win-win solution for everyone involved in a real estate transaction.

For ERA affiliated agents, an ERA Home Protection Plan administered by American Home Shield may:

  • Reduce post-closing involvement
  • Help you build business through increased referrals
  • Increase client satisfaction
  • Help save time and allows you to focus on your next closing

There are many compelling reasons for a home buyer and home seller, to include an ERA Home Protection Plan:

Buyer Benefits

  • Relief from some of the expenses of unexpected breakdowns on covered items
  • Affordable, flexible and customizable plans
  • Access to a network of service contractors
  • Increased confidence in your home purchase

Seller Benefits

  • It may discourage downward price negotiation
  • It can help distinguish properties from other listings
  • It can help boost buyer confidence
  • It can help reduce liability in post-sale issues