Craig Ziegel
Single Tree Real Estate Team
Whether you are buying or selling a property you need someone that can minimize the stress involved, explain the process, and keep you informed as the transaction progresses. The Single Tree R.E. Team works together as one, to stand above the rest.
Belleville, IL 62223

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What Not To Do

Things You Absolutely Should Not Do When Buying a House!!

  • Don’t quit your job.
  • Don’t change your job.
  • Don’t get a promotion.
  • Don’t buy any large ticket items (like five dollars or more, seriously!).
  • Don’t Make David Copperfield deposits (all funds need to be traceable).
  • Don’t talk to Sellers directly (loose lips sink ships).
  • Don’t get advice from a buying committee that has not purchased in the last year (the rules change almost daily).
  • Don’t wait to see everything else that is on the market.
  • Don’t wait to find the absolute PERFECT house. You will always be limited by income, zoning, inventory at the time, and/or legislation and or property taxes.
  • Don’t trash the property in front of the owners.
  • Don’t call the other agent on “For Sale” signs.
  • Don’t attend open houses and new construction or display homes without me.
  • Don’t delay getting paperwork to the lender because you are irritated by the frequency and number of request from the Mortgage Company.
  • Don’t find a lender on the internet that offers a 0.001 interest rate and is from outside of the area.
  • Don’t go home to sleep on it (in a hot market, if you sleep on it, you might not get to sleep in it)
  • Don’t forget the 80/10/10 Rule! If you find a house that has 80% of what you are looking for, 10% of things you can change and 10% of things you can live with, it’s a keeper.
  • Don’t co-sign for anything……. even a candy bar, please just don’t do it!
  • Don’t schedule a vacation before we close (especially a cruise).
  • Don’t order Direct TV, Cable, Telephone or any utility that will pull a credit report unless you want to write a letter of explanation about the credit report to the mortgage company.
  • Don’t need a letter of explanation, at all, please!
  • Don’t change your name during the mortgage process.
  • Don’t have unreasonable expectations.
  • Don’t give away your negotiation power by speaking in the house (always assume you are being recorded).
  • Don’t post your real estate thoughts on social media sites (If you are savvy, this can easily be viewed).
  • Don’t believe what you see on HGTV and reality television (the majority of that stuff is scripted we promise).
  • Don’t go window shopping and let people pull your credit before you close.
  • Don’t look at a short-sale if you need to move immediately, short does not mean a quick close.
  • Don’t disappear before the transaction closes (this really messes things up we promise).

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830 Admiral Weinel Blvd.
Columbia, IL 62236


I truly enjoyed working with Mrs Herring. My husband and I had already moved and was nervous about trusting someone with this process. She quickly put my mind at ease with her honesty, knowledge base, and her genuine desire to help us get the best price possible. You can’t go wrong with Mia. She is a Gem.

Sold a Single Family home in 2018 in Fairview Heights, IL.
10/25/2018 - bellroch
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