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Thinking of Going it Alone?

“I don’t need no stinkin Real Estate agent.” No Problem, but you might want to remember this name: Tenzing Norgay. Who? 
Ok, he may not be a household name to most of you. If so, here’s another name you might not be all too familiar with either: Sir Edmund Hillary. Many of you trivia experts will identify this second guy as the man who was the first one to reach the summit of Mt. Everest back in 1953. Just for the record, the conditions are so harsh  (almost otherworldly) on this famous mountain, that as you make the ascent you literally pass by hundreds of corpses that are permanently frozen into the trails and crevices.  Climbers today actually use these bodies to mark their trails in what has become known to them as the highest cemetery in the world. There are well over 200 of them that are known, and probably scores of other anonymous and forgotten climbers who never made it to the top.

Now, let’s get back to our friend Tenzing Norgay. Who was he?

He was the sherpa and guide who carried Hillary’s equipment. Here’s how National Geographic tells the story. “Now the British were determined to bring every possible advantage to their spring of 1953 offensive—including hiring Tenzing, age 38, as their lead sherpa.” The results are now a part of history and the record books. Hillary went on to get Knighted, hence the “Sir” in front of his name, but I’ll wager that if it wasn”t for the loyalty, trust and expertise of Tenzing Norgay this story would have had an entirely different ending.

Going it alone in a Real Estate transaction is not all that different. A good agent becomes someone who you not just rely on to carry your equipment; they are the ones, who by law, give you their loyalty, their trust, and most importantly their expertise. Without them you might just wind up, figuratively speaking, becoming one of those corpses that line the trail to the top. Don’t mistake being brave for being foolhardy. Be smart and get the expertise and guidance you want (and need) to get you to the top.

Author Brendan J. Cunningham is a New York Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, lead of the Platinum Team at HusVar Real Estate, as well as an accomplished writer, Shakespearean trained professional actor, and podcaster.

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