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post #117 of Old 07-25-2013
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Re: What Is A Boat Really Worth?

As I stated previously, I am well connected in our local brokerage community here in the Bay Area. Granted, these are higher end brokers (they will occasionally list boats under $50k). I have never heard of a seller listing with any one of them and not intending to go through with a sale. Perhaps someone with more experience or knowledge in the lower end of the market can illuminate this for me. The biggest broker complaint with sellers (other than an unrealistic expectation of price and value) is sellers not prepping their boat for resale. I would guess the vast majority of used boats being sold are from owners either too old or ill to maintain them or by owners who long ago lost interest in keeping them up. These owners are not very interested putting time, effort and money into something they are trying to get rid of. As buyers, we will all eventually become sellers so hopefully, we can all remember the lessons we learned during our own buying experience.

George B
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