Originally Posted by Jeff_H
When you say "lose the use of my money till someone decides to send it back to me" you seem to be missing one thing. Reputable brokers do not deposit your check until the deal is ratified.
Yes, actually come to think of it that's what my broker did. I thought he was more than fair. He actually suggested I request things from the seller that I hadn't thought of myself. He explained he was obliged to represent both parties in the deal. I would definitely use this guy again if I were to buy another boat.