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Old 05-03-2006
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Dealing Directly w/ the Listing Broker

I have been looking at boats for the last month or so and using a broker (we will call him Joe..) I had dealt w/ in the past. He's a nice guy but deep down I know his interest is in his commission and not my getting a good value for my money.

Joe and I have talked about a couple of his own listings and he freely tells me the owners thots on price / motives etc.. I take it w/ a grain of salt but I suspect I am getting at least some truth which leads me to wonder why not dump Joe and just deal directly w/ the broker that represents any other boat that I might go look at... let the listing broker show me the boat and if I make an offer then he can represent both of us.. Its a win for the Listing Broker and frankly its in his interest to have me as opposed to others buy the boat..

Have any of you gone straight to the the listing broker?

Whats the downfall here?
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