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Re: Should I have a Buyers Broker?
In general I highly recommend building a relationship with a local broker and replying on the broker to find and vet listings before you travel to see them. It wont cost you a penny.
If you dont know boats real well, he/she'll have the experience to know which are likely to fit your selection criteria. He/she is also more likely to get the straight dope form the other broker as to boat quality and condition, so you dont waste time looking at pigs, unless that is a selection criteria (cost driven of course).
If you work with a broker and you dont find these benefits, move onto a different broker until you do.
The broker you work with is know as the selling broker...there is no role for a buyers broker in boat sales, although that is mostly terminology.
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