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post #14 of Old 11-23-2006
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I agree that you should have a broker representing you, the buyer, but never lose sight of the fact that only you are truly on your side. Your own broker's interests often conflict with your interests. The broker earns a bigger commission if he can sell you a bigger, more expensive boat, and he earns more if he can sell you a boat listed by his own company. Don't let him talk you into buying a bigger or more expensive boat than you want or need, or a boat that is just wrong for you. Be open-minded and receptive to their suggestions, because they really do want to help you find the right boat, but have a clear idea of the kind of boat you want, before you ever contact a broker, so you will have a base of knowledge to help you make your own judgments.
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