Actually, Wind, I am not trying to get Julie to do anything. I have been answering her questions regarding the process when she does use a broker.
I have no skin in the game. I haven't sold sailboats in many years and would not be the go to person for a sailboat purchase. I participate in these forums to be helpful not to make money. I would not represent anyone here if asked. I would and do answer questions about the process both here and offline. I often look up sold boat data when asked and always explain that the recorded prices may or may not be accurate. I know some particularly skilled survey and finance people and share those names when requested. I also know some knowledgeable and reputable brokers on the east coast and provide that when asked. I am always anonymous so there is no referral fee or anything like that.
I wasn't accusing you of talking your book. I said that because of your experience as a broker you are going to see the world from a broker's perspective, which isn't appropriate for a good percentage of the boat purchases that people discuss here.
I appreciate that you have over 4,000 posts expressing your opinion but wouldn’t that simply make you an expert on expressing it?
And yet it also seems to have given me the ability to know when a broker is giving advice to someone in a boat buying thread ...
I have been involved in 100’s of transaction in over twenty years in the marine industry so have a broad base of knowledge and experience to draw on. This I offer gratis when appropriate. How about you?
Doesn't that prove my point ?
You seem to have taken exception to my comments so why not address your disagreement specifically and stop wondering what my motives might be?
Not at all, I agree with most (maybe all ?) of what you wrote, if someone is buying an expensive boat and needs a broker. I think that is increasingly unnecessary for the same reasons that real estate brokers are becoming less important. Yes, 100 years ago when you had to send a letter to someone so they could find the property you were looking for brokers were indispensable, but now that MLS is online for real estate, and many boat advertisements are online, what is a broker actually doing for you ? It used to be that you couldn't complete a real estate transaction without a broker because the broker was the only one who even knew what real estate was for sale, but now if you listen to real estate brokers talk they sound more like therapists who are there to lead everyone through the oh so complex process of doing a title search and handing someone a check for title insurance and to close the deal, and then bringing everyone together for a group hug at the end. Does everyone really need a group hug for 3-6% ?
Better yet, why not also share your own personal experiences about the many times that you have been wronged? That would be useful, real world information for many.
I haven't had a bad experience, I bought my last boat with a handshake.