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Feel free to discount a newby's views on this topic but, assuming all you know about the other offer is what is contained in your initial post, I would be inclined to ask the broker what the amount of the other offer is and whether or not it is subject to any conditions other than a survey. If you receive this information from the broker, I suspect that you have a bona fide offer you are working against or the broker is willing to commit fraud to obtain a few extra bucks of commission, which makes him stupid or desperate.
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Unfortunately, there are quite a few less than honest boat brokers out there.. : ) I wouldn't up my bid for the boat, since you already have a good idea what this boat is worth to you... don't budge.
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Let's see.. in October we looked at a Hallberg-Rassy 53. The broker pushed and pushed - lots of people are looking at the boat... people are flying in from Europe to check it out... we're expecting an offer any moment and if you want it you have to hurry... etc. We almost bought it. The boat is still up on Yachtworld now...
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Isn't it funny how all those other offers fell through at the same time...
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Act soon! Supplies are limited! Call now! Operators are standing by! This item won't last! Absolutely everything must go! Going out of business!

I guess people must fall for this marketing crap, but I'm less inclined to buy something that someone is trying to sell me. I always tell salespeople, "I might buy your product, but you definitely aren't going to sell me your product."
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By the way, would you guys leave the deposit with the broker along with the current offer, or would you request that he send it back? He claims the out of town buyers are coming on Sunday to conduct a survey and if they fall through, I would be next in line. Sounds like bull, but I'm inclined to let it go another day or two to see how he responds since I didn't budge on the price.
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I would let it go for a couple of days, you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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If you don't have a signed contract I would ask for it back. If you have a signed contract the broker should not be offering the boat to another buyer.
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I think Cam- makes a great point. Sometimes there are interested parties who don't make an offer right away, but lurk for awhile and tell the broker to let them know if anything happens. You make an offer, the broker calls the other guy who then also makes an offer and starts a legit "bidding war".

When I make an offer on a big ticket item, house, boat, etc... I always put a time frame on the offer. The length of time used depends on what I think I can get away with. Our new house that we bought 1 1/2 months ago had had a big price reduction in a effort to get multiple bids. We knew we wanted the house so made an initial offer that was only good for 4 hours. WE made the sellers and the agent move fast enough to keep us on the hook that they didn't have time to work any other potential bidders.

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DrB & T34c have the best suggestion: put a time limit on your bid so that illiminates the broker playing you. They can't possibly be so stupid as to risk losing a legit bid on a boat that's been there too long. That way you will force them to make a decision plus receive your deposit back if they reject it.

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