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Any advice on selecting a listing broker?

I'm getting ready to put my boat up for sale but really have no clue as to what questions to ask or what to look for in a listing broker. I mean, I figure I want to know that he or she has been selling boats for a while and that (ideally) they know something about my type of boat, but beyond that?

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My sailboat is in Annapolis, so if anyone has some specific suggestions those would be welcome too.

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Re: Any advice on selecting a listing broker?

Yes, here is a good question: "why should I use you instead of selling the boat myself?"
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Re: Any advice on selecting a listing broker?

I purchased my current boat in Annapolis through Annapolis Yacht Sales 7 years ago, Tim Wilbricht was the broker. I knew the seller and the boat before I purchased it, so it wasn't a hard sell.
But Tim did an excellent job handling all the paperwork, was very communicative, and followed up. If nothing more, it's a place for you to start.

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Re: Any advice on selecting a listing broker?

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I purchased my current boat in Annapolis through Annapolis Yacht Sales 7 years ago, Tim Wilbricht was the broker. I knew the seller and the boat before I purchased it, so it wasn't a hard sell.
But Tim did an excellent job handling all the paperwork, was very communicative, and followed up. If nothing more, it's a place for you to start.
Tim Wilbricht would be an excellent choice. Probably your best choice.

Please note that I'm saying this as a person who PURCHASED a boat from him. He was very helpful, honest and follows through with communication and promises. I can't say this about most of the other brokers I have dealt with.

Because of my experience as a buyer, he would be my first choice as a listing agent if I was in his area.

If you choose to speak with him please tell him I said hello and that I recommended him highly.
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Re: Any advice on selecting a listing broker?

You may also want to consider what the broker tells you he feels he can sell your boat for. Some brokers are not even taking listings for boats that they can not make a certain cutoff commission on. You really can't blame them in this economy either. sometimes it takes the same amount of time, legwork and paperwork to sell the more expensive yachts as the cheaper ones.
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Re: Any advice on selecting a listing broker?

In multiple deals, I have had excellent experiences with Rod Rowan at Cruisader Yacht Sales in Annapolis, and with the folks at Annapolis Yacht Sales. If the boat is a 'serious cruising boat' you might also talk to Bernie Jakits at Rogue Wave.

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Re: Any advice on selecting a listing broker?

Thanks for the leads. I'll start by contacting Tim and Rod. The boat is a Nonsuch 26, so I don't think it fits the criteria for Rogue Wave.
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