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The answer would be "It Depends..."
If the boat has a keel stepped mast, it will almost always have water in the bilge, unless the mast has a plug at the partner, which few do.
Also, it is almost impossible to have every single possibility for water intrusion sealed at the deck, maybe for a new boat, and that would last only a year or so anyway.
If you have an inboard, the seal at the shaft will, and SHOULD drip just a drop every minute or so. Dripless seals? Don''t trust ''em, myself. Not sure, but a saildrive should not leak at all.
The only time my boat is absolutley, completely dry in the bilge is when it''s under the winter cover!
If you are basing your selection of a broker on this, how else are you gauging them? What does the broker sail? (not a sailor? run the other way!) How many boats and what type has he/she owned? How many years experiance? References? The broker will be paid a substantial sum at the time of transaction, make sure they earn it!