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post #2 of Old 02-05-2018
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Re: How To Find Buyer's Broker in Florida

First, a general point. There is technically no such thing as a buyer's broker, unless you pay them on top of the purchase price. 99+% of the time, if there are two brokers involved, they split the commission paid by the seller. That makes them legally liable to represent the seller. Nevertheless, there are good people out there who won't steer you wrong, so it's good to look for them.

I have no FL references, but assume you've scanned your own network horizon: friends with boats, friends of friends, etc?

If you have a brand of boat that you are most interested in, try to look up your closest dealer and see if they have a used boat salesman. Often, all their salesman do both new and used. They should be most knowledgeable of the fleet and what to look for. They will show you their own stuff first, but are usually happy to sell whatever you're willing to buy, so will move on to the open market, if they don't have what you want.

I suggest you make it clear that you'll commit to one broker for a reasonable period of time, say 90 days. Tell them that. If you like them, then renew the agreement at the end. The commission in your price range is not going to be huge, especially when split with the seller's broker and given all the time that will be needed. If they think you'll drop them for the next broker or deal, they really can't afford to spend much time on you. However, if they aren't responsive, aren't working for you or aren't finding what you want, then fire them. But be clear, don't leave them hanging. It's a small community and, whoever else you want to engage, may hear their story, told their way. Be clear and fair.

Have you done any window shopping on Yachtworld? Coming to the table with ideas always helps. The advanced search can limit by length, geography, price and more.

Finally, if it's your first boat, do research on the process. It's very different from buying a house or car. A good broker will walk you through it. There are a ton of threads here on the subject.

Good luck!

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