That's the way it should be. It doesn't hurt that you clarify that with the would be buyer's broker before hand, but it is the way it normally works.
I just used a buyer's broker in Annapolis
, MD this way. I contacted him since I live abroad, and he helped me taking a look at a boat
I had seen in Yachtworld I liked. It's important when using a buyer's broker to NOT contact a Yachtworld ad but through your buying
broker; brokers don't like that you contact them and then introduce a buyer's broker. I kind of understand the logic. Anyhow, if you are planning on using a buyer's broker, you should only contact possible listing through him.
My buying broker did a great job helping me out through the process (first time for me). Add to that I had a "local" player in the whole thing, me being foreign. But after the deal fell through on the original boat I flew in to see, he was most helpful taking me around to look at several other boats a couple of days. He was proactive in not only "opening the boats", but helping me move stuff around to check chainplates, bilges, engines, panels
, he had a moisture meter with him, and he made remarks out of being an experienced sailor.
I think I was lucky that I had a good broker. Still, it didn't cost me a cent
BTW if anyone needs a broker in Annapolis
, his name is Keith Mayes and works @ Annapolis Yacht Sales.