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Old 28-04-2009, 20:41   #16
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Therapy and tellie are correct I only have hearsay, and I just got off the phone with the surveyor and he adamantly denied that he disclosed the value. Furthermore he reiterated much what boatpoker and others mentioned about me being a client and the confidential nature of our agreement. He also said that the seller has since called him and directly asked him at what he valued the boat and he of course told him he could not disclose that.

Who knows, I could be caught between two liars, we will never know for sure, though I am inclined to trust the surveyor, as he seems very professional.

Thanks for all the info and lively debate.
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Old 29-04-2009, 08:36   #17
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I've got to think that if the surveyor knew his stuff, he'd KNOW he can't discuss values other than with his client. Surveyors that provide a VALUE, are by definition appraisers (I'm a real estate appraiser, and a classic car appraiser). They should be guided by USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) - and this includes STRONG confidentiality requirements.

When we bought our boat, I did make it clear to the surveyor that the survey was mine and only mine. The broker got pissed when I wouldn't give him a copy or allow the surveyor to provide a copy or even talk about it. I told him "I paid for the survey, so the survey is mine and I have no intention of sharing it with you".
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When we bought our boat, I did make it clear to the surveyor that the survey was mine and only mine. The broker got pissed when I wouldn't give him a copy or allow the surveyor to provide a copy or even talk about it. I told him "I paid for the survey, so the survey is mine and I have no intention of sharing it with you".

Neither the seller nor the broker asked for the survey on the boat we just purchased. When the survey was over and the surveyor sat down to discuss with me what was going in the report the broker made himself scarce (we had already sent the seller home).

I would have happily made the survey available to either the seller or the broker, at a cost.
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Yeah, Frank, that's what I told the broker. Our deal had fallen apart (it eventually came back together), and the broker asked if he could at least get a copy of the survey. I said "Sure, for the $1000 it cost me". Click.
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Yeah, Frank, that's what I told the broker. Our deal had fallen apart (it eventually came back together), and the broker asked if he could at least get a copy of the survey. I said "Sure, for the $1000 it cost me". Click.

I would have given the broker that type of deal... the seller would have been at least double just for the aggravation.
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