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Old 15-07-2015, 17:19   #1
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Types of brokers

So we are boat shopping. We're driving down the Eastern Seaboard from Maine as far as Beaufort NC, with about a dozen boats we'd like to see. Think $100k range; not high rollers but a solid amount. I've been contacting brokers to arrange viewings (and some owners directly, but let's ignore that category). From this recent experience, I could only conclude that there are three types of brokers:

1) Those that are incapable of returning emails or phone calls.
2) Those incapable of committing to an appointment two weeks in advance (because I guess a better client may come along to ask about a more expensive boat).
3) Those that want to show you multiple boats, because you're not smart enough to use Yachtworld and decide which boats are worth your time. Don't ask me what kind of boat I'm looking for, or my price range, or how I anticipate using a boat. Show me the freaking boat I am asking you to show me, the one you represent.

Did I miss any?

Any thoughts on strategies for dealing with brokers?

Last time a broker didn't return my repeated calls I just looked up the owner on the NOAA documentation search engine and called the owner directly. The broker quickly got in touch with me, but that'll get old soon!

I'm sure there are great brokers out there (I've worked with a few in the past) but I'm a bit frustrated and would actually appreciate advice.

An Ocean Lover in Maine.
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