Originally Posted by sailorboy1
You must not really have read what I wrote and you quoted
I never said anything like "take X% off"
If you follow what I wrote you will get a boat that meets your needs because the broker will help you identify both the boat and the fair price
No you just took one clarification to my response out of context and ignored the rest. (The percent off was in relation to the original question.)
It's OK to use a broker but based on my experience with them I wouldn't count on getting the boat I want or the best price
. They care about their bottom line and their bottom line is purely based on making a sale
. They could care less if it's the right boat for you or at a good price.
A key point, I have seen them steer people away from FSBO simply because there is no commission. From the brokers point of view, that makes perfect sense. As a buyer, if the FSBO is the best boat at the best price, I don't want to be limited by the brokers best interest.
Far better to spend the time and learn the market yourself and then use some solid negotiating skills to get the best deal. With this amazing thing called the internet
, you can get a very good feel for the market by just doing a little research
Of course, you ignored the primary point...it's OK and in no way insulting to throw out a low ball offer.