This is a rant, therefore by definition an emotional outburst and so can be ignored by those who are above the fray and not prone to such. Therefore if you continue reading you may be offended.
To the moderators: if this is inappropriate content or should be moved somewhere feel free to censor it in whatever manner you feel appropriate I will not be offended.
Before I offend everyone let me say that some brokers, maybe even most brokers are wonderful hardworking people who will no doubt get a better seat in heaven than I will, BUT then there are the others.
Over the last couple of months I have walked around in the rain for more than an hour, (without rain gear
I might add) after driving more than a hundred miles, while the listing broker (I stress the LISTING broker) changed the location of the boat 6 different times. No I am not exagerating I have co-oberating witnesses. This is the guy who took the pictures that were posted on yachtworld that had me make the appointment in the first place. Yes I had an appointment made several days previous and the broker didn't want to show up. He had the key hidden on board- so in addition we could have stolen everything that wasn't nailed down.
Which brings me to pictures. We are talking about investments in the range of a quarter to more than a million dollars. Does anyone really think that a sink full of dirty dishes, unmade beds, an unflushed head
or a collection of cigarette butts adds to the the charm of a boat. I know that a scrupulously cleaned galley
and a couple of wine glasses glinting on the table is staged but it is more likely to make me take a picture seriously than a heap of dirty clothes. I don't know exactly what brokers are making these days but it has got to be enough to justify smoothing a bed
cover or maybe even doing the dishes.
And now for my latest annoyance. The listing broker is cruising - more power to him - but no one in his office (and this is not a mom and pop opperation) knows anything about the boat or even which marina it is in.
These are just the highlights. The list doesn't include, not showing up for appointments, not calling to chage appointments, not returning calls or emails, not calling the harbor master to enable access, lying about other offers comming in, and of course the jump on a plane and make an offer pressure plays that almost guarantee that, I at least will not only not jump on a plane or make an offer.
In summary: again let me say that I know there are good, proffessional and decent brokers out there and to you my hat is off. To the others
let me give this advice.
While it is true that we buyers probably do not have the same level of experience or knowledge of boats and boating
as you do WE ARE NOT STUPID. Except in very rare circumstances if you are smart enough to make and save a half a million dollars you are smart enough to know that there is a recession on and that it is a buyers market. We didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday and have a reasonable ability to know bullshit when it is being poured over our heads. You are not selling used cars to teenagers. For God's sake be professional. Be prompt, know your product, answer your correspondance. For those good brokers out there, find these other guys and return them to the food
chain. They are giving you a bad name.
I feel better thank you for allowing me to vent.