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Old 05-07-2020, 13:01   #1
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Broker questions

I posted a while back about my plan, but I'll recap here. I've been laid off and I'm selling my house and planning a sailing sabbatical for a few years at least. So the house is going to be sold soon and I'm starting to get more serious about the boat buying process so I have a few questions about buyers brokers.

1. I'm looking at boats anywhere from Maine to south Texas, and I plan to go look at a few in the coming months. How do choose a buyers broker? Do they act as my broker no matter where the boat is purchased? Should I have a broker in every state? If I find a boat in Florida and another in Texas, do I use the same broker to set up viewings?

2. Speaking of viewings, should I get a broker first, then have them set up viewings for me? Or contact the listing broker directly, then if I want to put in an offer go and find a local buyers broker?

3. I currently have a broker sending me listings from pop yachts. He's based in Hawaii, which is not where I'm going to buy a boat. But the listings are everywhere, so am I obligated to use his services? Like if I have him set up a viewing, am I obligated to then use that broker for the purchase?

I guess I need a rundown of the whole process. I understand what the purpose of the broker is and the survey and sea trial process, it's just the listings all over that I'm unsure of how to begin and don't want to come off as the rookie I am. ha ha
Thanks in advance!
-Chris
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