Duncan - Steve - others,
agree !! my view ( I am a shipbroker/freightbroker and not a yachtbroker, so this may work differently ) :
What a good broker does is 'adding value' to the (potential) deal and facilitating his customer(-s). In the modern world of electronics / internet, it is fairly easy to find out who is behind any brokers' offering, so protecting your source/contacts as a broker is pointless.
Adding value is done by adding effort, experience and time and suprisingly there are some @#$ out there! With regards to the 'going behind somebodies back' ethical issues i think a fair effort is worth a fair commission. If there is no effort, what is the point.......
Due to the present economical situation, I think it is a matter of time that the lazy farts (have encountered a few as well yes) will disappear to some extend; the market itself is a good filter in that respect. It is a shame that bad experiences put such a stamp on the profession, there are for sure a few good ones i think??
Originally Posted by Searider
I agree - I was quoting another poster above my comment.
Buying a boat is such a personal process you have to be able to get on with the broker or vendor.
As a surveyor I've been involved with several sales that didn't proceed because the boats didn't perform or handled very strangely. One where it chime walked above 16 knots (33 foot flybridge cruiser) and another where the owner had claimed it would do 40 knots and it struggled to make 35.
In the first case the boat was just a bit odd and the broker couldn't have known about the poor handling in the second the vendor was a bit economic with his information.
Would be better for the Broker to know the answers before the expense of survey, launch and sea trial!
Plenty of good brokers out there - and they always attract the best boats from the best sellers too.