Why use a broker?

The benefits of utilizing the expertise of a qualified marine broker over selling privately include:

  • Requires less time and effort on your behalf as the agent is reasonable for many of the tasks required to sell your vessel.
  • An agent will have specialised knowledge of the boats you desire and the likely price you could expect from the sale.
  • The agent will be able to offer various marketing options for your boat, including a listing on Westhaven Marine Brokers website.
  • It can be less stressful during the negotiation process as the agent acts as a buffer between you and the buyer.

Choosing an agent

It is important that you choose an agent that you feel comfortable with. They will be spending a lot of time with you. They will be responsible for looking after your possessions, representing you in negotiations and working closely with you. Before you call just any agent it pays to do some research. Talk to friends, family, workmates, your lawyer, your financial advisor to find out if they recommend a particular agent. Hopefully one that they have had success with in the past.

Exclusive vs. General Marketing

Exclusive marketing means you give your boat to Westhaven Marine Brokers for a set time –normally a minimum of 3 months. Some marketing is usually included by us if you go exclusive. 
General listing means using several brokers at once. General listings are often less effective as brokers commit more time to their exclusive listings. You can of course try to go general for a period and then go exclusive with Westhaven Marine Brokers.

What to look out for in a Marine Broker

Once you are happy with Westhaven Marine Brokers to become your broker we will meet with you to discuss requirements. We are happy to provide you with the necessary information to make you feel confident in our services. We are sure you want to know

  • How many boats we have sold?
  • How much experience we have got?
  • What we know about the principles of negotiation?
  • Can you hear from a referee?
  • What internet Marketing will we do?
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