Sunday, October 11, 2015

Serious Boaters use GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES when Buying or Selling a Boat

WHEN BUYING A BOAT Our highly trained staff of experienced Licensed and Bonded Yacht Brokers knows boats and the marketplace inside and out! You may think that you know the boat make and model that will work best for your needs, but chances are there are many other options that may suit your needs even better based on how you plan on using the boat. Finding the exact make and model is only the beginning. We then search high and low utilizing all of the our special resources to locate the best valued boat in the model you like best that can be bought within your price range. On many occasions, a boat may seem to be priced to high, but if we know that the boat could be purchased within your budget, we will present it to you.
Many boats may seem like a fantastic deal based on the price. However, on many occasions the reason some boats are priced so low compared to others, is because of the amount of work the boat requires to make it as valuable as the others. Unless you are specifically looking for a project boat, we do not present fixer uppers to our buyers. Most all of our clients are seeking turn-key boats, which is what GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES is known best for representing. 

Our Sales Team will never tell you that a boat is a solid 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best) unless the boat is in fact a solid 10 based on others in that same year, make and model. We realize that a boat will not magically change from a 5 to a 10 during the time it takes to drive over to view the boat in person. In short, the condition of a boat is what it is and we realize that your time is valuable. We do not play games when it comes to accurately describing the overall condition a boat.
There are so many extremely important questions to ask a seller when considering purchasing a boat. Forgetting to ask just one important question could result in costing you mega bucks and a lot of wasted time! At GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES, we always look out for your best interests, just as if it was our own money being used to purchase the boat. With all of the many scammers out there you would be taking a huge gamble when trying to buy a boat on your own. When there is a loan payoff to be made on a boat, would you rather trust a stranger to make that loan payoff so that you can obtain a clear title? Or, would you rather trust a Licensed and Bonded Yacht & Ship Brokerage with a fantastic reputation in the marine industry to get the closing done properly? 
At GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES, we have the all of the needed resources from the best marine surveyors, marine financing resources, licensed captains and boat transporters to help make your purchase a fun and pleasurable experience. When you are ready to make a purchase, feel free to call us anytime day or night or simply click here to get us pointed in the right direction for the type of boat you would like to buy.
WHEN SELLING YOUR BOAT Especially in this economy, it’s a lot of hard work and more than you could ever imagine…unless you have recently tried to sell your boat on your own. Our data base is filled with thousands buyers looking for boats of all various makes and models. At GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES, we conduct daily searches to constantly match up buyers with sellers. Back in the old days, we would get in the car with our buyers and spend the entire day looking at dozens boats in person. 

Today, everyone starts their boat shopping right on the internet from the comfort of their own home, picks out a few good options, and then travels to view the boats in person. This is why it is extremely crucial that you list your boat with a Yacht & Ship Brokerage that has outstanding google search engine rankings. You can view some of the very impressive google site rankings of GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES by clicking here. In addition, you can search (year make and model) for any one of our featured listings on google and you always will find our advertisements near the top search results out of tens of thousands of search results.

Getting a buyer to view your listing on the net is just a small part of the process. Next, you need to have a web page presentation that is far superior than the competition, something that we take great pride in creating. You can take a look at an example of one of our listing presentations by clicking here. Now that the buyer has found and shown an interest in your boat, guaranteed they will always have lots of additional questions. If you are not available for any reason to take a buyers call, that buyer will most likely move onto the next boat on his list resulting in a lost sale for you! 

GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES is not your typical 9 to 5 brokerage. Our Sales Team Brokers are available 24/7 to assist buyers and we also have a live chat feature embedded at each of our Featured Listings pages for those buyers that would rather ask their questions on-line in a real-time chat. No inquiries or calls at GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES go unanswered. When a buyer is ready to buy, we are always ready to sell!

Don’t get scammed by Discount Yacht Brokerage Firms. In the real world of Yacht & Ship Brokerage Sales, discount yacht brokerage firms are simply a joke! GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES has over 2,500 Licensed and Bonded Yacht & Ship Brokers that have joined our mailing list to keep up to date on our Featured Listings. Why? Because they know we deal with only Centrally Listed Boats where there is always a workable 10% commission, offering the other brokerage that may have an interested buyer for your boat 5% of the workable 10% commission. 

For example, let’s say you sign up with a Discount Brokerage that promises you they can sell your boat for only a 5% commission. Then, we (or any other reputable Yacht Brokerage) has a buyer for your boat. The minute that discount brokerage firm says, “gee sorry, we do not have a workable 10% commission but would you like to work for 2.5% of the sale?” Of course we simply hang up and find our buyer another boat that’s available from a realistic Yacht Brokerage firm. 

When you list your boat with GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES we gladly do co-brokerage deals with other brokers and aggressively market your boat to other Yacht Brokerage firms. In short, we do what it takes to get your boat SOLD in the fastest time frame possible and make it worth while to our fellow brokers. The more offers on the table that a boat owner has to consider, the better! 

The next time a discount brokerage approaches you to list your boat and boasts that they charge only 5% (or whatever percent less than the normal 10%), I would suggest that you ask them… 5% off of what sale price? For example, I don’t know any boat owner that would rather take an offer at $500,000 and pay a 5% commission (owner nets $475,000) instead of an offer at $575,000 and pays the standard 10% commission where the owner nets $517,500 and gets his boat sold faster.

When you’re considering selling your boat, many sellers think it’s better to go with an Open Non-Exclusive Listing because they can then sell their boat on their own or openly list it with dozens of brokers. REALITY CHECK: If you really think that a brokerage firm is going to reach deep in it’s pockets and spend the kind of money and man hours it takes to properly market your boat, with the possibility of getting nothing in return for their hard work…guess again! Sure, a broker will openly list your boat, slap it up on a couple of classified sites and if it sells, great. If not, who cares because they have no vested interest in getting your boat sold. 

Most all of the Open Non-Exclusive Listing Brokerage Firms will not even waste their time coming to see your boat because they honestly don’t really care if it sells or not. In addition, if they do get a buyer call on your boat, they know absolutely nothing about your boat and are unable to answer any questions which is the biggest turn off to a serious buyer that you can imagine! In short, a seller that wants to do an open listing instead of a central exclusive listing is really being penny wise and dollar foolish. 

At GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES, we spend well over $1,000.00 the very first week of marketing a boat and totally bust ass until we get it SOLD and burning fuel headed the other way. We may take on a few open listings a year but onlyif we have a buyer looking for a boat that is a perfect match to the one you’re trying to sell. Our advertising efforts on an open listing are extremely limited. At GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES, we would rather do it right with a Central Exclusive Listing or not at all because we don’t want to waste your time or our time and money. 

Our primary obligation is to our clients that have Centrally Listed their boats with us and entrusted us to get the job done right! So when you hear of a brokerage firm that says “we have more listings than any other brokerage firm in the world”…know that it’s because they don’t know squat about any of the open listed boats they are marketing and therefore can’t sell them hence they have more boats for sale than anyone else! Right now, GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES has very few FEATURED LISTINGS for sale because most all of the boats we did have Centrally Listed are SOLD. Please be sure to see what our clients are saying about GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES at our CREDENTIALS / HAPPY CUSTOMER page, which is where we hope to see you at in the very near future.

Knowing how to properly pre-qualify a buyer is not an easy task. If you do not properly pre-qualify a buyer that calls on your boat, you will find yourself wasting a lot of time and money! Every buyer that GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES presents your boat to in person is totally pre-qualified and ready, willing, and able to make the purchase. No survey or sea trial takes place on your boat until we have a signed purchase agreement in place between you and the buyer with and agreed price, terms and conditions, as well as a ten (10%) deposit from the buyer secured in our escrow account.  In addition, if you have a loan payoff on your boat you should be realistic in knowing that most all buyers will not hand over a pile of cash to you in hope that you will in fact payoff the boat loan as well as any liens or encumbrances that may be on the vessel. 

It is by far much safer for the buyer and seller to use a licensed and bonded Yacht & Ship Brokerage whenever there is a loan payoff involved! On many occasions, there is more paperwork involved in closing a boat sale than there is on closing on a house. Just one error on the closing paperwork could cause a major nightmare for you and at GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES, we take all of that worry away. To view some of the many other ways we get boats sold, click here. When you are ready to get your boat SOLD, it’s best to start with a free boat market evaluation which you can receive by simply clicking here. Or, feel free to call us at 239-430-BOAT(2628) at anytime.

Wishing You Happy & Safe Boating Wishes!

Jerry Chiappetta, Jr.
President / Employing Yacht & Ship Broker



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