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I have a pretty basic broad question/observation.

I have been actively looking for a business to buy for about 4 months. My background is heavy in sales and construction, and I have a bachelors degree in business with a minor in finance. My net worth is around $1.5 mil with 80% liquid. I wish to buy a business with a minimum SDE of $100K, that does not require a lot of hand holding. In my search, I have made some observations along the way. The 3 opportunities I looked at that were for sale by owner, I received candid upfront information in which I could make a decision rather quickly about the business. I found it refreshing to deal directly with the owners, because I could get answers candidly and quickly to my question. Issues I have run into in dealing with brokers range from, returning calls, vague answers, and time wasting meetings. So my question is, are there some pointers someone could give me to make working with brokers a more positive experience?

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