sally, it's been a while since I've looked at prices, but you should not pay over $800.00 to $1000.00 for one. Usually. the outboards rated less horse power than the one you are looking at is a higher demanded item due to lakes that have a limit on the engine power.
I found a 15" short shaft, 2 stroke, remote (no tiller), control box included, electric start, Evinrude 25hp for $1195 and it's supposed to be in excellent condition. You can see more at http://bit.ly/SbGtR