Dana Waters, Broker


Dana Waters

Office Phone:
(802) 484-7388

Cell Phone:
(802) 291-3299

Dana Waters is the owner and broker of Dark Horse Realty, the company he started in 2001. Dana provides incredible service to buyers and sellers of all types of properties.


2018 Favorite New England Realtor: Gold medal winner of the Equestrian Living Magazine Gold List reader’s survey.

2016 Realtor of the Year: Dana Waters was honored as National Association of Realtors Windsor County Realtor of the Year in 2016, as chosen by his peers.

Good Neighbor Award: Dana received the Windsor County Board of Realtors 2015 Good Neighbor Award for his volunteer work in the community. Waters received the award at the Vermont Realtors Achievement Awards dinner and was presented with an official award plaque at the Windsor County Board of Realtors annual meeting.


Dana is a key member of the local community, working hard not only for his real estate clients but volunteering for several non-profit groups.

Currently, Dana is president of the Reading/West Windsor Food Shelf and has served on the board since 2011. Dana is also active in the Windsor Rotary Club and the Green Mountain Horse Association. He’s served as past president and longtime member of both organizations. He’s frequently seen doing trail work to preserve local equestrian trails, selling penny sale tickets, and helping his clients new to the area become a part of the community.

About Dana

Dana became a Vermont resident in 1998, when he made the move from Boxford, MA with his wife Paula and two sons. Prior to making Vermont their home, Dana and his wife Paula visited Vermont frequently to enjoy the area and the equestrian trails surrounding the Green Mountain Horse Association. In Boxford, Dana was the owner and manager of Waters Insurance Agency. Dana opened Dark Horse Realty in 2001 and began serving buyers and sellers of Vermont real estate.

Dana enjoys working with buyers and sellers on properties of all shapes and sizes. He’s helped many first-time homebuyers find the right property, and navigate the process of purchasing a home. Known for his extensive knowledge of the real estate business and the local area, Dana works tirelessly to assist his clients with all aspects of their purchase. His friendly way, desire to help, and work ethic make Dana the go-to guy for any Windsor County Vermont real estate needs.

From Our Customers

Being first-time home buyers and not having an agent of our own, it was a bit daunting, but Dana made it very easy for us.

He was very knowledgeable about the property and the community. He was always courteous and friendly, and we appreciated his honest and straightforward manner. We ended up purchasing the property and absolutely love it.

Felicity Knight Buyer West Windsor, VT

Working with Dana Waters to purchase my house was quite simply, a wonderful experience. He worked tirelessly, dealing with roadblocks with skill and unfailing good humor.

He’s also a walking encyclopedia of useful knowledge. I am delighted to claim him as a neighbor!

April Ossmann Buyer Brownsville, VT

Working with Dana Waters was a terrific experience. He is honest, trustworthy, and conscientious. He was always very quick to respond to our needs through the purchase of our new home.

He even provided some help on the sale of our former home (out of this area). We would highly recommend Dana to anyone looking to sell or buy property.

Walter & Alice Bradeen Buyer West Windsor, VT

My wife and I used Dana at Dark Horse Realty to find property in Vermont. We looked over the course of several years and Dana was unfailingly patient and gracious. There was no detail about a property that he wouldn't track down readily. Even when we asked to see property that wasn't in his immediate area, he would not hesitate to meet us. When we did finally

When we did finally closed on a house, he even removed some objects that the seller's realtor failed to remove. Anyone would be hard-pressed to do better.

Steven V Buyer

Dana is very knowledgeable and personable. He definitely went the extra mile to help us buy a house. Thanks, Dana!

Sheryl McCue Buyer

Dana is a rare find as real estate agents go. His knowledge of the area is extensive, he makes long-term commitments to his clients -- no matter how long it takes he will help you find the home you are looking for, and he, himself, is a top notch human being.

I found my dream home here in the West Windsor area, and since I moved here Dana's help in getting situated in the area and with the community has been invaluable. He facilitated a tour to local businesses and personally introduced me to owners; he has patiently answered my questions about the house, local service providers, and the area in general; and also invited me to be part of a monthly community volunteer effort, which has been a great way to meet other residents. For me this move was a big life change. Dana's help has made the transition go more smoothly than I ever could have hoped. I am grateful for his help and very happy to recommend him!


Having Dana Waters as my agent has been a very profitable experience for me. Dana takes the time to understand my goals. He is a skillful negotiator for his clients.

I have witnesses Dana’s integrity on many occasions. Making clients happy with their acquisitions for years to come is his goal. He wants to be your neighbor.

Carl Wyman Seller Weathersfield, VT

We had many obstacles for the sale of my house. Other professionals had us jumping through hoops.

I was ready to give up and move on, but Dana Waters knew the buyer wanted the house. He went out of his way many times to seal the deal!

Susan Hines Seller West Windsor, VT

Working with Dana Waters on the sale of our property was a very positive experience. Living two states away, it was important to have someone diligent and trustworthy working on our behalf.

Dana was very attentive to every detail and went above and beyond for us to ensure a smooth closing. He did a fabulous job!

Patrice Sweet Seller Reading, VT

I am pleased  to recommend Dark Horse Realty. We knew our family had outgrown our house and needed to move on. You created a path that allowed us to move on very quickly and in the most profitable way.

Dana kept us focused and excited about selling the house and moving forward. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and professionalism!

Jamie Wyman Seller Weathersfield, VT