Realtor Dave Newberry Shares First-Time Home-Buying Secrets

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Realtor Dave Newberry, of Newberry Realty, lists the top three tips for first-time homebuyers.

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One of the most important things to remember when buying your first home is to think with your head, not your heart.

Many people find the process of buying their first home daunting and confusing, and tend to think emotionally instead of practically. “One of the most important things to remember when buying your first home is to think with your head, not your heart,” said Dave Newberry, broker/owner of Newberry Realty.

To help first-time homebuyers avoid rookie mistakes, Newberry lists the following three tips:

No. 1: Make a checklist. “This should include listing the most important qualities you are looking for in a home,” says Newberry. “You should stay as close to this list as possible, and as your budget allows, when looking at homes.”

No. 2: Do not overspend. First-time homebuyers, stresses Newberry, tend to overspend, and should create a realistic budget and stick to it. The budget, in addition to the cost of the home, should include the cost of new furniture, needed repairs/upgrades, property tax, utilities, etc.

No. 3: Know the neighborhood. “You should always know about the neighborhood you might be moving into before buying a house,” concludes Newberry. “Is it safe? Is it quiet? What are the schools like? A lot of this information can usually be found online, and your Realtor should possess a wealth of knowledge about any neighborhood in their area.”

Dave Newberry broadcasts live every Saturday morning via the Newberry Realty Mortgage and Real Estate Show on KVI 570 AM, where he talks about the real issues in real estate, including mortgages, homeownership, etc. To talk to Dave, call the Newberry Realty Mortgage and Real Estate Show at (206) 421-5757 on Saturdays from 9-10 a.m.

About Dave Newberry, Newberry Realty, Inc.
Dave Newberry works with both buyers and sellers. For buyers, Newberry Realty offers a Dream Home Finder, where they will conduct a personalized search for home buyers. For sellers, Newberry Realty offers a Free Market Analysis, which is used to find comparable sold listings to help you determine the accurate market value of your home. For more information, please call (800) 894-3476, or visit

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