The first action in buying a new home is for us to identify the neighborhoods you want to live in. Drive around during the night and day. If you are not local, make a visit just to explore and if not, we can discuss some options based on your needs and wants.

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It Begins Right Here


The homebuying process involves several steps and procedures. Here is the high-level look at the home buying process from start to finish.

Step 1


Why should you get pre-approved? Simple – to determine what you can comfortably afford. It also allows us to move quickly when we find the right house. I am happy to recommend a trusted professional who can talk to you about your financing options.

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Step 2


This will ensure that I have all the pertinent information prior to our meeting so that we can be purposeful in our time together.

Step 3


We go deeper on your needs and wants and clear up any concerns or questions you may have. We can also discuss strategy based on your pre-approval and any homes that you are in love with. We are available in-person or by Zoom.

Step 4


Since I am a professional, I pride myself in providing an outstanding customer experience. I do this with our Buyer Brokerage Agreement, which allows me to represent you, answer your questions and provide assistance to the highest level. I will send this to you electronically to sign from any device you choose.

Step 5

Find The One

We will visit the homes that you are most interested in, together and in-person, to determine the best fit for you.
I also offer a variety of options from reviewing the information with you, getting a video tour of the home to review and more…..

Once you’ve narrowed down your list and have a clear favorite, we’re ready to make an offer on your home.

Step 6


As the market trends, laws and practices change, negotiation involves skill and education. This workshop will help you to navigate the negotiation process like a pro.

Step 7


We are ready to help you navigate all of the steps that lead to a successful close.

Step 8


A professional home inspection, which discloses vital information about a home, is a must before finalizing your purchase.

Step 9


Home insurance protects your new home and belongings from accidental damages. Make sure you insure your home with a plan that fits.

Step 10


Secure a home warranty to maintain the essential, major systems and appliances that can be costly to repair out of pocket.

Step 11


Often forgotten until the very last minute. It can sometimes be done weeks in advance. Mail transfer should be done the day before closing. Please also update your credit card and billing companies.

Step 12


A 10-15 minute walk of the home to make sure there has not been any significant changes, all items are removed (or left behind if negotiated prior) and no damages.

Step 13


Your new home is close at hand! Let’s get ready to gather the required documents, sign the paperwork, and hire a mover.


The process with New Construction is much different and yet our role is to ensure that you receive the best representation throughout.

Most buyers are always asking about the upfront and final fees associated with buying a home.


I have been living in the Tampa Bay area since 1999. I am originally from the Caribbean and graduated from the University of Tampa. I am a University of Tampa Athletic Hall of Fame inductee for the sport of Volleyball and I also served my country in the United States Air Force. I have had many accomplishments, yet service is intertwined in everything that I do and it is the essence of who I am.

As a Realtor serving the Real Estate needs of sellers, buyers and investors in the Hillsborough and Pasco counties of Tampa Bay, I can continue to serve, inspire, educate and help. Whether you are moving to, from or within the Tampa Bay area, I am happy to assist. When you are thinking about moving locally, nationally or globally, the first call would be to me.

I can assess your needs for the Tampa area and connect you with my nationwide and worldwide partners for the transition.

As an agent who is also a Veteran, I can speak the language of our military and veteran community as they utilize real estate to build wealth while during and post military service.


Dawn keeps me informed of market activity that effects my ability to respond quickly. She’s very responsive to my questions and effective when it comes to providing insight into various prospective properties.
Dennis A. (Buyer)
Dawn keeps me informed of market activity that effects my ability to respond quickly. She’s very responsive to my questions and effective when it comes to providing insight into various prospective properties.
Ruth W. (Buyer)
My wife and I contacted Dawn to list our condo in New Tampa and help us find a new condo. She was extremely knowledgeable about the area and especially with the Community the condo was located in. We felt she realistically appraised the condo’s value and as the listing agent negotiated a great deal for us with a fast closing. She kept us informed throughout the process through closing. Dawn was timely in her replies to any of our communications and was honest with her assessments of homes we wanted to see as potential purchases after we had a commitment on the first condo. With her help we were able to find a villa that fulfilled everything we had wanted and closed on it a couple of weeks ago. We definitely would recommend Dawn Rawlins to list your home and/or help you find a home for purchase.
The Mercers (Buyer / Seller)

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