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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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)
Dawn was absolutely exceptional from start to finish! She laid out the entire process for us up front so there were no surprises. My wife and I are both retired military so we have sold multiple homes and Dawn is by far the best realtor we’ve ever had. We also got $50K over ask and I’m sure it was because Dawn is top notch. Her photographer was 2nd to none as well. Our home looked so amazing, we had 4-5 offers as soon as it hit the market!
C & J Thompson
Dawn is an amazingly competent and ethical realtor with expert knowledge of the Tampa Bay Area. I am so glad we had her to help us with our move to Florida. She was very knowledgeable and professional throughout the entire process and always available to answer all of our questions.
Jessica L.
I would definitely recommend Dawn and the KW team! This was not my first attempt at buying a home as I originally attempted to purchase a home in Gainesville as well as Port St. Lucie but nothing came into fruition. Dawn is very professional, attentive to detail and very easy to work with. She came to my initial meeting with very helpful information and explained her process in a way that definitely showed her expertise in real estate, super responsive as if you are her only client, friendly and professional. She stayed the course through a very trying and frustrating buying/closing process especially during the time I accepted an offer and when the home failed my personal home inspection, I bailed out of the contract and resorted back to square one at searching for a home. Dawn is a straight shooter and extremely honest with her clients and gives great advice and techniques when it comes to multiple offers on a home and how to stand out above the rest. I will highly recommend her to anyone seeking a truly professional Realtor. Thanks for helping me buy my very first home!
J. Martin
Dawn has the ability to understand your concerns with great patience. She explains things thoroughly and looks out for your best interest. She is professional and, at the same time, warm and friendly. She answers your questions with clear and precise explanations. She was able to find us a buyer in very little time and make the sale go smoothly.
Richard and Cheryl G.
Dawn did an EXCELLENT job in selling our house. She was thorough and very responsive. She is very knowledgeable regarding selling property and throughout the process it was clear that she was working to do a great job for us. We highly recommend her to do the same for you.
Doreen R.
Working with Dawn Rawlins has been a pleasure. She answered all of my questions when deciding whether to sell my home and offered input and suggestions. Dawn is responsive, communicative, and prompt keeping me updated as needed. I would recommend Dawn to anyone buying or selling.
Mel S.
I am a first time home buyer and greatly enjoyed my experience through the home buying process with Dawn. She is awesome! Dawn took the time to walk me through every step of the process and was always there to answer any questions I had. She also accompanied me to all home viewings and meetings I had with the builder to ensure that the home was move-in ready. Overall, Dawn is very professional, knowledgeable, easy to communicate with and always makes herself available when you need her. I was looking for someone who I could relate to, as well as a broker who would take the time to fully understand my wants and needs in buying a home, and Dawn was just that! It was an absolute pleasure working with Dawn and I would highly recommend her!
Dee Smith

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