The REAL DEAL in Real Estate

Yolanda Dawson, Ed.D. |

When you’re buying a home, there are a lot of things to learn about—especially if it’s your first time. In our May Smart Women/Savvy Money webinar, Dr. Yolanda Dawson joins Carol Jones to talk about the current real estate market, plus helpful tips for first-time buyers entering the housing market in California.

“Dr. Yolanda” is a certified First-Time Buyer Specialist (FTBS) who loves helping families find their dream homes. An educator and advisor at heart, she counsels individuals through the process of homeownership and helps people understand pros and cons of homeownership, investing, and all things real estate. 


Yolanda Dawson, Ed.D., is a First-Time Buyer Specialist (FTBS) with the California Association of Realtors (CAR), working with Keller Williams South Bay. She also maintains a mobile notary business, Royalty Notary & LS, that assists buyers and sellers at the closing table. “Dr. Yolanda” is an author and educator who transitioned from a 15-year career in higher education and student affairs, supporting hundreds of students, faculty, and staff, to follow the heartbeat of real estate. A Southern California native, she holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. In her spare time, she loves to write messages that empower and encourage people. Her motto in life is “Be the BEST you!”