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Homebuying

From finding and financing a home to navigating the closing process, our experts help you realize your dream of homeownership.

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About the course

From finding and financing a home to navigating the closing process, our experts help you realize your dream of homeownership.

What you'll learn

How to read the market and negotiate
How to get the best mortgage offer
What to expect during closing

Course overview

Getting started
INTRODUCTION
Getting started
Meet your moderator and get up to speed on everything this course will cover.
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Starting the process
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LESSON 1
Starting the process
Learn what factors to weigh when home shopping and the truth about down payments.
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Common homebuyer mistakes
4 MIN
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LESSON 2
Common homebuyer mistakes
See the five biggest mistakes first-time homebuyers make and how to avoid them.
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Getting a mortgage
14 MIN
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LESSON 3
Getting a mortgage
Learn all about home loans, including why comparing rates can save you thousands.
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Types of mortgages
4 MIN
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LESSON 4
Types of mortgages
Discover the different types of mortgages and which option may be best for you.
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Shopping for a home
6 MIN
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LESSON 5
Shopping for a home
See what tools to use and the questions you should ask before putting in an offer.
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Making an offer
6 MIN
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LESSON 6
Making an offer
Master the art of making an offer and learn about key protections for buyers.
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Getting an appraisal
4 MIN
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LESSON 7
Getting an appraisal
Learn what appraisals cost and why your lender will insist on you getting one.
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Meet the experts

Instructor

Mercedes Barba

Mercedes Barba is an Emmy-nominated seasoned editorial leader who is a Senior Editor at NextAdvisor, Bankrate’s sister brand. She is passionate about making personal finance easy and understandable to everyone, no matter their age.

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Instructor

Jeff Ostrowski

Jeff writes about the U.S. housing market for Bankrate. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV outlets to discuss real estate trends.

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Moderator

Adam Auriemma

Adam is editor-in-chief of NextAdvisor. He previously served as editor-in-chief of Money Magazine and a deputy bureau chief at the WSJ.

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