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Buying A Home


  • ⏰ Viewing Time: 3h:48m

  • 📊 Level: Foundation

  • 🧑‍🏫 Educator: Dr. Stephanie Yates

  • 🌎 Region: US 🇺🇸

  • 📜 Certificate: Score over 70% on the final quiz.


In the US, between 5-6 million home transactions are completed each year. More than 60% of Americans own their own home and will likely buy more than 3 houses throughout their life. If you want to own your own home, it's likely going to be your most valuable asset and the most money you've ever spent in one go. Unless you pay for a ticket to a Taylor Swift concert. 😩

This certificate course will allow you the skills to navigate the home-buying process, effectively budget how much you will need, and help you to identify the most suitable mortgage for your situation.

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of this, you will be able to:

  1. Decide when it's better to rent or buy.

  2. Navigate the buyer's journey, including the search process, bidding process, closing and post-closing processes.

  3. Differentiate between mortgage types (including conforming loans, conventional loans, FHA loans, USDA loans, ARMs, FRMs, etc.) and identify the best mortgage for your situation.

  4. Calculate mortgage payments, interest rates, remaining balances, and more on both a financial calculator and in Excel.

  5. Identify strategies to invest in residential rental property to grow your wealth.

Your Instructor

Dr. Stephanie Yates is a renowned professor of finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a certified financial planner and the Chair of the university finance department, Dr. Yates has a deep body of research focussing on personal finance, real estate, and finance.

Getting Started

  • To begin learning, simply click Enroll above and get started.

  • You don't have a set time to complete this. Go as fast or slow as you like.

  • Once you have completed the final quizzes successfully, you will be awarded a certificate, which we recommend you upload to Linkedin to evidence your continued professional development.