Buy Your First Home

A modern guide for aspiring homeowners.

Overview

Maybe you've been saving to buy a home for years. Maybe you've just been watching a lot of HGTV. Either way, you want to know what it actually takes to become a homeowner. This comprehensive audio course prepares you for what might be the biggest, most emotional purchase you'll ever make. Knowable's expert team of realtors, contractors, bankers, and more teach everything you need to know to responsibly enter the market and walk you through the complicated process of buying a home, step-by-step.

You'll learn how to:

Determine if you can afford to buy
Decide if homeownership is right for you
Find the perfect neighborhood
Build your personal real estate team
Understand and improve your credit score
Comprehend the mortgage process
Identify your deal-breakers
Evaluate and hire contractors
Make smart offers
Navigate the title and escrow process
Make the most of online resources

What you'll get

  • 5+ hours of audio lessons

    Everything you need to know to buy your first home.

  • Workbook

    When listening isn’t an option, dig into this text-based PDF.

  • Glossary of terms

    Get up to speed quickly on real estate terms.

  • Curated resources

    Save time searching. We’ve collected the best resources for you.

  • Lesson summaries

    Be reminded of the key things you’ve learned via email.

Experts in this course

  • Tess Vigland
    Tess Vigeland is a veteran journalist, and a well-known voice to millions of American radio listeners. She spent 11 years as an anchor for NPR's Marketplace, including six hosting the personal finance show Marketplace Money. She is the author of “Leap: Leaving A Job With No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want,” and also writes for The New York Times and The Guardian, among numerous other publications.
  • Ilona Bray
    Ilona Bray is an author, former attorney, and legal editor at Nolo, where she covers real estate, immigration law, and nonprofit fundraising.
  • Tammy Wittren
    Tammy Wittren is a mortgage banker with 25-plus years of lending experience. She is the Producing Branch Manager of Guild Mortgage, a nationally-recognized mortgage banking company with more than 250 branches throughout the United States.
  • Anne Yoo
    Anne Yoo is a real estate agent with over 25 years of experience. Since 2005, she’s averaged $35 million in residential sales annually.
  • Ilyce Glink
    Ilyce Glink is a nationally-syndicated real estate columnist and the author of 14 books on money and real estate, including the best-selling 100 Questions Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Ask. She’s also the CEO of Best Money Moves.
  • Michele Bowler-Failing
    Michele Bowler-Failing is a real estate principal broker. She works with first-time homebuyers, downsizers, and people relocating to Portland, Oregon.
  • Thomas Juon
    Thomas (T.J.) Juon is a general contractor specializing in residential remodels using salvaged materials. He is the owner of Four Hammers Construction based in Portland, Oregon.
  • Carrie Gross
    Carrie Gross is a realtor with a background in higher education. She has been working with her family real estate team since 2012, serving as the principal broker.
  • Nicole Curra
    Nicole Curra is a real estate broker with a background in marketing and advertising. She specializes in educating and guiding first-time homebuyers through the process.
  • Christine Tomlinson
    Christine Tomlinson is a retired real estate agent with more than 10 years of experience counseling first-time homebuyers.
  • Liz Weston
    Liz Weston is an award-winning columnist for NerdWallet, a certified financial planner, and author of multiple books, including the best-selling Your Credit Score: How to Improve the 3-Digit Number That Shapes Your Financial Future.
  • Brendon DeSimone
    Brendon DeSimone is a real estate expert with over a decade of experience. He reports on the industry in a weekly syndicated column for Zillow and has published a book called Next Generation Real Estate: New Rules for Smarter Home Buying & Faster Selling.
  • Lee Sellick
    Lee Sellick is a home inspector with 25 years of experience examining homes for buyers and sellers. He also conducts training courses for new inspectors and real estate agents.
  • Mandi Miller
    Mandi Miller is a senior escrow officer, with over 25 years of experience in residential, commercial, new construction, and condominium transaction closings. She also serves as a branch manager for Lawyers Title, a title insurance and escrow service company.
  • Caitlin Jerger
    Caitlin (Cat) Jerger is a loan officer at Academy Mortgage Corporation, with more than 6 years of experience helping homebuyers through the loan process.
  • Vince Kingston
    Vince Kingston is a mortgage broker and real estate investor. He specializes in assisting first-time buyers and developing refinance strategies for debt consolidation.
  • Louis Barajas
    Louis Barajas is a certified financial planner and a nationally-recognized expert in finance and business. He’s the author of several books including “My Street Money: A Street-Level View of Managing Your Money From the Heart to the Bank.”

Lesson plan

  • 01
    Introduction
    Meet your host, former Marketplace anchor Tess Vigeland, and preview the lessons you’ll learn from our experts.
  • 02
    Why homeownership
    Are you ready to become a homeowner?
  • 03
    When it’s time
    How to know when it’s time to take the plunge.
  • 04
    Credit scores
    Understand how this perplexing number can affect your ability to buy a home and learn how to improve it.
  • 05
    Mortgage financing
    Learn what it takes to get preapproved and prequalified for a mortgage.
  • 06
    Saving for a down payment
    Learn how to save for a down payment.
  • 07
    Choosing where to live
    Find the neighborhood that’s right for you.
  • 08
    Making an offer
    Understand the offer process and learn how to make your offer stand out.
  • 09
    Home inspection
    Learn why these evaluations are a crucial step in the homebuying process.
  • 10
    Title and escrow
    Get to know the escrow process and learn why a clean title matters.
  • 11
    Putting it all together
    Explore the entire process of homebuying, from initial research to signing on the dotted line.
  • 12
    Online real estate
    How to use online resources to give yourself an edge in the process.
  • 13
    Renovation
    Turn your house into a home.
  • 14
    Getting the keys
    Hear what it’s like to finally get the keys to your very own home.

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What people are saying

  • I found this course extremely helpful and informative. This particular subject is something so many people have to go through but there's not really a comprehensive easy to follow deep dive on it.
    Andrew D., Los Angeles
  • I am currently looking to buy a home, and this course was incredibly helpful. I do not have any prior experience purchasing a home, so I really appreciated that this course walked me through the basic process and provided in-depth interviews with professionals and recent home buyers. I now feel much more confident as we prepare to make offers on homes in this competitive market. I am also grateful for the tips this course mentioned, including the different kinds of loans and what to expect during an inspection.
    Emily H., Utah
  • I used Knowable to help me get ready to put an offer on a house. My wife and I had no experience with buying a property and buying anything on that scale. The worksheets were invaluable to me because I felt like it allowed me have some good control and no what I was getting into. This was also a stressful topic for myself and my wife and going through these lessons just lowered the stress and anxiety and made our journey to home ownership so much easier.
    John S.,

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