Fairway Independent Mortgage has created a Realtors boot camp to train real estate agents in accessing housing opportunities for military veterans.

Veterans face unique challenges when seeking to buy a home, and Fairway’s training program is designed to equip real estate agents with the special skills and knowledge to help meet active military and veterans’ specific needs. 

Active duty and veteran service members often face a difficult time when trying to buy a home, says Fairway CEO Steve Jacobson. Finding employment can be a challenge, and research shows that veterans are more likely than the general population to face poverty and homelessness.

“The objective of Fairway’s CMRS certification program is to train and equip real estate agents to handle with care the home purchase needs of active duty and former military clients,” Jacobson said.

As the nation struggles to provide housing opportunities for veterans, the mortgage company will conduct Certified Military Residential Specialist training for real estate agents, which earns each Realtor three hours of continuing education.

Joining Fairway for the event is Sean Parnell, author of the NY Times best-selling book “Outlaw Platoon,” which details Parnell’s experiences serving the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

Parnell, a retired Army Ranger and Purple Heart recipient, is an advocate for Fairway’s programs and plays an integral role in the Boot Camps and home-giveaway presentations. 

Since launching its Boot Camp training two years ago, Fairway has trained almost 3,000 mortgage and real estate professionals.

By the end of 2014, Fairway will have trained more than 4,000 real estate agents.