Join Us! Fairway Military Mortgage Specialist and Real Estate Certification

Because of the nature of their work, active and veteran service members often face an uphill battle when trying to buy a home. While the nation struggles to understand the needs of this unique homebuyer, Fairway Independent Mortgage has taken a proactive stance in providing housing opportunities for veterans.

To that end, Fairway will be hosting three “Boot Camp” events in Pennsylvania to train local mortgage professionals and real estate agents on how to help active U.S. military service members and veterans overcome barriers to homeownership.

The objective of Fairway’s Military Mortgage Specialist and Certified Military Residential Specialist certification programs is to train and equip real estate and mortgage professionals to handle with care the home purchase needs of active duty and former military clients. Attendees will learn about VA mortgage programs and acquire the unique skills needed to help active military and veterans in their quest for homeownership.

In addition, at the Allentown event on April 8th, Fairway Military Mortgage Specialist Director Louise Thaxton will present a mortgage-free home to Sharon, Pennsylvania native and Purple Heart recipient Tyler Schell, who was injured while in 2009 while serving in Afghanistan. This giveaway is made possible through the incredible Fairway employees who each made donations from their personal funds.

How This Training Is Possible

Fairway Independent Mortgage, one of the country’s largest mortgage bankers, is organizing these events in conjunction with the Boot Campaign, a non-profit organization supporting returning American military troops; as well as Sean Parnell, retired Army Ranger and New York Times best-selling author of “Outlaw Platoon;” and the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Event Details     

April 8

– 8:30am-5pm, Holiday Inn, 7736 Adrienne Drive, Allentown, PA Military Mortgage Specialist and Certified Military Residential Specialist training

 11:30am:  Presentation of keys of a mortgage-free home to a military veteran

Host: Fairway Branch Manager Michael Mann

April 9 –

8:30am-12pm, Bent Creek Country Club, 620 Bent Creek Drive,  Lititz, PA
Certified Military Residential Specialist training and 3 ½ HR CE credit

Host: Fairway Branch Manager Ken Pederson

April 9 –

3pm – 6:30pm, West Shore Elks, 108 N St John’s Church Road, Camp Hill, PA Certified Military Residential Specialist training

Hosts: Fairway Branch Managers Chris Hadley and John Anthony

Follow The Event

Can’t make it live? Follow us on Twitter to keep up on all that is happening at the Fairway event with our hashtag: #CMRS2013

RSVP: Media are encouraged to attend and write about the event.  Contact Warren Lutz or (925) 270-3941.

Realtors® interested in attending one of the Fairway CRMS Boot Camps are encouraged to register via email to (Allentown event), (Lititz event) and (Camp Hill event).

About Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

Founded in 1996 by Steve Jacobson and Dean Anderson, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation is a mortgage banker headquartered in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The company has 145 locations and approximately 1,400 employees nationwide. The corporate vision is to foster relationships and create a team atmosphere, empowering offices to operate autonomously in their day-to-day operations, while still maintaining strict compliance and consistency across the board. Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation provides all necessary support in the areas of personnel, accounting and compliance. For more information, please visit

The Boot Campaign

The Boot Campaign is a grassroots military appreciation and veteran awareness campaign started by five women from Texas, known as the Boot Girls. The Boot Girls launched the Boot Campaign in 2009 to spread awareness of the needs of military personnel returning home from combat and express gratitude to current military. Through the sale of military combat boots, the Boot Campaign donates proceeds to a group of partner charities that work with soldiers healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, “When They Come Back, We Give Back.” For more information, visit

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5 thoughts on “Join Us! Fairway Military Mortgage Specialist and Real Estate Certification

  1. Thank you for the training class – it was one of the best I have attended in 10 years of real estate – including the ones at Triple Play.
    I got my “boots” on and am ready to serve.

  2. I went to the event in Camp Hill, PA on April 9th. I’m on a mission to do this because as a Realtor, I can help take care of these service men and women properly. I’m a veteran myself, so I totally understand what they go through. I wish I had someone like this when I served! I love the idea so much! Can’t wait to get started.

    • Thank YOU, Joyce, for taking the take and making the commitment to attend the class – AND to get your boots on to serve!

    • Harold – first thank YOU for serving! And we appreciate your comments and your commitment.

  3. I am a new LO to Fairway and hear so many great things. How does one becomes a Military Mortgage Specialist and how does a Realtor become a Certified Residential Military Specialist?
    Thank you!