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Fairway Independent Mortgage Kicks Off Military Mortgage Tour In Dallas

National tour will highlight need to educate housing industry to better serve American veterans

DALLAS, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, one of the country's largest mortgage companies, launches its first ever Military Mortgage Boot Camp tour this week in Dallas. The "domestic USO-style" tour, will train thousands of housing professionals across the nation to better serve the home financing needs of American veterans.

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation CEO Steve Jacobson with Louise Thaxton, director of Fairway's Military Mortgage Division pictured with two unidentified DM AFB Airmen

Fairway kicks off the tour on April 22 with its inaugural event at the Gaylord Texan hotel in Grapevine, Texas, where several hundred mortgage and real estate professionals have registered to attend. The mortgage company will conduct Military Mortgage Specialist (MMS) training for mortgage professionals and Certified Military Residential Specialist (CMRS) training for real estate agents, which also earns each Realtor® four hours of continuing education. Attendees will learn about VA mortgage programs and acquire the unique skills needed to help active military and veterans in their quest for homeownership.

At the Grapevine, Texas event tomorrow at 12:30 PM CDT, Fairway will present military hero Sergeant James E. Saylor the key to a mortgage-free home located in Fate, TX. Sergeant Saylor served in the U.S. Army for four years, from 2009 to 2013, and received numerous awards, including a Purple Heart. He spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan, where Saylor was injured during combat in 2010.  While prepping for a mission, Saylor and his team took incoming mortar fire and he was struck in the head by a piece of shrapnel.  The blast twisted his knee and threw him to the ground.  Saylor has undergone four surgeries since the incident: the first in 2010 to remove the shrapnel, second in 2010 to scope his left knee, the third in 2011 to insert a bone graph, plate and screws to keep his leg straight and the fourth in 2012 to implant a muscle in his face to give him partial movement of the right side of his mouth.  The shrapnel injury paralyzed the right side of his face and resulted in vision loss.

"Sergeant Saylor is a true American hero," said Louise Thaxton, director of Fairway's Military Mortgage Division. "Fairway is thankful to him and all military veterans who have served our country."  

Due to the nature of their work, active and veteran service members often face an uphill battle when trying to buy a home, explained 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 MMS and CMRS 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, Jacobson said. Since launching its Boot Camp military training two years ago, Fairway has trained nearly 1,500 mortgage and real estate professionals while giving away 15 mortgage-free homes to deserving military veterans.

"There remains a tremendous need in our industry for real solutions to the housing challenges our military men and women face," Thaxton said. "Time and time again, we're learning that education is key. Our veterans face unique hurdles to homeownership, and we know the training we provide helps housing professionals become better equipped to help our military heroes."

Joining Fairway for the tour is Sean Parnell, author of the NY Times best-selling book Outlaw Platoon about his 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. 

After the event in Grapevine, TX, Fairway's tour will take Fairway trainers to San Antonio, where additional training will take place and another mortgage-free home will be provided to a military veteran.  The tour will continue throughout the country, taking Fairway's core value, "Committed to Serve," to 11 additionally scheduled Boot Camps.

By the end of 2014, Fairway will have trained more than 600 mortgage professionals and 3,000 real estate agents, and will have sponsored a total of more than 20 home mortgage-free home giveaways.

Fairway Independent Mortgage is a proud supporter of the American military and has helped thousands of active military personnel and veterans nationwide buy homes. Fairway employees have pledged several hundred thousand dollars in donations to help provide mortgage-free homes to veterans in association with the Boot Campaign, a non-profit organization supporting returning American military troops, and made possible through the Military Warriors Support Foundation's Homes 4 Wounded Heroes program.

The press is invited to the following "Boot Camp" training for mortgage professionals (MMS) and real estate agents (CMRS) in the following cities and dates:

  1. April 22, Dallas, TX - MMS, CMRS training and home giveaway, Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051
  2. April 23, San Antonio, TX – CMRS training and home giveaway, Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown, 502 W Cesar E Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX  78207
  3. May 20, Allentown, PA – CMRS training and home giveaway, Holiday Inn, 7736 Adrienne Drive, Breinigsville, PA 18031
  4. May 21, West Windsor, NJ – CMRS training, Mayo Concert Hall, 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ 08628
  5. May 22, Lancaster, PA – CMRS training and home giveaway, Bent Creek Country Club, 620 Bent Creek Drive, Lititz, PA  17543
  6. June 10, Denver, CO - MMS, CMRS training and home giveaway, Columbine Country Club, 17 Fairway Lane, Columbine Valley, CO 80123
  7. June 23, Seattle, WA – MMS training, Location TBD
  8. June 24, Kennewick, WA – CMRS training and home giveaway, Location TBD
  9. June 25, Spokane, WA & Coeur d'Alene, ID – CMRS training, Location TBD
  10. June 26, Boise, ID – MMS and CMRS training, Location TBD
  11. October 7, Atlanta, GA – CMRS training and home giveaway, Location TBD
  12. October (date TBD), New York, NY – CMRS training and home giveaway, Location TBD

Mortgage and real estate professionals interested in attending a Fairway Boot Camp can contact [email protected].

About Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

Founded in 1996 by Steve Jacobson, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation is a mortgage banker headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. The company has 190 locations and approximately 1,600 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 www.FairwayIndependentMC.com

Mary McGarity
Strategic Vantage Marketing & Public Relations
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Heidi Yribar
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.
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