Help for Veterans Seeking Housing, Employment

September 24, 2012

When veterans reenter society, they need what all Americans need to survive: a secure job and place to call home. Here are two opportunities to help in both of those quests.

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Chicago real estate agents will benefit from a one-day class dedicated to the Chicago new home search for veterans.

chicago home buyersThrough Heroes Welcome Home, REALTORS® will learn about the psychology of veterans from the adjustments they deal with when returning home to the solutions to challenges they face.

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® class, set for Thursday, September 27, will teach REALTORS® how to advise veterans on:

  • Housing options, including their legal rights under the Americans with Disabilities and Fair Housing acts.
  • Home-lending programs, including the Welcome Home Heroes 10K down payment assistance grant program from the state of Illinois.
  • Adapting homes to accommodate disabilities.
  • Locating community rehabilitation and other veteran services.

The class is $69 for CAR members; $89 for non-members. The class will teach REALTORS®:

  • The importance of Veteran Housing.
  • How to be a successful REALTOR® to veterans.
  • The details of the ADA and Fair Housing Act.
  • About the Welcome Home Heroes 10K down payment assistance grants.
  • The characteristics of a VA loan.
  • How to assess a veteran’s loan eligibility and entitlement.
  • The steps involved in processing veterans loans.
  • How to prepare a comparative market analysis for purchase, rehab and after-repair value of residential real estate for veterans.

For more information on the CAR class, visit Heroes Welcome Home.

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Meanwhile, there is a Milicruit Nationwide Career Fair for veterans and military spouses on Wednesday, September 26 from noon to 3 p.m. at

chicago new homes veteran buyersThe virtual job fair is open to active duty, guards and reservists, veterans and military spouses.

“Veterans have always played a crucial role throughout the history of our country and they bring a unique skill set to civilian jobs which allows them to perform at the highest level,” said Kate Spellman, President of UBM Studios.

“Given the number of veterans currently looking to reenter civilian life and the industry-leading employers seeking to hire veteran talent, our virtual career fairs bring job seekers and recruiters together virtually efficiently and effectively.”

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