Affinity Lending Program & Mortgage Information
The Affinity Lending Program provides Columbia employees with mortgage lenders who can assist with mortgage refinancing, debt consolidation, and home purchasing.
- There are three lenders in the program, EverBank, The Federal Savings Bank, and Wells Fargo. While Columbia does not endorse any of these lenders, employees regularly report positive feedback regarding these lenders and their programs. These lenders have become familiar with the complexities of faculty salaries, royalties, etc. with regard to obtaining a mortgage.
- These lenders were initially selected in 2006, and then reviewed again in 2011 and 2014, by an extensive vetting process conducted by a committee that consisted of senior administrators in Arts & Sciences, Finance, General Counsel, Human Resources, and the Office of the Provost.
We recommend that you thoroughly research all of your options prior to making a decision.
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Contact: Peter Schleider
780 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 405-1485
Eligible borrower(s) will receive a $500 lender credit toward borrower-paid closing costs. Mortgage loan must close with EverBank. Offer applies to new mortgage applications only and does not apply to previous applications or applications in progress. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
The Federal Savings Bank
Contact: Jason Rappaport
120 Broadway, Floor 29, Suite 2950
New York, NY 10271
Cell/Direct: (516) 351-8040
Due to the relationship with Columbia and the Affinity Lending Program, The Federal Savings Bank will apply a 1% (up to $2,500 maximum) closing cost credit. Restrictions apply; please call for more details.
Contact: Nimish Sheth
NMLSR ID 720917
Private Mortgage Banker
150 East 42nd Street, 32nd Floor
New York, NY 10017-5412
Click on the link for more information about loan services and a post-closing gift card.
Contact: David Kossow
NMLSR ID 429833
PMB Sales Supervisor
150 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017
Your credit history will be checked by lenders when you are pre-approved for a mortgage, when you apply for a mortgage, and right before closing. You can check your credit every year on www.myfico.com or www.annualcreditreport.com. Both pull credit from all three agencies – Trans Union, Equifax and Experian.
Since credit unions are not-for-profit, it might be worthwhile investigating the option of becoming a member and opening an account with one and therefore being eligible to apply for a home mortgage. With an IDCNY membership, there are several credit unions that offer membership as a benefit.
Following are some city, state and federal organizations that offer home buying programs and services, including programs for first-time home buyers.
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
HUD, Good Neighbor Program
HUD, Types of loans (FHA-low down payment; senior citizens; renovation and energy efficiency loan (203K)
Veteran’s Administration (VA)
Citibank offers a competitive mortgage for first-time homebuyers through the Home Run Program.
On-line Mortgage Calculators
Zillow offers three types of calculators – a mortgage calculator, a refinance calculator and an affordability calculator.
On Malvern National Bank’s website, there are several types of mortgage calculators available -- a bi-weekly calculator, adjustable rate mortgage calculator, mortgage loan calculator, mortgage comparison: 15 years vs. 30 years, mortgage qualifier, and a refinance breakeven.
Bank Rate offers 71 types of mortgage calculators -- from fixed rate through remodeling calculators.
Properties in Foreclosure
There are several websites which list foreclosed properties and properties being offered at auction.
Types of Loans
Adjustable Rate (ARMS)
FHA Loans (3.5% Down)
Fixed Rate Loans
Check the Office of Work/Life’s website for all real estate and mortgage terminology.
Disclaimer: This content is provided for informational purposes only.
Listing of the websites above does not constitute a recommendation of these websites nor is the accuracy of the information listed in these websites verified by the Office of Work/Life.
Columbia University does not assume any responsibility in connection with any of these websites, and recommends that any information listed therein be independently verified.