Affinity Lending Program & Mortgage Information

Affinitly Lending Program

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.

Your feedback is important to us. If you have utilized the services offered through the Affinity Mortgage Lending Program, kindly click here to fill out a brief survey.  Thank you.

If you have any questions, please ask Alice Lesman at  


Contact: Peter Schleider
NMLS #41331
780 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212) 405-1485 

Fax: 917-591-3492 



Eligible borrower(s) will receive a $750 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.

Wells Fargo

Click on the link for more information about loan services and a post-closing gift card.

Contact: David Kossow
NMLSR ID 429833
MAC J0161-320
PMB Sales Supervisor

150 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

Phone: 917-260-1131

Fax: 866-612-3237