Affinity Mortgage Lending Program

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There are two lenders in the program: EverBank and Wells Fargo. While Columbia does not endorse either lender, employees regularly report positive feedback regarding the lenders and their programs. They are familiar with the complexities of faculty salaries, royalties, etc. with regard to obtaining a mortgage. 

The program was instituted in 2006, and lenders participating in the program are selected periodically through an extensive vetting process conducted by a committee that consists of senior administrators in Arts & Sciences, Finance, General Counsel, Human Resources, and the Office of the Provost.

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Please note: Federal Savings Bank is no longer part of the Affinity Lending Program. 

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We recommend that you thoroughly research all of your options prior to making a decision.

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Mortgage Lenders

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 $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.

Loan services and post-closing gift card information (pdf)

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 

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Mortgage Information

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 or Both pull credit from all three agencies – Trans Union, Equifax and Experian.

Consider joining a credit union to  become 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.

Citibank offers a competitive mortgage for first-time homebuyers through the Home Run Program.

  • 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.
  • Adjustable Rate (ARMS) 
  • Conventional Loans
  • FHA Loans (3.5% Down)
  • Fixed Rate Loans
  • Jumbo Loans
  • Renovation Loans

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.

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Questions or Comments?

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

If you have any questions, please ask Alice Lesman at