Affinity Mortgage Lending Program

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There are currently two lenders in the program: RoundPoint Mortgage (a Freedom Mortgage subsidiary) and TD Bank. While Columbia does not specifically endorse these lenders, they are familiar with the programs and benefits available to faculty and staff, as well as the complexities of academic incomes.

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

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Always have a fully-vetted (all documents reviewed by a lender) pre-approval, and all personal financing in place,  as soon in advance as possible before making any purchasing decisions. 

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

To ensure that you reach the individuals within the participating financial institutions who are most familiar with the specifics of mortgages for higher education professionals, please be sure to contact the loan officers listed below. 
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Mortgage Lenders

Contact: Chirag Mody
NMLS #: 1070822
1250 Broadway #3621
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 718-210-1167
Email: [email protected] 

Contact: Mark Maimon
NMLS #: 3550
1250 Broadway #3621
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 646-330-4735
Email: [email protected]

Participants of the Columbia University Affinity Lending Program will be eligible to have their application, commitment, processing, underwriting and document preparation fees waived on all loans funded by RoundPoint Mortgage. Applicants must apply through Chirag Mody and the Mark Maimon Team at RoundPoint to be eligible for this benefit.

Contact: Morris Cohen
NMLS #419553
Loan Officer

[email protected]
(917) 626-2341

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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 [email protected].