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Jim Rouse, Founder

The company was founded in 1939 by the late James W. Rouse, the pioneer behind The Rouse Company, responsible for some of the largest suburban development and urban redevelopment projects within the country. The commercial mortgage bank he started 75 years ago has since become ColumbiaNational Real Estate Finance – and remains committed to the hallmarks of the Rouse philosophy—exceptional service, local pride and focus, and a national scope.

Today, the company boasts one of the largest loan servicing portfolios in the area—over $3 billion. In addition, ColumbiaNational has more exclusive correspondent relationships with lenders than any other mortgage banking company in the region. These strengths, coupled with a long record of outstanding performance, provide clients with an unparalleled selection of financial resources. From local capital sources to Wall Street, ColumbiaNational takes mortgage banking to a new level.


Local presence, a thorough knowledge of the markets we serve, and a solid understanding of global financing trends are all reasons borrowers and lenders prefer to do business with ColumbiaNational. Since 1939, lenders and developers have come to rely on ColumbiaNational as a trusted partner in commercial real estate financing and loan servicing.