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The History and Experience of Rausch Coleman Homes

The heritage of Rausch Coleman Homes begins on May 6, 1936 when our founder, Ernest R. “Buddy” Coleman was born in Barling, Arkansas. In 1955, at the age of 19, Buddy Coleman built his first home that sold for less than $4,000. The son of a carpenter, Buddy Coleman supported his family by building homes, while also attending Ouachita Baptist University. Given a choice of what type of builder he wanted the company to be, Mr. Coleman chose to provide housing people could afford. In his own words, “I wanted to insure that everyone could realize the American Dream of Home Ownership, not just the fortunate ones.”

John R. Rausch, Buddy Coleman’s grandson, has been working side by side with his grandfather since he was 8 years old. Since his childhood, Mr. Rausch has been learning the company’s philosophies and implementing its visions. In the spirit of competition, he built his first home at the age of 18 (one year younger than Buddy Coleman). As he grew older he became progressively more involved in the company’s operations and expansions. John R. Rausch, a graduate of Southern Methodist University, spent his university years studying Business and Real Estate Finance.

Already established in the Fort Smith, Arkansas market, Rausch Coleman Homes expanded its operations into Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1999. In 2002, we opened operations in Northwest Arkansas, in 2004 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and in 2005, we started our Little Rock, Arkansas operations.

Mr. Rausch’s education and over a decade of mentorship from Buddy Coleman, prepared him well for becoming the C.E.O. and President of Rausch Coleman Homes in 2006. In 2008, John R. Rausch led the company with new operations into Kansas City, Missouri.

Our mission is to build the most desirable homes for the best value and to help our customers save money and live better lives. Our mandate is service of the second mile. Our goal is exceeding expectations and we will not settle for anything less than a satisfied customer.

Remaining faithful to our heritage, our mission, our mandate, and our goal, in the last 58 years and through four generations, we have built over 15,000 new homes throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas. Rausch Coleman Homes is the largest builder of new homes in the States of Oklahoma and Arkansas. In 2014, Rausch Coleman Homes was recognized by Builder Magazine as the 41st largest builder in the U.S.A. for 2013.

Our future depends on customers like you spreading the story of a home building company from Barling, Arkansas that has spent 58 years helping people better their lives and the lives of their families and friends, through home ownership.

“Rausch Coleman Homes: Improving Quality of Life, One Home at a Time”™

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