The heritage of Rausch Coleman Homes began on May 6, 1936 when our founder, Ernest R. “Buddy” Coleman, was born in Barling, Arkansas. In 1955, at the age of 18, Buddy Coleman built his first home that sold for less than $5,700. As 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 Homeownership, not just the fortunate ones.”
John R. Rausch, 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 17 (one year younger than his grandfather). 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, studied 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, it opened operations in Northwest Arkansas, in 2004 in Oklahoma City, and in 2005, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Mr. Rausch’s education and over a decade of mentorship from Buddy Coleman, prepared him for becoming the C.E.O. and Owner of Rausch Coleman Homes in 2006. In 2008, Rausch led the company with new operations in Kansas City, Missouri.
Remaining faithful to our heritage, our mission, our mandate, and our goal, in the last 60 years and throughout four generations, we have built over 20,000 new homes across Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas. Rausch Coleman Homes is the largest builder of new homes in the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas.
In 2016, Rausch Coleman Homes was recognized by Builder Magazine as the 41st largest builder in the USA.
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