My name is Eulette Arrington, 89 years old. My husband Chat is 90 years old. We have lived in a small 1000sq ft home for close to twenty years in Massillon Ohio. We have never missed a payment on this property in the twenty years we have lived here.
We have attempted to improve the property while living here. However, I cannot say the same for JP Morgan Bank.
In March of 2005, we attempted to refinance our loan because of the high interest rate. I was very happy when someone at the local Chase Bank said we could refinance, where I was and continue to bank. I should have known when the person was from out of state and when they showed up late at night, but he reassured us that this refinance was a good deal.
After a year or so I noticed that the principal was not going down. I asked my daughter to check and see why the loan appears to be going down so slow. She began to look into the matter and said, to my surprise, that she discovered we had a conventional 30/15 balloon interest-only loan, and that in a few years the whole note would come due.
Yes, we are still alive; I believe they were hoping we would be dead.
We first attempted to get our loan modification but were turned down, my daughter also spoke with someone at our local Chase bank and was told that they did not know who held our note and could not help us, because our house would be not appraised at what we owe.
It appears we owe more on our house than what its valued at. We asked if my husband could use his VA, he served time in World War II, veteran, and had assumed that we used it when purchasing this home. Chase seems to have issues with using VA too, and was told we could not and would need to bring money to the table.
We have a problem, and I would like to get this matter settled. We are not asking for any handouts but would like to get a lower fixed rate, so we could continue to stay in our home. This is truly a subprime loan.