I want to thank you beforehand for taking the time to read this and hopefully be able to help. My name is Mark Cuny and I reside in Wildomar, Ca. I purchased my first home in October 2006 while I was in Iraq doing contract work. My sister was my power of attorney and signed all the paperwork for me. We found a brand new home in the Wildomar/Murrieta area with Beazer Homes, and I was pre-approved right away because of my good credit and income. At the time, I was pre-approved for 100% financing with an interest rate at 6% on the 1st loan (80%) and 8% on the 2nd loan (20%).
Beazer Homes said that if I used their mortgage company they would throw in 20K in upgrades and pay for my closing costs. They also said they could beat my lst mortgage interest rate with a 5.5% interest only 5 Year ARM vs. the 6% my bank was offering. This sounded perfect! Little did we know, the loan officer was crooked. She verbally told us the rate was 5.5%, and when my sister signed the loan paperwork, she also explained it to her that it was a 5.5% interest only 5 Year ARM. What she neglected to say and point out in the large stack of loan papers was that the 5.5% rate was a negative amortization rate, and that my REAL interest rate is 8.5%. (Linda Smith and Beazer Mortgage would be making a killing on this loan by marking my interest rate up - that meant a great deal of money in Linda's pocket - at my expense!)
Once I received my closing paperwork and first mortgage statement - we realized we had been conned. Needless to say, I love this home and want to keep it. I have perfect credit and decided to pay the 8.5% interest rate for a year and then just refinance when my one year prepayment penalty was up. This meant I was stuck in Iraq doing contract work for a year more than I planned. This also meant leaving behind my new wife (married in 3/2007) in a large home all by herself. I am working to pay for a home I cannot even live in or enjoy. Now a year later with the decline in home values,I cannot even refinance. EMC Mortgage could easily give me a loan modification, but they say I have to leave my job in IRAQ and fall behind on my payments before they will assist me. This is crazy! I am basically risking my life to be able to pay down all my other bills so I can hopefully one day come home and join the police force and afford my mortgage.
I have worked too hard to have a credit score of above 720 to just throw it all away because Beazer Mortgage/Linda Smith and EMC Mortgage are not ethical. Note: I am not the only buyer that Beazer Mortgage conned. My next-door neighbor is in the same scenario.
This is the dilemma that plagues our streets. There is 4 or more homes alone on my street that are foreclosed and more to follow; they are even continuing to build more when they can’t even sell the ones they finished. This is causing home prices to drop heavily and if they continue to do business the way they do, it will hurt Wildomar bad.
I would like your help to ask why this happened against Beazer. How they could allow this to happen and the trouble it has caused this community! Please help me to correct this and put and end to Beazers moneymaking schemes.