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Chase Bank Feedback - Chase Bank's bad attitude - Chase Home Lending
Chase Bank Feedback

Chase Bank Feedback


Chase Bank's bad attitude - Chase Home Lending

Thanks so much for trying, Ms. Whitehall. Both Charmaine and I appreciate your effort and for keeping us informed. It was a great try and we're only sorry that management wouldn't agree to the extension you tried to get us.

The assistance you've offered does make us feel that you value and appreciate us as Chase customers. But Chase, not you, let us down. I'm going to expand on this a little in the hope that, perhaps, you can share this e-mail with the committee(s) you interacted with as you worked on our behalf (and, by the way, on Chase's behalf as well, because I think the extension would have been beneficial to both ourselves and Chase). What follows isn't new to you--you know all this. But I hope someone else at Chase will see that what you asked for on our behalf should have been granted--that denying it didn't help Chase, hurt us, and, to be frank, made the very recent full-page ad in The New York Times by Chase stating that Chase was aware of these difficult times and "that it stood ready" to help its customers with mortgage problems--cynically untrue. Again, I'm not writing this to convince you--I think you did a great job and you didn't let us down at all. This is for all the other Chase employees and Chase management that did.

Our Chase loan had a final balloon payment due on December 19th. We applied for a construction rollover to permanent loan from Schwab about 2 years ago, received an approval dependent on the usual qualifications, and began the final approval process with Schwab in early September. Therefore we initially felt we had plenty of time--probably 2 months to spare. We felt, by the way,that we had to be careful not to be too early paying off because there was a prepayment penalty.

But from the radically different responses we were getting from MBS, Schwab's loan processing company, compared to any previous loans I've made (I've had about 15-20 real estate loans in California in the past 40 years), I soon began to worry that we might miss the December 19th deadline to pay off Chase with the new loan. The details of that difference aren't relevant here, but they were extraordinary.

When I saw how slow, detailed and repetitive the underwriting process seemed to be (this would now be late September) I began trying to find someone at Chase to talk to about a 1 month extension. We have (or had) a good credit rating and wanted to keep it that way. This proved frustrating: customer reps told us we didn't qualify for a loan modification because we weren't delinquent. It took us awhile to find Ms. Whitehall, the first (and only) person at Chase who tried to help us. By this time we were in October. She took our concerns seriously and over the following weeks worked toward different solutions. I believe before the final turndown we'd been turned down in two different Chase departments despite Ms. Whitehall's best efforts.

Please consider what it was we were asking for: a 30 day extension on the final balloon payment. I also offered to make an immediate $30,000 prepayment immediately upon approval of the extension, and I'm sure Ms. Whitehall conveyed the offer to the various groups/committees/executives who turned our request down. Please consider, too, that both my wife and I have had Chase credit cards for years and that we were paid in advance on the loan in question--as I say, by more than 10,000, probably close to 15,000.

We were nevertheless turned down three times by Chase over the 30 day loan extension.

What did the turndown accomplish for us? It marred our credit record.

What did this accomplish for Chase? It actually increased their risk of a larger default because we offered to prepay 30,000 for the extension, and having refused it the loan is technically still in default for the full $92K and will be until later this week when the payoff to Chase comes out of escrow.

It decreased our customer satisfaction with Chase. I won't say that I would never do business with Chase again; sensible persons do business with others they don't particularly admire or like all the time. But I wouldn't make any special effort to bring any future business to Chase, the corporation, now or ever.



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chase is the worst bank ever everybody has a different anwser do not use

babybear1010 says: (8 years ago)
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I received a letter from you saying that you could not approve any credit for me due to the fact that I had too many requests for credit. Well, that may be true, but you have yet to communicate with me one way or the other where you are in your decision-making with regard to any of my former requests.

Do you know when you will have an answer? please write to me or call me. My name and contact information are noted below

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ocdgirl2000 says: (8 years ago)
James Dimon should go to jail with Bernie Madoff. He used our tax dollars to fund acorn, and he also used most of it to fund Obama's election. He's a corrupt individual, and could care less about his customers. Any selfish businessman such as this deserves to go to jail and see his bank go down in flames.Say Buh-bye to JPMorgan Chase.

drpgleeson says: (9 years ago)
Following up on my letter to one helpful Chase employee about our "late" payment:

I continued writing Chase execs (you can find their e-mail addresses through Google, but you have to work at it!), and about 4 months after this whole problem began, and a couple of months after our credit rating got dinged because of Chase sending in a notice of a more than 30 day late payment: Chase wrote us, didn't apologize, but removed the late payment and stated to the bureaus that we had paid off the ($90,000) loan entirely and had "paid as agreed." So, while I know we'll still need to follow up with the bureaus (one experience about 20 years ago taught me that it's easy for a company to ding you but not easy to get a mistake corrected--the earlier problem took TWO YEARS!), it's nice to see Chase correcting their unreasonable earlier decision. I think the moral of the story here is that if you have a problem with a huge bank like Chase, you have to complain (being reasonable and polite about it, not damning, much as you'd like to), and keep complaining until someone important enough to do something notices and (hopefully) finally does something. To give you an idea of what might be required, I believe I sent something like 12-15 e-mails to various execs, followed up with a short "have you read this yet?" I also made about 20 phone calls, but I have the feeling that it was the e-mails not the phone calls that did it, because as a consumer you really can't reach anyone important by phone.

Funny last comment about all this: I did in fact get helpful phone call from someone in the executive suite at Chase--an assistant. This happened late in the game, and I was impatient bordering on really quite rude. But, finally, she got me to stop attacking Chase long enough to explain that she was phoning to investigate the problem and wanted to help. I calmed down, we talked some more (her boss had gotten one of my e-mails) and a week later I got a follow-up phone call and then a confirming letter that they'd reversed the late payment.

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