Countrywide Home Equity Scam--Beware
When I bought my house the Counrywide rep advised me to take an ARM even though I had a substantial amount to put down, had no pressing financial problems, and planned to stay there for five years. When I figred this out two years ago I switched to a conventional 30 year loan. (I chalked that up to lack of experience).
At the signing a rep came to my house with a pile of papers to sign. Despite my stated demand that I wanted no other services he asked me to sign up for a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). I said I did nor want such a thing as I had no need for it. He assured me that there was no annual fee unless I used it, so I agreed to the deal based on this advice. Although I never used it, it turns out that indeed they are entitled to bill me for $75 a year. I refused to pay them and have been told that they often slip these deals in at signings. It is my understanding that this rep was legally bound to explain the terms properly and not scam. Countrywide refuses to remove the charge and says that I signed a paper ststing that I would not sue them, thus I have no recourse. What to do?