Do NOT Use Vanderbilt Mortgage
Due to a move for work we had to find a home quickly. We opted for buying a mobile home and lot so we could get out of the hotel faster. We shopped several sellers and found a home more than 3 hours away through a local sales lot. We were under contract for the purchase of the land and that was to be included in the purchase. We put $10,000 down for the land and home, but when we went in for the closing were told that the lender would only finance the home. When the first draft from our account didn't go through I called the lender, Vanderbilt, and asked why it didn't withdraw I was told there was no account. I called the next month and same thing. I called the next month and really pushed why was there no account and was told that our mortgage had been rejected. At this point we had been living in the home for several months and no problems with the home had been addressed. I called the sales lot and was told the manager had left and they wondered where the home was. We then had some suits from Clayton Homes come out and they offered to do the repairs and ensure that the loan was approved. We should have taken our money and run, but the thought of moving and looking for a home was too much. We signed the new papers, without any credit for the interest they earned on our money for the last 8 months and moved on. Not all repairs were done, but we just let all that slide. I called to tell them that our bank info had changed and not to draft from the other account. They never changed the bank info and drafted from the now closed account and of course it bounced. I had to pay the bank the fees and when I called to find out why I was treated rudely and told that we "stole" the house and now we were trying to defraud them with the bank. Because we were now late they threatened to repo the home and by the way we didn't have insurance (couldn't get it without the repairs) we had to use their insurance. We paid back amount, but I was PO'd about the treatment. We then had a problem and got behind, our bad and we realize that is our fault. Vanderbuilt then called and threatened us with jail for fraud, still from the beginning, and then called all of the people on our block. They also called at outrageous hours and into the night. I wouldn't complain about daily calls or normal dunning calls, they are to be expected when you get behind, but this was WAY beyond that. We filed with the state and the feds about the calls and we hard nothing. My son was supposed to pay the mortgage when we were out of town and he pocketed the money, they wouldn't call us because of the complaint and wouldn't even send us a letter of default. We didn't know until they showed up to repo the home! We paid immediately, and asked to get the direct draft again. They said they would NEVER let us do that again because of our previous fraud (I am REALLY tired of their screw up being used against us). They would allow our employer to send payment to them if we signed that it would be irrevokible. We couldn't do that because at some point this thing will be paid off, we only had a 12 year note and have been paying on it for nearly 4 years. BTW, we have a notice in our closet that the home was NEVER approved for resale and according to law it had not passed any inspection for habitiblity and should not have been sold to us. We have spent thousands making the home livable and getting rid of mold and pet stains and odors. But their methods of doing business makes any normal repairs irritating because we now hate our house.
These people are RUDE, nasty and threatening. They use illegal collection methods and are just beyond ethical. NEVER use Vanderbilt, it is nothing but problems. We were stupid not to get out when we had a chance, but hopefully our story can prevent someone else from the heartache we have had and will have for the next 8-9 years. They have a terrible customer service record. Stay away from this company, I wish we had.