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Old 04-30-2007, 07:15 PM
 
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Hi,

Can anyone please tell me which are the most well represented banks in Houston?

Do any of the majors, e.g. Citibank, Bank of America, have a good network?

Which is the way to go for convenient, safe banking with good ATM access and online features.

Thanks,
RJ
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Old 04-30-2007, 07:48 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I have Washington Mutual. I've been with them since they took over Bank United. I never had any problems with them. I switced to Bank of America because they are everywhere- I moved to Va. Anyways, I hear Wells Fargo is good too.
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:36 AM
 
Location: C.R. K-T
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Try credit unions. They are second to Nordstrom in customer satisfaction. But you have to qualify for membership somehow because the law limits who a CU can serve. The easiest way is to qualify is by a "community" field of membership; living within a geographic region defined in its charter. This website should give more information: America's Credit Unions.

Citibank is generally not into consumer branch banking, so their branch network is very limited all over the U.S. They have few branches in Houston.

Bank of America and Chase (since the Bank One merger) have good branch/ATM networks around Houston. Wachovia is expanding its presence to saturate the market that the other two have. Wells Fargo is following suit.

Don't forget the smaller regionals like Regions, Comerica, Compass, Whitney, Capital One, Guaranty, First Bank, etc.

Check out the independent local banks like Amegy, Sterling, or Prosperity. Then there are small banks like Post Oak Bank and community banks like Traditon Bank or Wallis State bank.
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Old 05-01-2007, 08:38 AM
 
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BoA, Compass, Chase are all good IMO.

WAMU IS TERRIBLE.
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Old 05-01-2007, 10:59 AM
 
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Amegy Bank has great customer service and they don't nickel and dime you like the bigger banks do.

Amegy Bank was formed when Klein Bank and Southwest Bank of Texas merged. I was with Klein Bank.
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Old 05-01-2007, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Buda, Texas
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I have wells fargo. They are everywhere so convenient for me.
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:48 PM
 
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I have been with WAMU since 2001 and have been very happy with them.
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:03 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-T
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Amegy Bank has great customer service and they don't nickel and dime you like the bigger banks do.

Amegy Bank was formed when Klein Bank and Southwest Bank of Texas merged. I was with Klein Bank.
Amegy Bank hasn't been the same since the merger with Zions Bancorp. Hopefully the fees stayed the same or were nominal increases.
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