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Old 05-15-2009, 01:38 PM
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Hey all,

Was just doing some research on banks in NOVA, and wanted to ask the group for some opinions. What banks would you recommend for checkings/savings?

I was just checking up on Eopinions, and most of the banks had horrendous reviews.

So if you can give a little bit of your experiences with what banks you had experiences, that would be great!

So far, I'm leaning towards Provident Bank. Has some good reviews.

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Old 05-15-2009, 02:47 PM
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Welcome in advance to the region. This topic has been discussed on numerous occasions already on this sub-forum, so hopefully after reading these threads you'll have a better idea:

Banks in NOVA?

Best Bank in NOVA?

Best Bank in NOVA? (Yes, this is a different thread with the same title).
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Old 05-15-2009, 04:59 PM
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Default Provident will be merged with M&T

Greetings and welcome!

M&T is working towards a merger with Provident just so you know. We actually bank with a small bank, based in Alexandria, Burke & Herbert, and have a fantastic experience with them. They only have 20 or so branches, so if you're planning on living in western Fairfax county, that won't work for you.

If you are planning on Fairfax county, you can try the Fairfax County Credit Union.

Good luck!
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:28 PM
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I say go to the credit union. There are so member-focused and guess what--THEY GET NO BAILOUTS!!!!

Oh how I love supporting institutions that don't sit on the government's doorstep asking for a handout for their poor business practices.

But seriously, the credit unions around here are great and could really suit you well I believe.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:05 PM
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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I second the credit union suggestion. If you qualify, the Pentagon and Navy CUs are great.
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:08 PM
Location: Arlington, VA
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Honestly, I'd base most of your decision on finding the most convenient bank. I ended up choosing Wachovia, but mostly b/c they have a branch 1 block from my office and 4 blocks from home.

I also like it when my bank has a branch inside of the grocery store that I go to. I wasn't able to get that setup here in Arlington, but I did have it when I lived in MA and it worked out really well.

Also, make sure to check the bank's hours *before* signing on the dotted line...I love it when banks are open longer hours...not just 9-5, Monday-Friday. If you work 9-5, M-F, when are you supposed to go there?
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