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Old 12-02-2007, 03:46 PM
 
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Simple question... I will be moving to Los Angeles in July 2008, and I'm obviously saving money. Anyway, here in Texas I've had an account with Texas State Bank for about 10 years, but I know I'll need to open a new account once I'm in Los Angeles with a national bank (I actually want to open the new account with one of the national banks here that I can also access once I'm there). What banks are more common in L.A.? I need a bank that is national and that will have many branches and ATM's that are easy to find.

Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2007, 05:28 PM
 
Location: La Cañada, CA
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Bank of America
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Simple question... I will be moving to Los Angeles in July 2008, and I'm obviously saving money. Anyway, here in Texas I've had an account with Texas State Bank for about 10 years, but I know I'll need to open a new account once I'm in Los Angeles with a national bank (I actually want to open the new account with one of the national banks here that I can also access once I'm there). What banks are more common in L.A.? I need a bank that is national and that will have many branches and ATM's that are easy to find.

Thanks!
Would a credit union work? I've never used a bank I have never had any problems (that I know of).
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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Simple question... I will be moving to Los Angeles in July 2008, and I'm obviously saving money. Anyway, here in Texas I've had an account with Texas State Bank for about 10 years, but I know I'll need to open a new account once I'm in Los Angeles with a national bank (I actually want to open the new account with one of the national banks here that I can also access once I'm there). What banks are more common in L.A.? I need a bank that is national and that will have many branches and ATM's that are easy to find.

Thanks!
fudge,

don't go with bank of america! they are a nightmare with long lines in every branch and will nickel and dime you with fees. i liked wells fargo. as long as you maintain a form of direct deposit with them, they will not charge you any monthly fees. they are everywhere including many grocery stores,which makes it very convenient.
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Old 12-02-2007, 10:28 PM
 
Location: La Mirada, CA
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WAMU!!! They're great
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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I also have a Washington Mutual account.
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Old 12-03-2007, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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I like Wells Fargo - I've been with them for years. I used First Interstate, then they sold to Wells Fargo. I've had absolutely no problem. Stay away from B of A. Washington Mutual is good (or so I heard), but when you first open your account, they'll hold your funds for 14 days, Maybe all bank are like that.
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:29 PM
 
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Thanks everybody!

Ya'll are great :-)
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Sandia Park, NM
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Another vote for Wells Fargo, though some branches are nicer than others. (I still miss the Calabasas branch's superior customer service.) Not sure how much assets you have or if you invest in the stock market, but their Brokerage Account is great too. If you sign up for the PMA "package" (checking and savings as well), you get 100 free trades a year so long as the total amount of ALL your accounts - checking, savings, money market, and Wells Fargo Brokerage accounts - total $25K or more.

And if you sign up for the PMA package, you get interest on checking account, free stuff like money orders, AND you get to go in a special shorter line at the branches - worth the price of admission on busy days! Sorry if I sound like a salesperson, but once we pooled all our accounts into the PMA, we've saved a bundle and can't believe all the perks.

Another nice perk was that you no longer need to keep a minimum amount in your money market account to earn the top interest rate (you used to have to have $10K or more or they charged a $20 fee and dropped you down to the "regular" savings account interest rate). But because under PMA they consider ALL your accounts as a pool, they waive all those fees. This is great if you are self-employed (like us) and like to keep a few months cash on hand, but sometimes it drops below 10K.

hope that helps
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Old 12-04-2007, 06:32 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Everytime I've been in LA, I saw Washington Mutual banks on virtually every corner. That actually surprised me because in NYC, I have to hunt them down. I have an account with them because its the bank that's closest to my home but good luck finding one in Manhattan where I work.

I plan to stay with WaMu once I move to LA. I've never had any problems with them. I love that they don't charge a fee if your accounts dips below a certain amount. Most banks have minimum balances you must keep.
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