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Old 07-22-2013, 11:34 PM
 
Location: The Emerald City
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Ok, this soon to be a new transplant to your lovely and big city has another question for the locals. What are some of the more popular choices for for banks or credit unions in the Seattle that have a good customer satisifaction background? I"ll be able to use my existing local Credit union debit card through the local credit union community they belong to. But eventually, I wanna move everything over to a local place to have my auto loan refinanced, direct deposit transferred to and new debit card as well as having online functionality to check and modify my account.

Having a place that has free checking along with lots of ATMs would be helpful along with a robust online system. So, what are some of the prefferred banks and credit unions in the Emerald City?
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Near Graham WA
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BECU. Easy to join, good service, I have nothing negative to say about them.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:07 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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BECU. Easy to join, good service, I have nothing negative to say about them.
I agree with BECU, any state resident can join. Some employers also have their own credit unions. As for banks, there is no real difference any more, one is as bad as another. People seem to be happier with the small local banks like Umpqua and Peoples Bank.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:21 AM
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I highly recommend WSECU and as a UW employee you are eligible to join.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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Becu.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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yep - another vote for BECU
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:32 PM
 
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and if you're moving here, you might wanna quit calling it the emerald city ...it's seattle ...
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:51 PM
 
Location: West Coast - Best Coast!
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and if you're moving here, you might wanna quit calling it the emerald city ...it's seattle ...
Lifelong Seattle area resident, and I call it The Emerald City frequently. That is (one of) our nickname.

Anyway, BECU. If you look further down this board, you'll see a similar thread that was just bumped recently.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:46 PM
 
Location: 91105
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I also vote for BECU! Plenty of ATMs and good online/mobile banking. They have low rates on loans and mortgages too.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Nashville
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I have had better luck with large banks and credit/finance companies than I have had with some of these local credit unions, some which tried taking me for a ride. Like when I was about to buy a car 3 or 4 years ago, the credit union turned me down for a higher APR loan then Toyota Motor or my banks offered me. They really made me jump through all types of hoops and gave me totally false guarantees of approval, etc, unlike the banks I went through.

As far as ATMs, US Bank, Bank of America, Chase and Wells Fargo are the most common. I hate Wells Fargo and closed my credit cards/accounts from them a long time ago.
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