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SydneyBristow Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-22-09 07:50 PM
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Good Credit Union or Bank?
Hey all, I am a out of state student at the U of O, and making some longer term plans to be in the Northwest. I would really love to start an account with a CU or Bank here, and looking for some recommendations. I want a Bank that has branches in Washington (Seattle/Tacoma and maybe some eastern Washington) and Oregon, but not be a huge corporation; a credit union would be ideal. Any thoughts? I am also posting this in the Washington forum :)
Thanks for the help,
Syd
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wakemeupwhenitsover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-22-09 11:28 PM
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1. I don't know if it's available in WA,
but I like Onpoint. Small credit union, but seems stable. (I hope. :fingerscrossed :)

And welcome to Oregon!
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Reader Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-23-09 08:07 AM
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2. Onpoint was formerly Portland Teachers Credit Union
They are very stable, as are most credit unions when compared to banks. And in this day and age, you really don't need a credit union with branches everywhere. Onpoint is part of the Co-op Network, so you can use ATM's all over the country.

When I lived in Chicago, I tried a local bank, but it sucked. Luckily, I had kept my account with the California Teachers Credit Union, and I conducted all my business through them, with nary a problem.

The lesson: Banks suck. Don't give them your money! Go with a credit union!

And enjoy Eugene, the hippie capital of Oregon! :-)

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lastone Donating Member (87 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-23-09 09:28 PM
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3. homestreet bank
has been good for me. when looking for a CU here I've found none that are nearly as stable, without many prerequisites and easy to bank with. so went w/a small (NW and Hawaii only) back.
good luck and welcome to the NW!
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 03:21 PM
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4. I'm with Selco, and happy. nt
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 07:40 PM
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5. When I lived in Corvallis, I used the OSU Federal Credit Union
and was very happy.

I left them when I moved to McMinnville, but that was in the days before electronic banking and Co-Op ATM networks.
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-16-09 12:09 PM
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6. I still have Technology Credit Union from the bay area, but use Unitus a lot...
... since they are a full service network CU that provides more than just ATM service. They seem to be also pretty decent.

Use Onpoint too from time to time too...
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JanDutchy Donating Member (593 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-13-11 07:06 AM
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7. Going Dutch, Rabobank: a cooperative bank
Rabobank's roots lie in agriculture. In 1898 two separate cooperative banks - the Coperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Bank in Utrecht and the Coperatieve Centrale Boerenleenbank in Eindhoven - were founded by enterprising rural folk, who, with little access to the capital market, decided to help one another.

http://www.rabobank.com/content/about_us/history /

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Co%C3%B6peratie (translate NL > English
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Rabblevox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 08:49 AM
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8. I have been delighted with Northwest Resources Credit Union...
They are deeply involved in the community, and about as honest, friendly, and transparent as a bank can be. They are a smaller, regional CU, but part of a nation-wide CU network, so out-of-town banking is no problem. The only membership requirement is that you live in the region.

NRCU is actually my second choice to Albina Community Bank, but Albina is strictly local to the Portland Metro area, so probably wouldn't fit your needs.

http://www.nrfcu.org/index.shtml
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