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You can see on the chart just how much the credit unions’ gains have come at the expense of the two biggest banks, Chase and Bank of America. Since Chase acquired WaMu in 2008, its share of Seattle-area customers who use it as a primary bank has nosedived by 31 percent compared with when it was still WaMu. Bank of America has only done a little bit better than Chase with customer retention. Interestingly, while Chase and Bank of America have seen sharp declines, the big banks that are not quite as big — Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank — have increased their share of the Seattle market.

Many of the regional banks have gained ground — KeyBank being the big exception. And the number of people who do not have a primary bank, or are “unbanked” — that is, have no bank account at all — has climbed since 2008.

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/fyi-guy/2012/12/11/have-you-dumped-chase-or-bank-of-america/

Credit Unions are now the #1 way to do banking in Seattle.

Let's hope this is a trend.

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Forgive me for my ignorance, but I'm intrigued by this... My grandmother used to work for a credit union, but I was always under the impression that you had to set up with them through your employers and I've never really asked otherwise...

What are the options in NC and do you get the same benefits of a "big bank," such as direct deposit, ATMs, etc.? Only one I'm really aware of in NC is the SECU, but again, I thought you had to be employed by the state to bank there.

My wife and I are tired of Wells Fargo, who we were forced to bank with once they took over Wachovia, who we had no problems with... Since WF has taken over, they have virtually stolen hundreds of dollars from us in fees that didn't exist with Wachovia. If this is feasible, I think everyone should do this and take the power away from the banks.

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It differs by credit union. University Federal is the big one here in Austin. They have all the amenities (direct deposit, ATM's, etc) of a big bank with none of the stupid fees or tendency to gamble with your money.

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Yeah, I tried to check out the local ones here... I'm not sure about the exact rules but under the SECU policies, they say that children and siblings of state employees can join. My wife's sister and mother are/were state employees, so we're going to get up with them and see if we can set that up ASAP.

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I've only used a credit union my whole life. It's excellent.

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Yeah, I tried to check out the local ones here... I'm not sure about the exact rules but under the SECU policies, they say that children and siblings of state employees can join. My wife's sister and mother are/were state employees, so we're going to get up with them and see if we can set that up ASAP.

a lot of CU's work this way and most even allow eligibility to retain through generations

i bank with USAA (military bank but basically a credit union) because of my wife, who banked with them because of her mother, who banked with them because her father was in the military

when my wife and i got married, i moved everything over from BoA who i had banked with since i got my first job at 14. BoA made so much stupid money off of me over those 8-10 years and i've not been charged a CENT from USAA for the 3-4 years that i've been banking with them. the biggest perk for me is the lack of ATM charges... BoA would rob me blind on top of a non-BoA ATM hitting me up for a couple dollars. with USAA, they have no charges for using another institutions ATM and any charge an ATM machine places on my transaction is paid back every month by USAA

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That's awesome.

Watch the banks start getting into the pockets of the legislators to get them to tighten the standards of becoming a CU user.

Just watch.

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We haven't had any personal funds at an actual bank in over 20 years... members of SECU and would never go elsewhere.

Banks suck.

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Yeah, I tried to check out the local ones here... I'm not sure about the exact rules but under the SECU policies, they say that children and siblings of state employees can join. My wife's sister and mother are/were state employees, so we're going to get up with them and see if we can set that up ASAP.

Yeah her mom should be able to get your wife enrolled. I belong to http://www.memcu.com/ who has my truck loan. Our big bank is Suntrust but I see us financing and getting loans through them in the future.

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That's awesome.

Watch the banks start getting into the pockets of the legislators to get them to tighten the standards of becoming a CU user.

Just watch.

I can definitely see that. My FiL runs a bank in FL and says he cant compete with "nonprofits."

Thanks god we are already in one.

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I've been in SECU since I was a teen. Grandfathered in through my relatives being state employees. Rates are generally good for loans, BUT you'll hardly find many really good mortgage rates. The SECU in particular is very conservative in their lending...so you're not going to find a Quicken loan like rate at SECU. Probably same for car loans too, but I haven't had one in forever.

I've never had a problem with my CU.

That being said...I got mortgage redone with BB&T a few years back. NC-based company, for now, that's done quite well.

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I remember some dude with strange analogies mention buying more stock in cu's awhile back.

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