Fairwinds Credit Union

Overview / Commentary
135 W Central Blvd Suite 1220
Orlando, FL 32801

Fairwinds Credit Union is headquartered in Orlando and is the 5th largest credit union in the state of Florida. It is also the 92nd largest credit union in the nation. It was established in 1949 and as of June of 2023, it had grown to 581 employees and 226,144 members at 33 locations. Fairwinds Credit Union's savings rates are 10X the national average, and it has a B health rating.

Field of Membership Restrictions

FAIRWINDS is open to anyone anywhere.
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Fairwinds: Large but In Charge

When I opened my account at Fairwinds CU, I'd only previously had experience with big banks. My number one issues with big banks were insane fees and inpersonal customer serviceand the two things that motivated my switch and that I expected Fairwinds to deliver. On all counts, they did! For a credit union, Fairwinds is pretty big, servicing most of the people in my university and around the area. This didn't stop them from treating me like an individual. Every time I went to a branch, they knew me by name and referenced things we'd spoken about in the past. The customer service phone line wasn't nearly this personal, of course, but they still always made me feel like a person rather than an account number. Fairwinds was helpful to me on both ends through fraudulent account activity, switching around personal information when I moved, and even just normal deposits or cheques. All this came with little fees too, unlike the 40+ dollar overdraft fees I'd incurred haphazardly in big banks. Every time there was some kind of fee, they were very clear about what it was. Overall, Fairwinds gets an A from me for both clarity and connection.

I Love Fairwinds Credit Union!

I have been a customer of Fairwinds Credit Union for about 7 or 8 years and I have been VERY pleased with their service. On at least three occasions, Fairwinds has called me to ask whether or not I was responsible for some unusual activity they noticed. I live in Florida, and one of these times they called to ask if I was attempting to purchase $75 worth of gas at a gas station in upstate New York. I advised them that this was definitely not me and they blocked the transaction on the spot, canceled my debit card which had apparently been compromised, and sent me a new debit card within a few days. I feel that Fairwinds puts forth a lot more effort in protecting my account than any bank I have used before. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that my bank is watching for suspicious activity on my account and that they can block unauthorized transactions before they manage to take any money from my account and this makes me feel very secure.

Great Credit Union!

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I have been banking with Fairwinds for more than four years now. Previously I had accounts at several of the large banks, but I was unhappy with their customer service and increasing fees, so I decided to try one of the local credit unions instead. Fairwinds has exceeded all of my expectations. Now I bank with them exclusively. I have checking and savings accounts there. Checking accounts are free with certain stipulations, so I don't have to worry about monthly charges to my account. Conveniently located local branches as well as free use of Presto! ATM locations allows me to access my account easily. I enjoy using their mobile app to deposit checks, view my accounts, or transfer funds between accounts. I have been very pleased with my experience at Fairwinds, and since they offer everything I need, I have no intention of switching to another bank.

Mortgage Loan Bait And Switch

Beware if you get a home loan with them. They will not honor their mortgage rate lock agreement and lie to get out of it. They showed inexperience throughout the whole closing process, including being unfamiliar with different asset sources (ie bonds) and demanding an appraisal before the actual inspection is complete. They also lied about not needing to be a member of the credit union to get a loan with them.

My realtor and the seller's realtor in their 30 years of combined experience said that they had never dealt with a lender like this one.

Fortunately many other lenders offer better customer service and competitive rates so I didn't need them after all. I'm glad they showed their true colors before I closed with my house.



Health Grade Components

NCUA #68417
Year Chartered1949
Primary Regulator
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD1.31%
Return on Equity - YTD22.36%
Annual Interest Income$73.1MM
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ2 2023vs Q2 2022$4.46B$4.67B
LoansQ2 2023vs Q2 2022$2.77B$2.50B
DepositsQ2 2023vs Q2 2022$4.10B$4.35B
Equity CapitalQ2 2023vs Q2 2022$260.3MM$257.0MM
Loan Loss AllowanceQ2 2023vs Q2 2022$16.7MM$18.4MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ2 2023vs Q2 2022$4.2MM$4.0MM
Real Estate OwnedQ2 2023vs Q2 2022$0$0
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Fairwinds Credit Union Savings Account Rates

5.00%*-$1kFAIRWINDS Emergency Savings
OTHER TIERS: 0.10% $1k+
3.00%--FAIRWINDS Investor Savings
3.00%*$1m*-Business Signature Savings
OTHER TIERS: 1.50% Up to $1m
2.15%--Freedom Signature Savings
1.00%--Preferred Savings
0.15%--Business Preferred Savings
0.10%--IRA Savings Account
0.10%--Business Savings Account
0.10%--Freedom Savings

Fairwinds Credit Union Checking Account Rates

0.20%*$50k*-Freedom Signature Checking
OTHER TIERS: 0.05% Up to $10k | 0.10% $10k - $25k | 0.15% $25k - $50k
0.04%*$50k*-Freedom Preferred Checking
OTHER TIERS: 0.01% Up to $10k | 0.02% $10k - $25k | 0.03% $25k - $50k

Fairwinds Credit Union CD Rates

5.25%$1k-7 Month CD Special w/ Signature Credit Card
5.00%$1k-7 Month CD Special
5.00%$1k-Business 7 Month CD Special
2.00%$1k-36 Month CD
2.00%$1k-48 Month CD
2.00%$1k-60 Month CD
1.60%$1k-12 Month CD
1.60%$100-12 Month Add-On CD
1.00%$1k-6 Month CD
1.00%$100-6 Month Add-On CD
0.75%$1k-3 Month CD
0.60%$1k-Business 60 Month CD
0.50%$1k-Business 48 Month CD
0.40%$1k-Business 36 Month CD
0.30%$1k-Business 24 Month CD
0.20%$1k-Business 12 Month CD
0.15%$1k-Business 6 Month CD
0.10%$1k-Business 3 Month CD


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