First Foundation Bank


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949-476-0300
18101 Von Karman Ave, # 750
Irvine, CA 92612

First Foundation Bank is headquartered in Irvine and is the 21st largest bank in the state of California. It is also the 189th largest bank in the nation. It was established in 2007 and as of September of 2019, it had grown to 426 employees at 21 locations. First Foundation Bank's savings rates are 4X the national average, and it has an A health rating.

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Rate Has Dropped To 2.176% - 12/27/2019

Effective 12/27/19 without the courtesy of any  advance notice.

FFB Grandfathers In Existing Customers To 2.40% Savings Account - 11/20/2019

Per email: "First off, we want to thank you for being an online savings client. While we have been around since 2007, this first push into online savings has opened up our bank to so many wonderful new clients all over the nation. To show our appreciation to our early online savings clients like you, we will be keeping your online savings rate at 2.40% Annual Percentage Yield (APY) as we lower the rate for new accounts." "Starting on November 20 at 2:00pm Pacific, all new online savings accounts will earn 2.00% APY—but your account will remain at 2.40% APY (both rates require a minimum balance of $1000). If you have not yet funded your new online savings account, you must do so within 30 days of the account being opened or it will automatically close." "We realize this approach is not typical in the online bank world, but we’re far from the typical online bank. We also have some exciting things coming up, like online checking, online CDs, person-to-person payments with Zelle®, and mo

New Money Only - 11/11/2019

The catch is that the 2.40% rate is for New Money Only. No thank you, if I go to the trouble of setting up an account, I want to be there for a long time.

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Friendly & Helpful Customer Service

I opened a savings account here for the 2.00% instead of the 0.05% offered by my previous bank. I called customer service to have them walk me through opening the account and the person I spoke to was really nice and helpful. I had a particularly positive experience this week and wanted to share. Excited to actually earn something on my savings.

Community Bank Service

Posted by: DebBanks | Nov 29, 2019

The people that work at First Foundation are wonderful. A breath of fresh air compared to citi. I saw a promotion for their savings account and couldn't pass up the rate. I had a lot of question so I called the 1-800 number. I was quickly transferd to an "actual" banker and he walked me through the process and answered all my questions. I'm all signed up and funded my account with the mobile deposit feature. I look forward to earning a decent rate on my savings.

A Fine Bank

First Foundation has the Integrity other banks do not. Other banks offer attractive rates for new money and at the first sign of lower market rates drop the yield. Customers Bank comes to mind. They were offering 2.40% and dropped it to 1.95% after getting the new depositors aboard. FF feels an obligation to the new money depositors to maintain the 2.40%. I like that a lot. I closed Customers, Vio, Popular, Western, Salem5, Webank, EastBoston, United, My Savings, IGO, Ally and others that suck in new money and drop the trap door on rates.
You'll like this bank.

A Measure Of Respect

Posted by: Mikey1 | Nov 2, 2019

FF has grandfathered those of us at 2.4% without the hideous drop to 2% which new accountholders will receive. That gesture is noticed and appreciated. It nicely contrasts with Popular Direct, who within a matter of weeks lured customers in via bait and switch and then slashed rates 4 or 5 times. That gesture was also noticed but is not at all appreciated.

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Health

Health Grade Components

Overall
FDIC Certificate #58647
Year Established2007
Employees426
Primary RegulatorFDIC
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD0.92%
Return on Equity - YTD9.71%
Annual Interest Income$189.7MM
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ3 2019vs Q3 2018$6.34B$5.47B
LoansQ3 2019vs Q3 2018$4.86B$4.43B
DepositsQ3 2019vs Q3 2018$5.19B$4.68B
Equity CapitalQ3 2019vs Q3 2018$613.8MM$552.7MM
Loan Loss AllowanceQ3 2019vs Q3 2018$20.5MM$19.0MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ3 2019vs Q3 2018$21.5MM$14.1MM
Real Estate OwnedQ3 2019vs Q3 2018$0$2.0MM
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Rate Has Dropped To 2.176%

Mikey1   |  
Effective 12/27/19 without the courtesy of any  advance notice.

FFB Grandfathers In Existing Customers To 2.40% Savings Account

Test3   |  
Per email: "First off, we want to thank you for being an online savings client. While we have been around since 2007, this first push into online savings has opened up our bank to so many wonderful new clients all over the nation. To show our appreciation to our early online savings clients like you, we will be keeping your online savings rate at 2.40% Annual Percentage Yield (APY) as we lower the rate for new accounts."

"Starting on November 20 at 2:00pm Pacific, all new online savings accounts will earn 2.00% APY—but your account will remain at 2.40% APY (both rates require a minimum balance of $1000). If you have not yet funded your new online savings account, you must do so within 30 days of the account being opened or it will automatically close."

"We realize this approach is not typical in the online bank world, but we’re far from the typical online bank. We also have some exciting things coming up, like online checking, online CDs, person-to-person payments with Zelle®, and more. Let’s build something special together."

No word on how long the 2.40% rate is being honored for existing customers. However, the Q/A in the email says: "While we are not offering any guarantees for this variable rate, we do not plan to lower your rate in the near future."

New Money Only

RandRose   |  
The catch is that the 2.40% rate is for New Money Only.

No thank you, if I go to the trouble of setting up an account, I want to be there for a long time.

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APYMINMAXACCOUNT NAMEVIEW DETAILS
2.00%*$1k*-Online Savings Account - New Money Only
OTHER TIERS: 1.00% Up to $1k
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