WECU (Whatcom Educational Credit Union) is headquartered in Bellingham and is the 9th largest credit union in the state of Washington. It is also the 183rd largest credit union in the nation. It was established in 1936 and as of March of 2020, it had grown to 393 employees and 130,335 members at 15 locations. WECU (Whatcom Educational Credit Union) has an A+ health rating.
Membership in Whatcom Educational Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in the state of Washington and to the family of current members.
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I've been using WECU for quite a few years now. They are one of the best banking institutions I've ever had experience using them because they don't feel like a bank. The people use my name when I go up to the counter and they are friendly and warm. They also offer loan advice and financial advice to get your credit score improved or to get the best loan rate. They have really low fees if you ever overdraw your account. I like that you can only use them if you're in the county I live in because it gives it that "small-town" feel and they are really connected to the community and you can feel that whenever you walk in. They have quite a few locations to use, and quite a lot of no-fee ATMs to use, which is really convenient. They also made a mobile app a couple of years ago, which is really easy to use and updates quickly. They offer a mobile deposit through their app and I use that every month. It's very convenient and they are all so friendly and I've never been happier with a bank.
I haven't had much experience with credit unions before WECU, but I wish I had. The overall experience is that they're not trying to milk me for money, which is something I've felt when faced with overdraft fees or other monthly fees from other banks.
My wife and I have a joint checking account with WECU and we use it all the time. It has all the modern conveniences you'd expect from a checking account from a bank but without the fees. There are a lot of locations in our area, so if we need to take out cash for the taco truck its on the way ( and we go a lot ). I have direct deposit, and automatic bill pay. So what I'm getting is a easy, modern checking account without monthly fees. What else could I ask for?
Oh, and their overdraft fees are only 16 dollars. That's HALF of other popular banks. I mean it really boils down to this: I'm putting away my money and I don't someone leeching fees from me. That shows me that they really dont care about your inconvenience or about your money.
So yeah, if you can have a WECU account or some other credit union in your area, sign up.
I originally switched from a big national bank chain (Bank of America) to this smaller local credit union/bank because they don't charge a monthly fee, which I was getting slapped with when banking with BOFA. I have banked with my current credit union for 5 years now and am very happy with them. They have no-fee atms, which is great if I need to get money out of another account. If I overdraw on my checking account, then they automatically take any extra out of my savings account, instead of just slapping me with an overdraft fee. Even if I do get an overdraft fee, it is one of the smallest fees I've ever had to pay, just $14. They are also very understanding and eager to work with you. One time I didn't know that I had overdrawn on my checking account and I didn't have any backup money in savings. I made several purchases and was charged the $14 fee multiple times. After seeing my statement, I called them and explained the situation. They went ahead and cleared all of my overdraft fees and just charged me the one time. Overall I am really satisfied with this credit union and don't see myself switching anytime soon.
|Return on Assets - YTD||0.85%|
|Return on Equity - YTD||5.64%|
|Annual Interest Income||$15.5MM|
|Assets and Liabilities|
|Assets||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$1.77B$1.64B|
|Loans||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$1.46B$1.39B|
|Deposits||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$1.46B$1.37B|
|Equity Capital||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$262.8MM$247.6MM|
|Loan Loss Allowance||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$9.8MM$8.5MM|
|Unbacked Noncurrent Loans||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$2.3MM$4.0MM|
|Real Estate Owned||Q1 2020vs Q1 2019||$305.00K$0|
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