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Nationwide Insurance is one of the major American Insurance companies. Of course with that there is good and bad. The good is 24/7 support, a wide range of products and very competitive pricing. The negative is of course losing the local touch, sometimes poor customer service and profit motivation. I have been using them for my home insurance for around four years and they were great until I needed them. I had some damage during a storm and although they ended up taking care of me. It required a lengthy process and a lot of forms and documentation before I got my money.
Akron Firefighters Credit Union is obviously local and obviously somewhat selective. If you do happen to meet the requirements though to join they are fantastic. They offer a wide range of services and products that will take care of all of your banking needs. They have local friendly customer services and they are very instrumental in the community just like those they serve.
FirstMerit is a great bank if you live in North East Ohio. They have a lot of branches and a small bank atmosphere to them. They have great rates on their savings products and have always been very quick to resolve any issue that I may have. They offer any service you could need and have many services that small banks usually do not. The only small complain I have is that some of their fees have increased over the last several years.
Although Seven Seventeen Credit Union is good, I did run into one issue with them. I was shopping around for a car loan for the first time. I did have a good credit score but as I said had never had a car loan before. I figured I should start with my local financial institution. They would not finance me because of never having a previous car loan. It appears their lending guidelines for car loans are very strict. I did end up getting financed through PNC with a good interest rate, so although they are great for basic checking / savings. Do not rely on them for loans.
Dollar Bank is a fantastic regional bank. They have a great website and a great mobile app that does everything you could want. They are small enough that you can build a relationship with them but large enough to have many great resources. The FreeMoney checking account is a fantastic product. It includes cash back for transactions that are deposited every six months. It comes with a stylish debit card and can be linked to a savings account as well.
Dollar Bank is fantastic. I just moved to the Pittsburgh area and wanted to avoid any of the big banks. Since I was new to the community a credit union really was not possible. Dollar Bank has the personal touch of a credit union with the security of a large bank. Their savings accounts have great rates that absolutely are some of the best around. They have every product you could ever need from checking to loans. I would highly recommend them.