Personal Banking FAQs

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions by navigating to the correct topic below.

Checking

To open a personal account you will need:

  • A social security number
  • A valid picture identification including one of the following:
    • Driver’s License
    • State ID
    • Passport
    • Military ID
    • Alien ID Card (non-US persons)
    • Passport and Visa or I94 card
  • A physical address and mailing address
  • A current telephone number
  • The minimum opening deposit

Home Federal is required by law to obtain verification of your identity and any co-applicants prior to opening any accounts.​

Your routing number may be found on the bottom of your checks.
 

Home Federal’s Routing Number is 291270050

Please contact a Home Federal team member to dispute unauthorized transactions on your account. You will need the Unauthorized Company Name and the Transaction Date when calling. 

Check Deposits are made available to you on the first business day following the date that we receive your deposit. Cash and electronic deposits are made available on the same day we receive your deposit.

Home Federal Business Days are Monday through Friday, excluding Federal Holidays. Our earliest business day cutoff time is 4:30 PM. Deposits made after 4:30 PM will not be considered “received” until our next open business day. 

In the case of large checks, questionable account history, or questionable negotiable instruments, a portion of your funds may not be available to you on the first business day following the date we receive your deposit. If this is the case, we will notify you of the delay in your ability to receive funds. You will be provided with the expected fund release date. Typically, the funds are released no later than the seventh business day after the date we receive your deposit. 

Loans

No. Obtaining a low interest rate is certainly a benefit, but it is not the only thing you should consider when choosing your home loan and lender. Other items that should be considered are:

The overall cost of your loan – Consider the annual percentage rate, loan fees, discounts, and origination points.

The financial strength of your lender – Is the loan officer committed to your best interests? Do they deliver what they promised? What is their representation in the community?

You will often find that the best home loan is one that combines a lower (not necessarily the lowest) rate, reasonable cost, and excellent financial strength. 

To explore your options, contact our Mortgage Team.

The following items may be required to complete your mortgage loan request with Home Federal. Minimum requirements for all files are listed in bold. Additional items may be required depending on the circumstances of your file. 

Income:
  • Most recent two (2) pay-stubs for each job on your application
  • Last two (2) years' W-2 for each job on your application
  • First two (2) pages of last two (2) years of your personal Federal Tax Returns
Self Employed:
  • Last two (2) years full personal Federal Tax Returns (1040s and all schedules and attachments)
  • Last two (2) years Federal Corporate or Partnership Tax Returns (the complete returns including all pages and K1s)
Assets:
  • Last two (2) months’ bank statements for all bank accounts included on your application (must be actual statements that include all pages and not generic statements printed from internet online banking accounts)
  • Most recent statements for each 401k and/or retirement account included on your application (include all pages of statements)
Documentation:
  • Copy of driver’s license for each applicant
  • Name and phone number for homeowners insurance agent
  • Divorce decree, legal separation, and/or child support agreement (if applicable)
  • Name, address, phone number for current or past landlord (if applicable)
Purchase Transactions:
  • Signed purchase agreement for the property you are purchasing
  • Signed purchase agreement for the property you are selling (if applicable)
  • Closing Disclosure from sale of existing home (if applicable)
  • Gift letter, copy of check, copy of deposit slip (if applicable)
Credit:
  • Bankruptcy discharge documents (if applicable)
  • Letter of explanation for any adverse credit, collections, judgments, foreclosures, or bankruptcy (if applicable)
  • Letter of explanation for any credit inquires on credit report (if applicable)
Other:
  • Application deposit in the amount of $500.00

Pre-paying your mortgage shortens the term of your loan, which in turn may save you thousands of dollars in interest. If you can’t afford to make extra payments, try rounding your monthly payment up to the nearest $100.00.

Be sure to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of pre-paying your mortgage vs. paying off other debts. If your credit card interest rate is higher than your mortgage interest rate for example, it makes more send to pay down the credit card first, eliminating the higher-interest debt. 

Home Federal will never sell your information to third parties.

Yes, you may still apply for a home loan if you haven’t found a property. Contact one of our local lenders to get started.

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is typically required when your down payment is less than 20% of your home loan. Private mortgage insurance companies provide this protection. The cost of PMI increases as your down payment decreases. It helps protect lenders against the costs of foreclosure. 

 The IRS Form 1098 Mortgage Interest Statement is required to be mailed by January 31 each year to a borrower that paid $600 or more in interest the previous year. 

The IRS Form 1098 is always reported under the social security number of the primary borrower. It is the borrower’s responsibility to make sure that all appropriate parties file the tax information. 

If made during normal business hours, a consumer loan decision is usually available within 4 hours of submitting the loan application. To apply for a loan, contact one of our local personal bankers.

Up to 60 month terms are available on new vehicle purchases. Used vehicle terms range from 24-48 months.

You may find new and used vehicle values at NADA.com or Edmonds.com

Loan approvals are typically valid for 30 days from the date of application approval, provided there have been no changes to your financial situation.

Fill out the necessary automatic payment setup forms by calling 1.888.489.5355 and speaking with a banker.

Contact your banker at 1.888.489.5355 to receive a balance or payoff amount for your loan.

Debit & ATM Cards

You may change your PIN at any Home Federal ATM or by calling 1.800.992.3808.

 A new debit card will be sent to you 45 days prior to your current card expiring.

Report a lost or stolen card by calling 1.800.472.3272. Be sure to check out our Security & Fraud Prevention page for additional next steps.

Activate your new debit card by using your card and PIN at any ATM, or by calling 1.800.992.3808 and following the prompts.

No more than $500 cash may be withdrawn from any ATM per day. No more than $1,500 may be charged to your card per day.

Online Banking

Non-Business Clients may enroll for online banking here. You will need your account number and social security number to register.

Business Clients may enroll by contacting your business banker, or by calling Home Federal’s Cash Management Department at 1.888.269.0170.

Receive help logging into your personal online banking account by contacting 1.888.489.5355. 

Personal Banking clients already enrolled in online banking may sign up for e-Statements within the Options menu of the online banking homepage. Personal Banking clients not yet enrolled in online banking may sign up for e-Statements during the online banking enrollment process.

Transactions from your current and previous statement cycles are displayed first and older transactions, up to 30 months, may be viewed by accessing the more transactions link or via the documents link for e-statements.

Do you have more questions? Contact your local personal banking expert.


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