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Washington Federal Bank, a subsidiary of Washington Federal, Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD), is a savings and loan headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The bank operates more than 180 banking branches in eight western states: Washington, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and New Mexico. Washington Federal consumers can “count on” the bank for checking and savings accounts, retirement accounts, mortgages and HELOCs, business and commercial banking, and insurance products. Washington Federal's history dates back to 1917, when the Ballard Savings and Loan was founded. It merged with Bothell's Washington Federal Savings and Loan in 1958, keeping the Washington Federal name, and its current structure was established in 1995. The bank has grown largely through mergers and acquisitions. A few notable examples include Provident Federal Savings and Loan, First Mutual Bank, Horizon Bank, and Charter Bank. These deals have helped Washington Federal grow its footprint into new states and increase its footprints in states where it already had a presence. Washington Federal Bank offers personal banking and loan products. The personal banking products include, deposit accounts, checking, savings accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs), money market accounts, retirement, education savings, and credit cards. The bank is also a mortgage lender, specializing in 15 and 30 year fixed rate home loans. Additionally, Washington Federal offers great refinance rates for consumers looking to refinance a mortgage. See how Washington Federal interest rates compare on RateZip! This bank profile is not an endorsement or advertisement for the bank's products and services. RateZip is an independent publisher of bank information.