First Foundation Bank

First Foundation Bank
Savings Account - 4.90% APY

• The minimum balance to open the Online Savings Account is $1,000; new money only.
• Balance tier amounts and APYs associated with the end-of-day balance for the purpose of paying interest on the Online Savings Account are: $0.01 - $5,000,000.00 - APY 0.60%; $5,000,000.01 or more - APY 0.35%.
• Interest rate is variable and subject to change after account opening. If the balance in the account exceeds $5,000,000.00, the APY will be reduced on the entire account balance. The APY will be reduced on the entire account balance if the amount on deposit for all of your individual and joint Online Savings accounts combined exceed $5,000,000.00.
• Fees may reduce earnings.
• There is no monthly fee.
• If the Online Savings account is closed within 90 days of opening, there will be a $20 fee assessed. If it is closed after longer than 90 days, there is no fee.

Fee and Feature Guide

Savings Account
Interest Rate
APY 4.90%
Minimum deposit amount $1,000.00
Maximum deposit amount N/A
Balance Requirements
Minimum Opening Deposit $1,000.00
Minimum Balance to Avoid Fees $0.00
Minimum Required Balance $0.00
Monthly Maintenance Fee N/A
Foreign ATM Fees N/A
Insufficient Funds Fee $35.00
Incoming Wires $10.00
Paper Statements Yes
Online Statements Yes
Online and Telephone Banking
Online Banking Yes
Telephone Banking Yes
Mobile Banking Yes
Deposit Checks with Mobile Device Yes
Free Bill Pay Yes
Online Bill Payments Required Yes
Account Opening
Open Online Yes
Insured by F.D.I.C.

Recent Rate Changes

Date APY
February 1, 2024 4.90%
November 17, 2023 5.00%
November 17, 2023 5.25%

Customer Reviews for First Foundation Bank

  • November 18, 2023 |

    Savings Rates

    bank delayed 1-2days to credit into your account, pay less interest.

  • September 26, 2023

    Update 9-26-23

    I have now used them for several days, and it gets better and better and better. They have every single thing I ever wished for in a bank and then some: Savings with fantastic rates, checking with a perfect bill paying app, easy app for depositing checks, various methods of verification so if for some reason you cannot receive texts or calls you can still get in safely but without spending hours. On top of which, when I called customer service on three different occasions I got someone almost immediately and they extremely pleasantly and efficiently answered my questions.

    I think I died and went to heaven. WOW!!!

    Original review:
    I am ditching Capital One 360 for making my life a living hell over the last month when I tried two very simple tweaks to my account.

    Searching for banks online, I found I could get a much better return than theirs as well. First Foundation Bank had all the functionalities I wanted, a savings account with a terrific interest rate, a checking account with bill paying, and the ability to operate without a mobile, if so desired.

    So I decided that it would be worth the lengthy application and approval process described in some reviews. Imagine my surprise when I opened two accounts plus added a joint holder and my church as a beneficiary (the two things I tried to accomplish with Capital One to the point of going insane) in exactly three minutes! WOW!!!!

    What a joy!

  • October 17, 2022 |

    Online Savings Rates

    I opened the account without reading the reviews and I am glad I did. No troubles and they just raised their rate so it is on top of this list!

  • July 15, 2022 |

    Online Savings Rates

    I received an email today that the transfer limits are now $100k per transfer, that transfers will take 3 days, and that the limit resets as soon as it settles after 3 days, and that thereafter it is $250k per month. Perhaps this will alleviate the stress that I and others on this board have had with First Foundation. Prior policy and interactions about ridiculously low limits were exasperating and I can still only give it 2 stars based on CSR to date.

  • May 26, 2022 |

    Online Savings Rates

    A good online experience, but external transfer limits are troubling. Pay attention to these and I certainly couldn't get them waived. At $10k a month, it will take me 25 months + plus to wind down an account at $250K.

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