Timberland Bancorp Inc, a Washington Corporation was organized on September 8, 1997 for the purpose of becoming the holding company for Timberland Savings Bank, SSB (Bank). On December 29, 2000, the Bank changed its name to Timberland Bank. The Bank is a community-oriented bank which has traditionally offered a variety of savings products to its retail customers while concentrating its lending activities on real estate mortgage loans. The Bank attracts deposits from the general public, and uses those funds, along with other borrowings, primarily to provide residential real estate, construction, commercial real estate, commercial business and consumer loans to borrowers primarily in western Washington and to a lesser extent, to invest in mortgage-backed securities and other investment securities. Its lending activities of the Company include origination of loans secured by real estate, including construction loans and land development, one- to four-family residential loans, multi-family loans, commercial real estate loans and land loans. The Bank originates adjustable-rate residential mortgage loans that do not qualify for sale in the secondary market under Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation guidelines. The Bank operates in an intensely competitive market for the attraction of deposits, generally its main source of lendable funds, and in the origination of loans. Its direct competition for deposits comes from large commercial banks, thrift institutions and credit unions in its main market area. The Bank, as a state-chartered savings bank, is subject to regulation and oversight by the Division and the applicable provisions of Washington law and regulations of the Division adopted thereunder.