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Help to Buy ISAs

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  • Must be able to be opened and managed online
  • Have the best rates available at time of writing (December 2016)

Barclays Help to Buy: ISA

Barclays currently pays the best rate of 2.27%, and you can manage the account online, in branch or by phone. You can open the account with just £1 although you can put up to £1,200 in in the first month. It’s a variable rate so do keep tabs on this.

You can use standing orders, cash/cheque deposit or bank account transfers to fund the ISA.

Best for: those wanting a low cost option

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Natiowide Help to Buy: ISA

The Nationwide Help to Buy ISA pays 2% but it’s interesting because it offers what we call a ‘split ISA’. This means you can have a cash ISA alongside a Help to Buy ISA, as it’s all in one wrapper.

So, if you’ve already saved in a cash ISA since 6 April 2016 you can transfer it in here, and then drip feed money each month to the Help to Buy ISA. Or, equally, you can open it with new money and save both in the cash ISA and the Help to Buy ISA.

Nationwide also has a (relatively) decent rate on its easy access ISA which pays 0.75% (0.95% if you have a ‘Flex’ current account).

Best for: those wanting a low cost option

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Halifax Help to Buy: ISA

Halifax’s Help to buy ISA can be opened online. You can open this account with between £1 and £1,000. This must be received within 21 days of account opening and can be transferred from an existing ISA. You can pay in up to £200 in any calendar month. This should be paid by standing order and received by the 25th of the month.

Best for: those wanting a low cost option

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