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    • Purplepenguin88
    • By Purplepenguin88 14th Oct 16, 4:03 PM
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    Help to Buy ISA property price
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    • 14th Oct 16, 4:03 PM
    Help to Buy ISA property price 14th Oct 16 at 4:03 PM
    Hey Everyone, just wanted to check something out, and that I'm not understanding things regarding the scheme rules for the Help to Buy ISA.
    My bf and I are looking at buying our first property sometime in earlyish 2017. We're going to start looking for somewhere suitable after the festive period and we're getting all our ducks in a row. We're saving madly for a deposit and getting to the point where it'll be possible next year.

    Now that we've started talking to people about this, everyone is asking "do you each have a help to buy ISA?" and when I say no, I get told I'm mad for throwing away the free money. Now I've looked into this several times, and I'm sure I'm simply not eligible. We're based in the south east, and want to buy a step up from the 2 bed flat we're currently renting - and so our property is realistically going to be 300-375k depending on exactly what we pick/where etc. And unfortunately since we're based in Hertfordshire we fall outside the London threshold of £450k. Even a lot of 2 bed properties around here are over the £250k threshold. My understanding is, since we're buying a property that costs over £250k, even though each of our half would be under this threshold, we wouldn't be eligible for the bonus - and therefore there's no "free money" for us. Is that correct?

    Basically I'm not missing something am I, as I've now had to defend my lack of HTB ISA to so many different people that I'm starting to doubt myself!?

    Many thanks in advance!
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    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 14th Oct 16, 4:11 PM
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    • 14th Oct 16, 4:11 PM
    I think you're right, you wouldn't get the bonus.
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    • MissTasmanian
    • By MissTasmanian 14th Oct 16, 4:20 PM
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    • 14th Oct 16, 4:20 PM
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    • 14th Oct 16, 4:20 PM
    You're right you wouldn't get the bonus but if you can wait until April you could transfer your Help to buy Isas to a lifetime ISA and get the bonus assuming the property is under £450k
    • Purplepenguin88
    • By Purplepenguin88 14th Oct 16, 4:38 PM
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    • 14th Oct 16, 4:38 PM
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    • 14th Oct 16, 4:38 PM
    Thank you for the confirmation!

    MissT: I don't know anything about the lifetime ISA - I'll have to research them and see about taking out the HTB ISA's as a vessel for transferring them.
    It's irritating that even when the property prices are sky high, you can't double the limit when there's 2 people putting in!
    We couldn't afford a property over 400K so it'll definitely be less than that.
    • selement
    • By selement 14th Oct 16, 4:56 PM
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    • 14th Oct 16, 4:56 PM
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    • 14th Oct 16, 4:56 PM
    My understanding is the lifetime isa does give bonus on properties up to 450k in all areas but the money has to be in the account for a year so couldn't buy before April 2018
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    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 14th Oct 16, 5:11 PM
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    • 14th Oct 16, 5:11 PM
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    • 14th Oct 16, 5:11 PM
    Thank you for the confirmation!

    MissT: I don't know anything about the lifetime ISA - I'll have to research them and see about taking out the HTB ISA's as a vessel for transferring them.
    It's irritating that even when the property prices are sky high, you can't double the limit when there's 2 people putting in!
    We couldn't afford a property over 400K so it'll definitely be less than that.
    Originally posted by Purplepenguin88
    I think the idea is, if you can afford a property of 500k (or 900k in London) you don't need the help
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