Incommons Bank is offering a high yield reward checking account called In-Checking. The account offers the following rates and features if certain monthly requirements are met:
- 4.25% APY on balances up to $25,000
- 1.01% APY on the portion of the balance over $25,000
- 0.10% base rate if qualifications are not met
- ATM fee refunds nationwide without limit
- 10 MasterCard debit card purchases
- 1 direct deposit or automatic payment
- Receive e-Statements
- $100 minimum initial deposit
- No minimum balance requirement
- No monthly service charge
Offering only one account per customer allows us to offer this incredible rate to everyone in our community. You may not be able to have more than one account, but at least your friends and family can share in the wealth too.
This FAQ is in the bank's micro website set up by FIRST ROI which has set up many of these sites. This is the first time I've seen an explanation like this in these FIRST ROI websites. Perhaps they're now seeing a need to limit accounts to one per customer.
Update 12/19/09: The bank has changed its policy, and it now restricts new applicants to residents of their current service area which includes Freestone, Limestone, McLennan, Bell, Falls, Robertson, Milam, Leon, Anderson, Henderson, Navarro, Hill, Bosque, Hamilton, Coryell and Brazos counties.
Yes, this account can be open by persons living out of state. When we speak with you before an application is submitted we ask that you enter your Drivers License number, expiration date, and state of issuance in the comments section of the application. We will also need to obtain a copy of your Drivers License which can be sent by fax or scanned to your personal banker. Once all paperwork has been completed we will mail the documents for your signature. When we've received the completed paperwork, a copy of your drivers license, and your initial deposit your account will be opened.
Please note that small banks offering hot rates often change their policies on availability. The link to the online application is available at the bank's reward checking page.
Branches are located in the Texas cities of Waco, Mexia, Fairfield and Coolidge. The bank has been FDIC insured since 1934 (FDIC Certificate # 3342).
Other Reward Checking Accounts
It's getting hard to find reward checking accounts with rates over 5% these days. Many have lowered their rates this year.
To find reward checking accounts in other areas of the nation or to learn more about these accounts, please refer to my High Yield Checking website.
01/05/10: 4.25% APY up to $25K
12/03/09: Application now restricted to certain Central TX counties.
09/08/09: Reader reported receiving notice that only TX residents are now being accepted.
09/04/09: Received confirmation that they're accepting customers nationwide
06/12/09: 5.01% APY up to $25K; 1.01% over; 0.10% base