Using Your IRA for Real Estate Investment

Over the past few years, many markets have seen real estate hit 30-year lows. While many markets are recovering, lucrative investments are still found all across the country. Every day there are articles published in major publications, about investors turning to real estate as opposed to the volatile stock market. You can find articles on Forbes, The Balance and CNBC all showing the benefits of real estate investing. As they say… most of the world’s millionaires, got that way through real estate!

So What’s The Catch?

There are always restrictions on what you can do. If you choose to buy and hold, there are certain limitations on what you can do with the property. Also, the “custodian” of your self-direct IRA will have opinions about what you should or shouldn’t invest in.

Who are the custodians of your self-directed IRA?

The US Government created self-directed IRA’s to help investors take more control over their retirement savings. There are incredible tax benefits, as well as the freedom to invest in things other retirement accounts cannot. That said, they do not want people setting up IRA’s, then doing whatever they want. They have set up a system of checks and balances, adding a custodian as a barrier between you and your potential investment.
The custodian is typically the company who is holding your IRA. They will have guidelines as to what you are able to invest in. Some companies are very passive, while others have a tighter grip on what you can do. Some savvy investors will want the freedom, while newbies might prefer a company with stricter guidelines. Trust us, they are in place for your benefit, to keep you from losing money.

There are many companies out there who are ready to help and advise you on the best investments. A few of our favorites include:

  • Guidant Financial – a bit pricey, but the perk of full checkbook control is HUGE!
  • Equity Trust
  • Entrust

Every company will operate a bit differently. Some might have a high fee, while others offer more flexibility. Ask for references, recommendations from friends, and choose the company that will work best to meet your needs.

So, why are so many Americans still trusting their retirement funds, IRA’s and 401k’s to the stock market?

Point blank: They don’t know otherwise.

Below we offer tips and advice about how to use your IRA for real estate investment purposes. Investway Group of Florida, Corp. does not claim to be a financial advisor, nor is this guide to be taken as financial or legal advice. Before making any purchase, consult your own professional advisors and seek the counsel of experts. Our guide is meant for informational purposes only!

By using a self-directed IRA, you will be able to:

  • Invest in all types of real estate (single and multi-family rentals, commercial properties, rehabs homes to flip, and even land
  • purchases!)
  • Purchase notes backed by mortgages (AKA private lending)
  • Tax certificates
  • Stocks
  • Even some types of precious metals!

What it boils down to, is that a self-directed IRA will allow you to become a real estate investor or even a private lender!

Using A Self-Directed IRA for Real Estate

A self-directed IRA is exactly what it sounds like. It is a retirement account with the same benefits as a traditional IRA, however, YOU are in charge of where your money is invested. Many people have a self-directed IRA, but don’t take the initiative to change up their investments when something isn’t performing. As you read this, people are losing money, yet they don’t do anything about it. We are here to tell you: You can make money with your IRA!

Specific Questions To Ask Prospective Self-Directed IRA Companys

Making Your Money Work For You

Using a self-directed IRA is a great way to take control of your investments and your future. Dive in with research, planning, and consider possible investments. Talk to professional whom you trust such as a lawyer, financial advisor or real estate professional.

Investway Group of Florida, Corp. is here when you are ready to invest!

We welcome all questions! Feel free to send us a message or give us a call anytime: (813) 965-5272. We proudly offer discount investment properties throughout Florida. We work with investors nationwide who purchase homes at great prices. We can also help qualified investors who want to explore the benefits of private lending.

Best of luck with your investment journey, and we hope to hear from you soon!

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