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Using An Ira For Your Real Estate

Jan 7, 2008
Owning a home is a good investment in the view of many people. If one is good, two must be better! Before you rush out to buy a second home, you might consider doing it through your IRA.

If I have an individual retirement account, I have to invest in the stock market. Everyone know this is the way it works, right? Well, the literature and commercials spewed out by investment firms might suggest as much, but it is not true.

The average person will always invest in the stock market in some form or another with their IRA. The question is whether you want to be average when planning for your financial future. If not, you need to think outside the box.

Every time I read about a new wealth building strategy, I do so with a healthy bit of skepticism. If it sounds to good to be true, it often is. This strategy, however, does not push any limits or validate itself because of a loophole. It is basic IRA planning.

Truth be told, you have the right to invest your retirement dollars in many more investment areas then you are led to believe. So, why haven't you been told this? Well, most stock investment brokers don't make money in real estate, so why would they promote it?

The nuts and bolts of the strategy are fairly simple, but the devil is in the details. In general, you open a self-directed IRA and use that vehicle to invest in property entities. Get it right and you can make a bundle. Get it wrong and it is a nightmare, so do this with professional help.

This form of IRA can be held both as a traditional or Roth IRA. The structure, however, is a bit different. There is an independent custodian overseeing the account. It is required by law to make sure people don't crazy with investments. The custodian is not expensive.

Once up and running, it is time to put money into the account. How you do this is entirely dependent upon your specific situation. You can roll money in from another account or perhaps just make contributions. Consult with your financial advisor for the best answer.

With money on hand, it is time to invest in property. There are surprisingly few rules. The only limitation is on self-dealing. You cannot buy your current home or a property you already own. Most people buy second homes or rentals.

From a procedural point of view, you do no actually purchase anything. The IRA does. Technically, the custodian of the IRA will sign on behalf of the account and so on. You then relax and watch your balance grow as rental payments come in or appreciation occurs.

You might recall I mentioned the Roth option above. Yes, you can use this strategy with the Roth account. In fact, it is preferable. Why? When you retire, all distributions from the Roth will be income tax free. That makes for an excellent investment.

You probably have a number of questions regarding this strategy. This article is admittedly a simplification of the strategy. To find out more and take advantage of it, speak with an advisor experienced in the field.
About the Author
Barry Waxler is a financial planner who writes about financial planning for UFCAmerica.com.
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