How to invest in Real Estate using your IRA
Are you planning on investing in real estate using your IRA? If so, you are not alone! Over the last five years, thousands of people across the United States have tapped into their IRA’s to invest in real estate nationwide including: multi-family rental properties, single family homes, condos, duplexes and more.
To help investors who are planning on investing in real estate using their IRA’s, we’ve compiled a list of steps to follow which will make this process easy to understand.
Step #1 – Make sure you have the right IRA
Even though you’re excited about investing in real estate using the money that’s in your IRA, you first must make sure that you have the right IRA because, if your IRA is not self-directed, the bad news is that most brokerage accounts will not allow real estate holdings.
Step #2 – Appoint a custodian
Once you’ve made sure that you have the right IRA to invest in real estate, the next thing that you need to do is to appoint a custodian.
This individual will be responsible for managing the real estate transaction including any associated paperwork as well as the financial reporting. It is vital that you select this person carefully being prepared to pay the custodian a fee because most custodians will charge fees for the service.
Step #3 – Understand that the property is an investment
Before investing in real estate using your IRA, it’s important for you to know that the property is an investment.
You cannot use it as a second home, office, location for your business or a vacation property because it’s purely an investment property. This is one of the core rules that every investor must follow when and if they use proceeds from their IRA to invest in real estate.
Step #4 – Don’t purchase real estate from a disqualified person
Another important step to follow when purchasing real estate using your IRA is that you cannot purchase real estate from a disqualified person. The IRS classifies someone who is “disqualified” as your spouse, parents, grandparents, children or anyone else who may be related to you.
Step #5 – Be ready for what happens when you own the property
If you do ultimately choose to purchase real estate using your IRA, it’s important for you to know that since you essentially have paid cash for the property, and since there is no mortgage, you will not be able to enjoy any of the traditional benefits which come from financing a property like appreciation, deducting your mortgage interest payments, taxes etc.
If you end up renting the property out, every dime which comes from that property in the form of rent will need to go right back into the IRA.
The obvious bright side that comes from financing a real estate purchase from the money that’s in your IRA is that if there are maintenance costs involved with the property, all that money will come right out of your IRA and it’s going to pay for everything.
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