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As you know, real estate is at a all time high right now in many markets. Recent articles in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and countless other publications have been stories about big Wall Street companies jumping in and buying real estate rather than stocks … because they know they can get a better return.

So why are most Americans still trusting their own retirements, IRAs, 401(k)s, etc., with the stock market?

The answer? They don’t know any better.

Before we dive into the good stuff, remember … we are not financial advisors and by no means should this guide be meant to act as financial, tax or legal advice. It’s for informational purposes only. Consult your own professional advisors before you make any financial choices like this.


The Self-Directed IRA for Real Estate

Self-Directed IRAs have been around for a while, and in the past several years, lots of people have realized that their IRAs aren’t earning them a darn thing — sometimes even losing money. So those people (maybe this is you) have started to look for other ways to earn better returns with that same IRA.

Enter the “self-directed IRA.”

A self-directed IRA is simple. It’s a retirement account that has the same tax benefits as a normal IRA, but you have more flexibility in deciding what you want your IRA to be invested in.

You can invest in:

  • Real estate (commercial, income-generating rental property, rehabs, etc.)

  • Promissory Notes secured by mortgages (i.e. private lending)

  • Tax lien certificates

  • Limited partnerships

  • LLCs

  • Sub-C corporations

  • Real estate options

  • Some types of precious metals

  • … and the normal investments such as stocks that your normal IRA can invest in.

Basically, this opens it up so you can buy investment real estate with your IRA or be a private lender in real estate.


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