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Real Estate

Turn your industry knowledge into an investment.

A Real Estate IRA can be an important piece of a well-rounded retirement portfolio. It presents an opportunity to use your knowledge and expertise to build wealth on a tax-deferred or tax-free (if in a Roth IRA) basis. Through a self-directed IRA, an investor can own physical property in the form of raw land, single family homes, multifamily structures or even commercial property.

Stake your claim.

A self-directed IRA in real estate presents an exciting opportunity to put your knowledge of the real estate market to work. Like any self-directed IRA, it’s important to have a firm grasp of the type of property or land you plan to invest in and the rules and regulations regarding such investments.

Here’s the broad range of investment opportunities you have at your disposal:


Residential Property

Residential property offers you the opportunity to buy, rent and sell homes within your IRA. All income generated by the property stays in your IRA and all expenses (taxes, improvements, etc.) are paid from the IRA.

Commercial Property

Invest in commercial properties like office buildings, storefronts and warehouses. You can even take out a non-recourse loan to invest in these types of properties if you can’t afford to buy them outright with your IRA.

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Use your IRA funds to help others purchase properties. The fees and interest will accrue inside your retirement account on a tax-deferred or tax-free basis.

REO Properties

In certain real estate markets, you can use your IRA to purchase distressed properties. These properties offer investors the opportunity to buy low and, with a little work, sell for large profits which stay in your IRA.

Apartment Buildings & Condominiums

Self-directed IRAs can be a very powerful tool for buying apartment buildings. You can buy an apartment building through a multi-member LLC with a portion of the funds coming from your IRA or invest through an IRA loan to cover the purchase cost.

Raw Land

Purchasing raw, undeveloped land through your IRA is a low maintenance way to invest in real estate, without all the headaches associated with upkeep. For most parcels of land, property taxes will be one of your few expenses.

Improved Land

Improved land refers to land that has certain utilities and services available to it like electricity, water, sewer and telephone lines. This type of real estate investment is similar to raw land but has increased potential for development.

Funding the purchase of Real Estate in an IRA

There are several ways to fund your purchase:

Direct Purchase is the simplest and quickest way if you have cash available in one or more IRAs.

Your IRA can partner with other individuals that invest (either through an IRA or as a personal investment).

Your IRA can obtain a non-recourse loan, often called leveraging. We work with non-recourse lenders like North American Savings Bank and First Western Federal Savings Bank that are familiar with this form of lending.

What you need to know about Prohibited Transactions in an IRA

The decision to invest in real estate with your retirement funds can have some powerful benefits. However, you need to be aware that IRAs and retirement accounts are governed by rules pertaining to prohibited transactions and disqualified persons.

Prohibited transactions disqualify an IRA and carry significant penalties and taxes. You should thoroughly understand the prohibited transaction and disqualified person rules before you begin any real estate transaction.

In addition to prohibited transactions, STRATA will not permit the purchase of foreign real estate property or property in foreclosure.

The Pros and Cons of Real Estate IRAs

Real Estate IRAs are an exciting investment prospect, but it’s important to learn all the facts before opening an account. Download our quick guide to self-directed IRAs in real estate.

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How to get started

Open a self-directed IRA account in Real Estate.

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Fund your IRA with a transfer, rollover or annual contribution.

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Find the property you want to purchase with your Real Estate IRA, and provide the items outlined in our Real Estate Investment Checklist.

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Have questions?

Want to know more about a specific type of self-directed real estate IRA? We’re always here to help.

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