What Are the Benefits of a Non-Recourse Loan for a Self-Directed IRA?

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According to recent research, 64% of working people report they have little to nothing saved for retirement. That’s an alarming statistic when you consider how quickly time goes. Twenty years seems far off until you're at the other end asking, "Where did the last 20 years go?" Many financial advisors say you'll need 85% of your working income when you retire. So, if at the age of retirement your earned income is $100,000, you will need at least $85,000 a year to maintain your lifestyle. You need your money to blossom for that to happen.

A non-recourse loan is a popular strategy that can help you grow your self-directed IRA. How well you live in your retirement years depends on what you do with your money today. Let's look at how this loan works and the benefits it provides real estate IRA investors.

Recourse Loan Vs Non Recourse Debt

You're familiar with a recourse loan. It is a traditional loan where the borrower puts up collateral for the lender to secure the loan. Recourse loans reduce the bank's risk. For example, if the borrower doesn't pay, the lender doesn't just take the property but can go after other personals assets to satisfy any outstanding loan balance.

For example, an auto loan is a recourse loan. The lender can repossess and sell the auto to recover the debt if the borrower defaults on the loan payment. If the car sells for less than the loan balance, the bank can sue the borrower for the money owed, forcing the borrower to liquidate other assets to settle the loan.

Another example of a recourse loan is a home loan or mortgage loan. If the borrower defaults, the lender can seize the property (state laws may vary). Also, recourse loans have a personal guarantee. This means that you are personally liable for the outstanding debt.

What Is a Non-Recourse Loan?

Non-recourse loans are secured by collateral, but the bank or non recourse lender can only sell the pledged collateral or asset to recover the loan in the case of default. For example, a self-directed IRA can get an nonrecourse loan. If the borrower or self-directed IRA in this case defaults, the bank can sell the property or go into foreclosure to recoup its loss.

Non recourse loans favor the borrower because their personal finances aren't at risk, there is no personal liability. The lender or bank cannot take legal action against the borrower. Usually, the borrower's credit score is not impacted with this type of nonrecourse debt either.

The non recourse loan lender cannot obtain a deficiency judgment to garnish the debtor's wages, seize other property, or take money from their bank account. However, they can still go after the asset or property to repay the loan.

Because the bank takes the hit, these loans usually have a higher interest rate and strict borrowing prerequisites the borrower must meet for the self directed retirement plan to obtain the loan. The loan term may also be different than what you may be familiar with, and the mortgaged property must have positive cash flow.

Another important thing to keep in mind with these types of loans is that your IRA may generate taxable income. This taxable income (UDFI) is explained in detail here. 

Nonrecourse financing is not new. There are many non-recourse financing companies nationwide. Here you can find a list of some companies and private lenders that our clients have used in the past:

Non-Recourse Lenders List >


How Your Self Directed IRA Benefits

Consider this scenario: You want to use your self-directed IRA to purchase real estate . Your IRA or retirement plan applies for the non-recourse loan and the real estate secures the debt.

Some of your IRA's funds and the non-recourse loan buy the property, allowing other funds in your IRA to remain invested and continue gaining interest. 

For example, let's say you have $200,000 in your IRA and find an investment property for $200,000. You don't use all the money in your IRA, but maybe $100,000, then you can get a non-recourse loan in the name of the self directed IRA to make up the difference. That leaves $100,000 in your IRA that continues to earn interest and grow.

These types of loans are typically used to allow you to have available capital in case the property needs repair or renovations or to invest in commercial real estate. Using a non-recourse loan helps to expand your investment options. It allows you to diversify instead of keeping your eggs in one basket.

It's a massive win for you and your IRA. Non-recourse lending benefits your IRA by leveraging the bank's money. In addition, the principal in the IRA is protected and can be used for other investment instruments.

Succeed With a Plan

Most people set up auto-deposit to fund their retirement accounts, then forget about it. They hope it will all work out, or they're worried that they haven't saved enough. Unfortunately, it is a dangerous strategy because it can leave you with unwanted surprises when it comes time for you to retire.

Using a self-directed IRA puts you in the driver's seat, allowing you to determine how it will grow. Your knowledge base expands as you learn how best to manage your money for retirement. You can confidently layout investment strategies that can enhance your portfolio.

It is powerful to feel that you are adequately prepared to retire from your daily grind. When you have diligently worked to employ financial strategies to grow your retirement accounts, it removes the anxiety of uncertainty.

Learn More About Self-Directed IRAs and Non-Recourse Loans

When you reach retirement and it's your turn to sleep till noon, travel when you want, for however long you want, or see a film in the middle of the day, you don't want to be bogged down with financial concerns.
Learn how a non-recourse loan and self-directed IRAs can provide significant benefits for a worry-free retirement. Put us on your calendar and schedule a consultation so you can begin putting your self-directed IRA to work for you.



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