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3 Things You Should Know About Investing in Vacant Land with a Self Directed IRA

by Veronica Alvizar, Real Estate Associate on (May 9, 2019)

 Raw or vacant land— another way many investors chose to diversify their retirement, compounding the flexibility of a self-directed IRA with the flexibility of untapped potential. You can buy and hold the property, develop the land for resale, rent it out for farming or solar energy— there are almost endless options. But, as with all IRA investments, there are some things to keep in mind when investing in this tax-advantaged account— and they can make the difference between massive and meager returns. Here are 3 to anticipate when investing:

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Topics: Prohibited Transactions, Real Estate IRA

Don’t Make These 7 Mistakes With Your IRA Fix & Flip

by IRAR Trust Company on (April 17, 2019)

Fix and flip investments are an incredibly popular way to make profit in the real estate market, and more and more investors are taking this tried and true tactic to their retirement portfolios. These lend themselves easily to IRA investing, as fix and flip investors are used to coordinating multiple moving parts— the process is new, but the skills and strategy aren’t.

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Topics: Prohibited Transactions, Self Directed IRA Rules, Real Estate IRA

3 Self Directed IRA Custodian Horror Stories

by IRAR Trust Company on (October 18, 2018)

How much do you trust the people handling your self-directed IRA?

Though usually self-directed investing is mostly up to the individual, in the end the team behind the account can make all the difference. But what happens when your provider doesn’t do what they’re supposed to? Unfortunately, there are some less scrupulous IRA custodians out there— and the results are not always so nice. If your custodian isn’t holding up their half of the bargain by providing the knowledge and service you need, it can be pretty scary— especially knowing just how expensive these kinds of mistakes can be.

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Topics: Prohibited Transactions, Self Directed IRA Rules

Prohibited Transactions in Your Real Estate IRA - Examples and Explanations

by Veronica Alvizar, Real Estate Associate on (May 25, 2018)

Investing in real estate with your self-directed IRA is a lot like traditional real estate, but there are a few big differences. The biggest difference? You’re not allowed to do a few things within a self-directed IRA, according to the IRC Section 4975. The IRS, by banning these situations and investments, known as prohibited transactions, is aiming to prevent you (or you, through your family) from benefiting directly from the IRA— at least until you’ve retired.

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Topics: Prohibited Transactions, Real Estate IRA

Prohibited Transactions and Disqualified Persons in Your Self-Directed IRA

by IRAR Trust Company on (April 10, 2018)

Self-directed IRAs give you more freedom to invest than most people believe is possible. After being stuck with traditional providers offering the typical public stock and bonds, it’s almost unimaginable the flexibility you have with an IRA Resources account. The right to invest as you wish is one of the main reasons our special niche of the financial industry is growing faster and faster every year. Though you can invest in almost any way you choose, there are still a few things the IRS says you can’t do with a self-directed IRA— or else risk your tax-advantaged status.

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Topics: Prohibited Transactions, Self Directed IRA Rules

What You Should Know About Self Directed IRAs and Prohibited Transactions

by IRAR Trust Company on (January 8, 2016)

Self-directed IRAs allow for tax-advantaged investing in private placements, notes, real estate and other various assets used in self-directed IRAs. In order to avoid penalties and additional tax payments on investments, investors must pay attention to particular regulations.

When using your IRA to invest, there are restrictions regarding whom you can buy from and sell to, as well as how the asset can be used. It's important to stay aware of these restrictions which include prohibited transactions and disqualified persons. Don't let your IRA investment sail without familiarizing yourself with the rules and regulations first. Below, you will find additional details about these restrictions: 

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Topics: Due Diligence, Prohibited Transactions, Self Directed IRA Rules

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