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Worst Kinds of Self-Directed IRAs & How to Avoid

by Yvonne Garcia, CMO on (June 17, 2020)

Believe me, after 16 years in the self-directed IRA industry, I’ve heard it all: the good, the bad, and the downright weird of self-directed IRA companies. I often talk to account holders and pick their brain on how they went about finding the right custodian. Usually they have a story about what went wrong and it's exactly why I remain committed to the promise of Self-Directed IRAs (SDIRA). I believe that everyone has the right to make their own investment decisions, and pay affordable rates, while receiving best-in-class service. I also believe passionately in the power of knowledge and making what seems complex simple.

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Topics: Due Diligence, Self Directed IRA Rules, SDIRA Fees

3 Things Investors Really Hate About Self-Directed IRA Custodians

by Yvonne Garcia, CMO on (April 22, 2020)

After 16 years in the self-directed IRA industry, I’ve gained insight into some of the major complaints and pain points self-directed IRA investors deal with. As an investor myself, I’m empathetic to these challenges— especially as someone who works behind the scenes to create excellent customer experiences. With my experience working in all aspects of self-directed IRAs and alternative investments, from marketing to business development, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from savvy self-directed IRA investors of all levels. After much research and discussion with our clients as to why they’ve moved their IRA to IRAR Trust, here’s what I’ve found.

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Topics: Due Diligence, Self Directed IRA Rules, SDIRA Fees

Don't Fall For The Wrong Self-Directed IRA, Fees Will Break Your Heart!

by Yvonne Garcia, CMO on (February 13, 2020)

During the month of February, there’s a lot of focus on love, hearts, friendship, and— yes, self-directed IRAs. Besides googling what to buy your significant other, everyone’s researching how to open an account to get that tax break before April 15th rolls around or how to transfer their account to save on high fees. As a marketer, I’m always curious what people are looking for during holidays and national events— they influence people in ways you wouldn’t expect. It’s interesting to see what influences search trends, but what does this have to do with self-directed IRAs and fees?

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Topics: Real Estate IRA, SDIRA Fees

The Secret to BIG Savings: Self-Directed IRA Fees Explained

by IRAR Trust Company on (November 15, 2019)

As much as we all wish retirement plans were free of charge, they aren’t. Companies that provide services for retirement plans ALWAYS charge fees in some way, even if it’s not clear how.  After all, they have to cover basic business costs to service your account, so they always find a way.

Even so, you’ll sometimes see promotions by big banks where they offer great benefits like making a contribution to your account or promises to match your retirement savings, all while promoting these accounts as free— don’t be fooled. There is no such thing as a free IRA.

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Topics: Real Estate IRA, SDIRA Fees, Real Estate IRA eBook

Self-Directed Real Estate IRA Fees: How Much are you Paying?

by Yvonne Garcia, CMO on (November 5, 2019)

Fees have a big impact on retirement accounts— they slowly add up over time, preventing you from putting your hard-saved money to work for your retirement. To help you make the most of your money, we’ve complied a guide to these fees. After all, if you’re doing some of the work with self-direction, you shouldn’t have to overpay for your IRA.

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Topics: Due Diligence, Self Directed IRA Rules, Real Estate IRA, SDIRA Fees

Choosing a Self Directed IRA Custodian for Real Estate Investments

by Yvonne Garcia, CMO on (November 20, 2018)

You hear it all the time— in endless blogs, books, and articles. The most important part of a successful real estate investor is the team behind you. When investing with your self directed IRA, your custodian is an essential part of that team, one that can help or hinder depending on the company.

Is your provider helping or hindering?

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules, Real Estate IRA, SDIRA Fees

Don't Be Fooled Out Of Your Retirement Savings — Open a Self-Directed IRA with a Trusted Provider

by IRAR Trust Company on (March 30, 2018)

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to picking a self-directed IRA provider. You might make a good choice when picking at random— but the luck of the draw is not always in your favor. You may end up at a custodian who caters to gold investments when you want to flip real estate, or with a provider who charges you out the nose for subpar service— not what you were hoping for. Rotten luck? As luck would have it? Better luck next time? No!

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Topics: Due Diligence, SDIRA Fees

How to Pay Low Fees & Get the Best Service for your Real Estate IRA

by Yvonne Garcia, CMO on (July 12, 2017)

Real Estate IRAs are the hottest investment trend for real estate investors. However, some potential investors are put off by the fees and some self-directed IRA providers. Here are 3 factors you should consider when opening a self-directed IRA to invest in real estate: fees, service, and knowledge. 

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Topics: Real Estate IRA, SDIRA Fees

4 Tips to Compare Apples to Apples Before Opening a Self-Directed IRA

by Yvonne Garcia, CMO on (June 13, 2017)

How much shopping around did you do before buying your latest car, computer, or HDTV? 

A decision as important as choosing an IRA provider deserves at least that much research. You’ll want to start by creating a comparison list for Company A and Company B. This lets you compare apples to apples—and to recognize a rotten apple when you see it. Here are some items you’ll want to research and compare:

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Topics: Due Diligence, SDIRA Fees

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