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2018 – 2019 SEP IRA Contribution Limits and Rules

by Jason Craig, President on (May 2, 2019)

If you’re self-employed, you may be wondering what options you have to save for retirement. The good news is that there are several different options, depending on your needs. Figuring out the best option for you and your retirement goals can be the challenge— but we are here to help.

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules, Contributions

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

Avoid Running Out of Money in Your Self-Directed IRA

by IRAR Trust Company on (March 27, 2019)

It happens to the best of us— a few miscalculations, and suddenly your self-directed IRA is looking a little cash poor.

Investing in assets that have bills to pay takes a little more navigating than the typical stock or bond. Though real estate, private equity, and other alternative assets can be excellent investments with outlandish returns, they also come with expenses your IRA needs to pay— and that can cause issues if you don’t have the liquidity to cover those expenses.

 But you’re not totally sunk if you find yourself low on funds— there are some things you can do:

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules, Transfers & Rollovers, Contributions

Real Estate IRA Investors: This Blog Will Save You Major Bank

by Jason Craig, President on (December 20, 2018)

Searching for a real estate IRA custodian that doesn’t break the bank? It helps to know what you’re looking for.

The things that cost real estate investors the most don’t always matter as much to the average person with a self directed IRA. If all you do is read the “getting started” guides you find on every custodian’s website, you might not even know the right things to ask (until it’s too late).

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules, Real Estate IRA

2019 Self Directed IRA Contribution Limits: Updates For a New Year

by IRAR Trust Company on (December 15, 2018)

New contribution limits for 2019 are out— and they’ve gone up. Good! This is the first time they’ve gone up in the past 6 years, and experts have been saying we’re long overdue for a while. Time to take advantage of this opportunity for extra savings.

Want the lowdown on these updates? Here’s a summary:

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules, Contributions

5 Habits of Highly-Effective Self Directed IRA Investors

by Amanda Horstmann, Operations Specialist on (December 5, 2018)

Investing in self directed IRAs is a great opportunity to truly exert your choice over your retirement fund— but how do you translate that freedom of choice into excellent returns? Though the types of investments held by IRA investors varies, some commonalities between the most successful investors are clear. But what separates the regular investors from the SDIRA superstars? What is it that makes the most successful self directed IRA investors so successful?

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules

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

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

Divorce and Self Directed IRAs: The Simple How-To

by IRAR Trust Company on (September 26, 2018)

Divorce isn’t usually in the plan— but sometimes it happens. With approximately one divorce happening every 36 seconds in the US alone, it’s not an uncommon occurrence. If this is your situation, and you’ve got to divide your retirement account, we’re here to help.

Here’s how to complete this process with simplicity— at IRAR, we do our best to make the parts of life we can control as easy as possible.

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules, Transfers & Rollovers

Different Notes for Different Folks: 3 Kinds of Self Directed IRA Promissory Notes

by Cecilia Guerra, Operations Associate on (September 13, 2018)

Why not take a typical private loan agreement and make it all your own? When investing in promissory notes with your self directed IRA, you can do it (almost) any way you please.

A promissory note is a legal agreement for one party to lend money to another, with terms and stipulations outlined specifically. You can use them in a ton of different ways— from offering private loans for qualified individuals, business loans to companies looking for financing, even by acting as the “bank” in a real estate deal— which is why they’re so popular, even outside of self direction.

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules, Promissory Notes

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