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Self Directed IRA

Diversify Your Retirement Investments with a Real Estate IRA or Self-Directed IRA

Over time, real estate investments have afforded many people with the powerful combination of appreciation and income. The purchase of real estate through a self-directed IRA is a popular investor choice for this and other reasons.

Get the Freedom to Choose Your Own Retirement Investments

A self-directed IRA or real estate IRA gives you the freedom to invest in non-traditional assets, such as single-family and multi-unit homes, apartment buildings, co-ops, condominiums, improved or unimproved land (leveraged or unleveraged), commercial property, and more.

PFR has experience providing clients with education and support to put their retirement plan to work for them through real estate IRAs and self directed IRAs.

Types of Property Your Individual Retirement Account Can Own

  • Single family and multi-unit homes
  • Apartment buildings
  • Co-ops
  • Condominiums
  • Commercial property
  • Improved or unimproved land (leveraged or unleveraged)

Investing in Real Estate with an Individual Retirement Account

If your self-directed real estate IRA doesn’t have enough money to pay for the entire purchase, you can finance or leverage any income-producing property. The property is used as the collateral for the loan. Because the property belongs to your IRA, the debt must be repaid from assets within your IRA, whether it’s income from the property, permissible contributions, or other assets in the IRA.

All real property is either purchased or sold for your benefit using your Qualified Plan and/or IRA funds.

Purchasing and Selling Real Property with a Real Estate IRA

A real property purchase or sale is initiated by executing either a Buy or Sell Direction Letter For Real Estate. Specific instructions for completion of these direction letters are contained on the forms.

Financing a Real Estate IRA Purchase

You may finance or leverage any property you purchase for your retirement plan. The property is the collateral for the loan. As the property is an asset of the retirement plan, repayment of the underlying debt must come from contributions to or income from the property or other assets in the retirement plan. This type of loan is generally referred to as a non-recourse loan because the IRA holder cannot extend credit to an IRA.

Ensuring the Tax-Deferred Status of the Account

Your entire transaction must flow through the tax-free or tax-deferred retirement account. The escrow must be opened by the account, not in the name of the beneficial owner. Vesting is always in the name of the account. The funds in your IRA may be used as good faith deposits, down payments, or purchase money.

Additional Requirements

When purchased, these properties become assets of your retirement plan or account. In addition:

  • You may not personally own property that you intend to purchase with plan funds and you must ensure that your intended purchase is not a prohibited transaction.
  • Neither you, your spouse, nor your family members (other than siblings) may have owned the property prior to its purchase by your plan.
  • Neither you nor your family members (other than siblings) may live in or lease the property while it's in your plan.
  • Your business may not lease or be located in or on any part of the property while it's in your plan.
  • You may receive any property as a distribution from your plan as a retirement benefit.

Managing the Property

Managing assets does not include property management conducted by the beneficial owner of an IRA or a company owned more than 50% by the beneficial owner of real or personal property in the IRA. Managing assets means managing your IRA portfolio.

Management fees may be paid out of your retirement account. A 1099 will be issued by you representing the individual retirement account to you or other designated asset manager for the year in which such invoices are paid. This includes all property rental or lease income, taxes, property management and repairs. Invoices for expenses are paid on client approval by the IRA.

The record-keeping and administration expenses charged by PFR may be paid either directly from separate funds or through the Plan, and may be tax deductible.

Title and Escrow Companies

When title an/or escrow companies are involved, proper instructions will be provided to them for all documents for your account. For ease of completion, in many cases facsimile (FAX) transmission of information is acceptable, followed by hard copy originals.

If self-direction is for you, why not go with the best. PFR offers you:

  • Local service. PFR is the only self-directed IRA administrator with a nationwide network of offices across the United States.
  • First-hand, expert knowledge. PFR taps into the wealth of experience of our local experts to bring you information in an easy to understand format.
  • Simple processes. Since we do this everyday, we have simplified our processes so that you can quickly and easily take care of your transactions.

Getting started is easy. Contact an PFR professional to establish a self-directed IRA.


This real estate information has been designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is provided with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional services. If legal or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. The author specifically disclaims any liability, loss, or risk, personal or otherwise, incurred as a consequence directly or indirectly of the use and application of any techniques or contents in this website.

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