Blog Post: Why IRA Funds are Ideal for Real Estate Investing
Individual Retirement Account (IRA) funds are ideal for investing in private real estate because properties are typically an income generating asset that is held long-term.
Since retirement funds are not the funds one expects to live on until they are of retirement age, and income generated from retirement accounts are not taxed (so long as they are not withdrawn), it makes sense to invest these dollars in more discretionary alternative investment options that have a longer life cycle and don’t need to be “liquid” or converted to cash quickly. Moreover, investing in real estate through Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) specifically allow investors to invest in diversified assets with very few limitations. Over the long-term, this, coupled with tax-free growth, tends to lead to enhanced returns.
Most people with Traditional IRAs are unaware of the power of the SD-IRA, and unaware that income-generating investment options exist outside of traditional assets such as stocks and bonds. SD-IRAs allow you direct and complete autonomy on how you manage and invest your retirement funds. With a SD-IRA, one has the power to invest as they see fit, and can invest in a variety of private entities including startups, small businesses, real estate funds, private real estate developers and managers, including those that are focused on delivering both financial and social returns.
You have the option to invest in different assets and receive market rate returns. You have the option to allocate your retirement with investments that are aligned with your values, your knowledge, your passions– all without the influence of others trying to sell investments to you or profit from you.
The issue with many brokers and advisors is they are often incentivized to push investments that make them money — not necessarily you, the customer. With a SD-IRA, you can invest in whatever you like – minus the fees and the “grey haired advisor” telling you not to.
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Since a SD-IRA is a government-sponsored retirement plan like a Traditional IRA, you benefit from important tax advantages that allow you to protect and grow your assets. In terms of tax benefits, any investment through a SD-IRA is tax-free and any growth is tax-deferred, adding to your accrued wealth at retirement.
When you invest in real estate through a SD-IRA, you can defer any capital gains tax and reinvest any rental profit back in the fund, also tax-free. The SD-IRA is its own entity; therefore, you don’t have to worry about state and bankruptcy laws, or creditors coming after you based on it.
SD-IRAs complement real estate investing because of its innate long-term time horizon, ability to generate higher market yields due to compounded interest and tax-free growth, asset protection, and lastly, ability to let you invest on your own terms. Who doesn’t want to do that?
*Note that you cannot mix your personal funds with an SD-IRA, or use profits from the investments prior to your retirement without penalty. To avoid UBIT (Unrelated Business Income Taxes), all investments and expenses must be financed through the SD-IRA, and all earnings returned to the account. Also, make sure to watch out for fraudulent investments that may come up due to the lack of heavy regulation of this market. Of course, please consult with and rely only your tax advisor for any tax advice.