Warren Baker’s post on the WealthCounsel blog states: “Let’s assume for a moment that your client’s goal is to invest into a piece of residential rental real estate. Your client can either: (1) request that the new custodian purchase the property directly on behalf of the IRA; or (2) direct the custodian to first invest the IRA into a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) that is thereafter 100% owned by the IRA and purchase the property using the LL (note: your client will act as the Manager of this LLC). The latter option gives your client the flexibility to purchase the property using a check from the LLC’s checking account, which depending on the custodian’s ability to move quickly, will be quicker than option number one.”
Laurie Bachelder, Principal of NUA Advisors, LLC, writes: “Investors tired of watching their retirement accounts ride the Wall St. rollercoaster are searching for other ways to create wealth in their retirement accounts. If you turn to most business or financial publications or websites you will find many articles about investing in real estate with a Self Directed Retirement Account (‘SDRA’). The majority of articles written about investing with a SDRA pertain to real estate as a popular choice for an alternative investment, and why wouldn’t it be. Real estate offers several advantages.”
Forbes: “Church bonds. Mexican land. Pay telephones. Swiss annuities. Bus shelters. Gold coins. Paintings. Mortgages. Untraded stock. Bull sperm. Bet you don’t know which five of these ten assets are permissible investments in Individual Retirement Accounts. . . . If you’re interested in unconventional assets, it’s worth boning up on the rules, because most lawyers and IRA custodians have only partial knowledge.”
See the table of custodians that allows self directed IRA investments.
CNBC: “If you recently watched your individual retirement account or 401(k) drop by double digits, you may wonder if there is a better way to sock away money in an uncertain economy. What if you could replace some of your investments with tax-deferred holdings not tied to the troubles on Wall Street? Maybe you’d prefer to invest in cattle in Wyoming, a gas station in Philadelphia or an underwater cemetery in Miami.”