There are an estimated three trillion dollars invested in IRAs in the U.S. managed by financial institutions, yet only 1% of Americans currently have self-directed retirement accounts.
The majority of investors associate IRA investing with stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Most are unaware that their accounts can be directed to invest in real estate. Many accountants do not understand how to work with these accounts, mistakenly informing their clients that it is not possible to use a self-directed investment account to purchase real estate.
Traditional vs. Self-Directed
Traditional financial advisors and stock brokers prefer to control as much of their clients’ portfolios as possible. Financial advisors do not earn commissions on investments in real estate through self-directed retirement accounts. This could be why most investors are not educated about this vitally important Self-Directing option.
So the first hurdle is becoming aware that this investing option exists and knowing how to establish one. Equity Trust, Sterling Trust, PENSCO Trust and Entrust Group are some of the larger custodians of self-directed retirement accounts.
The second hurdle is having access to opportunities that qualify.
Keep in mind that an individual’s credit cannot be used if the real estate being purchased in the self-directed retirement account requires that the individual borrow. This is why many investors are opting to invest passively in group vehicles such as an LLC and Limited Partnership, as well as Trust Deeds loaned to sponsors of commercial real estate investments.
Building Your Fortune Now
Americans have become shy about keeping their nest eggs in the volatile stock market environment, particularly when there is so little control available. They have become a wary and savvy group.
The savviest of investors are moving away from the risky stock market and moving towards proven “brick and mortar” to buy and sell real estate investments using their self-directed retirement accounts, and are building fortunes doing so.
We look forward to helping you take this important step toward achieving your financial goals.