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Using a Self-Directed IRA to invest in Real Estate

The benefit of holding rental real estate in an IRA is that there are no taxes due as long as the investment has not been distributed to the IRA owner.

How to Purchase Real Estate Using an IRA

All expenses are paid by the IRA, and all income belongs to the IRA.  When properties are purchased with cash from an IRA, no taxes are due when rental income is received, or when the property is sold.  There is no need to go through the expense and complexity of 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, as the entire IRA is tax-deferred (tax-free within a Roth IRA).

While certain investments held within an IRA may be subject to Unrelated Business Income Tax, rental real estate enjoys a special IRS exclusion, allowing all income to return to the IRA tax free. Taxation only will occur when a distribution is taken, but a piece of property may never be taxed if it is owned in a Roth IRA.

Types of Real Estate That Can Be Purchased with an IRA

Single Family Homes

Apartment Buildings


Commercial Property

Unimproved Land

Farm, Timber, Mineral-Based Property

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The Real Estate Purchase Process

  1. Set Up and fund a self-directed account with NuView Trust
  2. Identify the pieces of investment real estate you want to purchase
  3. Submit a Purchase Authorization and the contract to NuView

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Frequently Asked Questions About Real Estate

Your renter should make the check out to NuView Trust Inc FBO (Client’s Name) IRA.

The short answer is No as this is considered a prohibited transaction.

Doing this is not recommended. Please consult your financial advisor to learn the specific details behind such a transaction.

You may partner with yourself or others; you make allowable contributions; you may obtain debt financing through private sources or financial institutions on a non-recourse basis; You may arrange a seller carry back loan; you may sell other assets in your IRA to raise cash to make the purchase; you may transfer funds from other IRAs or rollover funds from qualified plans, such as 401(k), 403(b) or government 457 plans you may have had at employers where you no longer work; If you have a profit sharing of 401(k)plan where you currently work, you may be able to make in-service withdrawals and roll those to the IRA within 60 days.

Wire transfer: same day transaction. $30 fee
ACH: 2-3 business days. No fee
Check: 5 business days hold. Deposit code required to waive fee.

Cash – the IRA pays cash for the entire property
Partnering – an IRA can purchase fractional ownership in property
Financing – IRAs can mortgage real estate with a non-recourse loan
Please note that any property purchased in an IRA must be titled: NuView Trust FBO (For the Benefit Of) Your Name IRA. Once all closing documents are read and approved by the account holder or a designated interested party, NuView can execute the request and send funds to the closing within 48 hours. The IRA now owns the property.

IRA account holders invested in rental or leased real estate are encouraged to retain the services of a non-disqualified party to serve as property manager and oversee rental property activities. A property manager may be able to respond to tenant or property emergencies and quickly pay for unexpected expenses. When an IRA owns real estate, the IRA must pay all expenses related to the property. If the IRA owns an undivided interest in the property, then the IRA must pay the pro-rata portion per its undivided interest. The IRA owner can direct NuView to pay the expenses by simply submitting a Payment Authorization Letter along with the invoice to be paid. The IRS does provide rules about IRA holders and other “disqualified persons” as it relates to the usage of the property once purchased. These people, as defined in IRC Section 4975 cannot get a beneficial use from the IRA owned property. Simply stated, they cannot use a vacation home on an interim basis between rentals, regardless of what rent they paid back to the IRA.

The IRA holder gets to make all the decisions not just in the purchase process, but also in hiring the property manager, what to charge for rent, hiring subcontractors to rehab the property, negotiating contracts, or working with the property manager to screen tenants. With a self-directed IRA, the opportunity to take control is significant.

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