Guide to Set Up an IRA to Buy Real Estate

Real estate IRAs are a favored strategy investors use to build tax-sheltered retirement income. Individuals who aren’t familiar with self-directed retirement plans are often excited to learn an IRA can own real estate. And, depending on what type of plan you use, you can earn tax-deferred income (traditional IRA) or tax-free income (Roth IRA) to reach your retirement income goals. Interested? Read on to learn 5 steps to set up an IRA to buy real estate.

How to Open and Use an IRA to Buy Real Estate

Open a Self-Directed Retirement Plan with Advanta IRA

Identify and Vet Investment Real Estate

How to Purchase Real Estate with an IRA

      • The contract to purchase real estate with an IRA must list your IRA’s name as the buyer. Advanta IRA works with you to make sure this proper wording is on the contract.
      • A representative of Advanta IRA signs the purchase contract on behalf of your IRA, but you must approve it first.
      • Any deposit on the property must be paid with IRA funds.
      • Advanta IRA works with the title company and any relevant party to ensure closing documents are properly titled in the name of your IRA.
      • You review and approve all closing documents; a representative from Advanta IRA signs on behalf of your account.

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Make Sure You Understand Real Estate IRA Rules

      • All expenses related to the asset must be paid with retirement funds. So, make sure the IRA has enough funds after purchase to pay expenses associated with the asset.
      • All income (e.g., rental checks, sale proceeds) flows directly into your retirement account on a tax-sheltered basis.
      • You and any (i.e., lineal ascendants and descendants) are unable to personally use the property for any reason.
      • Know your IRA cannot purchase property from you or a disqualified person. This one of several IRS prohibited transactions for IRAs you must avoid. Learn more about prohibited transactions in IRC 4975.
      • You are not allowed to perform work yourself; you must hire an independent third party to do so.
      • When/if you decide to sell the property, Advanta IRA works with you, signs all documents, and executes the transaction on your IRA’s behalf.

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If you have questions about self-directed retirement plans and alternative investments to the stock market you can use to build retirement wealth, contact us today.

Additional reading about how to use an IRA to invest in real estate:

Case Study: Invest in Rental Property with Your Old 401(k) Funds

Case Study: Investing in Tax Deeds with an IRA

Case Study: Partnering IRA Funds to Invest




About Scott Maurer

Scott Maurer, Vice President of Sales for Advanta IRA, is a recognized expert in the field of self-directed IRAs. With a law degree from the University of Florida and as a designated Certified IRA Services Professional (CISP), Scott’s keen understanding of rules and regulations fuels his passion to educate others on the power of investing in alternative assets using self-directed IRAs. Scott is a frequent guest on retirement and investing webinars and podcasts, and he has shown thousands of individuals how to achieve financial freedom by teaching them how to use their retirement funds to invest in private placements, real estate, private lending, and more. Throughout his two decades in the industry, he has watched numerous unique investments unfold, giving him great perspective of what is possible when people take control of their retirement funds and investing decisions.