The most popular asset in a self-directed IRA is real estate. Commonly referred to as real estate IRAs, these retirement plans can invest in various types of real estate assets.
Some examples include:
Keep in mind that when you are investing in real estate to build retirement income, you cannot receive any personal benefits from the property, such as vacationing in a rental property or living in a house that your IRA owns. In this example, you would be considered a disqualified person – making it a prohibited transaction in your real estate IRA which could result in penalties or loss of the IRA’s tax-advantaged status.