Real estate investments can provide investors with a vehicle for both asset income and appreciation. There are multiple ways to invest in real estate through a self-directed account. Your account can invest in residential properties, including single-family or multi-family homes, or in commercial real estate. You can purchase property to use as a rental or to rehab and resell.
There are also other strategies that investors leverage, including mortgage notes, deeds of trust, wholesaling, REITs, real estate options, or land contracts.
If you want to get started with self-directed real estate investing but don’t have an investment identified, browse investment opportunities in Investment District, our online marketplace.
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Real Estate can be purchased with your account listed as the sole owner on the deed, as a co-owner by partnering with others, or as tenants in common. If needed, you may also be able to leverage a non-recourse loan, also known as debt financing, to make a real estate investment using your self-directed account.
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Important rules to remember about real estate investing in your account include:
You are unable to:
Purchase property from a disqualified individual
Sell a piece of real estate owned by your account to a disqualified person
Disqualified individuals are not able to live, rent, or work on a property owned by your account
Any income earned from the property must return to your account
All expenses related to maintenance, upkeep, or improvements to the property must be paid from your account
For the complete list of rules please visit IRS.gov
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