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Secure Your Future: Investing in Real Estate Through Self-Directed IRAs

By Kaaren Hall

Do you have a 401(k) with a previous employer or an IRA?

Are these accounts invested in stock market assets? Most retirement accounts are invested in stocks, bonds and mutual funds however the Self-Directed IRA lets you invest outside the stock market.

For over 40 years you have been able to invest your retirement dollars into assets like real estate and most people don’t know about it. In fact there is about $24 Trillion in US retirement accounts. Only 3-4% of that amount is invested in what’s called “alternative assets”.

When you think about building a retirement for yourself consider the Self-Directed IRA.

When it comes to investing in Real Estate, the Self-Directed IRA allows many ways to do this:

  • Residential real estate, including: apartments, single family homes, and duplexes

  • Commercial real estate

  • Undeveloped or raw land

  • REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts)

  • Real estate notes (mortgages and deeds of trusts)

  • Promissory notes

  • Private limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and C corporations

  • Tax lien certificates

Take Joe for example. Joe retired from his employer at the age of 50. It was a forced retirement because the company was restructuring. He spent 20 years at his previous employer putting aside 15% of his annual earnings. Now that he was “retired” Joe decided to become a real estate agent.

He noticed his own IRA was losing money and putting this money into a self-directed IRA was something that made sense to him. Joe says, “It gave a monthly boost to my IRA account through the rent money. Plus it gave me equity growth. As a self-employed person, it has given me a small glimpse of security into my retirement age. Whenever that will be.”

Right now and for the next decade ten-thousand baby boomers will reach age 65 every day! The average account value for Americans 55 to 64 years old is $103,000. You have to ask yourself is that is going to be enough to sustain you through your retirement years?

Many people, like Joe, are enjoying the tax-deferred or tax-free benefits of using their IRAs and 401(k)s to secure a better financial future.

So how do they do it? Self-Directing your retirement is a 3-step process to 1) Open an account 2) Fund that account and then 3) invest.

We have helped thousands and we can help you accomplish your self-directed retirement goals at uDirect IRA Services.

Kaaren Hall

Kaaren has helped hundreds of people self­direct their retirement savings. A native of California, she has a 17­year background in Real Estate, Property Management and Mortgage Lending. She has worked at such companies as Bank of America, Centex Homes, Pulte Homes and Indymac Bank. She’s held a real estate license in Washington, Texas and California and a Life & Health license in California.

Her company, uDirect IRA Services, LLC, offers self­directed education and services to investors, providing excellent customer service. Kaaren is a public speaker and master networker. A mother of two, she lives in Orange County.

If you have a question about how to use your IRA to self­directed you can contact us here at info@uDirectIRA.com or at 866.447.6598. Our website address is www.uDirectIRA.com .

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The Millionaires Investment Group

Michael Poggi, President of The Millionaires Investment Group, llc. Professional investor, National Speaker, Educator, Consultant and Motivator shares his vast knowledge of how YOU can benefit personally and professionally by learning about the hottest opportunities in investment Real Estate AND turn key business franchise opportunities inside WALMART, all tax free!!!

WHO IS THE MILLIONAIRES GROUP ?

20 year old investment network started by Michael Poggi – Focused primarily on finding investment strategies in many sectors including Real estate, turnkey franchises, private lending and much more. The group is composed of accredited investors, Private institutional funds, IRA investors. There are over 1800 Active Investors Nationwide and 10,000 Members. They teach secrets about investing tax free using IRA’S and 401k plans. Investors like you partner with the group and with other members if needed in new construction, the hottest turn-key proven franchises, and vacant lots in resort communities using cash, IRA’S and 401 K plans.

Things to know:

There’s a secret that the richest Americans use to create and keep their wealth. They use tax-deferred or tax-free dealings in real estate and other exceptional investments. If you own an IRA, or if you are thinking of opening an IRA, you have the same opportunity to unlock that secret and build wealth for yourself.

Smart investors are earning 15 to 20%, or more, inside their Self-Directed IRAs. The money in their IRAs compound tax-deferred or even tax-free for as long as the IRA is in existence.

Most people realize that they need to save for retirement, but have a tendency to place this on the bottom of their “to do” list. It’s hard to think about the future when the daily issues of life are enough to fill our time. The sooner you start planning, the better off you will be. What do you have to look forward to?

The senior population is dramatically increasing, especially as the baby-boomers enter retirement age. These seniors are living a healthier lifestyle with better medical care, leading to a longer life. A longer life span means more money is needed to provide a comfortable lifestyle in those later years. Where will this money come from?

Social Security benefits will barely account for enough to provide for even basic necessities. If you have other income, up to 85% of those benefits can be taxed by the federal government. If you begin taking the benefits before age 66, your benefits will be lowered permanently. With the increasing number of retirees pulling money out of the Social Security system, there are concerns that the system will run out of money for future generations. Can you depend on Social Security for all of your expenses?

What is a Self-Directed IRA?

A Self-Directed Individual Retirement Account is an IRA that requires the account owner to make investment decisions and investments on behalf of the retirement plan. IRS regulations require that either a qualified trustee or custodian hold the IRA assets on behalf of the IRA owner. Generally the trustee/custodian will maintain the assets and all transaction and other records pertaining to them, file required IRS reports, issue client statements, assist in helping clients understand the rules and regulations pertaining to certain prohibited transactions, and perform other administrative duties on behalf of the Self-directed IRA owner for the life of the IRA account. Self-directed IRA accounts are typically not limited to a select group of asset types (e.g., stocks, bonds, and mutual funds), and most truly self-directed IRA custodians will permit their clients to engage in investments in most, if not all, of the IRS permitted investment types. Some of the additional investment options permitted under the regulations include, but are not limited to, real estate, franchises, partnerships, private equity, etc. Self-directed IRAs, by allowing a wide range of investment choices, improve the account owner’s opportunities to diversify their IRA portfolio(s).

Why should I have a Self-Directed IRA?

The government is running out of money and encourages people to provide for their own retirement by offering HUGE tax advantages to anyone investing through an IRA. With a self-directed IRA, you can invest in real estate, something most people can’t do with a traditional IRA.

A self-directed IRA allows you to invest your funds yourself into investments like solid long term real estate, which means you can earn a lot more for your retirement than you would with a traditional IRA.

Four Basic Facts about Self-Directed IRA Real Estate Investments.

  1. Limited custodial participation and reduced custodial fees. Means you have more control and can earn more money.

  1. The difference between traditional IRAs and self-directed IRAs is the breadth of options for investing. Traditional IRAs only permit investment options in approved stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and CDs which are usually not the best choices.

  1. A self-directed IRA allows you to have complete control over your funds, with most people opting to be custodians of their accounts.

  1. Self-directed IRA real estate investments can be very profitable if handled and managed correctly, which is why many people decide to pursue these alternatives to constrained, traditional IRA investing. Before setting up a self-directed IRA, you should contact us for help with the right type of IRA and the right investment strategies.

Self Directed IRA real estate investments make good sense. Not everyone has them, because not everyone is aware it is possible to have them. If your financial advisors only advise you to put your IRA money into stocks and bonds, you may not know anything about Self Directed IRA for real estate and businesses.

You may be someone who doesn’t have the time to spend educating yourself on other areas that the IRS allows you to invest your tax-free or tax-deferred retirement funds. In this article, you can learn a few things about investing your IRA money in real estate and businesses.

There are eight things you need to know when considering investing in real estate with a self directed IRA. They are listed below:

1. Your IRA cannot purchase property that is already owned by you or a disqualified person. A disqualified person is your spouse, parents, grandparents or great grandparents, children and their spouses, grand children and great grand children and their spouses. There are a few others, which you can find in IRS Code Section 4975.

2. You (or any disqualified person from the list above) cannot receive indirect benefits from property owned by your IRA, such as taking a vacation in resort property or renting office space in commercial property that your self-directed IRA owns.

3. Your IRA needs to be titled in the name of the IRA, NOT in your personal name.

4. The real estate in an IRA doesn’t have to be 100% funded from your IRA. You can partner with a friend or family member. For example, let’s say you found some property for your self-directed IRA real estate account, and you need $100,000 in order to purchase it. However, your IRA account only has $25,000. In this case, your friend could provide the other $75,000. Your friend would own 75% of the property and your IRA would own 25%.

5. If your self-directed IRA uses financing to purchase real estate, the loan must be a non-recourse loan, and your IRA must pay unrelated business income tax or UBIT.

6. All expenses, such as maintenance, improvements, property taxes, and any other expenditure to own and/or maintain the property must be paid from the self-directed IRA. No personal funds may be used for any expenses.

7. All income from the IRA must also go back into the IRA account. You may not deposit any money, such as rental income into your personal account.

8. You will need someone like us to help you fill out all the paperwork required by the IRS. We are very familiar with each of the points above. We can help you through the entire process, even the most important part of finding the right investment strategies to bring you great returns. You can find your own properties, franchises or strategies, but unless you have lots of experience and you are an expert, your best bet is to leave that part to the professionals like us. We have several investment strategies available for you to participate in either with us as a partner or on your own.

CALL OUR OFFICE FOR MORE INFO TO HELP YOU GET STARTED

THE MILLIONAIRES GROUP

954-306-3586

WWW.THEMILLIONAIRESGROUP.COM

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The Self-Directed IRA Card that Changes DYNAMICS in Investing

Interview by Tim Houghten

Ever wished self-direct-ed IRA investing was simpler for you and those you work with?

Wished that all the net return and tax advantages of investing through an IRA where as easy to wield, and as comfortable as having cash in your pocket, swiping a card, or making online and mobile payments from your smart-phone?

The Entrust Group myDirection Visa® Card delivers all of that.

EQUIPPING INVESTORS FOR STREAMLINED SUCCESS

Self-directed IRAs are undeniably one of the best power tools available to investors today. Self-directed IRAs just makes investing better, and more profitable. Not having one means paying more in taxes, and suffering subpar investment returns.

Yet, until now many have passed on the power perks of this vehicle due to perceiving it as complicated, sluggish, and time consuming. This isn’t just a problem for individual investors, but for real estate educators and professionals, and their clients that stand to win so much.

The Entrust Group myDirection Card promises to tear down these old barriers, to deliver more of what investors want, need and deserve. It’s the ability and flexibility to direct your future with the swipe of a card or a smartphone app. The new pre-paid Visa card powered by citi enables individual investors to maintain control of their funds, on-demand.

SPECIFICALLY THIS CARD EMPOWERS YOU TO:

1. Make instant transactions

2. Save on transaction fees and paperwork

3. Invest online

DIRECT YOUR FUTURETM

In an exclusive interview with Certified IRA Services Professional and President of The Entrust Group, Jason Craig highlights some of the critical investor needs that the myDirection card solves. When put in perspective it’s pretty clear that a card like this is essential for enabling investors to operate effectively in today’s modern landscape, while maximizing opportunities.

Being able to invest online is a huge step for IRA account holders. This means being able to take advantage of crowdfunding opportunities and auctions. Even in person investors can now potentially snap up tax-liens, mortgage notes, and auction properties with their cards.

Entrust’s Jason Craig also highlights card benefits that go beyond acquisition to asset and property management. For example, if you own real estate in your IRA the antiquated tradition required contacting your administrator, submitting contractor estimates, and having checks mailed, all before being able to get contractors to work on repairs. That’s not highly efficient on a weekend evening when a major leak shows up. So the card not only “reduces time to payment and action, but eliminates the hassle of receipts, wasted time, and reduces expenses.” That means more freedom, and net profit.

HOW IT WORKS

Craig explains that one of the reasons a card like this has taken so long to launch is the meticulous attention and re-ver-ifying in every step to ensure compliance, user experience, functionality, and “getting it just right.” It’s kind of like Elon Musk designing the new Tesla SUV, and ensuring the artistic middle row seats fit just right between the wing doors as it carries executives want to go. You can’t rush perfection.

The card itself is an asset held within the investor’s IRA. Account holders can have their cards reloaded with more cash as needed in amounts from $100 to $25,000. To ensure compliance and avoid triggering “prohibited transactions” or taxable events, investors have 30 days after a transaction to certify what it was for.

DESIGNING THE FUTURE OF INVESTING

Craig joined The Entrust Group in 2007. Along with pioneer of the first “truly self-directed IRA” founder Hubert Bromma. One of the longest established self-direct-ed IRA companies (since 1981), The Entrust Group now offers arobust, tech-savvy, stronger partner for investors. Craig describes some of the changes as including the consolidation of franchises to bring everything back into one streamlined powerhouse for superior service and compliance. This along with bringing over the human touch and one-on-one service approach from Craig’s private banking background has resulted in a consistent “90% plus client satisfaction rate.”

Another tech tool this has produced for investors is the Saved-Plus mobile app. While most advocates for IRA investing in the real estate world focus on those with existing large balance accounts, this app enables those just starting out to “open an account, save, and monitor their accounts right from their mobile phones.”

Automated transfers can even be created to build up a retirement account based upon preset criteria, including a percentage of expenses on other cards. For example, you might want to ensure you are diligently and religiously setting aside at least 25% of what you spend on entertainment and eating out each month. This app puts that on autopilot, and helps you stay on track to investing.

HOW THE ENTRUST GROUP CAN HELP BUILD YOUR BUSINESS

The Entrust Group’s motto is: “We don’t compete. We complement.” Jason Craig states that “we work with a lot of REALTORS ® , are a Keller Williams preferred vendor, and attend NAR shows.” In the past, the firm has also collaborated on educational events and seminars with real estate investment groups and real estate related trade shows. Support and opportunities include training, free professional marketing materials, participating in live workshops, and discounted fees for opening self-directed IRA accounts.

To propel action and add real value Craig says that accounts “can now be set up the same day.” This means real estate pros and businesses can not only attract more prospects and raise their awareness of these tools and tactics for releasing more capital, but can actively and instantly help more clients in a bigger way, while unleashing their own business volume potential. And the myDirection Card is going to make conversions and action a lot easier than ever before.

Go online to TheEntrustGroup.com for more tools, details of the B2B accelerator program, to download the SavedPlus app, and request a myDirection card. No one should be caught without one.

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Retire Wealthy with IRA Investing

By Stephanie B. Mojica

Self-directed individual retirement accounts or IRAs are rapidly growing in popularity, but experts warn that it is important to only get into such an investment with proper education and professional guidance.

Kaaren Hall, owner of uDirect IRA Services in Orange County, Calif., says even after more than two decades in the financial industry and four years of running her company she too must continually stay on top of her investment education particularly regarding Internal Revenue Service guidelines for retirement accounts.

Self-directed IRAs allow people to invest their retirement funds into a variety of options outside of the traditional stock market, including real estate, land, and private notes.

“Financial literacy is not taught in schools, but our future depends on understanding it,” Hall says. “Only about 4 percent of u.S. investors have a self-directed IRA. Why? Because most investors and many advisors simply aren’t aware of it.”

But even those who are aware of the potential financial power of self directed IRAs often do not fully comprehend is the IRS guidelines of “prohibited transactions,” according to Hall.

“You’re not allowed to have any personal benefit from your IRA prior to retirement,” Hall says.

A common misconception among investors is that they can use the self-directed IRA funds to purchase real estate or other property from themselves or close relatives such as a spouse, a child, a grandchild, a parent, a grandparent and any spouses of such relatives. These transactions are not permitted under self-directed IRAs, according to Hall. However, an investor could purchase property from a more distant relative such as a sibling, a cousin, a niece, or an uncle.

“Make sure you know what you’re doing,” Hall says. “We’re here to help people so they understand the twists and turns as much as possible.”

The term self-directed in itself misleads some people because it is the IRA doing the investing, Hall adds.

“So that’s confusing because they get into trouble by maybe signing a purchase contract (in their own name),” she says. “Your IRA can’t buy an asset that you own.”

Consequently, people should wait until they actually open an account with a qualified custodian before funding it and making transactions, Hall says. Generally, a custodian rather than the actual investor should sign purchase contracts relevant to self-directed IRAs.

While representatives of companies such as uDirect IRA do not give actual investment advice due to potential legal liability, they can help people follow ever-changing IRS guidelines.

Hall, a former mortgage broker whose work history includes Bank of America and Indymac Bank, has educated tens of thousands of investors into deciding whether self-directed IRAs are right for them. She and her associates have directly worked with thousands of clients.

To learn more about self-directed IRAs, call 866-447-6598 or visit www.udirectira.com