Investor from Dallas Texas, also work in medical field

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Ii have 2 rental homes I bought at the downturn in 2009. Both have doubled in price and stay continuously rented. Am looking to buy additional real estate thru a self directed IRA very soon.

Hello @William Rickett and let me be the first to welcome you to Bigger Pockets. BP is a great place to go to learn about the REI business. BP offers free online videos and educational courses for you to watch and learn from. BP also gives you the ability to post blogs and share ideas with other investors on this site. You came to the right place and I wish you all the best.

Hi @William Rickett , I'm a wholesaler focused on the NE Dallas, Garland, Richardson, and E Plano areas. If you're interested in looking at great opportunities in those areas for either buy and hold or rehab and flip, please PM me your contact info. Welcome to BP and good luck! Also, if you have any questions regarding the areas I mentioned earlier, please feel free to reach out to me.



@William Rickett Welcome to BP! Congratulations on your success in real estate thus far. Many BP members also have utilized the self-directed IRA to invest in real estate. So you should be able to find a lot of information on this topic. I would recommend doing some research, get to know the rules and regulations concerning IRA investments. You can always post any questions if needed. Good luck with your future ventures!

@William Rickett

In addition to the self-directed IRA you may want to consider exploring solo 401(k).

Following are the similarities and differences between the solo 401k and the self-directed IRA.

The Self-Directed IRA and Solo 401k Similarities

  • Both were created by congress for individuals to save for retirement;
  • Both may be invested in alternative investments such as real estate, precious metals tax liens, promissory notes, private company shares, and stocks and mutual funds, to name a few;
  • Both allow for Roth contributions;
  • Both are subject to prohibited transaction rules;
  • Both are subject to federal taxes at time of distribution;
  • Both allow for checkbook control for placing alternative investments;
  • Both may be invested in annuities;
  • Both are protected from creditors;
  • Both allow for nondeductible contributions;
  • Both are prohibited from investing in assets listed under I.R.C. 408(m); and

The Self-Directed IRA and Solo 401k Differences

  • In order to open a solo 401k, self-employment, whether on a part-time or full-time basis, is required;
  • To open a self-directed IRA, self-employment income is not required;
  • In order to gain IRA checkbook control over the self-directed IRA funds, a limited liability company (IRA LLC) must be utilized;
  • The solo 401k allows for checkbook control from the onset;
  • The solo 401k allows for personal loan known as a solo 401k loan;
  • It is prohibited to borrow from your IRA;
  • The Solo 401k may be invested in life insurance;
  • The self-directed IRA may not be invested in life insurance;
  • The solo 401k allow for high contribution amounts (for 2016; the solo 401k contribution limit is $53,000, whereas the self-directed IRA contribution limit is $5,500);
  • The solo 401k business owner can serve as trustee of the solo 401k;
  • The self-directed IRA participant/owner may not serve as trustee or custodian of her IRA; instead, a trust company or bank institution is required;
  • When distributions commence from the solo 401k a mandatory 20% of federal taxes must be withheld from each distribution and submitted electronically to the IRS by the 15th of the month following the date of each distribution;
  • Rollovers and/or transfers from IRAs or qualified plans (e.g., former employer 401k) to a solo 401k are not reported on Form 5498, but rather on Form 5500-EZ, but only if the air market value of the solo 401k exceeds $250K as of the end of the plan year (generally 12/31);
  • When funds are rolled over or transferred from an IRA or 401k to a self-directed IRA, the amount deposited into the self-directed IRA is reported on Form 5498 by the receiving self-directed IRA custodian by May of the year following the rollover/transfer.
  • Rollovers (provided the 60 day rollover window is satisfied) from an IRA to a Solo 401k or self-directed IRA are reported on lines 15a and 15b of Form 1040;
  • Pre-tax IRA contributions on reported on line 32 of Form 1040;
  • Pre-tax solo 401k contributions are reported on line 28 of Form 1040;
  • Roth solo 401k funds are subject to RMDs;
  • A Roth 401k may be transferred to a Roth IRA (Note that from a planning perspective, it may be advantageous to transfer Roth Solo 401k funds to a Roth IRA before turning age 70 ½ in order to escape the Roth RMD requirement applicable to Roth 401k contributions including Roth Solo 401k contributions and earnings.);
  • Roth IRA funds are not subject to requirement minimum distributions (RMDs);
  • The fair market value (FMV) of assets held in a self-directed IRA is reported on form 5498;
  • The fair market value of assets held in a solo 401k are reported on Form 5500-EZ;
  • At termination, the solo 401k is required to file a final Form 5500-EZ and 1099-R; and
  • At termination, the self-directed IRA is only required to file a form 1099-R.

Very exciting for you! Welcome to BP! What is the status of the two rentals? Can you refi them to either reduce your payments or pull cash out to build your reserves and buy more rentals? Have you used the SDIRA for anything yet? Is it set up? Are you looking to use leverage to buy the new investments? So many questions... feel free to PM to discuss further. Good luck!

Welcome to BP. I am not an expert but if you intend to use leverage you might want to look into a solo 401k if possible. I believe there will be an ubit tax on the profit that comes from the leveraged percentage if it is an IRA. I started investing few years ago there are so many things to learn. BP is the best source of information I have found.

Good Luck

@William Rickett

Welcome to BP! I am also in the process of trying to purchase a property with my Self-Directed Roth. I have just finished the process of rolling it over and setting up my Checkbook LLC. If you have any questions at all, I would be more than happy to chat.



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