“Most financial advisors will tell you that you simply cannot have a better lifestyle in retirement than you did while you were working full time. Most financial advisors are wrong.”

So begins Edwin Kelly’s 60-minute training on exactly how real estate investors should begin self-directing their retirement. Kelly, CEO of Specialized IRA Services, has a specific and highly detailed list of the actions involved in this process. He refers to this list as the “3 D’s of Self-Directed Retirement” and observes that to make his list work, it is important for real estate investors to remember that they are using a relatively new tool, the self-directed retirement account, to gain tax advantages and maximize returns in the process. “You’re changing up the tools you are using, so be prepared to do things differently than most people,” he said in a recent training session.

Below is an action list compiled from Kelly’s presentation, which delves into the details of setting up a self-directed retirement account to use with your real estate investing, often referred to as a real estate IRA.

1| Decide

“Nothing will happen until you decide that you deserve more out of your retirement and your investments and that you want to be in control of your financial future,” said Kelly. He noted that once this decision is made, it takes investors a relatively short amount of time to set up their self-directed account since a provider like Specialized IRA Services will do most of the legwork for them.

2| Deposit

Once your account is set up, you’ll need some money to work with! Kelly cited three main options that most investors use to fund their real estate IRAs:

  1. Contributions
    This involves simply putting money into the account. The amount you can deposit will depend on IRS regulations regarding your level of income.
  2. Transfers from other accounts
    Kelly recommended letting your new IRA provider handle this step, since incorrect transfers can result in taxes and penalties where none should exist.
  3. Rollovers
    When you move money from a company-sponsored retirement plan into an IRA, it is often referred to as a rollover. Like other transfers, these are usually not taxable if they are handled correctly.

3| Direct

Once that money is in the account, start making wise decisions about how you use those funds. Make real estate investments (or other types of alternative investments) to grow your retirement portfolio into something that will support you throughout your retirement.

Kelly’s firm, Specialized IRA Services, is a boutique financial services firm that helps clients self-direct their retirement, education, health savings, and 401(k) accounts into alternative assets. While most self-directed investors have at least a portion of their portfolio in real estate, there are a number of other alternative assets, including some precious metals and even private equity and interest, that may be acquired through a self-directed account. Specialized IRA Services experts have authored a “Field Guide to Financial Freedom” (usually sold for $29.95) that the company will be giving away at their booth (number 7) at the Think Realty National Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas, on February 24-25, 2018. “We’ll also have Amazon gift cards and other educational materials put together in a really nice gift package for a drawing,” a spokesperson promised.

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  • Carole VanSickle Ellis

    Carole VanSickle Ellis serves as the news editor and COO of Self-Directed Investor (SDI) Society, a membership organization dedicated to the needs of self-directed investors interested in alternative investment vehicles, including real estate. Learn more at SelfDirected.org or reach Carole directly by emailing Carole@selfdirected.org.

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