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Your IRA can be a fabulous tool for investing in Real Estate.  The capability to do this has always existed, but very few people know about it.  Most people invest traditionally in stocks and mutual funds using their 401k, Roth IRA, or individual IRA plans.  These plans are great, but most of them don’t possess the capability to individually invest in alternative investments such as real estate.

Most people think they are “stuck” investing in the asset classes that their retirement accounts offer them and don’t know that other options exist.  You can roll your IRA over into a “Self-Directed” IRA, in some cases, and make your retirement account available for investment in real estate. You can buy houses to hold as rental, commercial property, strip malls, shopping centers, apartment buildings, even notes or tax lien certificates! You can also use your IRA to lend money as a private lender to other investors who buy houses. There are many more options and much more flexibility with a self-directed IRA.

To do this, however, you need a third-party custodian to set up and administer your self-directed IRA. In the video below, Curtis DeYoung- founder, president and CEO of American Pension Services explains how to invest in Real Estate using your Self-Directed IRA.

CNBC’s Power Lunch- June 15, 2011.

The content of this video is for educational purposes only.  Please consult with legal and accounting professionals regarding your specific financial circumstances.