Real estate (or real property) is land, buildings or structures on the land, and natural elements attached to the land, such as trees, minerals, and water. It does not include personal property, such as vehicles or equipment, that is not attached to land.
Real estate offers diversification beyond the traditional stock and bond options tied to the stock market. With many ways to increase value, real estate is a flexible and attractive investment option.
Depending upon the type of real estate purchased, there is also more than one way to grow the value of the investment. In addition to property value increases intrinsic to the real estate market, values may increase as a result of improvements made to the property and/or when the property is used to generate income (e.g., commercial leasing).
Certain individuals, including the IRA owner, cannot use, maintain, or provide services to the property while the IRA has direct or indirect ownership interests.
Once you have determined that a real estate investment is suitable for you, it can be purchased with your Self-Directed IRA or other retirement accounts at Mainstar Trust.