Using Solo 401(k)s for Real Estate

Investors who want to buy real estate using a 401(k) have multiple options as long as the account is qualified. A typical investor has a retirement account that is tied to an employer in the U.S. For someone who is self-employed, buying real estate using retirement funds can be more complicated. Some investors are now finding ways to buy using solo 401(k)s for real estate.

AKA: One-Participant 401(k) Plan

The IRS officially refers to a solo plan as a one-participant plan or a Uni-k plan. These might be unfamiliar to the average worker although many of the rules for these accounts are the same. There are advantages for someone working independently who holds a solo account and plans to become a passive investor.

Single retirement plan benefits:

1. $17,500 to $23,000 Contribution Limit in 2014

2. Covers Spouses

3. Tax Deferral

4. Can Be Rolled into a Roth IRA

5. Up to $50,000 Can Be Borrowed

6. Can Contribute as Employer and Employee

The single or solo account is available to a business owner who has no full-time employees. This means that a person can setup an account relatively easy using a qualified trustee. Both pre-tax and after-tax accounts can help build the entire wealth of a one-participant retirement account for later use with real estate.

Purchase a Rental Home with 401(k)

Regardless if a person has an LLC, S-Corp or sole-proprietorship, buying real estate for use as a rental is possible. The conversion of a non-qualified retirement account into a qualified account can be completed by a selected trustee. It is possible under current IRS rules to own real estate as a passive investor and fund this investment with select retirement accounts.

Aside from purchasing a rental home to build profit, someone who has a single 401(k) account can make other investments that are approved by the Internal Revenue Service. These include the following:

1. Most Stocks

2. Mutual Funds

3. CDs

4. Coins or Metals

5. Foreclosures

6. Tax Liens

7. Land

8. Commercial Real Estate

A Solo 401(k) Real Estate Purchase Guide

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