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A Tax-Deferred IRA for Buying Charleston Real Estate

Wednesday, February 12, 2014   /   by Fra Jamir

A Tax-Deferred IRA for Buying Charleston Real Estate

Buying Charleston area real estate has long been one of the preferred ways to save for retirement, so the attraction of merging it with IRA benefits adds a tax dimension. In its own right, buying real estate in Charleston, SC as an investment combines the security of owning a physical asset with the relatively predictable income flow a rental property produces. And if Stan Humphries (Chief Economist at Zillow) is correct, in 2014 prices are expected to cap last year’s 5% gain by rising a further 3%. Put it all together and it’s clear why some retirement-minded people think that buying Charleston real estate in an IRA is an attractive proposition.


Self-directed Investment Retirement Accounts are largely similar to other IRAs. They allow investments to grow on a tax-deferred basis until retirement time. They differ by allowing a broader range of investment options—qualified by some specific restrictions.


Self-directed IRAs are required to be administered by licensed investment professionals designated as “custodians.” They make sure that all the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed when the account is funded (either by depositing cash, or moving funds from an existing 401(k) or IRA). They also mind the specifics regarding the types of investments that are allowed. Investments in land, buildings, commercial and residential real estate are typically green-lighted as long as you are not buying real estate that either you, your business, or related parties will ever use.


The rental income and other profits that are earned by a real estate investment must be retained within the IRA account, just as expenses must be paid from it.

Buying real estate in Charleston, SC in a self-directed IRA isn’t always the perfect vehicle to hold all of your real estate investments. The limitations on who can rent a property plus the paperwork requirements mean that it may not be suitable in some scenarios. But when used appropriately, it provides many forward-thinking investors an attractive tax-free retirement investment—your financial advisor’s input will help you make that decision. And for more ideas about buying real estate in the Charleston area as an investment, contact me anytime!


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-Jeff Cook

Jeff Cook Real Estate

Charleston, SC