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RISMEDIA, March 11, 2008–How many times have you run into eager real estate investors who had the bulk of their money tied up in retirement plan assets-and believed they had no way to tap those assets? Now you can help those clients and yourself utilize retirement assets to the fullest. How? By accessing a third-party administrator dedicated to the creation and administration of self-directed IRAs. These administrators are able to help real estate agents and individual investors transform their IRAs, SEPs, 401(k) plans and even defined benefit plans into self-directed investments with about as much paperwork as it took to establish their retirement plan in the first place.

Self-directed IRAs make real estate investing a simple and valuable option for both you and clients. That’s critical as real estate and related investment prices are starting to make investing very attractive. Not only can you use self-directed IRAs to build your own real estate portfolio, you can help clients unleash their retirement plan assets as well to help achieve their real estate dreams.

Simply put, self-directed IRAs and plans allow for the full range of investments that the IRS allows including real estate, notes, options, leveraged property and much more. The only investments not allowed are life insurance, collectibles and shares in sub chapter S corporations. You can transfer any IRA to a self directed IRA, amend and restate an existing 401(k) plan or, if you’re self-employed, even create a new plan that permits self direction. You may also transfer a previous employer 401(k) plan to a self-directed IRA. The process is as easy as finding a local third party administrator or a trustee who will guide you through the simple process of transferring the accounts.

There are many ways you can harness your expertise to tap the power of self-directed IRAs. You can use the funds to buy investment real estate directly, including leveraged property, you can be a lender, you can finance construction loans, which allows you to be a builder and you can even finance other people’s commissions. The IRS also allows you to work with investment partners, and allows you to combine your funds with other people’s IRAs or taxable funds to acquire the investment property you want.

The best part of the investment flexibility that self-directed IRAs provides? It helps you build your business. By helping clients achieve their real estate investing dreams through the simplicity of a self-directed IRA, you create lasting customer relationships, repeat business and valuable referrals, not to mention giving yourself a valuable tool for building your own real estate portfolio.

About Jaime Raskulinecz
Jaime Raskulinecz is CEO of Entrust Northeast, LLC. For over 23 years, Entrust has worked with thousands of individuals who elect to self-direct their IRA or 401 (k) to acquire alternative investments such as real estate and other related assets. For more information on how self-directing your retirement plan works log onto our web site at or call 888-857-8058.

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