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moneygrowthFor more than three decades, The Entrust Group has provided account administration services for self-directed retirement and tax-advantaged plans. The Entrust Group continues to assist people in purchasing alternative investments with their retirement funds, administering the buying and selling of assets that are typically unavailable through banks and brokerage firms such as real estate.

The Entrust Group even created its own Real Estate IRA Center for individual investors and real estate professionals who wanted something more from their IRAs. The aim of the program? To help break down the Real Estate IRA investment process, explain the paperwork required, and walk people through the various IRS regulations.

It was back in the early ’80s when Bill Keller, a broker with Coldwell Banker in the Napa Valley region, first became familiar with The Entrust Group as his interest in assets, such as residential and commercial real estate and other non-traditional investments, continued to grow.

“I was looking for some way to do my own investment, self-directed, and I couldn’t find anything like that,” says Keller. “Whenever you looked into retirement, you had to buy stocks, and I wasn’t a big fan of that,” he adds. “I wanted to do my own thing. I discovered The Entrust Group and learned that I could do some investments on my own.”

For almost three decades, Keller has been a happy client of The Entrust Group, and being in the real estate game himself, he understood the money he could make by investing in real estate. Still, while investing in real estate with a self-directed IRA isn’t too different from a regular real estate purchase, Keller needed guidance regarding the rules and processes that had to be followed to do it right.

“I started with notes and deeds of trust, and I was able to really build up my retirement portfolio,” he says. “There were never any problems. It worked so well that I convinced most of my associates to open up an account with The Entrust Group, and many of us have bought notes together thanks to their help.”

In the beginning, Keller had a dedicated agent on behalf of The Entrust Group who was very knowledgeable about the business, and these days, he says The Entrust Group’s entire team is just as aware of what’s going on. In fact, Keller feels that service is one of the key features that makes the company stand out.

“They are always responsive and get the job done,” says Keller. “They knew what we wanted to accomplish, were willing to listen and make things work for us. They are flexible and accommodating.”

Keller estimates that he has done more than 100 deals with The Entrust Group over the years, and has seen his retirement portfolio grow exponentially.

“It’s so important to get started on planning for retirement, and the sooner you do, the easier it is,” says Keller. “These folks know all about it, and have made a big difference for me.”

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