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Americans seem to push back their retirement further and further, and sometimes not by choice. Especially for self employed small business owners and independent contractors, many dedicated all their wealth and effort to grow their business. At the end of the day, however, people still need to figure out a way to be able to retire. Self employment retirement plans and rental income can be a viable solution.
What are self employment retirement plans?
Self employment retirement plans, or often called Solo 401k plans, are created for self employed individuals. Unlike traditional retirement plans, a Solo 401k allows investments in assets other than stocks and bonds. That means rental properties, among many other options, are allowed.
Rental properties to provide income during retirement
Plan owners of self employment retirement plans can certainly look at rental properties as an income source during their retirement. Rental income is also known as a source of passive income, which means investors do not have to keep working on the investment to generate profit. This allows them to earn income when retired.
This long term investment offers good passive income that can also guard against inflation. As landlord, you can adjust the rent every year to overcome inflation rate.
To ensure a good return, here are a few things to look for in rental properties:
- Location: As true with properties, a good neighborhood will attract more buyers and renters. As a retirement investment, however, it is also wise to choose a place closer to where you live. This way, managing and maintaining the property is not too much of a hassle.
-Size and build: Decide if you would like to start with a single family home, a duplex, or larger. The size and layout of the properties need to fit with your needs. Also try to invest in newer houses, to avoid high repairing and maintaining cost and hassle.
How to finance a rental property
Start contributing to the self employment retirement plans as soon as possible. By doing so, you can take advantage of the high Solo 401k contribution limit, enjoy tax-deferred benefits, and to save up funds to finance the rental properties. Even if you don’t have enough in the Solo 401k account or do not want to pay cash up front, there are financing options available. With an IRA, the use of financing to fund a real estate purchase could trigger Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT). A Solo 401k, however, allows the use of non-recourse financing, tax-free.