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Why Real Estate is a good investment for Solo 401k?

“Real estate investing, even on a very small scale, remains a tried and true means of building an individual's cash flow and wealth.”

Robert Kiyosaki

Real estate is one of the oldest and most trusted investment options. It offers decent returns and gives the owner a sense of satisfaction. Are you a small business owner? Investing for retirement is a wise decision and Solo 401k is one of the best available retirement plans for self-employed and small business owners.

Solo 401k is a qualified retirement plan that allows investment in real estate, precious metals, private businesses, and also traditional stock and bond investments. One of the upsides of this investment plan is the freedom to choose your investment. It offers higher contribution limits of up to $53,000 in 2015 along with catch up contributions of $6,000 for professionals above 50 years of age.

Why investing in real estate is an excellent choice for small business owners?

You can fund a real estate purchase through your Solo 401k retirement plan and if you do not have sufficient funds in your account, you can always use a nonrecourse loan. In regular transactions, the borrower has to pay a certain down payment and the rest is available through finance.

Real estate investments allow you to diversify your portfolio and look out for other investment opportunities in between. You can generate a continuous income stream by investing in rental properties or similar commercial properties.

Real estate does involve maintenance cost but you can write off wear and tear costs of a commercial property and apply for tax deductions in your income tax returns. In addition to it, you can sell the property through a 1031 exchange and save taxes against any capital gain. It is mentioned in IRS Section 1031 (a) (1):

"No gain or loss shall be recognized on the exchange of property held for productive use in a trade or business or for investment, if such property is exchanged solely for property of like-kind which is to be held either for productive use in a trade or business or for investment."

If you are planning to purchase a property through 1031 Exchange, make sure to consult qualified professionals and make a transaction with their consent.

When investing with a Solo 401k, you may be able to skip this step and still enjoy the tax benefits. All Solo 401k accounts are tax-deferred, so you will not have to pay taxes on the capital gain until years later. Better yet, if the property is purchased with fund from a Roth Solo 401k, all gains are automatically tax-free.

Another reason why you should prefer real estate investments in your Solo 401k portfolio is their limited lookout requirements. You do not have to check the value of real estate investments regularly, especially if you are investing for a prolonged period. 

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