Grow Your Retirement Savings with Multifamily in a Self-Directed IRA

Multifamily Investing with a Self-Directed IRA
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes(Last Updated On: May 12, 2022)

Building wealth and saving enough for retirement can be frustrating when you don’t have control over your money. Most people think they can only invest in publicly traded investments like stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and CDs… but that isn’t true at all. With self-directed IRAs, you can diversify your investment portfolio into private assets like real estate, notes, cryptocurrency, multifamily, land, oil and gas, and other private entities. One investment that is growing in popularity is multifamily. Multifamily refers to residential property that contains more than one housing unit, including a duplex, a townhome, or an apartment complex.

What is a Self-Directed IRA?

Simply put, a Self-Directed IRA is a retirement account that lets you take control and invest in the broadest spectrum of assets. Like normal IRAs, Self-Directed IRAs also have tax advantages that allow earnings to grow tax-deferred or tax-free and compounds over time, maximizing growth in the account. Additionally, certain IRAs allow you to reduce your taxable income by taking tax-deductions. The difference between a regular traditional IRA and a truly “self-directed” IRA is the types of assets they hold.

What Can an IRA Invest In?

Self-Directed IRAs offer a few more investment options than typical IRAs, one of these options being private placements, like multifamily. A Self-Directed IRA can be used to purchase almost any private asset. Common investments include single family real estate, rehab properties, commercial and multifamily real estate, private loans, performing and non-performing notes, oil and gas, land, startup companies, LLCs, and other private businesses.

More About Private Entities

Private placements are investments in privately owned companies, rather than public companies. A few examples of private placement investment opportunities include those with:

  • Multifamily
  • Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
  • C corporations
  • Start-Ups
  • Small businesses
  • Limited Partnerships (LP)
  • Hedge Funds
  • Land Trusts


Multifamily real estate and other private entity deals are also quite passive and don’t require much work from the Self-Directed IRA investor, making these great opportunities. Always be sure to conduct your due diligence when investing into private placements and multifamily deals. To get more information about how to use a Self-Directed IRA to purchase multifamily, you can watch our investment 101 video!

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