There are almost limitless options when it comes to the types of real estate investments that are allowed with a self-directed IRA:

  • Apartment Buildings
  • Condominiums
  • Building Bonds
  • Commercial Paper
  • Commercial Property
  • Foreclosures
  • Improved or Unimproved Land
  • Joint Ventures
  • Leases
  • Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Offshore Property
  • Single Family and Multi-Unit Homes
  • Tangible Asset Deeds
  • Tax Lien Certificates
  • Trust Deeds
  • Mortgage Notes


Single-family homes and multi-family units (such as apartments or condo complexes) are the most common type of real estate found in self-directed IRAs. Tenants bring in regular rental payments to help with savings.

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Commercial property is a broad category of real estate investments which includes anything from a grocery store or an office building or baseball field. Commercial property is another way to generate rental income over the long term.

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Mortgage Notes

Mortgage Notes are an indirect way to invest in real estate by funding mortgage notes. Use your savings to be a real estate lender and help others purchase homes while bringing in a profit for yourself. 

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Offshore RE

Offshore real estate investments are beneficial to investors who would like to have total freedom to invest overseas in foreign real estate markets, all the while taking advantage of certain tax benefits.

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Real Estate Owned Properties

Real estate owned (REO) properties have been foreclosed and taken back by the bank. Investors can use their self-directed IRA to purchase these properties from auctions or directly from the bank to make profits. 

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