Think You Don’t Have Money To Invest?

Think again! I can’t tell you how many people think they don’t have money to invest. Did you know that you can use a Self-Directed IRA or 401k to invest in mortgage notes to increase the value of your retirement funds exponentially? Now there are some restrictions on how this method can be used, but overall, you can put your retirement funds to very good use.

First, let’s revisit briefly about what a mortgage note is. A mortgage note is a promissory note that property owners sign when taking out a mortgage.

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It is a promise to pay the mortgage, under penalty of foreclosure should the borrower default.


Often, mortgage lenders sell mortgage notes to security bundlers, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, that pool them with other notes and sell mortgage-backed securities to investors.


However, private investors, including your IRA, can buy individual mortgage notes and receive monthly payments of principal and interest.

The IRS does not allow your IRA to buy notes from yourself, family members or IRA beneficiaries. The IRA owns the note, so only the IRA can benefit from it. You normally obtain a lien on the property when you buy a mortgage note. This allows your IRA to seize the property in case of default. If the borrower defaults on a mortgage, your IRA can obtain the underlying property through foreclosure.



Buying notes in your IRA or 401k can generate interest income, re-work the note, take a deed in lieu, or take the property back through foreclosure. You can keep your portfolio diverse by spreading the risk out over several smaller notes instead of one large note.

Use the services of a self-directed retirement account custodian to buy notes tax-deferred or tax-free. The most common types of accounts are the Traditional IRA or the Roth IRA. Other options you may want to consider are the Solo 401k, SEP (Simplified Employee Pension), HSA (Health Savings Account), and ESA (Educational Savings Account.


Work closely with your Custodian to properly title the asset in the name of your IRA. Be sure to avoid prohibited transactions with any disqualified persons and setup note collections through a third-party servicing company.

For more information on notes or if you have notes to sell, reach out to Zee at Awanna Holdings, LLC (571)659-5005. ©Awanna Holdings, LLC (Mar 2020-12), zee@awannarandh.com/www.awannarandh.com


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