One of the few ways to purchase real estate within a self-directed IRA is to obtain a non recourse loan. A non recourse loan, unlike traditional loans, does not put your IRA at risk, which is one of the IRS conditions for getting a loan within the IRA.
What are the other terms and conditions for getting non recourse financing for real estate or other investments?
Before looking at the rates and terms for a non recourse loan, the investor needs to understand that non recourse loans are riskier to the lender than regular loans. The lender does not have the right to foreclose on the buyer’s personal property or go after their personal assets in the event of a loan default. Therefore, the lenders can only recover what the IRA has already invested into the property.
Lenders attempt to minimize risk by insisting that the investor share some of the risk. Usually, they ask the borrower to make a larger than normal down payment and pay a higher than average interest rate.
Another way lenders minimize risk is by insisting that the IRA investment be profitable. It has to generate income more than sufficient to repay the debt. A profitable IRA increases the likelihood of full loan repayment. The capital inflow should be at least 25% more than the total monthly expense on the property.
Cash Positive IRA
If you are using your non recourse loan on an IRA to invest in real estate, for example, the lender will scrutinize the investment to see if it is likely to yield a good return. Therefore, the property must offer steady cash flow either in the form of rent or another type of return. You have to make a full disclosure regarding the location, price, and type of property.
Your case is likely to be heard more favorably if you provide photographs of the house or land. If the property was sold recently, information about the purchase price is needed.
Usually, non recourse loan providers offer more relaxed terms for new property. Finding funds to buy a house in poor condition is difficult if you are looking for non recourse financing. You can invest in residential property, condominiums, apartment complexes, and even commercial property. However, prefabricated homes are off limits as are residential properties such as log cabins and similar structures.
Terms and Rates
Non recourse loan providers offer loans of varying rates depending on many factors. However, these loans carry a higher interest rate than conventional mortgages. You can expect to pay rates a few percentage points higher on these loans.
Fixed rate loans in general, offer terms of 20 to 25 years at most. A variable non recourse loan offers steady rates for first three to five years, after which the rates adjust annually.
Before you decide to take out a non recourse loan, ensure that you have selected the right property. If you are unable to find one, ask a real estate agent familiar with investors purchasing real estate in their self-directed IRA. Make sure the IRA will have good capital inflow from the property if it is a rental property. This will assist you in convincing a lender to provide a non recourse loan with the type of rates and terms you need.