Curiosity Grows Over Self-Directed IRA investing in Raw and Ranch Land

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When investing with Self-Directed IRAs, retirement investors have access to a wide range of asset classes, including raw and ranch land. Jim Hitt of American IRA recently explained how this works at the American IRA blog.

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Even for those investors who have absolutely no interest in farming with raw land, for example, these income-generating activities can be integral to the bottom line.

When using a Self-Directed IRA, retirement investors open themselves up to a variety of asset classes including real estate, precious metals, private loans, and more. One of the most popular ways to diversify a portfolio out of stocks into something more tangible is through investing in land. Recently, a post by Jim Hitt of American IRA shed light on this practice—and how Self-Directed IRA investors can maximize the value of their investments.

In the article, Jim Hitt explains that these investments can be used for a wide range of purposes, including generating income through farming, ranching, egg sales, timber rights, mineral rights, and more. Those who understand farming know how payment agreements like grazing fees can have a tremendous effect on the bottom line. Owning this land through a Self-Directed IRA could potentially generate real income for those looking to boost the bottom line of their retirement nest egg.

“This is just another avenue available to those who direct their own retirement strategy,” said Jim Hitt. “Even for those investors who have absolutely no interest in farming with raw land, for example, these income-generating activities can be integral to the bottom line. In fact, I often encourage people to keep detached from these investment properties, because there are often rules in place to separate the person from the investments contained in their Self-Directed IRA. You can’t rent your property to yourself, so it’s better to rent it to someone else and earn some income from someone else.”

Using a Self-Directed IRA, Jim Hitt notes, makes it possible to obtain the financing an investor might need to make a commitment of this type. Using loans on a non-recourse basis, which keeps the Self-Directed IRA separate from the rest of the assets an investor might hold, can add another layer of protection to their retirement nest egg. Loan payments, too, would be handled through the IRA itself, essentially making the IRA an independent entity.


American IRA, LLC was established in 2004 by James C. Hitt in Asheville, NC.

The mission of American IRA is to provide the highest level of customer service in the self-directed retirement industry. Mr. Hitt and his team have grown the company to over $250 million in assets under administration by educating the public that their self-directed IRA account can invest in a variety of assets such as real estate, private lending, limited liability companies, precious metals and much more.

As a self-directed IRA administrator they are a neutral third party. They do not make any recommendations to any person or entity associated with investments of any type (including financial representatives, investment promoters or companies, or employees, agents or representatives associated with these firms). They are not responsible for and are not bound by any statements, representations, warranties or agreements made by any such person or entity and do not provide any recommendation on the quality profitability or reputability of any investment, individual or company. The term "they" refers to American IRA, located in Asheville, NC.

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