1. The Importance of a Good Credit Score

    It’s a number that impacts so many parts of your life. Your method of transportation, your home, even your education are so heavily reliant on three digits. In the 21st century, having a good credit score is what sets you up for financial success—or denies you financial opportunity. Many are already aware of the importance and influence of a good credit score, but might not know how to ascerta…Read More

  2. More Tips On Owning a Rental Property

    Welcome back to our series on rental property tips! Owning a rental property can be a lot of work, and definitely a worthy challenge, but the benefits and advantages can be extremely worthwhile. We know that getting a non-recourse loan is the first step to getting a rental property, and our non-recourse loan lenders at First Western Federal Savings Bank are ready to help you on your way. Using you…Read More

  3. Types of Property Non-Recourse Loans Can Be Used For

    When you think of a non-recourse loan, you of course think of mortgages and buying a house through a self-directed loan (who doesn’t?) The non-recourse lenders at First Western Federal Savings Bank are perfect for helping you on your way to getting a non-recourse loan, but there’s actually many things you can do with your loan other than using it for residential purposes. While an IRA loan mig…Read More

  4. Tips for Starting a Business

    One of the things that the United States is known for and prides itself upon is found in the world of being a small business owner. The epitome of capitalistic ventures, small businesses employ over 56 million people across the United States, and actually comprise over 99 percent of businesses in total. Millions of Americans every day work towards having a successful small business, and many milli…Read More

  5. When is the Best Time to Take Out an IRA Loan?

    As we’ve discussed in a previous blog post, an IRA non-recourse loan (also known as an IRA loan) is a loan made to a self-directed IRA for the purpose of acquiring real estate assets. With this information, we know that a non-recourse loan is crucial for making an investment in real estate a reality. Though oftentimes, we might find ourselves debating if it’s a good time to take out a loan. We…Read More

  6. Your Self-Directed IRA and UBIT

    This time of year has me thinking about the end of the year issues like taxes and how the IRS treats investments in IRAs that are subject to income taxes. You might ask the question, "I thought IRAs didn't have to pay income taxes until withdrawals are made?" Well, there are instances where income taxes are due and that is when there is debt financing used in an IRA, and the investment within the …Read More

  7. Non-Recourse Loans and Real Estate for Your IRA

    Using leverage in an IRA to purchase real estate assets is not a new idea. It has been perfectly legal since 1974 when the original rules were established for individual retirement arrangements (IRA's). By that, I mean that if you wanted to purchase a piece of real estate to hold in your IRA you could do so. And if you wanted to have your IRA borrow some of the money necessary to close the transac…Read More

  8. Buying Real Estate for Your IRA

    If you think that your IRA investments are limited to stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, you're wrong. Self-directed IRAs can own real estate, too. Here's what you need to know about investing in property for your retirement account. What is a self-directed IRA? Self-directed IRAs, as the name implies, are controlled by you, rather than an account custodian. Banks and brokerage companies, the most t…Read More