Setting Up a Self-Directed IRA

A great way to invest in ADUs is by using a self-directed IRA.

As you may know, my last blog post focused on how the new ADU laws impact you and why it makes sense to invest in ADUs. Since then, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to do this. The answer is something quite a few companies offer: self-directed IRAs. Your opportunity zone fund, which is an LLC, will be owned by your self-directed IRA. You, therefore, become the manager of the LLC. So, you simply sell your stock into a self-directed IRA, which then becomes your opportunity zone fund. After 10 years, you can have multiple properties within your LLC, and any gains from the investments are completely tax-free.

If you’d like to know more about using self-directed IRAs, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help you.

It’s Time to Move Your Unrealized Gains to an Opportunity Zone Fund

How can stock investors turn their unrealized gains into profit through real estate? Let’s discuss.

Many who invest in stocks have found themselves in a favorable position right now, thanks to the general health of our market. That said, if you’ve had a long run-up of gains over the recent months and years, now is the time to lock in that profit.


Well, one way to do so is by selling your stock and investing in an Opportunity Zone fund. (If you need a refresher on what Opportunity Zones are and how they function, check out my previous video on the topic here.)

After 10 years, any capital gains earned from such an investment can be assumed 100% tax-free.

One key benefit of this kind of investment is that it’s tax-deferrable, carrying a 10% capital gains reduction after five years and a 15% reduction after seven. After 10 years, any capital gains earned from such an investment can be assumed 100% tax-free. 

Single-family properties with non-owner occupied ADU units also qualify for these benefits, so long as they are within an Opportunity Zone. Again, remember that you can have up to two such units on a property per California law. 

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

How Do the New ADU Laws Impact You?

The state of California recently passed a series of laws regarding the construction of ADUs. Here are the changes you need to know about.

On October 9, three laws were passed by the state of California that intend to address the housing crisis by relaxing restrictions on accessory dwelling units (ADUs): Senate Bill 13, Assembly Bill 68, and Assembly Bill 881.

Within these three laws, three specific changes were enacted that you need to know.

The first is that ADUs don’t have to be owner-occupied. Previously, you had to occupy part of the property to build an ADU on it or convert a garage into an ADU—whether it was the main house or the ADU, itself. Now, you don’t have to. Also, you’ll no longer have to deal with size restrictions on the lot before you start building. The total floor area of an attached accessory dwelling unit shall not exceed 50% of the proposed or existing primary dwelling living area, or 1,200 square feet.

Second, you’re allowed to have two ADUs on a property. Now, for example, if you have a detached garage that you converted into an ADU, you can build another detached ADU, even if it’s in a single-family home zoning area. Also, if you already have a duplex and a separately built garage and you’re located in a multifamily resident zoning area, you can build on top of that garage—as long as it makes sense foundationally.

This is good news for anyone looking to invest in real estate
Lastly, the city can’t go against state law. Also, the city has to lower the impact development fee and the utility company has to lower the connection fee for the water and sewer lines. Additionally, the city has to respond to building permit applications within 60 days. If they don’t respond within 60 days, their approval is implied, and you’re free to start building.

In a nutshell, this is good news for anyone looking to invest in real estate or anyone who already has an ADU built within the zones mentioned above. My advice is to hang on to that property and sell it later on—tax-free!

If you have any questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.