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1031 Exchanges

What is a 1031 Exchange?

A 1031 exchange, also known as a like-kind exchange, is a powerful tax-deferral strategy used by real estate investors to defer capital gains taxes when selling one investment property and reinvesting the proceeds into another similar property. Under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, investors can defer paying capital gains taxes on the sale of qualified properties as long as they reinvest the proceeds into another property of equal or greater value.

Potential Benefits of 1031 Exchanges

1. Tax Deferral

One of the primary benefits of a 1031 exchange is the ability to defer paying capital gains taxes, allowing investors to preserve more capital for reinvestment. By continuously rolling over gains into new properties through successive exchanges, investors can potentially defer taxes indefinitely, providing a powerful wealth-building tool.

2. Portfolio Diversification and Growth

1031 exchanges offer investors the ability to reallocate their investment portfolios without incurring immediate tax consequences. This flexibility enables investors to diversify their holdings, upgrade properties, or consolidate their portfolio to better align with their investment objectives and market conditions, potentially facilitating long-term wealth accumulation and growth. For example, an investor could sell a single family rental, and exchange into multiple asset classes such as multifamily, NNN Lease, industrial, etc.

3. Enhanced Cash Flow and Returns

By deferring taxes, investors can allocate more capital towards acquiring higher-income-producing properties or properties with greater appreciation potential. This could lead to increased cash flow and overall returns on investment, amplifying the benefits of leveraging the 1031 exchange process to optimize investment performance.

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The 1031 Exchange Process

To successfully complete a 1031 exchange, specific rules and timelines set forth by the IRS must be followed.

1. Selecting a Qualified Intermediary

Prior to the sale of a property, investors must enlist the services of a Qualified Intermediary, as the exchanger is prohibited from taking actual or constructive receipt of the funds from the sale of the property. If the exchanger does take receipt of funds they will be unable to complete their exchange and will have to pay capital gains taxes. 

Along with holding funds from the sale, the Qualified Intermediary will also prepare exchange documents and will facilitate the exchange ensuring all requirements from the IRS are met.
2. Identifying Replacement Properties

Investors must identify potential replacement properties within 45 days of the sale of their relinquished property. 

3. Executing the Exchange

Investors must purchase the replacement property(ies) and complete the exchange within 180 days of the sale of the relinquished property. It’s important to note only properties that were identified during the 45-day identification period will meet IRS exchange requirements for a successful exchange.

4. Completing and Reporting the Exchange

Upon completing the exchange, investors must report the transaction on their tax returns and comply with IRS regulations regarding the treatment of deferred gains. 

Working with trusted qualified intermediaries, tax advisors, and investment advisors is essential to ensure compliance with exchange requirements and maximize tax benefits of a 1031 exchange.

An Elevated View

Here at Perch Wealth, we specialize in 1031 exchange replacement properties and Delaware Statutory Trusts (DSTs). Contact us today to learn more about how you can leverage this powerful tax deferral strategy to diversify your portfolio and preserve your hard-earned wealth.

Perch Wealth provides you with access to institutional-quality real estate, management, financing and state of the art 1031 exchange processing.



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Real Estate / 1031 Risk Disclosure:
  • There’s no guarantee any strategy will be successful or achieve investment objectives;
  • All real estate investments have the potential to lose value during the life of the investments;
  • The income stream and depreciation schedule for any investment property may affect the property owner’s income bracket and/or tax status. An unfavorable tax ruling may cancel deferral of capital gains and result in immediate tax liabilities;
  • All financed real estate investments have potential for foreclosure;
  • These 1031 exchanges are offered through private placement offerings and are illiquid securities. There is no secondary market for these investments;
  • If a property unexpectedly loses tenants or sustains substantial damage, there is potential for suspension of cash flow distributions;
  • Costs associated with the transaction may impact investors’ returns and may outweigh the tax benefits;
  • Tax benefits are not guaranteed and are subject to changes in the tax code.