Planning Correctly For A 1031 Exchange Into A DST

The recent uncertainty in the global stock market has many investors looking for more conservative and less volatile investments. On top of that, traditional investment instruments like stocks and bonds are similarly not looking very attractive because of their recent lackluster yield performances. Therefore, more and more investors are attracted to Real Estate Income Funds.

While Perch Wealth is best known for its expert-level knowledge of Delaware Statutory Trust & 1031 exchange investment strategies and opportunities, the company also has a great reputation for working with nationally recognized real estate sponsors to source and structure All-Cash/Debt-Free Real Estate Income Funds for accredited investors.

Now, any investor who is thinking about selling an investment property may look into a 1031 Exchange, which is a provision in the IRS code that allows for tax benefits. This exchange allows the sale of an investment property and the reinvestment of the proceeds into a similar property, postponing capital gains and other taxes until a later date.

However, the process must be completed within 180 days and the funds must be held with a Qualified Intermediary to maintain eligibility for the exchange. If the funds are touched during the process, the exchange becomes invalid and the taxes must be paid.

Tips To Get Ready For the Exchange

Likely the most challenging aspect of the 1031 exchange process is the initial 45-day identification period. During this period, investors must formally identify the property or properties they intend to purchase, and they must do so within a matter of 6 weeks.

To avoid tax liability, the identified property or properties must have equal or greater value than the relinquished property. There are two primary ways to identify properties: the 3 property rule, where up to 3 separate properties can be identified regardless of their value, or the 200% rule, where an unlimited number of properties can be identified as long as their combined value does not exceed 200% of the value of the relinquished property.

To summarize, investors should keep in mind that the 1031 Exchange process must be completed within 180 days, starting from the sale of the property and the escrowing of the proceeds with a Qualified Intermediary, and including the identification and closing of the new property. Additionally, the equity and debt of the new property should be equal or greater than the relinquished property.

Prepare For the 45-Day ID Period

To reduce stress during the 45-day identification period, it is recommended to start searching and selecting potential like-kind properties before officially closing on the relinquished property. This way, the 45-day time clock starts ticking after the identification process has already begun.

Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) properties offer a convenient option for 1031 Exchange investors as the underlying real estate is already acquired and owned by the trust, making the purchasing process quick and seamless. Additionally, DSTs can serve as a back-up or contingency plan in case the initial replacement property falls through.

While the Real Estate Sponsor Company may have completed their due diligence on a DST property, it is still important for investors to conduct their own research. It is recommended to review current DST properties offered on the marketplace, and work with a Perch Wealth Registered Representative to evaluate the different options and strive to find the best solution for their specific situation. It is important to remember that each investor's needs are unique and the due diligence process is crucial to make an informed decision.

Starting the Exchange Selection Process

It is advisable to start the screening process for DST investments around 30 days before closing on the relinquished or downleg property. This is because DST offerings have a limited availability and are capped at a specific value, and once the last dollar is invested, the offering is no longer open for further investment.

Typically, DST offerings are available for purchase for 1-3 months, so starting the selection process too early may result in missed opportunities. By starting the process approximately 30 days before closing, investors will have a better chance of identifying viable options that they can reserve and invest in as soon as the funds become available, allowing them to complete the 1031 exchange efficiently and within the 45-day identification period.

By keeping these guidelines in mind, investors can greatly reduce stress associated with a 1031 exchange, and potentially start earning cash flow from their investments immediately. The quick and seamless purchase process of DSTs compared to traditional real estate transactions can be a big advantage.

For more information on the 1031 exchange and DST selection process, it is recommended to reach out to a Perch Wealth's Registered Representative or visit their website for more resources.


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