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Understanding the 1031 Exchange and How it Affects Investors

Post on: August 15, 2016 | David Wieland | 0

Understanding the 1031 Exchange

The following is a guest post written by Realized Holdings, a valued WealthForge partner who helps investors reinvest their 1031 equity.

With commercial real estate values at an all-time high, there’s been a lot of buzz about 1031 exchanges. Why all the excitement? For starters, investors can save 30% to 40% in taxes on the sale of their investment property by completing a 1031 exchange. While tax code may be boring, saving money is not.

A 1031 exchange allows investors to defer payment of capital gains taxes when they sell properties by reinvesting or “exchanging” their equity into “like-kind” replacements. By effectively shelving the taxes, 1031 exchanges are a powerful tool for preserving capital, increasing recurring tax-advantage income, accumulating wealth and facilitating tax-free generational wealth transfer.

Realized estimates that in 2016, individual investors will complete 285,000 1031 exchanges, representing $67 billion of equity and $187 billion of properties purchased.  On average, each of these individual investors will defer capital gains-related taxes equal to 34%. This begs the question, where else can an investor make 34% inside of 180 days?

So, what’s the 1031 exchange catch? The IRS gives investors a ridiculously short 45 days to identify replacement properties. All too often, this forces the investor to choose between paying taxes or overpaying for inferior properties that do not meet long-term financial and lifestyle goals. Additionally, there are many procedural rules to follow which, if missed, may result in the full tax burden being due, even though the investor purchased another property.

Given the magnitude of the overlooked 1031 exchange market, understanding the 1031 exchange process may be of significant value to you, your investments and business.

1031 exchanges are nothing new — in fact, they’ve been around for nearly 90 years. However, recent innovations are leading to custom solutions for high net worth investors that you may not have thought possible. A few examples include:

  • Investors with more than $250,000 of 1031 equity can now reinvest in individualized portfolios of institutional-quality properties offering long-term, tax-advantaged, passive income.
  • Investors with more than $1 million of 1031 equity now have the option to pull out up to 90% of their equity after completing a 1031 exchange and use it any way they wish, without triggering capital gains tax consequences.
  • Investors with more than $10 million of 1031 equity now have custom ‘parking’ solutions that give them years, not months to find replacement properties.

Stay tuned for new offerings from Realized involving 1031 exchanges in the coming weeks. Make sure to check back on The WealthForge Network for more information. If you have further questions or want to learn more, email Diana Alderbashi at dalderbashi@wealthforge.com.

 

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Securities offered through WealthForge Securities, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC. This post is an industry update from WealthForge. The message does not constitute a research report or recommendation and does not take into account the specific investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of the recipient. This message is not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security or interest in any fund, which only can be made through a private placement memorandum that contains important information about the risks, fees and expenses of a fund.

Disclaimer: WealthForge provides this information to our clients and other friends for educational purposes only. It should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice.

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David Wieland

David Wieland is the Founder and CEO of Realized, an online marketplace that simplifies 1031 exchanges by linking investors with institutional-quality investment opportunities from seasoned real estate companies. David has played a key role $3 billion of institutional real estate capital markets transactions, and assisted more than 1,100 investors source unique 1031 exchanges properties.
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