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    1031 Exchange Guide for Real Estate Investors

    If you’re a real estate investor, you know that the key to success is diversifying your holdings. You reduce your risk while maximizing your earning potential by owning property in different markets and states. You can also increase your profit by investing in real estate using specific tax strategies, such as the 1031 exchange.

    What Is a 1031 Exchange?

    The 1031 exchange allows you to trade one investment property for another without paying any capital gains tax on the sale.

    The process allows you to reinvest your money in a new property and defer paying taxes on your profits until you eventually sell the new property. But you must follow specific guidelines set forth by the IRS for the exchange to be valid.

    How Does the 1031 Exchange Work?

    When you sell your property, the funds go into an escrow to ensure both parties fulfill your obligations. You have 45 days to look for replacement properties for the one you sold, or you’ll get taxed.

    After identifying the replacement property, you have 135 days to buy it to qualify for the 1031 exchange. If you go past 135 days, you get taxed. So, you have 180 days to complete the transaction to qualify for the 1031 Exchange.

    What Are the Types of 1031 Exchanges?

    There are four types of 1031 Exchanges:

    • Delayed 1031 Exchange – The most common type of 1031 Exchange, a Delayed 1031 Exchange, allows you to sell your property first and then use the proceeds from the sale to purchase your replacement property within a specific time frame.
    • Reverse 1031 Exchange – In a standard 1031 exchange, the taxpayer should identify replacement properties within 45 days after selling the relinquished property and close on purchasing one or more of those properties within 180 days. In a reverse exchange, the taxpayer purchases the replacement property first, then sells the relinquished property.
    • Simultaneous 1031 Exchange – In a simultaneous 1031 exchange, the taxpayer transfers the replacement property and the relinquished property on the same day. The taxpayer can do this through two separate transactions or one transaction with two properties.
    • Construction or Improvement 1031 Exchange – In this 1031 exchange, an investor can use the sold property’s equity to improve a replacement property. A qualified intermediary holds the deed in trust for up to 180 days.


    What Are the Requirements?

    You must adhere to the following requirements to qualify for a 1031 Exchange:

    • The property you sell must be classified as like-kind, or the property must be of the same nature, character, or utility.
    • The property you are selling, and the property you are purchasing must be held for investment purposes or used in a trade or business.
    • You must follow the time limits for exchanging properties.
    • The property values should be equal or greater.
    • You should own the property you want to exchange.


    How Would President Biden’s Tax Plan Have Affected the 1031 Exchange?

    The proposed tax plan of President Biden would have affected the 1031 exchange since the deferral will not be available for sales of over $500,000 for single individuals. Joint filing couples would need to have a sale of under $1 million to qualify for the 1031 exchange.

    This would have been a significant change for investors who use 1031 exchanges to defer taxes on their investment properties. Fortunately, the provision affecting like-kind exchanges did not appear on the reconciliation bill of the Ways and Means Committee.

    In conclusion, the 1031 Exchange is a great way to defer paying capital gains tax on your investment property. To take full advantage of this process, talk to the experts at Brisky Net Lease.

    Your Guide to Real Estate Investing for the Rest of 2022

    The current state of the real estate market in the US is very healthy. Home prices are increasing, many businesses are seeing growth in their customer base, and there is a high demand from buyers and tenants alike. These situations have led to a sellers’ market both for homeowners and many commercial industries.

    As residential real estate can often be looked at as an indicator for other real estate branches, a seller’s market nods toward continued industry strength for the remainder of 2022. In fact, industry watchers expect the annual home value to continue increasing and reach a peak level of around 22 percent in late May. As current housing inventory remains low, home values are also expected to increase in the coming months. With this, it’s firmly assumed that 2022 will follow the 2021 trend of a strong housing market.

    Trends in Real Estate Investing in 2022

    With the housing market continuing to stay strong, investors can look forward to taking advantage of market conditions. Here are a few trends to watch in the real estate market in 2022.

    Cap Rates Will Hold Steady

    Cap rates will remain steady as asset prices increase due to increased demand. The stability will continue as long-term interest rates increase slightly. The first half of the year will see a higher all-property average cap rate than the 10-year Treasury yield.

    Rents will also increase, supporting the net operating income (NOI) of many asset types. Even though real estate rates can influence cap rates, NOI expectations have a more significant short-term impact.

    Alternative Lenders Will Drive the Debt Market

    With many commercial mortgage banks cautious when dealing with the commercial real estate (CRE) market, non-bank lenders have entered the picture. These alternative lenders increased their activities by connecting with borrowers looking for bridge loans. These activities will drive the debt market in 2022.

    Investment Volumes Will See Pre-Pandemic Levels

    Industry experts expect the total investment volume for 2022 to surpass 2021 levels by five to ten percent. The 2022 investment volume is around the same level as 2019, which was a record year.

    Multi-family and industrial assets continue their popularity among investors. But retail and office assets will also attract the attention of investors. Increases in investment volumes will reach 15 percent, depending on the asset.

    It Will Be a Good Year for Capital Markets

    Stable cap rates and liquidity will drive investment activity in 2022. Returns will also increase with the growth of NOI and appreciation of asset values. These positive developments come as economic conditions continue to improve. Even with the potential threat of the virus, industry watchers do not expect it to affect their positive outlook significantly.

    There’s a Positive Outlook for 2022!

    Even with the continuing uncertainty in the market, real estate industry watchers have a positive outlook for 2022. They expect total investment volumes by at least five percent compared to 2021. The economy will also continue to improve and spur investor confidence and improvements in property market fundamentals.

    With the current state of the real estate market in the US being very healthy, it is expected to stay that way for at least another year. The next few years will be suitable for investors as cap rates hold steady and rents continue to rise.

    If you’re looking for help with your commercial real estate investments, consult the experts at Brisky Net Lease.