A Simple Guide to 1031 Exchanges and Passive Real Estate Investments | DST Investment

Do you want to defer your capital gains taxes on the sale of your investment property? If so, you may be able to do a 1031 exchange! However, it’s important to have an understanding of passive real estate investments to make sure that you are still making a good investment decision overall.

This article will cover all of the facts about 1031 exchanges and passive real estate investments so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to pursue a 1031 exchange.

What is a 1031 Exchange?

A 1031 exchange, also known as a like-kind exchange, is a way to defer your capital gains taxes on the sale of an investment property. When you sell an investment property, you are typically required to pay capital gains taxes on the profit you make from the sale. However, if you do a 1031 exchange, you can defer those taxes by using the proceeds from the sale to purchase another investment property.

To be eligible for a 1031 exchange, there are a few rules that must be followed. First, the property that you are selling must be classified as an investment property or business property for tax purposes. Second, the property that you are purchasing must also be classified as an investment property or business property. And finally, you must complete the exchange within a certain time frame- usually 180 days from the sale of the first property.

If you are able to meet all of these criteria, then you can do a 1031 exchange and defer your capital gains taxes!

What is a Passive Real Estate Investment?

A passive real estate investment is an investment in which you do not actively manage the property. For example, if you purchase a rental property and hire a property management company to take care of it, that would be considered a passive real estate investment.

There are many benefits to investing in passive real estate. First, it can be a great way to diversify your investment portfolio. Second, it can be a great way to generate income without having to actively manage the property. And finally, it can be a great way to defer your capital gains taxes through a 1031 exchange (as we just discussed!).

However, there are also some risks to investing in passive real estate. First, you will not have as much control over the property as you would if you were an active investor. Second, you will likely have less knowledge about the condition of the property since you are not actively involved in its management. And finally, you may have less involvement in the overall decision-making process for the property.

Before you decide to invest in any type of real estate- whether it be active or passive- it’s important to do your research and understand the pros and cons of each type of investment.

How Do I Know if a 1031 Exchange is Right for Me?

As we just discussed, there are both pros and cons to doing a 1031 exchange. So, how do you know if it’s right for you?

The answer to that question depends on your individual circumstances. If you are looking to defer your capital gains taxes, then a 1031 exchange may be a good option for you. However, if you are not comfortable with the idea of investing in passive real estate, then a 1031 exchange may not be the best option.

Only you can decide whether or not a 1031 exchange is right for you. Be sure to consult with a tax advisor and/or financial planner to get their professional opinion before making any decisions.

Should I Contact a Qualified Intermediary?

If you are considering doing a 1031 exchange, then you may want to contact a qualified intermediary (QI). A QI is a person or company that helps facilitate 1031 exchanges. They can help you with the paperwork and make sure that you are following all of the rules for a successful exchange.

While you are not required to use a QI, it may be worth your while to do so. They can often save you time and money in the long run.

The Bottom Line

1031 exchanges can be a great way to defer your capital gains taxes on the sale of an investment property. However, it’s important to have an understanding of passive real estate investments before you make a decision about whether or not to pursue a 1031 exchange.

We hope this article has helped you better understand both 1031 exchanges and passive real estate investments so that you can make an informed decision about your own investment strategy.

If you need additional support, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our expert advisors. We would be happy to help you navigate the world of real estate investing!

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