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Simple Guide to Choosing a 1031 Qualified Intermediary

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7 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a 1031 Accommodator... In the chaos of closing on a sale of your property, the last thing most people are thinking about is choosing a qualified intermediary, or “QI” (a.k.a., an exchange “accommodator” or “facilitator”). After all, aren’t they all the same? Aren’t all qualified intermediaries “qualified”? The answer is emphatically, no.

Feb 1, 2023

You Can 1031 Exchange Into A REIT, Here's How

You Can 1031 Exchange Into A REIT, Here's How

Some 1031 exchange investors have wondered whether they can sell their investment properties and complete a 1031 exchange into a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). The short answer is yes, but investors must follow some complex steps to successfully complete the exchange.

Jan 6, 2023

How to Use Risk to Manage Real Estate Investments

This article was written by Realized Founder and CEO David Wieland and originally appeared on MarketWatch. You can find the full article here. In our experience, real estate investment properties aren’t typically managed with the same discipline as traditional asset classes. Generally accepted and standardized measures of traditional asset risks don’t exist in real estate, and there is no framework for evaluating real estate risk. However, there are risk attributes with which you should familiarize yourself.  

Dec 21, 2022

Tax Reduction Strategies For Investment Property Owners

Investing in real estate is a potential way to build long-term wealth, produce cash flow, and create a profitable return when you sell an asset. However, these investments have their own unique set of challenges, one of which includes taxes.

Dec 2, 2022

How Will the Inflation Reduction Act Affect Audits?

As is often the case with marquee legislation, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 has a subject title designed for appeal rather than accuracy. In this case, there is some question about the degree (and direction) of the new law's ability to affect inflation. However, there is no question that it will significantly affect several areas of the U.S. economy. Secondary to the potential impact on inflation, the legislation may increase the ability of the IRS to perform audits. In that scenario, will taxpayers reporting 1031 exchange transactions be targeted? It’s a good question to consider, especially since the tactic has recently been deemed at risk of modification or elimination in past election cycles.

Sep 22, 2022

What Is A DST, And How Are They Used For 1031 Exchanges?

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DST is an abbreviation for Delaware Statutory Trust, a legal entity constructed under Delaware law. Despite the name, neither the property nor the investors need to be located in Delaware. In a DST, each investor has an ownership interest in the Trust, which in turn owns the property.  Investors are known as “beneficiaries” of the Trust. For these reasons, the security that an investor in a DST owns are called “beneficiary interests.” The IRS treats DST beneficiary interests as direct property ownership, thus qualifying for a 1031 exchange.  

Sep 9, 2022

Disadvantages of Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) 1031 Exchange Replacement Properties


Delaware Statutory Trusts (DSTs) offer the opportunity for passive investments in commercial real estate assets that typically are out of financial reach for most solo investors.

Jul 4, 2022

What Real Estate Investors Need To Know About Biden’s Tax Proposal

What Real Estate Investors Need To Know About Biden’s Tax Proposal

President Biden’s tax agenda includes several changes that may affect real estate investors. One of the more high-impact changes is the potential elimination of the 1031 exchange which many real estate investors take advantage of every year. Real estate tax law changes are expected to include:

May 24, 2021

1031 Exchanges Escaping the Chopping Block For Now

1031 Exchanges Escaping the Chopping Block For Now

President Joe Biden signed nearly three dozen executive orders in the first six days of his administration. Most of them involve rolling back policies enacted under his predecessor or dealing with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Feb 19, 2021

Evaluating Real Estate Risk

Evaluating Real Estate Risk

Every investment involves risk with the possibility of gain. Where risk is the potential for financial loss and/or uncertainty in investment decisions or activities, accurately quantifying the level of risk is key to healthy investing.

Dec 11, 2020

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