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1031 Exchange

Sell your property and defer paying capital gains tax.

1031 EXCHANGE PROCESS

If you sell your investment property without completing a 1031 exchange, your taxes could exceed 20-35% of the capital gain.

Traditional Sale

1031 Exchange

Using a 1031 exchange, you can reinvest all proceeds from the sale of your
investment property and defer paying all those taxes.

This allows you to keep 100% of your capital working for you.

GENERAL RULES OF A 1031 EXCHANGE

In a 1031 exchange, the replacement property must be like-kind to the relinquished property. The good news is that, in general, any real estate held for investment or business purposes in the US is considered like-kind; the difference in type, grade, or quality doesn’t matter. For example, you can exchange your multifamily rental property for a larger apartment building, or exchange it into a commercial property instead.

1

Properties Must Be
“Like-Kind”

The two major exceptions in a 1031 exchange are your personal residence and vacation home. These aren’t considered to be of like-kind to any real estate held for investment or business purposes and therefore, cannot be used in a 1031 exchange.

2

All Proceeds Must be
Reinvested

To avoid paying any capital gains taxes, you need to reinvest all of the proceeds from the sale of your investment property. In other words, the value of the replacement property must be equal to or greater than the value of the relinquished property in order to defer paying any capital gains taxes.

3

Titles Must be
Identical

The ownership entity on title for the replacement property must be identical to ownership entity on title for the relinquished property.

1031 EXCHANGE OVERVIEW

STEP 1:

Decide to exchange

STEP 2:

Sell your property

STEP 3:

Find replacement

STEP 4:

Buy replacement

PROPERTY IDENTIFICATION RULES

3-Property Rule

You can identify up to three replacement properties and complete your exchange by purchasing one or all of them, regardless of their total value.

200% Rule

You can identify more than three replacement properties and purchase as many of them as you’d like, so long as their total value doesn’t exceed 200% of the value of your relinquished property.

95% Rule


If neither of the other two rules fit your needs, you can also identify any number of replacement properties regardless of their total value, as long as you purchase 95% of the total value of all the properties identified.

1031 EXCHANGE TIMELINE

From the day you close escrow on the sale of your investment property with Lyon Stahl, you start the clock on your 1031 exchange timeline. You now have 45 calendar days to identify a possible replacement property and 180 calendar days to close escrow on it. Make sure you don’t miss these deadlines, because the IRS is very strict.

Sell Property

Find Replacement

Buy Replacement

BENEFITTING YOUR HEIRS

You can continue deferring your capital gains taxes using the 1031 exchange process until it’s time to pass your assets on to your heirs. When that happens, the basis by which the capital gains are determined steps up to the current market value.
When your heirs go to sell the property for its current value, no capital gains would be recognized.