Construction / Improvement 1031 Exchanges

In this 1031 FAQ video, Jeff Peterson discusses construction improvement 1031 exchanges. Watch more 1031 educational videos here.

Video Transcript

When you're doing a 1031 exchange you’ve got to find a replacement property. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could build your replacement property exactly to your own specifications so you get exactly the property that you need and want?

A build-to-suit exchange may be the trick that you need to use to complete your exchange and get exactly the property you want. This is the way it works - you sell the relinquished property and the proceeds come to the intermediary. Then you find your piece of raw land or ugly duckling - some property that needs a lot of rehab work (could be an existing building or rental home with extensive deferred maintenance) and you sign a purchase agreement on it at the best and lowest price that you can get it.

But rather than having you close on that replacement property (because your exchange would be over once you received it), you instead have the qualified intermediary form an LLC and the intermediary buys the replacement property by and through this LLC. The qualified intermediary then holds title to the replacement property during the 180 day exchange period – exhausting the exchange funds that are held by the intermediary to fund the improvements.

Further, the improvements can be funded by either third party financing or additional cash advanced by the taxpayer. The idea is that you use all this time during the 180 day period to construct and remodel and fabricate real property improvements that count towards the 1031 exchange so that when the taxpayer receives this newly constructed replacement property, ideally they’re receiving a property of at least equal or greater value and equity as the property they gave up.

  • 1031 Hotline: If you have questions about construction / improvement exchanges, feel free to call me at 612-643-1031.

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