The 3 Most Common Types of Real Estate Exchanges

Real Estate Exchange Types

1031 exchanges come in several different types – all of which can be beneficial depending on your unique situation and ultimate goals. In this article, we are going to briefly explain three of the most common types of 1031 exchanges involving real estate.

Forward Exchanges

The forward exchange is the most common and “standard” type of 1031 exchange. This is typically what people picture when they think of 1031 exchanges. In a forward exchange, you sell a piece of relinquished property. Then, you identify replacement property in the 45 days thereafter. Finally, you close on your new replacement property and roll your net proceeds into that property on or before the 180th day following your relinquished property sale.

Reverse Exchanges

A reverse 1031 exchange accomplishes the same ultimate goal of a standard exchange (that of tax deferral) but with the order reversed. Instead of selling the relinquished property first, a reverse exchange starts with the acquisition of replacement property, and ends with the sale of the relinquished property. All time frames are the same. Reverse exchanges are useful in a hot seller’s market when you need to snatch up an ideal property before someone else does.

Build-to-Suit Exchanges

A build-to-suit exchange (also known as a construction improvement exchange) is a 1031 exchange in which the exchangor constructs improvements to their replacement property prior to the closing. This type of exchange is good for people who have found a replacement property that doesn’t quite fit their needs. With a construction exchange, you can make the necessary improvements to your replacement property and include those as a part of your exchange.

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