What is “One Property” Under the 1031 Three Property Rule?

Three Property Rule

As a general guideline in any 1031 exchange, you want to identify three or fewer properties to exchange into. But what determines "one property" under this rule? Are two contiguous parcels considered separate? Will two contiguous properties take up two slots under the three property rule?

Identifying 2 Contiguous Parcels

If you identify two parcels which are contiguous, does that count as one property or two? In other words, can you still determine two other properties as part of a 1031 exchange?


Two contiguous parcels will probably be considered to be one parcel for 1031 identification purposes, if sold by one seller under one PA and conveyed under one deed at the same closing.

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