1031 Tax Deferred Exchange Basics.

Here Are Some Of The Basics of a 1031 Tax Exchange
 by Ron Benning, Broker Associate
EXP Realty BRE#01058898
A 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange (Often Referred to as a Starker Exchange) is one of the single greatest wealth-building tools for real estate investors. Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 allows investors to defer Capital Gains while an investor exchanges one or more investment properties for one or more other like kind  investment properties.
By using a qualified Intermediary Company also referred to as an Accommodator or Facilitator, the seller is more easily able to adhere to the rules that are outlined in the tax code for properly structuring the exchange. The Intermediary for a predetermined fee acts as a middleman in the exchange of the property and makes sure the seller and buyer meet the guidelines required by the tax code.
The specific paperwork required in the real estate contracts is easily added through the use of prewritten addendums drafted by The California Association of Realtors®.
There are several types of exchanges, but for the sake of simplicity we will focus on three of the most common types here (we can provide more details later when you pick a qualified intermediary to work with).
The Delayed Exchange- This is the most common form of exchange.This form of exchange allows a seller to sell one or more properties and buy one or more replacement properties within 180 Days*
The Reverse Exchange- This is a more complicated form of exchange where by using the intermediary company the seller can acquire the replacement property prior to selling the relinquished property.
Simultaneous Exchange- Where both properties are transferred on the same day using concurrent closings. Anyone doing a simultaneous exchange should use a qualified intermediary.
More Exchange Basics Assuming a Delayed Exchange
There are some specific rules about the types of properties that can be exchanged for one another. They must be "Like Kind" However many people are surprised to find out how flexible the term like-kind actually is. A qualified intermediary can quickly and easily help you identify what types of options may make sense for you if you are considering anything other that a straightforward exchange.
Timelines *- The guidelines for a 1031 Tax deferred exchange require a maximum of 180 days to complete the exchange. The time clock begins the day you close escrow on the relinquished property. In addition all potential replacement properties must be identified within 45 Days. There are specific but easy to follow rules for proper identification that can easily be explained to you later by a qualified intermediary *.
Through the use of proper contingencies in your relinquished property sales contract your risk of not finding a replacement property can be greatly reduced or even eliminated entirely.
Other Important Considerations:
Reinvestment of all Proceeds- All proceeds from the relinquished property must be reinvested into your new property or properties.
Purchase of Equal or Greater Value- You Must spend the same amount or more than the property or properties sold.
In conclusion, this information is intended to provide a starting point for you in considering whether a 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange is right for you. We can provide more specifics when you call us. If you are interested we can put you in touch with a qualified intermediary to answer specific detailed questions or have a package sent to you from a qualified intermediary. We can be reached at (916) 730-3846.
* The information provided here about 1031 Tax exchanges is for clients to gain a basic understanding of what a 1031 Tax Deferred exchange is. This infomation is not intended to be specific legal or tax advice. Anyone considering doing a 1031 Tax Exchange should consult a CPA or an Attorney prior to making a final decision about all of the specific guidelines and deadlines in the tax code.
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Ron Benning

Would you like to buy some Cherries? This simple question became the starting point for Ron Benning’s career in sales. He was only eight years old and was trying to earn enough money to buy a G.I. Joe. His parents wanted him to learn the value of a dollar & decided to have him save his own money to buy it. Since they lived near several cherry orchards, Ron quickly put two and two together. By going door-to-door and selling the cherries, he earned more than enough money to purchase the toy on the very first day. People that know Ron will often joke that he was born to succeed because he had a tremendous work ethic. But this story is more than just a cute anecdote from his childhood. It’s a lesson in the value of a hard day’s work. Ron embarked on a career in real estate at the age of 21. After four years in the industry, he opened up his own real estate firm. Ron grew his company to 95 agents and two offices before realizing that working with clients is what he enjoyed the most. Now, 30 years after his first business venture (selling cherries), Ron states, "I am finally doing what I was meant to do... Helping local families to realize their real estate dreams.

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