There are several guidelines that determine property rules in a 1031 exchange of real estate. In this article, we are going to discuss what determines “one property” for the purposes of a 1031 exchange.
3 Property Rule
In a 1031 exchange, you are restricted by the number of properties you can exchange into. You can either exchange into a maximum of three properties (under the three property rule), or you can exchange into any number of properties so long as they are not in excess of 200% of the value of your relinquished property.
The question then becomes, what exactly is one property for the purposes of a 1031 exchange. For example, would two parcels of contiguous land be considered one property or two properties in a 1031 exchange? In this example, the two parcels would likely be considered one property if they were sold collectively under a single purchase agreement by one seller.
Each 1031 exchange is different and you should always consult with a qualified intermediary about your specific situation before proceeding.
Capital Gains Tax Deferral
If you are considering deferring your taxes with a 1031 exchange, the best thing you can do is work with a qualified intermediary who understands the ins and outs of the like-kind exchange process. The qualified intermediaries at Commercial Partners have more than twenty years of experience facilitating exchanges for clients in many different industries. We can help prepare your 1031 exchange documentation and advise you throughout the exchange process. Contact us today at our downtown Minneapolis office to set up a time to chat with one of our qualified intermediaries.