1031 Tax Exchange Properties and What to Look For

Written by admin on December 12th, 2011

Article by Ellen Gentry

1031 tax exchange properties have very specific requirements attached to them and this article will focus upon what to look for when searching for 1031 tax exchange properties.

To give a little background on the IRS and what it considers a particular property, it is necessary to speak to you about the different categories which real estate falls into. The first category is land held for investment. The second category is land held for business. The third category is land held for personal residence. The fourth category is land held primarily for sale. For a primary to qualify for as a tax exchange property, it must fall into one of the first two categories. The land must either be held for business purposes or land which is held for investment purposes. This quickly eliminates your personal residence as a potential property which you can use as a 1031. The other category is land held primarily for sale. If you are someone who buys houses and sells them quickly, this will fall in the category of land held primarily for sale.

You should know the type of properties which are tax exchange properties and this is also important in knowing what type of properties you are not able to exchange for. They must fall under the same two categories explained above and these properties are known as like-kind properties. To give further clarification though, here is an example which can make this more confusing. If you have a farm and sell this, you often will have your personal residence as well as farmland. Your real estate can potentially fall under two different classifications then as you have farmland for business purposes as well as a personal residence. Whenever you are looking at 1031 exchange properties, make sure to get qualified professionals to help you with this.

The final part of this article will focus upon the time stipulations which you have when finding your 1031 exchange properties. Once you have sold you are property, you have 45 days to find a property which you exchange for the one which you have sold. You also only have 180 days from the sale of your property in which to close on the sale of these properties. 1031 exchange properties can be more than one property that you trade for another property.

Hopefully this article on 1031 exchange properties and what to look for has given you a good grasp and introduction to the subject. It is very important to know what type of property you are looking for as well as the kind of timelines you are under.

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