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Underwater Properties and 1031 Exchanges 

Financial Burden

Everyone knows a section 1031 exchange will allow you to defer the federal gain as well as the depreciation recapture on the sale and subsequent purchase of property held for investment or business use.  Depending on the state, you may also be able to defer the state gain.  Generally, to maximize the deferral, you must acquire replacement property of equal or greater value and equity but what happens if the relinquished property is underwater? 


1031 CORP. has long facilitated exchange transactions that involved no equity and some even required the Exchanger to bring funds to closing.  Some would ask why you might want to do this.  Unfortunately, the equity or net cash after mortgage payoff has nothing to do with the gain on a property.  The gain is calculated by subtracting the net selling price from the original purchase price including closing costs and capital improvements.  The equity is the difference between the fair market value of the property and how much money you owe your mortgage lender.


In recent years, many property owners have found themselves underwater; meaning the value of their property is less than the amount owed to the lender. 

Reverse Exchanges Growing in Popularity

Preserve Ability to Defer Gain without a Buyer 

Reverse Arrows

How times have changed in the last twelve months. We have watched the real estate market make an about face and is now a seller's market. This is causing buyers to act fast once they find the property they want and they are up against other potential buyers offering more than the asking price and willing to close soon. Putting a contingency that your old property must close first is not as easy now as it was just a few months ago.


This has helped increase the use of reverse exchanges over the last twelve months as exchangers strive to get their desired property while preserving their ability to defer the gain.


What Is A Reverse Exchange?

A reverse 1031 exchange is a strategy used when you want to defer the capital gain under section 1031 but must acquire the replacement property prior to conveying title of your relinquished property to a buyer.

Update on Efforts to Preserve 1031 Exchanges


There is not much to report on this issue since our last newsletter. For a summary, click here.


This week, Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, told reporters he has no specific timeline for tax reform. However, in the next two weeks, his committee is expected to release its final two options papers outlining possible changes to the Internal Revenue Code.


As someone who has benefited from a section 1031 exchange or someone who has had a client that has, we urge you to send a letter supporting section 1031 to Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Representative Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as your local Congressional leaders.


Click here to find a one page sample letter that you can forward to them. We encourage you to include something about the difference section 1031 made in your particular situation. We thank you for your support. For a Word version of the letter, please send a request to 1031help@1031CORP.com.


1031 CORP. will continue to provide updates in our newsletters.
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Commercial Transactions
June has seen a significant increase in the number of exchange transactions involving commercial transactions over $5M.   Multi-housing and retail centers top the list with golf course properties and mobile home parks also on the list.
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Message from our President
Margo McDonnell


Dear Friends,

Ahhhh...my favorite time of year!  School is out and I am thrilled to have a break from homework and school projects (I am sure there are a number of parents who agree with me) and it's early enough in the summer break that the kids are still getting along.  It's a wonderful thing!


While many of us enjoy a break from the normal routine, well deserved vacations and hopefully some time on a beach, it does not seem like there will be any break in the number of new 1031 exchange transactions we are seeing.  Based on the Agreements of Sale we have seen and the ones our clients are telling us about, we expect the activity to heat up during the summer - something that does not usually happen (at least not since 2006).  This is certainly welcome for us but more importantly, it is yet another sign that things are improving and it is nice to see investors and business owners take advantage of section 1031 again which is also something that benefits the economy as a whole.


If you or your client is considering a 1031 exchange, please feel free to contact our Exchange Team with questions or to discuss the transaction in detail.  We are happy to help.

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!

Best Regards,


About 1031 CORP.
Serving as a nationwide qualified intermediary for 1031 tax-deferred exchanges since 1991, 1031 CORP. strives to provide a superior exchange experience for our customers and their advisors.  We provide our customers with enhanced security of funds, knowledgeable exchange professionals and a commitment to keep the exchange process simple for our customers and their advisors.  Every member of the exchange team is a Certified Exchange Specialist� and has the experience and expertise to facilitate even the most complex exchange transaction, including reverse, improvement and personal property exchanges.  Additional information can be found at www.1031CORP.com.
In This Issue
Underwater Properties and 1031 Exchanges
Reverse Exchanges Growing in Popularity
Update on Efforts to Preserve 1031 Exchanges
Wealth Building Webinars
Trending this Month
Message from our President
Article Exchange

Margo McDonnell

Margo McDonnell, CES
Certified Exchange Specialist
1.800.828.1031 ext. 212
Mobile: 610.680.6896
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Sue Umstead, CES 
Certified Exchange Specialist
Senior Vice President
1.800.828.1031 ext. 208
Mobile: 610.755.8520

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Marissa LoCascio, CES
Certified Exchange Specialist
Senior Exchange Officer
1.800.828.1031 ext. 210
Mobile: 610.742.4351

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Rich Heller

Richard Heller, Esq., CCIM, CES
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 Bettye Matthews

Bettye J. Matthews, CPA
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Joseph F. Szajnecki, CES�
Article Exchange

Following are articles related to 1031 exchanges, taxes, real estate and related topics you may find of interest.  


No, The Housing Market Is Not Stalling

Business Insider 

June 3, 2013 


Home prices rise for 14th straight month

Inman News 

June 4, 2013      


Home appraisals no longer derailing sales 


May 15, 2013


Real Estate the Disney Way...Create Your Own Magic 

Agents Boost  

May 1, 2013

If you have an article you would like to share, please forward it to Margo McDonnell,CES� and we'll include it in next month's reading list.
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