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1031 Exchanges allow taxpayers DEFER the payment of the CAPITAL GAINS TAX by selling one property and exchanging it with another LIKE-KIND property. This method allows to defer a tax payment liability that normally would have to be paid whenever capital gains from the sale of real estate property exist.



  • The properties must be like-kind.
  • To be totally tax free, the acquisition cost of the REPLACEMENT property MUST be EQUAL to OR GREATER than the adjusted sales price of the RELINQUISHED property.
  • The total cash equity (equity less selling costs) from the RELINQUISHED property must be reinvested in the REPLACEMENT property (or properties). Any cash NOT reinvested (cash boot) is subject to capital gains tax.
  • The REPLACEMENT property must have mortgage debt or new cash added equal to or greater than the mortgage paid off or assumed on the RELINQUISHED property.
  • The REPLACEMENT property MUST be IDENTIFIED in 45 DAYS and be settled in 180 DAYS for the IRS 1031 Exchange to be allowed – up to three potential replacement properties may be identified.
  • QUALIFIED INTERMEDIARY must be used and notified of the Exchange for IRS 1031 Exchange to be allowed.
  • Reverse Exchange is allowed

The RELINQUISHED property and the REPLACEMENT property MUST be used as an INVESTMENT or BUSINESS property by the EXCHANGOR.

However, it is NOT important how the buyer of the RELINQUISHED property plans to use the property (ex. Exchangor used the property as a rental home and buyer plans to use it as a primary residence) and it is NOT important how the REPLACEMENT property is currently used, only that it will be used by EXCHANGOR as an investment or business property (ex. Currently the property is used as a private second home, but the exchangor plans to use it as rental vacation home, or currently used as a primary residence, but exchangor plans to use it as a rental property).



  • QI receives the 45-DAY Identification Notice
  • QI gives instructions to the Settlement Agent
  • QI establishes a Qualified Escrow Account
  • QI delivers Escrow Funds for Settlement
  • QI arranges direct Deeding of properties
  • QI controls the Escrow Funds – Exchangor CANNOT receive, pledge, borrow, or receive any cash (except taxable cash boot) for the tax free IRS 1031 Exchange to take place.

Theoretically, any person can be QUALIFIED INTERMEDIARY who has NO business relationship with EXCHANGOR.  Therefore, exchangor’s real estate agent, broker, attorney, accountant, most family members and others CANNOT act as a qualified intermediary for exchangor.

It is best to use a CERTIFIED EXCHANGE SPECIALIST.  I work with Realty Exchange Corporation – contact me for details.

Like-kind investment or business or rental property includes: homes, vacation rentals, land, farms, office condos, warehouses, etc.

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NOTE: There is CAPITAL GAIN EXCLUSION on the sale of PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE. The tax exclusion is $250,000 for a single person and $500,000 for a married couple and applies to PROFIT from the sale (profit = sale price less original purchase price less cost of improvements less any costs associated with selling the property). The homeowner must use the house as a principal residence for 2 out of 5 consecutive years. The 2 years do NOT have to be consequtive – contact your accountant for details. Unfortunately, in the post 2006 market most of the sellers are lucky to break even and to avoid a short sale or foreclosure. However, there are many homeowners who purchased their homes long ago and built up equity, or own their home free of mortgage, and do qualify for the capital gains exclusion.


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