Selling Your Property, 1031 Tax Exchanges And More

In addition to property management, Nesbitt Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage serving Fairfax

After a period of service as a rental, rental investors often decide to sell their rental unit. Nesbitt Realty is a full service brokerage and we have successfully and quickly sold many rental properties at best market value for our former property management clients in Fairfax.

If you decide you would like to sell your rental, Phone us and we'll start by preparing a comparative market analysis to help figure out what your rental unit can likely fetch if sold. We'll also prepare estimated proceeds so you know how much you'll really make after the settlement.

What is a 1031 Tax Exchange and how can it benefit me?

A 1031 Tax Exchange is usually of greatest benefit to real estate investors in Fairfax that have held property for a longer period of time (more than ten years). Thanks to IRC Section 1031, a properly structured 1031 exchange allows a landlord to sell a property, to reinvest the proceeds in a new rental property and to defer all capital gain taxes. IRC Section 1031 (a)(1) states:

“No gain or loss shall be recognized on the exchange of property held for productive use in a trade or business or for investment, if such property is exchanged solely for property of like-kind which is to be held either for productive use in a trade or business or for investment.”

To understand the powerful protection a 1031 exchange offers, consider the following examples:

  1. A property owner has a $100,000 capital gain and incurs a tax liability of approximately $35,000 in combined taxes (depreciation recapture, federal and state capital gain taxes) when the property is sold. Only $65,000 remains to reinvest in another property.
    Assuming a 25% down payment and a 75% loan-to-value ratio, the seller would only be able to purchase a $260,000 new property.
  2. If the same landlord chose to exchange, however, he or she would be able to reinvest the entire $100,000 of equity in the purchase of $400,000 in real estate, assuming the same down payment and loan-to-value ratios.

As the above example shows, exchanges protect property owners from capital gain taxes as well as facilitating significant portfolio growth and increased return on investment. In order to access the full potential of these benefits, it is critical to have a good working knowledge of the exchange process and the IRC. For instance, an accurate understanding of the key term “like-kind” can uncover possibilities that might have otherwise been overlooked.

What is a short-sale?

A short-sale happens when the seller sells a property for less than what is owed on the property. In the past, because of market contractions, some of our landlord clients have found themselves in an untenable situation with regards to their rental unit. In those cases the best way out was often a short sale. Quite frankly, due to market expansion and inflation, this has not been much of a concern lately.

On the other hand, if you need it, members of our staff have CPDE (certified distressed property expert) training. We can explain to you the consequences of a short-sale help you decide if that option is right for you and your property.

Do you need understand more about our area?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a handy resource for anyone who needs to review important real estate information about Fairfax and nearby areas.  The Guide to Real Estate provides information about what has sold and what is on the market, as well as a few surprising facts that you may not be aware of.  Also, our Guide features many of the benefits of life in Fairfax.  Naturally, all of this is interesting for buyers and sellers, but landlords and tenants will likely also find this information to be quite eye-opening.