Selling Your Property, 1031 Tax Exchanges And More

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

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

If you decide you would like to sell your property, Reach out to us and we'll begin by preparing a comparative market analysis to help determine what your rental property can likely bring if sold. We'll also prepare estimated proceeds so you understand how much you'll actually net at the settlement.

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

A 1031 Tax Exchange is usually of greatest benefit to property owners in Falls Church that have held rental for a longer period of time (more than ten years). Thanks to IRC Section 1031, a properly structured 1031 exchange allows a property owner to sell a property, to reinvest the proceeds in a new 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 property owner 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 demonstrates, exchanges shelter rental investors 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 crucial 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 reveal opportunities that could 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 rental investor clients have found themselves in an untenable situation with regards to their rental property. 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.

Above all, if you need it, members of our staff have CPDE (certified distressed property expert) training. We can clarify the consequences of a short-sale help you decide if that choice is right for you and your rental unit.

Do you want know more about our area?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a free resource for anyone who needs to review important real estate information about Falls Church and surrounding areas.  The Guide to Real Estate has facts about what has sold and what is currently listed, and a couple of compelling facts that you may not know.  Not to mention, our Guide spotlights many of the elements of life in Falls Church.  Of course, all of this is helpful for purchasers and sellers, but rental investors and renters will also find this data to be very informative.