Selling Your Property, 1031 Tax Exchanges And More

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

After a period of service as a rental property, rental investors may choose to sell their rental. 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 Strasburg.

If you decide you would like to sell your property, Call us and we'll start by preparing a comparative market analysis to help predict what your property can probably fetch 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 Strasburg that have owned rental unit 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 rental investor 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 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 critical to have a comprehensive knowledge of the exchange process and the IRC. For instance, an accurate understanding of the key term “like-kind” can uncover opportunities that could have otherwise been dismissed.

What is a short-sale?

A short-sale occurs 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 an issue lately.

But even so, if you need it, members of our staff have CPDE (certified distressed property expert) training. We can clarify the ramifications of a short-sale help you decide if that choice is best for you and your rental property.

Should you understand more about the area?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a handy tool for anyone who needs to investigate real estate facts about Strasburg and neighboring communities.  The Guide to Real Estate compiles information about what has sold and what is on the market, and many surprising facts that you might not be aware of.  Also, our Guide features some elements of living in Strasburg.  Of course, all of this is helpful for buyers and sellers, but owners and renters will likely also find this data to be quite informative.