A DST, or Delaware Statutory Trust, qualifies as a replacement property for a 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchange. DSTs are syndicated and institutional, and must be purchased through a Registered Investment Advisor or a Broker Dealer. The buyer must be an accredited investor who understands the risks associated with illiquid investments.
DST(s) satisfy those investors who no longer want an active role in income producing real estate and are ready for a passive role with tax-favored income. An investor can sell their property and defer all capital gains using a 1031 exchange and a DST as replacement property. The investor must use a Qualified Intermediary and follow IRS rules and regulations.
DST’s allow for a fractionalized interest in a trust structure allowing a smaller investor to own properties that they never could before simply because of the sheer size of the investment. In addition, the DST issues a pro-rata operating statement at the end of the year, and investors enjoy the same tax advantages with depreciation and amortization that an investor would enjoy who owned the investment property wholly.
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