Selling Your Property, 1031 Tax Exchanges And More

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

After a period of owning a rental unit, rental investors often choose to sell their property. Nesbitt Realty is a full service brokerage and we have successfully and quickly sold many rentals at best market value for our former landlord clients in Rotonda.

If you decide you would like to sell your rental unit, Phone us and we'll begin by preparing a comparative market analysis to help determine what your rental unit 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 Rotonda that have owned property for a longer period of time (more than ten years). Thanks to IRC Section 1031, a properly structured 1031 exchange allows a rental investor 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 landlord 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 real estate 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 demonstrates, exchanges shelter real estate 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 comprehensive knowledge of the exchange process and the IRC. For instance, an accurate understanding of the key term “like-kind” can uncover possibilities 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 landlord clients have found themselves in an untenable situation with regards to their 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.

Conversely, 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 option is best for you and your rental unit.

Do you want understand more about our community?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a free tool for anyone who wants to learn more about Rotonda and nearby communities.  The Guide to Real Estate has data about what has sold and what is for sale, and a couple of surprising facts that you might not be aware of.  And, our Guide spotlights many of the benefits of residing in Rotonda.  Of course, most of this is useful for buyers and sellers, but landlords and renters may also find the facts to be somewhat informative.