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1031 Exchange – What Is A DST Or Delaware Statutory Trust?


What is a DST or Delaware Statutory Trust and what are the benefits to you?

Many of our clients are liquidating “self managed” real estate properties and are no longer interested in handling the day to day management. In addition, since it is typically safer to diversify their interests in to multiple properties, as opposed to only owning a single property in a single market, when processing a 1031 exchange, choosing to use a Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) is a great option for them.

Put simply a Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) is a legal entity that is formed for the purpose of holding title to properties purchased. This trust will assign a trustee to handle the many day to day operations that are necessary and will own title to 100% of the interest in the property or properties acquired. In processing a 1031 exchange using a DST, your qualified intermediary (QI) would take the funds from liquidation of the initial property and place the funds into the DST and you would receive a beneficial interest in the newly formed trust.

Doing this, gives you the following benefits:

– Using a DST gives you the ability to pool your funds from the sale of your property with the funds of other people to purchase some very impressive assets that, due to their size and uniqueness, are sought out by larger corporations that tend to sign longer and more profitable leases.

– The DST is the single owner and borrower; the lender only underwrites the DST, not each individual investor, therefore the loan is nonrecourse to the investor. Investors purchasing a property on their own may have to arrange for financing and may be required to provide personal guarantees.

– The transfer of beneficial interests in a DST can be easier as there is generally less paperwork and time required than buying a property directly.

– A typical minimum investment of $100,000 allows more exibility for investors to diversify their exchange into several properties compared to trying to purchase a property directly.

– The DST allows cash investors (non-1031) the option to complete a 1031 tax deferred exchange when the current property is sold.

– Investors are not required to sign on guarantees for non-recourse carve-outs on the loan that they might have with direct ownership.

While having many benefits, the DST may not be right for all investors as tax laws can change over time and, like real estate, a DST can have limited liquidity. This is another reason why working with someone that has years of experience in dealing with all aspects of 1031 exchanges is a good idea.

Want to learn more? Take a look at our other articles on the 1031 exchange, contact us at 301-924-2160, or use the form below. We would be happy to answer your specific questions or even provide you with some examples of our world class inventory.

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