Don’t Make These 1031 Exchange Mistakes!

A 1031 exchange is a tax-deferred exchange that allows an investor to sell a property and use the proceeds to purchase a like-kind property, thereby deferring the payment of capital gains taxes. However, there are several mistakes that investors can make with 1031 exchanges, including:

  • Failing to properly identify replacement property: To qualify for a 1031 exchange, the investor must identify the replacement property within 45 days of the sale of the original property and close on the new property within 180 days. Failing to properly identify the replacement property within the required timeframe can disqualify the entire transaction.

  • Not using a qualified intermediary: The IRS requires the use of a qualified intermediary to facilitate a 1031 exchange. This intermediary acts as a middleman, holding the proceeds from the sale of the original property and using them to purchase the replacement property. Failing to use a qualified intermediary can also result in the transaction being disqualified.

  • Not meeting the “like-kind” requirement: The property being sold and the replacement property must be of the same nature or character, but they do not need to be identical. For example, an investor can exchange a commercial property for a residential rental property, but they cannot exchange a property for cash or personal property.

  • Failing to reinvest all proceeds: To avoid paying taxes on the capital gains from the sale of the original property, the investor must reinvest all proceeds into the replacement property. Failing to do so can result in the investor being required to pay taxes on the portion of the proceeds not reinvested.

  • Using the replacement property for personal use: If the investor uses the replacement property for personal use or holds it for a short period before reselling it, the transaction may not qualify as a 1031 exchange, and the investor may be required to pay taxes on the capital gains from the sale of the original property.


Overall, it’s essential to work with a qualified professional to avoid these and other mistakes when participating in a 1031 exchange. Here at Brazos1031 Exchange Company, we work with investors in every state in the US and we are here to guide you through every step of the process. To get started, simply contact us at (888) 508-1901 to schedule a consultation.

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