Starting a 1031 exchange is as simple as giving your Qualified Intermediary your name, address, and the address of the property you are selling. The QI is the one who makes or breaks it with the fine details. In fact, the QI is a required part of your 1031 exchange and they must be in place prior to the closing of the sale of the old property.
If you are a real estate investor, the structure of a 1031 exchange should be almost invisible to you. An exchange uses all the same professionals that would normally be involved in the selling of a property; title companies, attorneys, real-estate agents, etc. And they conduct themselves in the exact same way; they close the sale of the property and purchase of the new property or properties. The 1031 is an added on piece that enfolds into that process making it very easy for an investor to initiate when using the right Qualified Intermediary.
The key to ensuring that your exchange goes smoothly and has all the information that is needed is an experienced Qualified Intermediary. The QI is the one who will be signing the documents, placing the proceeds into a qualified, insured, trust account, and ensuring that the sales follow the strict protocols of sec. 1031. The QI must be referenced in specific places on the settlement statements and all parties must be notified that a 1031 has transpired.
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