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How Much Do You Have To Reinvest In The 1031 Exchange?

The 1031 exchange is a great way to invest in property, but there are some rules you need to follow to qualify for the capital gains tax break. In this blog post, we will answer all your questions about how much do you have to reinvest in the 1031 exchange as well as other 1031 exchanges so that you can take advantage of this opportunity!

What Is a 1031 Exchange?

A 1031 exchange is a way to defer capital gains taxes when selling investment property. This type of exchange allows you to sell an existing property and buy a like-kind property without paying any federal income tax on the gain from the sale. This can be a great tax saving and help you generate more investment returns.

Five common types of 1031 Exchange

The five most popular types of 1031 exchanges amongst real estate investors are:


A simultaneous exchange is when an investor sells one property and purchases another one at the same time.


This exchange allows the investor to purchase a new property within 45 days of selling their existing real estate. However, they must still receive all the funds from the sale within 180 days.


A reverse exchange is when the investor acquires the new replacement property before selling the other.


This exchange allows investors to buy a vacant lot and build a new property while deferring their capital gains tax.


This type of exchange allows savvy investors to buy a vacant lot, build a new property on it, and sell their existing real estate while deferring their capital gains tax.

What are the benefits of a 1031 Exchange?

A 1031 exchange allows investors to defer their capital gains tax by exchanging one property for another for investment purposes. You sell the initial investment property, but the money from that sale must be used to buy another commercial property within a set period. The rule states you have 180 days between selling the first property and buying the next one using the profits from the first sale.

Investors who want to be in real estate for the long haul are often attracted to 1031 exchanges. This is because investors can exchange an existing property for another. The properties must be considered like-kind, generate revenue, and meet other requirements set by federal policymakers.

How much do you have to roll over?

The 1031 exchange law currently does not have a set amount you must use as a rollover when obtaining a new property. 

To better understand this principle, let’s say you sell an investment property (a multifamily building) that you own.

There is no set guideline for how much of your sale’s profits must go into purchasing another property. If you sell a property for $250,000 and use those profits within the next 180 days to buy a commercial space (an office building) for $200,000, you will not be charged federal income tax on the sale. This is because the two properties exchanged are considered “like-kind” properties.

What happens if you don’t roll everything over?

The federal government still expects you to pay taxes when applicable. Continuing from the example above, there’s still the matter of the $50,000 you didn’t use to purchase the office building. This $50,000 is considered capital gains because it was not used in your 1031 exchange. There is no additional penalty for not using all of these generated funds. Instead, these excess profits are taxed just like any other capital gain.

To be a successful real estate investor, you must know how to use 1031 exchanges and other legal tax deductions. You can find true long-term success by deferring taxes or offsetting capital gains.

How Point Acquisitions can help

Point Acquisitions is an experienced real estate acquisitions and advisory firm that can help real estate investors successfully navigate the 1031 exchange process.

Our expert team can advise on the best strategies when selling your investment property and acquiring a like-kind asset. We have the knowledge and experience to create a solid plan for successful exchanges.

Contact us today to learn more about the 1031 exchange and how it can benefit your real estate investing business. We look forward to helping you achieve success in your investments!

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