Earlier this year we wrote about the growing market for 1031 exchanges using DST (Delaware Statutory Trust) investments as replacement property. Since then, interest in DST solutions continues to grow as it adds flexibility to a 1031 exchange.

A number of prospective 1031 exchange clients have shown interest in getting out of the property management business because they are nearing retirement age. Like many other investors, they’ve found DST investments to be an intriguing potential solution for the problem of 1031 replacement property. The DST interest offers the ability to earn a consistent revenue stream, without the stress of day-to-day management activities – a value proposition that is also attractive to busy people and  people inexperienced in real estate management, as well as people who want to wind down their involvement in active real estate management.

Another plus is that a DST interest can be used either as the sole replacement property or in conjunction with other real property which requires management.  Because the DST enables the 1031 exchanger to indirectly acquire partial interests in property, it requires less of a financial commitment to acquire an interest in an attractive investment property.

A DST interest may also be useful as a back-up property in case the exchanger’s first choice replacement property is unavailable or there are exchange funds left over after the exchanger has purchased its preferred property.

With any investment, the investor is exposed to certain risks. One of the risks involved with investing in a DST is the illiquidity of the capital invested. DST investments are considered long-term investments, and the typical length of an investment ranges from five to ten years. For an individual who is retired, or nearing retirement, the inability to liquidate funds for an unforeseen emergency can be a bit concerning.  But for many exchangers the trade-off between illiquidity and no management required may be quite acceptable.

For the right exchanger, a DST can add flexibility to a 1031 exchange — with the ability to split 1031 exchange funds between a DST interest and real property — which may be an attractive solution. It is one that should be considered before the final decision on the properties to be identified as replacement property in an exchange is made.

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