DST (Delaware Statutory Trust)

DST investment offers:

✔ Flexible and Beneficial Advantages for 1031 Exchange Investors

✔ Rightful ownership in institutional-grade properties

✔ Relief from property management

✔ Regular flow of cash, Lowers your closing risk

✔ Freedom from property management

✔ Diversification


Real estate investors who are looking for tax benefits of a 1031 exchange without handling responsibilities of management may consider the DST (Delaware Statutory Trust).

A 1031 exchange, of course, is the popularly used vehicle the IRS created to allow taxpayers to regularly, if they want, defer the capital gains tax on their real estate investment by using the proceeds from one sale to buy another.

Usually, you have 45 days to identify a new property, and then you have to close it within 180 days of the property sale or the tax return year due date of the sale.

There are also rules for "like-kind" properties. Generally, it simply requires you to replace one investment property with the other, e.g., it should not be your house for a rental property or vice versa.

Here's the 1031xchange page of 1031 exchange basics, including a section about 1031 exchange timelines.

Now, here we will talk about a way of participating in 1031 exchanges without being an engaging participant in property management and while enjoying the path to opportunities usually reserved for high-net-worth and investor institutions.

It's the DST 1031 exchange.

What is a DST (Delaware Statutory Trust) ?

DST Investment Provides Tax-deferment Benefit with no Burden of Property Management

A Delaware Statutory Trust or a DST is given mainly as real estate securities. It is extremely popular with 1031 Exchange investors. DST investments are passive real estate investments. They allow investors to get fractional possession in real estate properties. Investors do not need to bear the burden of property management. The structure for a DST investment was first created in Delaware in 1947. However, a DST doesn’t need to be located within the State of Delaware. DSTs are generally responsible for purchasing, managing, administering, and selling real estate properties. Investors within a DST enjoy their pro-rata share of income, appreciation, and tax benefits. 1031 DST Property offers similar benefits and risks as any other real estate investment.

Delaware Statutory Trust (DSTs) was formed more than 30 years ago, i.e., before "crowdfunding" came into existence, but that's in essence what they're for.

There are many ways to participate in 1031 exchanges without being the manager or sole owner of the portfolio of properties involved. They are available for many businesses and industries, including office space, multifamily and student housing, healthcare, and commercial real estates, such as retail storage units and drug stores.

Under DSTs, investors are partial owners, and much like the owners of mineral rights, they also get a percentage of the income the DST property makes depending upon how much of the trust part they have. The investor is a crowdfunded owner of the debt and equity.

DST sponsors put together the deals and offer a regular income for your investment. While, of course, you could lose money on those sales, too, you do get the tax benefits even in the improbable event the risk ends up with a loss of the entire investment principal.

And you will get the familiar 1098 and 1099 income and interest forms from the sponsor and profit and loss statements to calculate the depreciation in DST investment.

There are many sponsors and a couple of decades of experience in DSTs, so with solid research and trusted advisors, you can check track records while you analyze what providers and properties might suit your limit for risk and desire for a reward with this alternative investment.

Positives in a DST investment

    ✔ Low investment - A DST investment may start from as low as $100K.

    ✔ Large structure - There is no limitation on the number of investors a DST can possess. DSTs can have up to 499 investors or fewer. This opens the DST option for small investors also. Investors with low capital also prefer it. DST allows investors to acquire ownership in institutional-grade properties by making the least investment.

    ✔  Relief from property management- 1031 DST property is handled by property managers. Therefore investors do not have to bear the burden of property management.

The downside of a DST investment

✔  No title to a property - Investors within a DST don’t receive property title.

✔  Can’t form single-member LLCs - DST investors aren’t allowed to form single-member LLCs.

✔  No voting rights- DST investors don’t have voting rights over the operation of properties held by the DST.

For consultation and assistance regarding DST 1031 exchange property, you can call –888-993-0590 or email us at info@1031xchange.com.

How You Can Complete Your 1031 Exchange In Six Simple Steps

DST 1 Decides to sell Investment Property, list it for sell and go under contract 2 Enter into a 1031 Exchangeagreement with Qualified Intermediary. Make sure you meet the requirements of the Federal Tax Laws, especially the one pertaining to the proceeds. 3 Closes on the sale ofrelinquished property and transfer proceeds from Sale to QI 4 Identify DST investment optionswithin 45 days 5 Buy the same as your 1031Exchange replacement propertywithin 180 days 6 Submit form 8824 to the IRS at the time of filing taxes along with the other required documents
  1. Decides to sell Investment Property, list it for sell and go under contract.
  2. Enter into a 1031 Exchange agreement with Qualified Intermediary. Make sure you meet the requirements of the Federal Tax Laws, especially the one pertaining to the proceeds.
  3. Closes on the sale of relinquished property and transfer proceeds from Sale to QI.
  4. Identify DST investment options within 45 days.
  5. Buy the same as your 1031Exchange replacement property within 180 days.
  6. Submit form 8824 to the IRS at the time of filing taxes along with the other required documents.


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  • Work hand in hand with your attorney, accountant or closing agent for ensuring that the transaction runs smoothly.

Top ten benefits of a DST investment

  • ✔  Freedom from property management
  • DST investors don’t need to bear the burden of property management as DST properties often come with pre-arranged property or asset managers.

  • ✔  Increased cash flow
  • Generally, DST investors enjoy a cash flow ranging from 5%-7% annually. However, after adding capital appreciation and the amount invested in amortizing the asset, the projected annual return increases to 14%-18%.

  • ✔  Locate properties without putting any physical effort
  • DST investors don’t need to step out in the market for locating properties as real estate firms are usually responsible for this. A good real estate firm will find properties for you, provide all due diligence, arrange for financing, and do everything that is required.

  • ✔  Invest in larger and safer propertie
  • DSTs allow investors to invest in larger and institutional-grade properties. Such properties are likely to attract high-credited tenants. Therefore DST investors aren’t normally exposed to greater financial risks.

  • ✔  Diversification
  • DST investors can split their net proceeds and invest it in different properties or assets. This provides much needed diversification to investors and also strengthens their investment portfolios.

  • ✔  DST properties are managed by professionals
  • Another advantage of a DST investment is that DST properties are managed by national real estate companies, who have strong audited track records and extensive experience in their respective sectors, types, and locations of real estate.

  • ✔  Gain non-recourse debt
  • Accredited investors often look for institutional grade, pre-arrange, and non-recourse financing with easy approval. As a DST investor, you could invest in properties ranging from all-cash debt free acquisitions to properties with up to 85% leverage.

  • ✔  Low investment
  • Due to its large structure, DST investments may sometimes start from as low as $100K. This makes DSTs more popular among small to medium-sized investors.

  • ✔  Multiple tax advantages
  • Deferring capital gains taxes using a 1031 Exchange isn’t the only tax advantage DST investors receive. In addition to this, they may also benefit from depreciation and other deductions which shelter some of their investment income from taxes.

  • ✔ 1031 Exchange in and 1031 Exchange out
  • A DST not only allows investors to invest their 1031 Exchange proceeds directly into it, but they can also withdraw their proceeds and invest it on another property (or another DST).

Risks Involved in DST Investments

• No contribution can be made upon closing -A DST can’t accept any contribution from its new or current beneficiaries once the offering is closed.

• No renegotiation on existing loans –The trustee can’t renegotiate the terms of the existing loans. Neither can it borrow new funds from any lender.

• Limitation on capital investment – Any cash held during distribution dates can only be invested for paying short-term debts.

• Can’t reinvest real estate proceeds –The trustee isn’t allowed to reinvest the proceeds obtained from the sale of its real estate.

• Limitation on capital expenditure –The trustee is allowed to make limited capital expenditures on the property pertaining to (a) normal repair and maintenance, (b) minor non-structural capital improvements, and (c) those required by the law.

• No extra reserves –It’s mandatory that all cash, other than necessary reserves, is distributed among the beneficiaries on a current basis.

• No new leases –The trustee can't enter into new leases, neither can it renegotiate the current leases.


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