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The 45-Day Timeline for a 1031 Exchange: What You Should Know

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The 45-Day Rule for a 1031 Exchange

The 45-day rule for 1031 exchanges — or the identification (ID) period — states that an investor has 45 days from the date of the sale of the relinquished property to identify replacement properties. Identification means the investor states some potential property options but does not require them to close the sale or get the properties under contract. The identification period starts on the day the relinquished property is transferred and ends at midnight on the 45th day.

Property identification is a crucial step because these properties will be the only options to qualify for your 1031 exchange, and they must be like-kind — the same nature or character as your relinquished property. 

This identification must be in writing, stating the property’s legal description or distinguishable name and its street address. Sign the identification and deliver it to your Qualified Intermediary, the seller of the replacement property, or another party involved in the exchange. Delivering the notice to a person acting as your agent — such as your accountant, real estate agent, or attorney — is insufficient.

A like-kind exchange must meet the 1031 exchange 45-day rule to prevent the gain from being taxable. The exchange does not have to be a simultaneous swap, but the IRS does not offer a 1031 exchange 45-day rule extension. The 180-day period to acquire one of these identified properties starts simultaneously with the 45-day rule upon initial sale of the relinquished property.

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If you complete the exchange successfully within that time, you will qualify to defer taxes on your capital gains for the investment. The first 45 days of the 1031 exchange are crucial, since you must complete thorough research and due diligence within the time window. To navigate the process efficiently, have a plan before you get started.

The 1031 Exchange Timeline and Guidelines

The 1031 exchange process lays out precise requirements and timelines. Keep in mind these rules to help you navigate your exchange successfully:

  • Identify your property clearly: You must clearly describe your potential purchases and ensure they match your final acquisition. You should include the exact address of your properties in the description.
  • Give yourself time to change your identification: As long as you are within the 45-day period, you can change your mind about a potential property you’ve chosen and provide a new identification in writing.
  • Remember the Three (3) Property Rule: You can choose up to three properties of any market value if you’re considering purchasing at least one of them.
  • Know the 200% Rule: If you select more than three properties, you need to ensure that their combined value is less than 200% of your original property’s market value.
  • Understand the rule exceptions: If your potential purchases violate the 3 Property Rule and 200% Rule, you need to acquire 95% of these new holdings’ combined market value.

Navigate the 45 Days Successfully With 1031 Crowdfunding

At 1031 Crowdfunding, we understand that the 1031 exchange rules can be complex, and our expert team is dedicated to helping investors navigate the process with professional guidance from start to finish. You can cut down on the timeline of your exchange from 180 days to less than a week — most of our clients close on their new purchases within three to five days.

Let us make your 1031 exchange process easier. Register to view all properties today.


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