Can You Use A 1031 Exchange for New Construction

PGC Team

Have you ever wondered whether a 1031 Exchange could be used for new construction? The answer is a resounding “yes.” However, it’s not as simple as it may seem at first glance; it requires meticulous planning and a firm grasp of the process.

The new construction project must ultimately match or exceed the value of the original investment property by the end of construction, just before the representative returns it to the initial investor.

In this article, we’ll explore how to use 1031 Exchanges for new construction and break down the important factors you must consider to make it work smoothly.

You can use a construction or improvement exchange to execute a 1031 exchange for new construction. This allows you to build new structures or improve replacement property acquired through your 1031 exchange.

This means you can take advantage of the tax benefits while investing in and improving new properties. Using a 1031 exchange, you acquire a new facility with lower maintenance needs and benefit from consistent monthly revenue through triple net (NNN) leases while deferring capital gains taxes.

Here’s how it works:

1. Establish an Exchange Accommodation Titleholder (EAT)

Your qualified intermediary will establish an Exchange Accommodation Titleholder (EAT) to retain ownership of the new construction property on your behalf.

2. Select an Impartial Representative

During the exchange process, you must designate an impartial representative, either an EAT or a Qualified Intermediary, who will receive the title to the property as specified in the Purchase Agreement.

3. Escrow Account

It was established to hold all funds related to the title. While you provide construction instructions, the titleholder covers expenses using the funds in the escrow account.

4. 180-Day Exchange Period

During the 180-day exchange period or until construction is completed, the appointed representative is the legal owner of the property.

5. Choosing Replacement Property

Like other 1031 exchanges, you have 45 days from the sale date to identify the replacement investment property. Detailed descriptions, including building blueprints, must be included.

6. Transfer of Title

Once the construction is finished, the representative transfers the title to you, and you can proceed with a standard 1031 exchange using the new property as a replacement.

Using 1031 exchange rules for new construction offers investors a tax-efficient way to enhance and expand their real estate portfolios. Ensure thorough planning and adherence to IRS regulations to qualify for 1031 exchange and consider seeking expert guidance to maximize the benefits of this investment strategy.

New Construction 1031 Exchange Deadlines

The deadlines for a 1031 exchange intro new construction align with those of a Forward or Reverse 1031 Exchange. There are no distinctions in the timeframes.

You have 45 days to identify the suitable property and an additional 135 days, totaling 180 calendar days, to complete the 1031 exchange for your new construction.

Forward vs. Reverse Construction 1031 Exchanges

In a construction 1031 exchange, you have two options: forward or reverse, both subject to the 45-day and 180-day deadlines.

Here’s a simple breakdown:

1. Forward Construction 1031 Exchange

In a forward exchange, you initiate by selling your relinquished property and utilizing the proceeds to acquire your replacement property. Then, you make tax-deferred improvements to the replacement property. Ensure all steps, including selection, upgrades, and closing, align with the 1031 exchange time frames.

2. Reverse Construction 1031 Exchange

You acquire the replacement property with a reverse exchange while concurrently improving it. You also work on selling your current relinquished property. In this case, the purchase of the replacement property comes first, followed by upgrades and the sale of the relinquished property. Coordination is key, and time frames must be met for a successful exchange.

Costs and Fees for Construction Exchange

Construction 1031 exchanges tend to be more complex and costly. You must assess your deferred capital gain tax obligations and depreciation recapture to ensure that the expenses associated with the 1031 exchange process align with the benefits.

Improvement exchanges offer the flexibility to create the ideal replacement property, ranging from simple repairs to extensive new construction, allowing investors to get precisely what they want.

Construction Exchanges & Real Estate Syndications

While a construction exchange can be a suitable option, it’s not always necessary or the right fit for every situation. Consider the circumstances, such as owner-occupied properties, where it may work best.

In other cases, individual investors might find value in placing their sale proceeds into a commercial real estate syndication with tenants in a Common ownership structure.


This approach allows investors to purchase a fractional share of a professionally managed larger property, offering a less stressful and potentially passive investment option, particularly beneficial when time constraints are a concern.

Maximize Your New Construction Potential – Get Started Today

By understanding the rules and intricacies of 1031 Exchange, you can enhance your investment potential and work toward a brighter financial future.

At Precision Global Corp, we specialize in creating 1031-compatible projects that empower you to maximize your returns while deferring capital gains taxes. Talk to us and learn more about PGC’s services and investment opportunities.




Please note that Precision Global Corporation (PGC) is not a certified public accountant (CPA) firm, and the information provided in this article should not be considered as professional tax advice. Content provided by PGC is for general informational purposes only.

Tax regulations vary by location and can change over time. It is recommended to consult with a qualified CPA or tax advisor who is knowledgeable about the specific tax laws applicable to your situation. They can provide personalized guidance tailored to your circumstances.

Precision Global Corporation does not accept liability for any actions taken based on the information presented in this article. For accurate and personalized tax advice, please consult a local CPA or tax professional.

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