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Agricultural Land Exchange

Published on: November 1, 2021

If you anticipate selling your orchard, farm or ranch now or in the near future, it’s likely very critical that you do a 1031 exchange. A 1031 land exchange allows you to sell your property without paying tax on the sale and invest the proceeds into real estate of your choosing. 1031 Exchange Place not only handles all the paperwork and makes sure the exchange is done according to government guidelines, but we make sure you get the most out of your exchange.

Why Is It Especially Important That Those Selling Agricultural Land Consider An Exchange?

If you don’t set up a section 1031 exchange before you sell your land, you will have to pay the federal and state taxes (totaling 20%-30%) on the difference between the cost of your land and the sales price. Many of those selling lands have owned their property for long periods of time, this usually results in a huge tax liability upon the sale. It would be a shame to let years of hard work be wasted in paying unnecessary taxes. See the chart below comparing the difference between selling your land with and without doing an exchange.

What Do I Do With The Proceeds?

The benefit of an agricultural land exchange is that it allows you to put all of your hard-earned proceeds to work. Upon the sale of their orchard, ranch, or parcel, most sellers are looking to turn their proceeds into secure, monthly cash flow but don’t know where to start. We not only help guide our clients through each step of the 1031 process but can also use our decades of experience to connect you with 1031 advisors that specialize in 1031 properties that provide secure monthly income without management headaches.

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With the proceeds from the sale of your land, you may purchase any type of investment real estate. You can reinvest in other agricultural lands, an office building, apartments, industrial buildings, storage units, rental homes, a retail center, etc.

As mentioned above, we find that most sellers of farm or ranch land want to reinvest into a property that produces a secure monthly income without management and operating expenses or headaches. Net-lease (also known as NNN) properties leased by national tenants are the most common way to accomplish this. They’re attractive not only because of the caliber of tenants but also because they typically have long-term leases of 10 years or more. You can take the proceeds from your land sale and acquire a Walgreens, AutoZone, Family Dollar, O’Reilly Auto, etc. You could own a property or properties with a billion-dollar net-worth company as your tenant. You can even invest in a property leased to the federal government.

Land sellers find NNN properties attractive because they have a long-term lease already in place with the tenant paying the property tax, insurance premium, utilities, repairs, and maintenance, with no responsibilities on the investor’s part. You have worked hard enough to get to this point, so spend your time playing with grandkids, vacationing, and providing church or community service, while receiving rent checks directly deposited into your checking account.

The other most popular options are Tenants-In-Common (TIC) and Delaware Statutory Trusts (DST). These options offer similar benefits to NNN properties but can also have an increased ability for diversification. For example, a single DST investment may consist of 16 NNN properties – providing unparalleled diversification to your 1031 exchange.

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1031 Exchange Advisor

Nicholas has been a dynamic figure in the 1031 exchange industry since 2007. With over two decades of experience in marketing and web development, Nicholas has demonstrated his entrepreneurial spirit by owning an INC 500 company and maintaining a multi-year presence in the INC 5000 list. He is renowned for his dedication and passion for his work. Outside of his professional endeavors, Nicholas is a devoted father to two teenage boys. Together, they share a love for mountain biking and exploring the outdoors on their ATVs every weekend. Nicholas’s commitment to excellence is evident in both his career and personal life.