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Real Estate Diversification with a Delaware Statutory Trust

Real Estate Diversification with a Delaware Statutory Trust

When executing a 1031 tax deferred exchange an investment property owner may find it challenging in today's market to locate suitable replacement property or may be in their investment life-cycle where they no longer want the day-to-day responsibilities of property management.

A Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) property ownership structure permits individuals to own a fractional interest in large, institutional quality and professionally managed commercial property along with other investors, not as limited partners, but as individual owners within a Trust. A DST takes all decision-making out of the hands of investors and places it into the hands of an experienced sponsor-affiliated trustee.

A DST can offer real estate diversification across property types and geographic location.

Examples of asset types:

  • Multifamily Housing
  • Senior Living
  • Student Housing
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Self-Storage
  • Industrial
  • Office

When to Consider a DST:

  • When a taxpayer is interested in passive ownership of high-grade commercial property, but the taxpayer lacks the financial wherewithal to purchase the property entirely on their own.
  • When the taxpayer wants a pre-packaged replacement property where the financing is in place and the sponsor has already performed due diligence.
  • As a reliable backup property on the list of identified properties in the event the primary identified property falls through, or the taxpayer has not used all of the proceeds from the sale of the relinquished property and wishes to reinvest the remaining funds to achieve full tax deferral.