Maryland Advisor for Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) and 1031 Exchanges

multifamily dstBenefits of working with a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) for Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) 1031 Exchange

When considering Delaware Statutory Trusts (DSTs), it’s important to work with an investment fiduciary, like Sera Capital, who will waive commissions and work on a transparent, up-front consulting basis. Clients working with an RIA receive more beneficial interest (more shares) with each DST. We believe we are setting the standard for how DSTs will be built in the future. When clients work with an RIA like Sera Capital, we believe they can expect:

  • Transparency
  • Up-front cost
  • No hidden fees
  • Deals that we believe are in the clients’ best interest

How Delaware Statutory Trusts Can Help your Clients

  • Defer long term capital gains and depreciation recapture
  • Receive tax-advantaged income
  • Provide heirs with a stepped-up cost basis
  • Assist in estate planning
  • Unwind real estate positions
  • Ensure that real estate transactions close in the 45-day identification period
  • Match debt and equity
  • Solve the “boot” problem, when relinquished property costs more than the replacement property
  • Acquire vacant farmland or real estate for development
  • Sell their businesses when properties and land are part of the conditions of sale

What is a Delaware Statutory Trust?

A Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) is a business trust created under Delaware law. DSTs can be used in a wide variety of business settings, and have become popular pass-through entities to hold commercial real estate assets for investors.

Upon the sale of a property in a DST, the investor will have the option to pay any capital gains tax or defer any capital gains tax by participating in a 1031 exchange.

Property Exchange: The 1031 Transaction

Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code allows an investor to defer the payment of capital gains taxes that may arise from the sale of a business or investment property. By using the proceeds of the sale to purchase “like-kind” real estate, taxes may be deferred, as long as the investor satisfies certain conditions. We offer replacement properties for investors participating in an exchange.

What is Like-Kind Real Estate?

To complete a successful Section 1031 tax deferred exchange, the replacement property must be like-kind to the relinquished property. Some examples of like-kind properties include:

  • Retail Centers
  • Office Buildings
  • Industrial Warehouses
  • Multifamily Apartments
  • Student Housing
  • Self-Storage Facilities

Any real estate held for productive use in a trade or business or for investment purposes is considered like-kind. A primary residence would not fall into this category, however, vacation homes or rental properties may qualify.

A Typical 1031 Exchange Has Three Basic Steps

  1. Exchanger sells property, known as the relinquished property, and proceeds are escrowed with a Qualified Intermediary (QI)
  2. Qualified Intermediary, through a written agreement with the investor, transfers funds for purchase of replacement property
  3. Exchanger receives new property (or DST interest)

Property Exchangers Must Follow a Set Timeline

1031 Exchange 180 Day Timeline

  • Day 1 – Sell Your Property
  • By Day 45 – Find a Replacement
  • By Day 180 – Close on New Property

Additional 1031 Exchange Guidelines

The price of like-kind properties are not always the same. Here are a few general guidelines investors should follow to complete a successful 1031 exchange transaction:

  • New Asset Value ≥ Relinquished Property Value
  • Cash Invested in Replacement Property ≥ Cash Received from Relinquished Property
  • Debt on Replaced Property ≥ Debt from Relinquished Property

Contact Us

We will work closely with you as we do with any of our clients to determine the best solution for your 1031 Exchange.  Contact us today.


This material has been prepared for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting professionals before engaging in any transaction.

This is not an offer to sell securities.


This website is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security which can be made only by a prospectus, or offering memorandum, which has been filed or registered with appropriate state and federal regulatory agencies, and sold only by broker dealers and registered investment advisors authorized to do so.

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