Eliminating real estate like-kind exchanges would drive down transactions and property values

Any effort by Congress to repeal like-kind property exchanges, would have negative impacts on the real estate industry, according to a survey, “Like-Kind Exchanges: Real Estate Market Perspectives 2015,” from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

Like-kind exchanges under Internal Revenue Code Section 1031, allows individuals and businesses to defer capital gains taxes when one property is sold and the proceeds are reinvested in a similar property. Such exchanges benefit not just the economy but also spur job creation, according to the survey.

More highlights from the NAR survey:

  • 63 percent of REALTORS® participated in a like-kind exchange transaction between 2011-14;
  • 40 percent of those transactions would not have occurred if like-kind exchanges were not allowed;
  • 96 percent of respondents indicated a decrease in real estate values if like-kind exchanges are repealed;
  • 94 percent said a repeal would lead to decreased demand for core assets, business and services.

Click here to read the NAR survey. To learn more about the impact curbing 1031, or like-kind, real estate exchanges could have on the market, read more from NAR and watch a short video.

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