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Benefits of Delaware Statutory Trusts

No Management Responsibilities

No Management Responsibilities

DSTs are managed by professional, third-party firms. For investors transitioning from actively managing properties to passive ownership, this alleviates the burden of day-to-day management and replaces it with the freedom of time for travel and leisure.

Tax-Sheltered Monthly Income

Tax-Sheltered Monthly Income

Distributions from cash flow are paid monthly. Because DST investors are deemed to have direct ownership of real estate, the benefits of direct ownership, such as mortgage interest deductions and depreciation, flow through to investors on a pro-rata basis. Because of this, income from DSTs is often tax-sheltered, making for a greater tax-equivalent yield.

Diversification

Diversification

Because of the fractional-ownership and low minimum investment of DSTs, clients are able to replace their investment with a portfolio of commercial real estate that provides diversification of asset class, geography and even DST sponsor. This helps to mitigate investment risk.

Ease of Ownership

Ease of Ownership

The rules and deadlines of a 1031 exchange, such as the “45-day identification period,” can be difficult to maneuver. DSTs are pre-vetted and already acquired, ready for an investor’s exchange. The closing process into a DST can take as little as two business days. For investors at the end of their 45-day ID period who have not yet found a suitable replacement property, DSTs can offer an immediate and simple solution. For this same reason, DSTs also make for great back-up properties, in case there are complications with a sole-property acquisition.

Higher-Value Real Estate

Higher-Value Real Estate

A DST is a pooled-equity investment which allows investors to collectively purchase a property of higher value by aggregating their equity together. This allows DST investors to purchase properties that would otherwise be out of a single investor’s reach. As an example, a DST investor could go from owning 100% of a local apartment to owning 1.20% of a $50 million class A apartment complex in Denver, CO.

Estate Planning

Estate Planning

DSTs, like traditional real estate upon an owner’s passing, provide heirs with a step-up in cost basis. This means that heirs do not receive the owner’s original cost basis, but a “stepped-up” basis as of the date of death. This is true even if the owner has performed multiple 1031 exchanges. DSTs can also relieve the anxiety and problems that can occur when real estate is transferred to heirs.


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    When an investor exchanges property into a DST, they are obtaining a beneficial interest along with other investors in an institutional quality property that is managed by a trustee. So, the typical burdens associated with property management and loan responsibilities are effectively shifted from the investor (or heir) to the trustee. Heirs who may be otherwise averse to owning real estate due to added responsibilities may be relieved to learn that they can own income-producing real estate in a DST property structure and have very little additional work to perform other than some added tax reporting responsibilities at year end.

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