Understanding 1031 Tax Exchanges on Maui

ALOHA!

Selling Real estate in Hawaii has us immersed in a second home market ripe with investors looking to transfer their investment funds using the 1031 Tax Exchange program on Maui pretty often. It’s important to know the facts and have the resources on hand when you need answers you can trust, especially when looking to invest somewhere disconnected and far from home – like Hawaii.

Fidelity National Title gives a great explanation on a what 1031 Exchange actually is:

Section 1.1031, of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, offers real estate investors one of the last great investment opportunities to build wealth and save taxes. By completing an exchange, the investor (Exchanger) can dispose of their investment property, use all of the equity to acquire a replacement investment property, defer the capital gain tax that would ordinarily be paid, and leverage all of their equity into their replacement property.  

Whoa. Did you READ that right??? Yes, you sure did. And it’s got investors saving hand over fist in an incredibly HOT market on Maui. You sell your investment, and then roll the capital into another and save a ton on taxes.

… ON 2 CONDITIONS.

1.).   Exchange must be for “like-kind” – ie. residential for residential, or commercial for commercial, etc…

2.).   No cash or additional benefit may be acquired unless you pay capital gains taxes on it.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

The IRS demands that once your property is sold, it is placed with an intermediary entity called an ‘Accommodator’ who is in charge of holding the funds. The Exchanger then has 45 days from the date of close to identify 3 possible replacement properties.

… 3 FINAL REQUIREMENTS.

1.). Purchase must be of equal or greater value.

2.). All equity must be re-invested.

3.). Equal or greater debt. (with an exception that a reduction can be offset with additional cash, but a reduction in equity cannot be offset by increasing debt.

Once the 45 days have passed, the property identification list cannot be changed and everything must be logged and in writing with the accommodator to show that we are abiding by specific guidelines.

So the GENERAL 3 RULES

  • The new purchase must be the same or greater value than the relinquished.
  • Reinvest all of the exchange equity into the replacement property
  • and obtain the same or greater debt on the replacement property as the one relinquished. 

Both properties must be sold and acquired for income and/or investment purposes.

Here’s the full article from Fidelity National Title that explains these specifics.


More questions?   Who can HELP?

Julie Bratton with OREXCO is the local expert and the person to call when considering a 1031 tax exchange on Maui. Old Republic Exchange has also created this awesome video to help with understanding the process of 1031 tax exchanges.

Here’s also a brochure to explain some of the particulars.     ORE Brochure 2018

If you’re strongly considering, Julie is so easy to talk to and she can help with understanding all kinds of ways the exchange program works – including deferred, reverse and simultaneous. Her experience has proven a strong track record in guiding homeowners to successfully achieve their investment goals.  Don’t be afraid to reach out!

Julie Bratton (formerly Tumbaga) – Hawaii Representative

877-591-1031 direct

jbratton@oldrepublicexchange.com

http://orexco1031.com

Maui provides an amazing landscape for the investor looking for a 2nd home that can generate some passive income through the short term rental market when you can not be here to enjoy. World-class beaches, dining, and shopping are all at your fingertips and the weather is fantastic year-round. As time goes by, you can spend more time here enjoying your investment. This is the ultimate retirement plan. Curious about an investment on Maui? Reach out, let’s get your toes in the sand.

With aloha, Erica Haleakala  – 808-281- 4107

Wailea Realty Corp | Windermere Maui  | The Shops at Wailea, Maui Hawaii.

 

 

 

Posted on December 29, 2019 at 8:02 pm
Erica Haleakala | Category: Maui, Maui Economics, Maui Investment, Moving to Maui, Short Term Rentals | Tagged , , , , , ,

Will a Recession Affect the Maui Real Estate Market?

How Will the Next Recession Affect the Housing Market… 

Given the current media buzz of an impending recession, many Americans are fearing the worst and believe a downturn in the real estate market is inevitable. Take a look at the graph below from Keeping Current Matters.

It’s important to note that of the last five recessions in U.S. history, three of them saw increases. Two of those three saw prices appreciate faster than the historical average, and the massive down turn was as a result of loose ethics and loan practices.

Graph showing the housing market in the last 5 recessions

Recession does not equal a housing crisis

 

What Exactly is a Recession

According to Websters Dictionary, a recession means a time where the economy dips for a period of 6 months. Considering that we’re in the longest running economic recovery, it’s no surprise that we’re in for a breather. The Maui marketplace is still robust and active with consistent visitors looking to scoop up great properties and the inventory is low – so it’s still busy and still fast paced for those looking to buy.

How Will Maui Be Affected?… 

Saying anything is recession-proof is a tough statement to make, but any time you have scarcity in a market, whatever the market is, it sets up your investment for success. Purchasing in a location with limited supply is key to making sure your vacation home investment doesn’t depreciate dramatically in a recession. The rental income opportunity can also provide some insulation from market downturns, and there are other factors, too, that help make certain types of vacation homes less risky investments. Check out the most recent short term rentals in Wailea here.

For the best locations in Hawaii, like the Maui beachfront, the dip in property values at the last turn was only 10% to 12%, the reason being the barrier to entry—the ability to get anything built—is unbelievably tough. It isn’t overbuilt, and people recognized the value here. Selecting the location of your vacation home wisely may not protect you entirely from seeing a drop in value during a recession, but it could mean that the decrease you see is much smaller than it would be elsewhere. Also consider whether a second home will be a long-term investment, and perhaps even someday become your primary residence or legacy. Our listings at Mahana Estates are legacy homes where families are seeing their dreams built before their eyes.  I encourage you to reach out and ask questions on how we can paint this picture for you.

Places like Hawaii, Cancun and Mallorca don’t go through seasonal ups and downs. There are low and high seasons, but people are always visiting. People buy a second home and eventually envision living there, so in that sense it’s recession proof. Even in a recession, there are people that still have money, and they’re looking for very specific types of houses, and are very location-driven. As we approach winter, we expect more inventory to come one as usual and we look forward to seeing our friends who return year after year.  If you’re curious about a Maui investment, reach out, let’s get your toes in the sand. Aloha! 

Posted on October 4, 2019 at 8:36 pm
Erica Haleakala | Category: Maui, Maui Development, Maui Economics, Maui Real Estate Reports, Moving to Maui, Short Term Rentals | Tagged , , , , , , ,