DST Educational Series A- Part 10: Why Invest Cash into DSTs?

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By Al DiNicola, AIF® Feb 21, 2022

When DSTs began (around 2004) the popularity grew as a replacement to Tenants in Common (TICs) investing.  In future articles we can cover the many differences.  One of the major differences is the number of investors who could participate (TICs limited to 35 investors).  Having a larger number of investors provides for the acquisition of larger investment grade property. The potential benefits of a DST program are not restricted to 1031 exchange funds.

Direct cash investors may also choose to invest in a DST, which may provide the following potential benefits:

  • Tax-deferral strategy: Once invested in a DST there are many opportunities that become available upon exit. Investors may utilize a 1031 tax deferred exchange or potentially a 721 UPREIT that may be part of the sponsors exit strategy. Both strategies will defer capital gains from the DST capital gains until a future date.
  • Rental income paid monthly: most sponsors of DST will distribute proceeds monthly directly via ACH to the investor designated account.
  • Ownership in institutional-quality real estate:  Many smaller investors cannot purchase institutional quality real estate because of the barriers to entry, meaning the substantial down payment as well as qualifying for any loan or leverage to purchase the property.
  • No management responsibilities/passive ownership: Many baby boomers may be responsible for the popularity of DST investment. The baby boomers would rather spend less time managing their real estate and more time engaged in other interest. However, even first-time investors are seeking a simpler real estate experience without property management.
  • Build your own diversified real estate portfolio: The relatively small investment amount (some have a minimum of $50,000 for cash investors) required provides an easy way to diversify both geographically as well as asset class.
  • Depreciation of real estate can help to offset taxable income: investing in any real estate provides potential writes off with a depreciation schedule (27.5 years for residential and 39 years for commercial). This also applies to DST. This depreciation is recapture (currently at a rate of 25%) upon the sale of the property unless the investor utilizes a 1031 tax deferred strategy.

DST’s (Delaware Statutory Trusts) are for accredited investors only.  Contact your investment adviser for additional details on how a DST may be a solution to your 1031 Exchange and compliment your financial objectives. For more information on how to properly set up an IRC 1031Tax Deferred Exchange or if you are an accredited investor and would like additional information on a DST contact Al DiNicola at 239-691-8098 or email adinicola@namcoa.com.

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About the author

Al DiNicola, AIF, CEPA, specializes in 1031 Exchanges utilizing DST as a viable alternative for accredited investors. He also is well versed in Opportunity Zones and Alternative Real Estate Investments. Mr. DiNicola has more than 40 years of experience in commercial & residential sales and development. Al has extensive experience in real estate land acquisitions, development, investment and real estate securities.

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