1031 Exchange for New Florida Hotel Owner

January 3, 2024

Our Florida client came to us with a 1031 exchange.

The client was getting ready to sell a Georgia property. They were using the proceeds to purchase a new hotel in central Florida. To minimize their tax exposure, they were utilizing a 1031 exchange.

A 1031 exchange, also known as a like-kind exchange, is a real estate investing tool. It allows investors to swap out one investment property for another, deferring certain capital gains taxes. 

Our entire team worked closely with our client, always mindful of the 1031 exchange deadline.  He is now the proud owner of his hotel. He is very skilled at increasing profitability and is ready to take on the challenges of his new property. Our client was appreciative of the availability of the entire GRP Capital team, even exclaiming, “You always are there for me. I appreciate what you are doing.”

Tips for Handling a 1031 Exchange Deadline:

• Secure specialized help. Be sure your attorney has experience with 1031 purchases and sales. In addition, be careful when choosing a title company for the sale of your property. Be sure they have the ability to hold the proceeds in escrow as you wait for the purchase to go through.

• Know your deadline. Many business owners have their eye on purchasing a new property. Sometimes, they plan to sell another asset for their equity injection. That is a great plan. However, make sure the loan is feasible, and that a lender can close the loan to meet your 1031 exchange deadline. The SBA (Small Business Administration) is still a great resource for hotel loans, but be aware that SBA loans take a bit longer to close, especially 504 loans.

• Get all of your own financial documents ready:  Lenders will require taxes to be filed (or extensions), as well as financials that are less than 90 days old. Work with your accountant and other professionals and let them know your 1031 exchange deadline.

• Make it legal:  Work with your attorney so that your borrowing entity has an operating agreement or bylaws, is registered in the correct state and can be licensed correctly. 

Our GRP Capital team specializes in finding the right lender for each project. We save our clients time and money, as we research the best choices for their funding sources. Our experience allows our clients to find funding that is project-appropriate and will allow for sufficient cash flow. Whether you are looking to refinance or purchase or engage in construction, we would love to discuss your business plans with you. If you are considering becoming a first-time (or second or third time!) buyer, we can assist you.

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