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As a real estate investment owner, there are many issues to consider when passing an asset on to the next generation. Navigating the family dynamic can be a cumbersome task and is often overlooked.
-Tax liability (step-up in basis).
-Ownership transfer to multiple heirs.
-Will my heirs be in agreement?
It is possible that the real estate you acquired for income, will appreciate in value from the time you buy it, until the time you pass it on to your beneficiaries. Passing your real estate assets on to your heirs at a step-up in basis, is something to consider for estate planning.
The timing of when a beneficiary inherits property is critical. Properly transferred before death receives a "carryover basis", which means it carries the original cost basis over to the heirs. This is not ideal, as there may be a tax liability. Passing real estate at death can result in a step-up in basis. How is this done with the use of a Delaware Statutory Trust (DST)?
Highly appreciated property can be 1031 exchanged into DSTs for tax and estate planning purposes.
-Occupied, stabilized, institutional income-producing real estate.
-Passive real estate ownership.
-Stabilized, predictable cash flow (potentially for retirement).
DST Beneficial ownership can be passed on to multiple heirs at a step-up in basis at the time of death, simplifying the transfer of wealth.
-Single asset passed to 3 beneficiaries
Issues: conflict of decision making
-Multiple assets passed to 3 beneficiaries
Issues: difficult to divide equally
-DST is utilized.
Solution: beneficiaries receive specified beneficial ownership in trust, making their own independent decisions
*By investing in a Delaware Statutory Trust (DST), heirs may receive any distributions paid from the investments. Upon the sale of the property owned by the DST, each heir can choose what to do with their inherited portion. It is possible that one heir continues to exchange the investment. while another can sell and receive cash proceeds.