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  • Are DST investments liquid?
    DST investments are typically illiquid, meaning they cannot be easily sold like equities on a public exchange. Once you invest in a DST, your capital is committed for the duration of the investment term, which is typically several years. However, some DST sponsors may offer periodic liquidity events, allowing investors to sell their shares under certain conditions.
  • How often do these investments go full cycle?
    The duration of a DST investment varies depending on the specific offering and market conditions. On average, DST investments may have a holding period of 5 to 10 years before reaching full cycle. During this time, investors receive regular distributions from property income and may benefit from potential appreciation upon sale of the underlying real estate assets.
  • What happens when the investment liquidates?
    When a DST investment reaches its full cycle or a liquidity event occurs, the underlying real estate assets are sold, and the proceeds are distributed to investors according to their ownership interests. Investors may receive their share of the proceeds in cash or have the option to reinvest in another DST or similar investment vehicle.
  • Am I able to take cash-out?
    Yes, DST investors may have the opportunity to receive cash distributions during the holding period of the investment. These distributions are typically derived from rental income generated by the underlying properties. Additionally, some DST sponsors may offer partial liquidity options or refinancing opportunities, allowing investors to access cash without liquidating the entire investment.
  • Am I still subject to the same 1031 exchange timelines and rules?
    Yes, investors participating in an alternative 1031 exchange using DSTs are still subject to the timelines and rules outlined by the IRS for traditional 1031 exchanges. These rules include identifying replacement properties within 45 days of the sale of the relinquished property and completing the exchange by acquiring the replacement property within 180 days. However, since DST investments offer more flexibility and a wider range of options compared to traditional property exchanges, investors may have a greater certainty of closing within these timelines. The ability to select from a variety of pre-identified DST offerings can streamline the exchange process and reduce the risk of failed exchanges due to difficulty in identifying suitable replacement properties. It's important for investors to work with qualified intermediaries and advisors to ensure compliance with IRS regulations and maximize the benefits of the exchange.
  • What are the minimum investments in DSTs?
    Minimum investment requirements for DSTs vary depending on the specific offering and sponsor. While some DSTs may have minimum investment thresholds as low as $25,000 or $50,000, others may require larger minimums ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 or more. It's important to review the offering documents and consult with a financial advisor to determine the suitability of a DST investment based on your individual financial situation and investment goals.
  • What if I have debt on my current property that I am selling?
    If you have debt on the property you're selling, you can still participate in a 1031 exchange into DSTs. However, the debt on your relinquished property must be either replaced or exceeded in the new investment to fully defer capital gains taxes. This means you'll need to either bring additional cash to the transaction to match or exceed the debt amount, or take on new financing to satisfy the debt requirement in the replacement property or DST investment. It's crucial to consult with a tax advisor or qualified intermediary to ensure compliance with IRS regulations regarding debt replacement in 1031 exchanges.
  • What are the risks associated with DST investments?
    Like any investment, DSTs carry inherent risks that investors should consider. These risks may include fluctuations in real estate markets, potential vacancies or lease renewals affecting property income, interest rate changes impacting financing costs, and unexpected expenses for property maintenance or repairs. Additionally, DST investments may lack liquidity, making it difficult to sell shares if needed. It's essential for investors to conduct thorough due diligence, assess risk factors, and consult with financial professionals before making investment decisions.
  • How are DST investments taxed?
    DST investments offer tax-deferral benefits similar to traditional 1031 exchanges. By reinvesting proceeds from the sale of a property into DSTs, investors can defer capital gains taxes on the sale, potentially allowing for significant tax savings. However, it's important to note that while DST income distributions may be tax-deferred, they are typically subject to ordinary income tax rates when received. Additionally, investors should be aware of any state tax implications associated with DST investments and consult with tax advisors to understand their individual tax obligations.
  • Can I invest in DSTs through my retirement account?
    Yes, it is possible to invest in DSTs through certain retirement accounts, such as self-directed IRAs (Individual Retirement Accounts) or 401(k) plans. Investing in DSTs through a retirement account can offer tax advantages, such as tax-deferred growth or tax-free distributions, depending on the type of retirement account used. However, there are specific rules and regulations governing investments in alternative assets through retirement accounts, and investors should consult with a qualified financial advisor or tax professional to ensure compliance with IRS guidelines and maximize the benefits of investing in DSTs through retirement accounts.

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