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A Qualified Intermediary (QI), such as 1031 CORP., acts as the facilitator or middleman in an exchange. The word “qualified” refers to the intermediary’s relationship to the Taxpayer. To be a “qualified” intermediary, the party must not be the actual Taxpayer or the Taxpayer's accountant, attorney, real estate professional, financial planner, employees, partners or close relative.

    • The QI handles all required documentation, coordinates the details with you and your agents (real estate professional, tax and/or legal advisor(s) and closing agents) and holds the exchange proceeds during the exchange period.
    • Both the relinquished property and the replacement property “flow” through the QI although title passes directly from the seller to the buyer, just as in any typical real estate transaction
    • The QI keeps you aware of your timelines and is available to answer your questions throughout the exchange process.

When must the 1031 exchange be initiated?

Ideally, the Taxpayer will notify 1031 CORP. one to two weeks prior to the scheduled closing of the relinquished property. This allows your Exchange Officer to prepare and forward the exchange documents to you with sufficient time to review and return them. It also enables your Exchange Officer to give the closing agent ample notice that the transaction is part of a 1031 exchange. If the exchange was not planned in advance, we can initiate an exchange at the last minute, even while you are sitting at the closing table. However, once the closing is complete and title of the relinquished property is conveyed to the buyer, it is too late to initiate the exchange and the sale will be a taxable event.