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Utilizing Tenants in Common (TICs) in Your 1031 Exchange Strategy

Updated: May 6

A 1031 exchange is a powerful tool for real estate investors looking to defer capital gains taxes when transitioning from one investment property to another. While traditional exchanges involve the direct acquisition of replacement properties, some investors are discovering the benefits of Tenants in Common (TIC) arrangements to facilitate their exchange. In this article, we'll explore how to utilize TICs when conducting a 1031 exchange and the advantages and considerations associated with this strategy.

Understanding TICs and 1031 Exchanges

Tenants in Common (TIC) is a co-ownership structure where multiple investors collectively own a single property. Each co-owner has an undivided ownership interest and the right to use and occupy the property. TICs can be a valuable tool in 1031 exchanges, especially when investors want to diversify or acquire partial ownership in larger properties.

Here's how to effectively utilize TICs within the context of a 1031 exchange:

  1. Contact 1031 Pros (QI): As with any 1031 exchange, start by contacting 1031 Pros at to facilitate the process. 1031 Pros will hold the proceeds from the sale of your relinquished property and help you acquire the replacement property, whether that be a TIC or another type of property.

  2. Locate Suitable TIC Properties: Research TIC properties that align with your investment goals. TIC investments can include various property types such as apartment complexes, commercial buildings, or retail spaces. Consider factors like location, rental income potential, and management structure.

  3. Execute a TIC Agreement: Coordinating with other investors, execute a TIC agreement that outlines ownership percentages, responsibilities, and decision-making processes. It's crucial to have a clear understanding of your rights and obligations within the TIC structure.

Advantages of Utilizing TICs in a 1031 Exchange

  1. Diversification: TICs allow you to invest in a fractional ownership interest in high-value properties that may have been otherwise unattainable. This diversifies your real estate portfolio and reduces risk.

  2. Professional Management: Many TIC properties come with professional property management in place, alleviating the need for hands-on involvement. This can result in a more truly passive investment.

  3. Income Potential: TIC properties often generate rental income, providing you with a steady stream of passive income, similar to traditional rental properties.

  4. Tax Deferral: Just like traditional 1031 exchanges, utilizing TICs allows you to defer capital gains taxes, helping you preserve more of your investment capital.

Considerations and Risks

While TICs offer several advantages, investors should be aware of potential risks and considerations:

  1. Co-Owner Relations: Co-ownership can lead to complexities in decision-making and potential disagreements among TIC partners. Clear communication and a well-structured TIC agreement are essential.

  2. Liquidity: TIC investments are generally less liquid than direct property ownership, as selling your share may require the consent of other co-owners.

  3. Due Diligence: Thoroughly research the TIC sponsor, property, and market conditions. Not all TIC investments are created equal, and it's vital to ensure you're investing in a reputable opportunity. 1031 Pros can recommend a few TIC companies with reputable offerings.

Utilizing Tenants in Common (TICs) in a 1031 exchange can be a strategic way to achieve tax deferral while gaining access to high-value properties and generating passive income. However, like any real estate investment, it's essential to conduct thorough due diligence, have a clear understanding of your co-ownership agreement, and work with experienced professionals to ensure a successful TIC exchange. By carefully navigating the TIC landscape, you can leverage this co-ownership structure to grow your real estate portfolio and achieve your investment goals.

To learn more about 1031 Pros, you can visit our website at or send us an email to or give us a call directly at 916-252-6900 and talk with a live representative about how you can use a 1031 exchange to avoid taxes on your next investment real estate transaction.

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