Liquid Opportunity Zone Fund Offers A Timely Option
This week’s column is dedicated to all property owners, real estate agents, brokers, and registered investment advisors-owners that are part of a growing class of frustrated real estate investors. Be it the inability to identify a property, caution regarding buying in a late cycle, difficulty lining up attractive financing, or affordability issues due to the spike in mortgage rates, failed 1031 exchanges are fast on the rise.
In the case of any sale of a property with the intent of rolling the proceeds into a like-kind exchange, a qualified intermediary (QI) must facilitate the 1031 exchange, holding the funds on behalf of the property owner until a new replacement property is acquired. The typical fee for QI services can range from $750-$1,500.
Assuming a property sold for $800K, including a $200K capital gain, the seller has 45 days to identify up to three potential properties for purchase and 180 days to close the sale. For a real estate market that has been on autopilot for the past 10+ years, this formula was pretty much a no-brainer with super lower mortgage rates. Now, property price appreciation is slowing and the cost to finance is up, with the Fed likely to raise the Fed Funds Rate again in two weeks.
Sellers of properties that are sitting on capital gains and nervous about purchasing another like-kind property, or in a situation where acquiring a new property creates a conflict, should consider the alternative of placing their capital gains in a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (QOF) to defer payment of those capital gains out to December 31, 2026.
Belpointe PREP, LLC (NYSE American: “OZ”) is a QOF fund that is developing and acquiring Class-A multi-family residential properties in what we believe to be some of the strongest job markets and fastest growing cities in the U.S. Moving real estate proceeds into a managed QOF that comes with tax benefits and the potential for growth and income has, I think, great appeal at present, with cash-rich sellers seeking an alternative investment opportunities.
I believe this option provides a formidable alternative to the 1031 like-kind exchange, with its requirement to buy another physical property within 180 days. We spell this alternative out in our updated white paper. CLICK HERE To Download.
So, here is the investment proposition that Belpointe PREP, LLC (NYSE American: “OZ”) offers that just might be the right fit for those seeking an alternative asset that is liquid. Belpointe PREP (NYSE American: “OZ”) is the first and thus far the only publicly listed QOF and it requires no paperwork and NO QUALIFIED INTERMEDIARY to invest. This option removes a ton of time pressure and offers what we consider a compelling alternative to the 1031 like-kind exchange.
Very simply, Belpointe PREP provides investors with the ability to pair off year-to-date 2022 capital gains, using a 180-day look-back window, and reinvest those capital gains to defer and possibly eliminate capital gains taxes, in addition to offering investors an opportunity for growth and income, out to December 31, 2026, where all capital appreciation and the majority of pass-through income may be tax-free.
Download and read up on all of the incredible tax benefits that investing in Opportunity Zones provides from both the federal and state governments. The U.S. Treasury has certified 8,764 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories as Opportunity Zones, where nearly 35 million people reside according to the U.S. Treasury. These Opportunity Zones represent communities in need of direct investment by private investors and where there is significant potential for income and growth.
While there are multiple QOFs to choose from, none are publicly listed and traded on a national securities exchange other than Belpointe PREP (NYSE American: “OZ”). And with Belpointe PREP there is no risk of future capital calls, as spelled out in Belpointe PREP’s prospectus and SEC filings. Most other QOFs are illiquid or require early exit fees and can require investors to add capital to cover unexpected costs in the projects that they sponsor. As we are all fully aware that life happens, and plans change. As noted, if at any time an investor in OZ units needs access to their funds before December 31, 2026, they can simply look to sell their units in the public markets.
Belpointe PREP is building Class-A full-featured multi-family residential housing communities in markets that it believes have strong macroeconomic fundamentals, such as Nashville, TN, Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL, and Sarasota, FL.
In addition, Belpointe PREP’s management team is actively seeking to acquire other QOFs that have stabilized their properties, where there are some clear benefits to acquiring seasoned properties in lieu of new construction with all its attendant risks. Our acquisition team is actively looking for sellers of properties within Opportunity Zones. Belpointe PREP has cash and currency in the form of its Class A units “OZ” that provide the kind of liquidity that some selling parties may desire.
Belpointe PREP commenced trading on the NYSE American on October 18, 2022, at $100 per Class A unit. As of July 12, 2022, units of OZ were trading around $96, a 4% discount to NAV. In my mind, inflation-sensitive, income-generating multi-family residential real estate is a necessity, and revitalizing cities with the blessing of federal and state mandates, laws and tax provisions is, I believe, a purpose-driven endeavor to improve the lives of millions of people while also giving those that invest in these communities’ potential for stable income, long-term growth and multiple tax advantages.
Cody H. Laidlaw
255 Glenville Road
Greenwich, CT 06831
T: (203) 883-1944
Disclosure: Cody H. Laidlaw is the Chief Investor Relations Officer. Cody is also an investment advisor representative with Seaside Advisory Services, Inc. (d/b/a Seaside Financial & Insurance Services), a SEC registered investment adviser offering advisory accounts and services, and holds a long position in Belpointe PREP, LLC’s Class A units.
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