Infographic: 10 Steps of a Reverse Exchange

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Accruit, LLC is a national provider of Qualified Intermediary (QI) and Exchange Accommodation Titleholder (EAT) services for simple and complex exchanges. Accruit handles all types of real property like-kind exchanges. Specialized EAT services are provided by Accruit Exchange Accommodation Services LLC.

A reverse exchange is a tax-deferred exchange that enables the purchase of new (replacement) property prior to the sale of the old (relinquished) property.

Step One

Reverse Exchange Step One

The taxpayer enters into a contract to purchase the replacement property, assuring the contract has no restriction against assigning the contract to a third party. In the unlikely event that it is so restricted, the contract should be negotiated to allow the contract to be assigned to the reverse exchange accommodator, NSRS or a special purpose entity (SPE), typically an LLC, owned by NSRS to hold title to the property. Under IRS vernacular, the SPE is known as an Exchange Accommodation Titleholder (EAT).

Step Two

Reverse Exchange Step Two

The taxpayer or their advisor contacts Accruit to start an exchange and obtain a reverse exchange document package. The taxpayer and NSRS, enter into a Qualified Exchange Accommodation Agreement (QEAA) for replacement property whereby the SPE, as the EAT, will take title on the date of closing to the replacement property. The SPE is set up with North Star Realty Services, LLC as its sole member.

Step Three

Reverse Exchange Step Three

The taxpayer assigns the replacement property purchase contract to the EAT.

Step Four

Reverse Exchange Step Four

Unless the taxpayer is providing 100% of the necessary funds, a taxpayer selected lending bank loans the funds required for the purchase to the EAT to enable it to acquire the replacement property. The EAT signs any applicable loan documents as the borrower, however, the taxpayer signs as the guarantor of any such loan. In the event the bank does not make a 100% loan-to-value loan, the taxpayer makes a second loan for the balance needed, which should include any earnest money that may have been previously advanced. The documents required for any taxpayer loan are furnished by Accruit and typically include a Non-Recourse Promissory Note and a Pledge Agreement of Membership Interest to secure the loan.

Step Five

Reverse Exchange Step Five

The taxpayer and the EAT enter into a contract for the sale of the replacement property from the SPE to the taxpayer as well as a triple net Master Lease, which allows the taxpayer to oversee the day-to-day management of the property while it is held by the EAT. The lease provides that, in lieu of rent, the taxpayer will pay all debt service to the lender and/or the taxpayer, assuming a secondary loan from the taxpayer. Accruit may request that the taxpayer execute an Environmental Indemnity Agreement.

Step Six

Reverse Exchange Step Six

Funds are sent directly to the closing by the lender and/or the taxpayer. The closing takes place and the SPE takes title to the property. Evidence of liability insurance must be furnished to Accruit showing the SPE as the insured party, while the lender and the taxpayer may appear as additional insureds.

Step Seven

Reverse Exchange Step Seven

Within six months (180 days) of the replacement property closing, the taxpayer enters into a contract for the sale of the relinquished property and enters into a standard Tax Deferred Exchange Agreement with Accruit, who serves as the QI. The taxpayer assigns its rights (but not its obligations) under the contract for the sale of the relinquished property to the QI and gives to the buyer(s) written notice of this assignment on or before the closing. The closing must take place within the 180-day period and the net proceeds of the sale are paid to the QI.

Step Eight

Reverse Exchange Step Eight

The taxpayer assigns its rights under the contract for the purchase of the replacement property (which is now being acquired from the EAT) to the QI and gives written notice of this assignment to the EAT, on or before the closing.

Step Nine

Reverse Exchange Step Nine

The taxpayer directs the QI to disburse the exchange proceeds to the EAT as part, or all, of the purchase price. The EAT receives the funds and immediately wires those funds to the lending bank and/or to the taxpayer to pay down all or part of the debt.

Step Ten

Reverse Exchange Step Ten

The taxpayer takes ownership of the replacement property via an assignment of the membership interest in the EAT which transfers the LLC, and the property it holds, from the member (NSRS) to the taxpayer. Alternatively, a deed may be issued to the taxpayer by the EAT and the LLC may be dissolved. The taxpayer takes the membership interest or the deed relating to the replacement property subject to the balance of any debt.

Note: The foregoing suggested procedural outline is made available by Accruit to interested parties and to licensed attorneys and it is intended to be used as a guideline. It is not intended to be relied upon, or viewed in any way, as legal advice, and is furnished for purposes of convenience only. As a qualified intermediary, Accruit is prohibited from providing tax or legal advice. Taxpayers must seek such counsel from their advisors.