Our partnership had developed a shopping center in the mid-80s, and in 2002 it was opportune for us to sell. But a straight sale would have meant a tax not only on our gained value, but also on the accrued depreciation — and that would have left next to nothing after taxes. So we knew a 1031 exchange was for us.
Marilee Hill knows the exchange process in detail. And she is constantly in touch with firms offering investment-grade properties specifically structured for exchanges. We ended up with a diversified portfolio, as part-owners of four solid, well-managed income producers: an office park, apartments, a net-leased office building, and another shopping center. And the capital gains tax? Indefinitely deferred.