Los Angeles Multifamily

Why some of our clients have sold properties

Let’s face it: As of this moment in June 2023, rates are up, credit is hard to come by, transaction volume is down precipitously, investors can clip a 5% risk-free coupon rather than buy real estate, and the regulatory environment for LA multifamily owners is uncertain at best. Generally speaking, not favorable conditions for a Seller.

That said: Some owners have sold in the past 12 months and below is a partial a list of reasons why they have done so:

Life Events – Death, Divorce, Partnership Dissolution – Life events such as death, divorce, or partnership dissolution may lead an investor to sell an investment property in order to divide assets or distribute wealth amongst partners and/or beneficiaries.

Step Up in Tax Basis – Related to the bullet point above, an investor (or child of an investor) who has inherited a property may sell to take advantage of his/her “step up” in tax basis, potentially resulting in very little (or no) capital gains tax exposure when the property is eventually sold.

Major Capital Expenditures – An investor may choose to sell an investment property if the property requires significant repairs or renovations that the investor does not want to fund. Many owners in Los Angeles have sold in order to avoid mandatory seismic retrofits which can cost upwards of $100,000 for small buildings.

Heightened Government Regulation – Between rent control, tenants rights, eviction moratoriums etc. heightened government regulation makes it more difficult and costly for an investor to maintain an investment property and achieve adequate returns, often times leading to an investor selling a property.

1031 Exchange – An investor may sell an investment property as part of a “1031 exchange,” also known as a “like-kind exchange,” in order to trade up to a larger (and possibly more valuable property) while deferring capital gains taxes. People also trade down, say from an 8 Unit to a duplex (or two). There are various other property types and alternative 1031 vehicles which investors trade into as well.

Problematic Tenants – Problematic tenants, such as those who consistently pay rent late or cause damage to the property may lead an investor to decide to sell the property in order to avoid the ongoing hassle and potential financial losses.

Return Capital to Investors – Many professional syndicators who have raised LP capital from investors have 5-7 year hold periods or investment horizons, after which they sell properties in order to return capital to their investors (and hopefully harvest their promote).

Retiring from the Business – Let’s face it, some just get tired of doing it. An investor who is retiring from the business of owning and managing investment properties may choose to sell their remaining properties to free up liquidity as part of their retirement plan.

By mrlamultifamily

I am a multifamily real estate specialist in Los Angeles.

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