What You Shouldn’t Forget When Selling an Investment Property

When you’re selling an investment property, it’s important to remember everything that goes into the sale. There are a lot of things to keep in mind, from the legalities of the sale to making sure you get the best price for your property, and other less obvious things as well. Here are three of the most important things to remember when selling an investment property. 

Current Leases

When selling an investment property, it is important to remember the current leases. The new owners will be bound by the terms of the lease, so it is important to make sure that they are aware of what they are agreeing to. There may be restrictions on how the property can be used or clauses that allow the tenant to break the lease early. It is also important to remember that the current tenants have a right to stay in the property until their lease expires. This can be a valuable selling point for potential buyers, as it provides them with income from day one. However, it is also important to disclose any information that could affect the tenants’ ability to stay in the property, such as plans for renovation or sale. Failure to do so could result in legal action.


One thing you shouldn’t forget when selling an investment property is taxes. If your home has appreciated, you will owe capital gains taxes on the sale. Capital gains taxes are levied on the profit from the sale of an asset, and investment properties are considered assets for tax purposes. The amount of capital gains tax you owe will depend on several factors, including the profit from the sale and your tax bracket. However, there are a few ways to reduce or avoid capital gains taxes, so it’s important to talk to a tax professional before selling your investment property. With careful planning, you can maximize your profits and minimize your tax liability.

1031 Exchange

1031 exchange is an important tool for real estate investors, allowing them to sell an investment property and defer the capital gains taxes that would be due on the sale. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when pursuing a 1031 exchange. First, the property that is being purchased must be of equal or greater value than the property that is being sold. Secondly, the purchase must be made within a certain time frame, typically 180 days from the date of sale. Finally, it is important to work with a qualified intermediary to facilitate the exchange. Without taking these steps, investors may find themselves facing a hefty tax bill. As such, the 1031 exchange should not be overlooked when selling an investment property.


Selling your investment properties is a great way to access the equity that has accumulated and appreciated since you purchased them. That being said, it can also be a complex process that requires planning. Be sure to remember these three important items when selling your next investment property.

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