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I am currently pursuing a 5 unit Multifamily purchase and upon discussing with the potential seller I discovered he feels he is unable to sell due to having a high basis in the property and not wanting to pay capital gains. In order to buy the property I need to solve this issue. I came across the idea of using a 1031 eligible fund known as Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) for the seller to park his money in upon sale. He is not interested in a traditional 1031 as he is 92 and dosent want the headache of buying and managing a new piece of real estate. I think a DST will solve his problem as his heirs will simply inherit the fund instead of the property which they can then liquidate or 1031 out if they so choose.
My question is does anyone have any experience with DST's and/or have any strong opinions on using a DST in this way. Can anyone think of other ways to address this problem without using a traditional 1031?