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Deferring capital gains taxes is the top benefit of the opportunity zone model—but it isn’t alone. In fact, 1031 exchanges are a far more familiar concept for most investors, and exchange transactions also allow investors to defer capital gains taxes. For that reason, many real estate owners will likely opt for a 1031 exchange to defer capital gains taxes rather than an opportunity zone—which has more regulations. However, opportunity zones make more sense for some investors.

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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