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Real Estate Exchanges >> Another tool often overlooked

With the Idaho Real Estate market changing along with the rest of the country it is those 5% of the 95/5 rule (yes, the 80/20 rule is history) that will survive due to "Thinking outside the Box".

I recently wrote a blog about how to correctly write Craig's List ads that can generate business and make sales.  Just like in print advertising, there are ads that do nothing and then there are ads that are lead generating machines.

There is another tool out there that has traditionally been used in farms, ranches and commercial real estate.  I am referring to "Real Estate Exchanges".  No, I am not referring to tax deferred 1031 exchanges.  I am referring to good old fashioned "trades".

In the mid 80's when mortgages were 17 ½% owner financing, wrap-around contracts, all-inclusive deeds of trust and "Real Estate Exchanges" were the only way to sell real estate.

Earlier this year I created a relationship with a builder.  He had 2 new spec homes that had been on the market for nearly a year with no luck.  I agree to co-list both homes and we were successful in getting the less expensive home sold due to having it staged and having the right buyer come along at the right time.

The more expensive home was another story.  This builder wanted to move this home and free up his cash flow.  I presented the idea of exchanging the home for a smaller home that would be easier to sell.  He spoke to his accountant and they both loved the idea.

I then wrote a new ad and posted it on Craig's List and I immediately received 5 emails and one call.   We now have an offer in place to exchange my builder out of an expensive spec home and into a less expensive home that should be much easier to sell and if does not sell will easily rent for more than the payment which the more expensive spec home would not have done.

The advantage is that one typically does not have to negotiate the price of your much at all, if any.   We were lucky to find a local buyer that had not even listed their home but have been thinking of a larger home for their family.  The exchange will benefit both buyer and my builder.

In real estate exchanges what one is basically doing is trading equity for equity.  Talk to your Title Company or attorney and find one that knows how to do a Real Estate Exchange.  If your closer does not know how to do them I highly recommend you find one that knows how to do them. 

Real estate exchanges are not hard to do and may be the tool you need to make a sale where you may not have been able to do one before.  How many sellers do you have that want to move down and how many do you have that want to move up? 

Exchanges are not for everyone but my bet is that every one of you out there as a sale or more that can be made by "Thinking Outside The Box" and taking a serious look at Real Estate Exchanges.


 Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker 
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate.

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 28 commentsGeorge Tallabas • September 16 2007 02:48PM
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