Alright, picture this: you’re an investor eyeing the real estate game, but the idea of putting all your eggs in one property basket feels risky, right? We don’t blame you for feeling this way, and you’re absolutely right—diversification is an incredibly important factor to consider within investment real estate. Through diversification, you can take advantage of the ups and downs of various markets and hedge your bets against a major correction in any one market. That’s where the magic of Tenant in Common (TIC) ownership comes in, offering a whole new ball game for real estate aficionados.

Understanding Tenant in Common Ownership

Imagine you and your friends planning a big pizza party. Each person chips in some money to buy the pizza together. Now, in this scenario, you don’t buy the entire pizza by yourself; instead, you own a slice of it. That’s kind of like what happens with Tenant in Common (TIC) ownership in real estate.

In the world of real estate, a TIC is like having a small portion of a big big pizza, but instead of friends, it’s multiple people coming together to own a property together. Each person contributes some money to buy the property, and in return, they own a piece of it – just like owning a slice of pizza at the party.

Now, here’s the cool part: you don’t have to manage the whole property on your own. Just like you don’t have to worry about making the entire pizza for the party, with TIC ownership, there are professional property managers who take care of the property for everyone who owns a slice. So, you get to enjoy the benefits of owning a part of a property without dealing with all the responsibilities of running it.

It’s like having a share in a big, fancy building (like a surgery center or a retail store) without needing a lot of money upfront. You get to be part of a team of owners, and together, you all share the good things that come with owning that property – maybe it’s rental income or the property’s appreciation in value over time.

And just as easily as you share a slice of pizza with your friends, with TIC ownership, you share the costs, profits, and risks of owning that property with your fellow owners. It’s a way for regular people to invest in valuable properties without having to go it alone.

So, think of Tenants in Common ownership as joining a group to buy a pizza together, but instead of a pizza, it’s a piece of property. Everyone contributes, everyone gets a slice, and everyone enjoys the benefits together. It’s a win-win: less risk, more rewards, and hey, you get to diversify across properties without maxing out your bank account.

Benefits of TIC Ownership

First off, the biggest and most attractive benefit of TIC ownership is the lower barrier to entry! A TIC with a Millcreek Commercial Property lets you enter the commercial real estate game with just $100,000. That’s right, you don’t need significant amounts of cash to join the party. And guess what? You still get a slice of the rental income without dealing with tenant calls at 3 AM. Who doesn’t love passive income?!

And here’s the kicker: 1031 exchanges! 1031 exchanges are like a superpower when it comes to maximizing the benefits of TIC ownership in real estate.

In the world of real estate, a 1031 exchange works somewhat similarly to exchanging your favorite toy for something new. It allows you to swap one property for another without immediately paying taxes on the gains you’ve made from the original property’s increased value. This means you can upgrade your real estate investments while deferring the capital gains tax that you’d typically owe upon selling a property. We’ll talk about this more later!

Maximizing Diversification Through TIC Ownership

Maximizing diversification through TIC ownership involves strategic decision-making and leveraging the benefits of this investment structure. Here’s how you can maximize diversification:

Spread Investments Across Multiple Properties: TIC ownership allows you to own a fractional interest in various properties. Instead of investing all your funds in a single property, diversify by investing smaller portions in multiple properties across different locations or property types (e.g., commercial, residential, retail). This spreads risk and exposure. Click here to view our inventory.

Explore Different Markets: Consider investing in properties located in diverse markets, both geographically and economically. This could mean owning a share in properties in different cities, regions, or states. Each market may respond differently to economic changes, helping balance your investment portfolio’s overall performance.

Vary Property Types: Diversify your TIC portfolio by investing in different types of properties. For instance, mix commercial properties like office buildings or retail spaces with residential units or industrial properties. Different property types perform differently in various market conditions, providing a buffer against fluctuations.

Partner with Experienced TIC Providers: Work with established and reputable TIC providers or investment firms, like Millcreek Commercial, that offer a wide range of property options. These providers often offer access to diversified portfolios, enabling you to choose properties that align with your investment goals.

Leveraging 1031 Exchanges for Greater Diversification

Let’s get back to 1031 exchanges again, and discover how they can be leveraged for greater diversification. Here’s where it gets interesting in the context of TIC ownership:

Let’s say you’re part of a TIC owning a Millcreek Commercial Property, and you and your fellow co-owners decide it’s time for a change. With a 1031 exchange, instead of selling that property and facing a hefty tax bill on the gains, you can collectively exchange it for another property that better suits your investment goals.  You each can go your separate way, and not continue owing with each other.

But this does not only apply to properties in which you are a co-owner—if you have a rental property, piece of land, or any type of investment real estate that you want to sell and reinvest, you can take advantage of a 1031 exchange. This reinvestment could mean diversifying into a different property type, a better location, or a higher-performing asset – all without triggering immediate taxes. At Millcreek Commercial, we always have properties available for your immediate identification. View our inventory here.

So, in essence, 1031 exchanges empower investors and TIC owners to upgrade their investments without the tax hurdles that usually come with selling and buying properties. It’s like swapping your favorite toy for a newer, shinier one without paying anything until you’re ready to cash out for good.  It’s the ultimate strategy for continuous growth and keeping more of your hard-earned money in your pockets.


So there you have it, the dynamic duo of TIC ownership and 1031 exchanges! It’s not just about investing; it’s about crafting a real estate adventure that’s exciting, lucrative, and tax-savvy. With TIC’s accessible entry, diversification, and 1031’s tax-deferred charm, you’re not just investing – you’re paving the way to a diverse real estate journey.

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