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Delaware Statutory Trust Offerings

Property Type and Debt Structures

Real estate owners seeking passive ownership have been drawn to the professional management, diversification and potential high-quality properties a DST can offer.

DST sponsors offer a wide-range of selection regarding property type, tenant, geography and debt level to allow exchangers to choose offerings that most closely match their exchange requirements and personal preference.

Multifamily Properties
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Rental vacancy rates tend to be low when homeownership becomes more expensive.  Strong demand fuels continued multifamily growth.

Common amenities of multifamily include:

  • Resort style pools

  • Health fitness centers

  • Community clubhouses

  • Picnic areas with grills

  • Hiking/biking trails

  • Tennis centers

  • Car care centers

  • Complimentary coffee bars

  • Pet-friendly outdoor facilities

Net Lease Real Estate

Under a triple net lease (NNN) structure, the tenant is responsible for real estate taxes, building insurance and maintenance, in addition to any normal fees and rent payments.  This provides for minimal landlord responsibilities.


Leases typically have longer terms of 10-25 years, with property prices having a high correlation to the credit quality of the tenant.

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Net Lease Retail can offer prominent, well-known brand names in high-traffic locations​

​Medical Office properties have benefited from an aging population and expanding healthcare field

Other Important Sectors

Grocery Anchored Shopping

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Grocery-anchored shopping centers are typically less cyclical than other real estate sectors based on the non-discretionary nature of purchases made by consumers.

The anchor of the center is usually on a longer-term lease and ideally, produces 40 to 60 percent of the property’s net operating income.


Demand for self-storage comes from the reduction in home ownership and subsequent increase in apartment rentals.

Renter ship is also driven by people on the move that need temporary space.  Both demographics continue to use the properties in good or bad economies.


Warehouse Shelves

A popular form of industrial ownership has been distribution centers, where facilities are mission-critical to their respective companies.

Also popular are life sciences and manufacturing facilities.

Industrial properties often have significant customization and expense outlays by the tenant, with long-term leases.

Non-Recourse Debt

An investor must assume an equal or greater amount of debt than that which was held on the relinquished property.  If reducing debt, new equity must be added to offset the reduction.  DST debt is non-recourse to its investors as it is held at the trust level and linked to their specific properties.  Delaware Statutory Trusts offer many different debt levels from which to choose to satisfy debt requirements.

Zero Leverage

Zero leverage DST's offer investors the opportunity to participate in all cash acquisitions.


As there is no mortgage debt, they are not subject to the risks of debt servicing, refinancing, or foreclosure.

Zero-leverage offerings may also offer a cash out feature with a financing event returning cost basis to investors.

Mid Leverage

A majority of DST's consist of leverage in the 40-60% loan-to-offering range.

This moderate level has been a fit for most investors needs regarding debt requirements and desired level of risk.

High Leverage

Investors with a highly levered property can utilize offerings with debt that exceeds 60%.

Many of these programs retain a significant portion if not all of rental income to aggressively pay down debt.








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