Another Blow to Faltering 1031 Real Estate Industry

December 3, 2008

Mark  Heschmeyer- CoStar Group

Already stung by cases alleging massive embezzlements and a string of failures of 1031 exchange accommodators, now comes another major blow to the business of tax-free real estate exchanges. LandAmerica 1031 Exchange Services Company Inc., one of the stalwarts of the business and one that many investors turned to for stability has run out of money, closed up shop and filed for bankruptcy court protection.

LandAmerica Financial Group Inc., Fortune magazine’s number one Most Admired Company in the mortgage services industry in 2007, shut down operations of its LandAmerica 1031 Exchange Services. In addition, the parent company is being forced to sell its primary title insurance subsidiaries: Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Co.; and Lawyers Title Insurance Corp. >>>Read More

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