Opportunity Zones

Opportunity zones are meant to encourage development and job creation in low-income communities. To do this, opportunity zones allow investors who invest unrealized capital gains in opportunity funds to defer paying capital gains income tax on the money until 2026. These funds are then invested into the OZ. If 90% of the investment stays in the zone for ten years, investors can avoid paying the capital gains tax altogether. In New York there are 306 opportunity zones.

Opportunity Zones Q&A

How were opportunity zones created?
Opportunity Zones were created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017. The first OZs were designated the following April.
How do opportunity zones influence the real estate market?
Intended to spur development in low-income communities, opportunity zones create an incentive for the real estate industry to move more money into underdeveloped areas. In New York, opportunity zones are largely residential. The chance to invest tax-free in a property or development within an opportunity zone is an incentive for many investors.
Who is impacted by opportunity zones?
Investors with real estate interests, or who are looking to increase their real estate interests, may benefit from opportunity zones. Their effect on residents of the zones are more unclear. Although the stated intention of the opportunity zones is to create jobs and increase the quality of living in the zones, some suggest that opportunity zone development causes gentrification and are a giveaway for the rich; others suggest that they are simply not as effective in alleviating poverty as they claim to be; and still more suggest that the long-term effects of opportunity zones are yet to be seen.
Want to know more about opportunity zones?
Check out our Top Stories below for TRD's most up-to-date coverage of opportunity zones.

Opportunity Zones Top Stories

September 10, 2019Why a Hell’s Kitchen census tract is in the Opportunity Zone program
September 9, 2019CrowdStreet, a real estate crowdfunding firm, launched its own Opportunity Zone fund targeting $20 million.
August 12, 2019State senator James Sanders Jr. on New York state and city Opportunity Zones.
August 9, 2019“Um, news flash, the rich will get richer anyway.”

The Latest

Treasury Department watchdog is investigating the Opportunity Zone program (Credit: iStock)

Opportunity Zone investigation won’t derail developer investment, experts say

 The Treasury Department’s investigation into the Opportunity Zone program will weed out the bad apples but won’t derail the...

Opportunity Zone investigation won’t derail developer investment, experts say
Donald Trump with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, Rep. Ron Kind and Sen. Cory Booker (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

Trump’s Opportunity Zone program is under investigation

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Trump’s Opportunity Zone program is under investigation
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The obscure reason banks will finally embrace Opportunity Zones

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The obscure reason banks will finally embrace Opportunity Zones
Steven Mnuchin (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

No more excuses: New Opp Zone rules should open the door to big money

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No more excuses: New Opp Zone rules should open the door to big money
Huizenga lobbied Rick Scott to secure Opportunity Zone designation for West Palm site

Huizenga lobbied Rick Scott to secure Opportunity Zone designation for West Palm site

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Huizenga lobbied Rick Scott to secure Opportunity Zone designation for West Palm site
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Anthony Scaramucci (Credit: Getty Images)

Scaramucci’s $3B Opportunity Zone fund is now $300M

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Scaramucci’s $3B Opportunity Zone fund is now $300M
WATCH: Ben Carson dives into Opportunity Zones

WATCH: Ben Carson dives into Opportunity Zones

Appearing at The Real Deal’s sixth annual Showcase & Forum last week, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben...

WATCH: Ben Carson dives into Opportunity Zones
About 100 Opportunity Zone funds have raised just 15 percent of what fund managers expected. (Credit: iStock)

Opportunity Zones, real estate’s next big thing, fails to attract much investment

Despite all the hype, investor interest in Opportunity Zone funds simply hasn’t materialized as fund managers had hoped. According...

Opportunity Zones, real estate’s next big thing, fails to attract much investment
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Grant Cardone jumped on stage, bringing along an entourage to The Real Deal’s Sixth Annual Miami Real Estate Showcase & Forum, waving 10X flags...

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