in joining a professional trade association that allows you to stay
informed of the latest Section 1031 transaction techniques, receive
specialized updates and information on IRS rulings, provides
opportunities for networking with other Section 1031 professionals at
regional and national conferences, and enhances your professional
credibility with it's membership? Then consider becoming a Member of
The FEA is the only national trade organization formed to represent
Qualified Intermediaries, their primary legal/tax advisors and
affiliates who are directly involved in Section 1031 Exchanges. With
member companies and multiple committees
focused on issues of industry concerns, the FEA is the recognized
national voice of the industry. Additionally, the FEA established and
maintains a certification program allowing exchange facilitators to
earn the distinguished Certified Exchange Specialist® (CES®) designation.
The FEA takes an active role in responding to legislative and
regulatory actions at both the state and national level. The
association has retained a leading Washington, D.C., tax advocate to
monitor federal legislative and regulatory proposals. Due to the
presence of our tax advocate and through the efforts of Members, the
FEA has been able to keep pace with federal developments virtually as
they occur. On numerous occasions, the FEA and its Members have
successfully presented and advocated taxpayer-friendly positions to the
IRS, House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, and the
Joint Committee on Taxation in connection with legislative and
Additionally, the FEA monitors activities of state legislatures and
regulatory agencies through the vigilance of its Members. In several
significant instances, the FEA provided commentary and testimony to
state legislatures and regulatory agencies that shaped their approach
to the licensing and regulation of exchange professionals and
influenced state taxation and procedures for exchange transactions. The
collective strength of the FEA as an organization provides a clear
unified voice as an advocate for the issues affecting the exchange
Since 1997, the FEA has offered its members direct and exclusive access to Fidelity Bonding and Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance programs.
Using its joint purchasing power, the FEA has negotiated preferred
rates and broad coverage terms from A-rated insurers, specifically
tailored to meet the needs of the 1031 industry.
The Fidelity Bond program covers losses due to dishonest or
fraudulent activity by insiders. The FEA program allows independent
intermediaries to compete more effectively against larger rivals.
The E&O program protects against legal liabilities arising
directly from 1031 activities. In today's litigious environment, claims
alleging professional negligence, with or without merit, are all too
common and all too expensive. FEA member E&O policies will pay any
legal bills, settlements, awards and judgments resulting from such a
claim. For some FAQ’s about the insurance program click here.
Affiliate Member Benefits
The FEA Membership Committee has assembled a benefits program
designed to engage Affiliate Members and deliver the value all of our
members expect and deserve. The FEA has committed to providing
Affiliate Members with access to our exchange professionals who direct
and control billions of dollars of sale proceeds and participate in
thousands of real estate and personal property transactions each year.
As an Affiliate Member, you will receive:
- Intimate knowledge of the exchange accommodator industry, your customer market, unavailable to non-member vendors
- Enhanced credibility and trust from being an avowed member of our industry community
- Receipt of the current membership list with contact information (available no sooner than March to allow for full update of information)
- Your logo and web link on every monthly e-newsletter
- An in-depth profile (250 words) of one Affiliate Member for each e-newsletter issue
- Opportunity to publish an approved educational article in our e-newsletter
- One email blast to all members on your behalf by the FEA
- Discounted fees to exhibit, network and speak at the FEA’s annual conference
- Opportunities to offer educational webinars and participate on committees
- Access to our Board of Directors
We are all in the business of creating opportunities for our
companies. Our organization is committed to assisting you maximize
opportunities within the FEA community.
With so many opportunities to increase your knowledge and expertise,
FEA membership is a small investment with unlimited benefits. Visit our
Become a Member page to learn more.
If you have any questions about FEA Membership, please contact Lynn Harkin, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-244-6515.