Stephen Decker

Vice President - Major Accounts IPX1031 Southern California
Stephen Decker is Vice President of Major Accounts with Investment Property Exchange Services, Inc. and has offices in Southern California & Nevada. Stephen is responsible for business cultivation and development nationwide. His 13 years of expertise in the 1031 Exchange industry has come in the form of structuring, coordinating and procuring all types of exchanges, including: Delayed, Simultaneous, Reverse and Build-to-Suit. Stephen often speaks and writes on different topics related to real estate, tax, estate planning and personal property. He teaches Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Professional Education to Attorneys and CPAs. Additionally, Stephen is often asked to speak at real estate forums for Commercial Brokers, Agents Wealth Managers, Principals and other assorted real estate professionals. Stephen received his B.A. from North Carolina State University and prior to joining Investment Property Exchange Services, Inc., he worked as a Senior Exchange Coordinator and Commercial Property Manager in Los Angeles, CA.

Stephen covers San Diego, Orange, Imperial and Riverside in Southern California and the state of Nevada.

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Nov 1, 2023
Mr. Decker recently assisted me with my 1031 Exchange. My 1031 exchange included the sale/purchase of 5 total properties. Needless to say, there was a lot of moving parts. Fortunately Mr. Decker was there every step of the way, to ensure my exchange was completed in a timely and efficient manner. He was always available to answer any of my questions, and I could not have done it without him.
Jul 28, 2023
Real Estate Agent
Steven did a wonderful job for my clients in a recent transaction. They sold one property in California and bought 3 in Tennessee. He was able to guide us through the entire process and his team was readily available when we needed them.
Jun 30, 2023
Steve helped me through my first 1031 exchange and did a great job! Easy, efficient and a smooth process. His team was responsive and dedicated to their craft as well.
Jun 14, 2023
Commercial Broker
Steve was recommended to me as the “guru of 1031 exchanges”. That was definitely an accurate assessment of his skill set. He was transparent with fees, picked up the phone and was prompt with email responses. I would work with him for sure on my next 1031.
Jun 14, 2023
Director of Investments
I cannot recommend Stephen Decker high enough. He is excellent at making the 1031 Exchange process as easy to understand as possible. He is always willing to walk and talk me through the process, and is an incredible asset to our real estate portfolio.
Jun 1, 2023
Managing Director
Steve Decker is the best in the business and an oracle of knowledge when it comes to 1031 exchanges and the financial benefits as well as execution. Highly recommended for those with real estate holdings both commerical and residential. We have worked with Decker for over a decade and I appreciate all his guidance!
May 9, 2023
Lawyers Title Sale executive
Stephen Decker is a 1031 exchange guru who knows everything about the process. His expertise is simply amazing and his guidance has been invaluable in my own 1031 exchange. Highly recommend!
May 8, 2023
Vice President - Dispositions
I had a very complex 1031 exchange with multiple sellers and a carryback note. Steve was kind enough to set up a zoom call for everyone involved and answered every single question that the group had. He also referred us to a stellar tax attorney. He is one of the best!
Apr 27, 2023
Steve Decker is without a doubt the most knowledgeable 1031 Exchange expert in the industry. His ability to break down an oftentimes complex subject matter, into an articulate and easy to understand process is an unbelievable asset. He has assisted me with a number of 1031 Exchanges, and he has always made the process as smooth as possible. I highly recommend Steve to anyone doing (or thinking about doing) a 1031 Exchange!
Apr 27, 2023
Steve handled a 1031 exchange for me recently and did a great job of explaining the process and making sure things went smoothly.
Apr 25, 2023
Working with Stephen, I knew I was in the best of hands. An exchange seemed like a daunting and complicated process, and Steve made it beyond easy. He is knowledgeable and approachable, and was always available when I had a question. 10/10 would recommend!
Mar 14, 2023
Real estate agent
I have been in contact with Steve for over 5 years for my clients 1031 exchange services and most recently for my own. Without ever skipping a beat Steve has consistently been a reliable source and an expert on the topic, while doing so with professional communication and follow up. It is hard to find this level of service, years of experience, depth of knowledge and on top of that with someone that is all around sincere and a generous go giver. So grateful for Steve and for his help over the years!
Mar 14, 2023
Stephen is the best in the industry. He’s knowledgeable and a great communicator. He takes complex matters and simplifies it for us to quickly grasp the situation. I highly recommend to anytime there’s a need for a 1031 Accommodator.
Mar 10, 2023
Steve Decker is the only person I think of when it comes to 1031 exchange. His knowledge and professionalism are top notch!
Mar 10, 2023
Steven was very helpful through the 1031 exchange process and he even enlightened me to a few things that I did not know before. This is not my first rodeo but it is always nice to learn about the different options that I have with a 1031 exchange. Steven and his team have their business really dialed in and I will certainly work with him on my next 1031 exchange transaction.
Feb 17, 2023
Mortgage broker
Stephen is an asset. Upon initial referral, I was immediately impressed. Accessible, personable and very helpful. He is a wealth of knowledge. Before the end of the business day, my client was taken care of. I have referred clients to other qualified intermediaries who didn’t respond in a timely manner. Who I refer my clients to is a direct reflection of me so thank you for always doing a good job. I continue to send all my 1031 referrals to Stephen and my clients always thank me and are equally as satisfied.
Feb 10, 2023
Steve has always been available to help us with 1031 exchange questions and recently helped my husband and I on a transaction. We are soon considering doing a reverse 1031 exchange with Steve because he is so knowledgeable and ready to help us!
Feb 9, 2023
Stephen has been a valuable resource for me and my clients for over a decade. Everyone I call him for advice he is extremely responsive and more importantly knowledgeable on a variety of complicated topics within 1031 exchanges. I am lucky to have him as a resource.
Feb 26, 2019
Robin Thomas
Stephen handled a 1031 Exchange for me where I sold two properties and bought another one. His expertise and business knowledge were top-notch and his professionalism was superior! Stephen explained the complete process upfront and guided me through the transaction so I felt informed at all times. Stephen’s support staff was equally exceptional and provided the smoothest transaction possible. I highly recommend Stephen and his team!
Feb 21, 2019
Real Estate Agent
Stephen’s knowledge and his expertise of the exchange process, assures me my clients are in the best hands. His approach to his work is delivered with care and a dash of humor, while always keeping is eye on the ball. He is the only person I trust with my clients. Thanks Stephen for always providing exceptional service while going above and beyond each and every time.
Feb 19, 2019
Branch Manager/ Escrow Officer
Stephen's honesty and knowledge are his best qualities! I can count on him to always respond, take care of the client, and provide accurate information. He has given amazing service and/or support to every mutual client we have had together. His integrity is something to be admired. Thank you Stephen for always going above and beyond!
Feb 19, 2019
Commercial Real Estate investor
From my beginnings as a commercial real estate investor, Stephen Decker has been my trusted resource.
He has been my trusted constituent, and has educated me, supported me, listened with patient ears, helped give me clarity on all of the processes of the 1031 exchange.
So key in my personal investments and exchanges.
His conscientious attention to detail in advancing my goals has helped me extensively.
And, so awesome to witness a man work with such conviction to help others meet thier goals and dreams.
I don’t want to over exaggerate this.
But, I am just so compelled to express this so that others may know what a resource 1031 exchangers have in Mr Decker.
He is extremely knowledgeable.
He is considerate.
He Possesses wonderful people skills. Stephen
Is a great communicator and teacher.
Just a remarkable man who is very generous with his time for others. I am grateful for his commitment and guidance!

Feb 19, 2019
CEO, Platinum Wealth Group
Stephen has been an absolute asset for my work and my client's assets. His knowledge has saved many deals and my clients find him to be a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stressful process. The 1031 process usually involves a significant portion of a person's net worth and Stephen makes it easy and fun. Steve and his team are without a doubt one of my top recommendations and my company and I are all very happy to work with him.
Feb 1, 2016
Principal, Lee & Associates-Orange, California
I was introduced to Steve Decker the old fashioned way...through social media. Steve publishes a very professional blog that provided some helpful tips. I am also a blogger and I reached out to Steve to see if I could link to some of his content. He gladly agreed. I later met Steve at our annual Summit meeting of all the Lee and Associates offices. He served a sponsor. Steve has conducted a couple of very informative tax deferred exchange seminars at my Lee-Orange, California office. I have found Stephen Decker to be professional, knowledgeable, and accessible.
Jan 14, 2014
Sales Manager, Lawyers Title of Nevada
Whether it's helping us educate our clients about 1031 exchanges, or working with us to get an exchange deal opened and closed, Stephen is a great resource for me and my team. I'm happy to have him as a partner!

IPX1031 Southern California - Team Members