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The retail asset class has experienced its own odd polarity. On one hand, retail is struggling to survive in a world dominated by ecommerce, and on the other, it is thriving in well-located markets with high-quality product. Last year, 1031 exchange buyers in particular leaned into retail as a low-management investment class, and many of these buyers exchanged out of multifamily. Newmark Knight Frank recently sold a four-property retail portfolio for $35 million, focusing specifically on exchange buyers for the deal.

“We definitely saw an uptick of trade buyers in 2018 pursuing retail opportunities. There’s always a steady stream of trade buyers in retail but with the choppiness of the market and tenant bankruptcies, we definitely saw demand fluctuate, pricing soften a bit, and buyers easily spooked during due diligence,” Kyle R. Miller, executive managing director at NKF Capital Markets West, tells GlobeSt.com. “In 2018 we saw increased activity coming from the multifamily market sector into retail.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Los Angeles Magazine.

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