In April 1031 exchange buyers were given an extension. The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance that said anyone who closed on a sale on or after April 1 would be granted an extension until July 15 to identify their replacement properties.

When that happened, Chris Pappas, associate director with Marcus & Millichap's Net Lease Division, thinks the typical timeline for investing in 1031 exchange was relaxed.

"They didn't have that urgency to move as quickly," Pappas says. "Then, once they began to understand the market post-lockdown, then they started moving and closing transactions."

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Leslie Shaver

Les Shaver has been covering commercial and residential real estate for almost 20 years. His work has appeared in Multifamily Executive, Builder, units, Arlington Magazine in addition to GlobeSt.com and Real Estate Forum.