Net lease cap rates averaged 7.75% for the first quarter of 2011 continuing the drop in cap rates that began in the second half of 2010. The key driver in this trend has been an increased demand for high quality net lease properties – assets which feature a strong credit tenant, good location, and favorable lease terms – and the scarce supply of those high quality assets. Investors have clearly shown a lopsided preference for these NNN investment properties and as 2011 progresses, demand will outpace supply.
High quality credit rated net leases have routinely sold for caps below 7.00% and when the combination of tenant, location and market align, Calkain’s investors have shown a willingness to close at cap rates (Calkain closed a Bank/Pharmacy deal below a 5.9% cap) that rival the peak of the market. We saw the same thing happen in the last half of 2010 and if that trend continues, it is likely that – buoyed by the improving economy –other NNN asset types will see a compression in cap rates as investors look to jump into the market rather than await the delivery of new product.
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