- November 07, 2018
Why Is Drugstore Transaction Volume Plunging?
Cap rates for the single-tenant drugstore sector increased by 11 basis points in the third quarter of 2018 to 6.21 percent over last year. Cap rates for CVS properties remained unchanged, at 5.65 percent, while Walgreens and Rite Aid properties experienced increases of 15 and 7 basis points to 6.15 percent and 7.32 percent, respectively. The increase in cap rates experienced by Walgreens and Rite Aid properties can be best attributed to uncertainty surrounding Rite Aid’s long-term viability and the store closures associated with Walgreens’ acquisition of approximately 1,900 Rite Aid locations. Transaction volume in the drugstore sector slowed significantly in the first three quarters of 2018 and was down more than 40 percent as compared to each individual year between 2013 and 2017. Recent events in the drugstore sector— including the pending CVS and Aetna merger, Walgreens acquisition of approximately 1,900 Rite Aid stores and the failed merger between Rite Aid and Albertsons—caused concern for investors. The spread between asking and closed cap rates for drugstores widened for all three tenants in the third quarter of 2018 as compared to the prior year. This illustrates pushback sellers are receiving for drugstore valuations from net-lease investors.
- November 07, 2018
Investors Continue Going After Chicagoland Groceries
Grocery stores throughout Chicagoland are getting looks from national and international investors. A single tenant net leased Jewel-Osco property located at 4650 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn, IL, just became the latest such outlet to change hands after a high net worth investor from Australia bought the 47,370 square foot building for $16 million. Randy Blankstein and Jimmy Goodman of The Boulder Group, a Wilmette, IL-based net leased investment brokerage firm represented the seller and the buyer in the transaction. The seller is a private real estate investment company based in the southwest. “The market for standalone grocery properties remains active due to their built-in customer base,” says Blankstein, president of Boulder. Goodman, a partner, adds, “investors pay a premium for twenty year net leased assets which are in limited supply.”
- October 12, 2018
Prospective tenants, rivals weigh up soon-to-close Mattress Firm locations
The Houston-based firm, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware last week, says it is targeting locations that are underperforming or in close proximity to other Mattress Firm stores. The company has petitioned the court to reject some 200 store leases and says it anticipates closing those by Oct. 31. That would save about $2.8 million per month, according to the court filings. Those stores are located in about 30 of the 49 states in which the retailer operates — nearly 90 of them are in Illinois, North Carolina and Texas.
- October 08, 2018
Single-Tenant Net Lease Retail Cap Rates Rise With Interest Rates
Cap rates for the single-tenant net lease retail sector increased by five basis points in the third quarter to 6.25 percent, reported Boulder Group, Northbrook, Ill. "This represented the third consecutive quarter of increased cap rates for the single-tenant retail sector," said Boulder Group Senior Vice President John Feeney. "The upward trend of cap rates should remain as the Federal Reserve continues to implement its monetary policy objectives." Marcus & Millichap, Calabasas, Calif., agreed the single-tenant net lease retail sector could be "substantively impacted" by the Fed's interest rate increases because these assets typically respond strongly to the 10-year Treasury rate. "This will coalesce with other components such as brand, location and lease terms when determining going-in cap rates," the firm's Net Lease Retail Report said. "For example, dollar store yields can vastly differ as a number of these assets are in rural locations, providing potential for higher returns. Conversely, yields for convenience stores and quick-service restaurants typically maintain a much smaller range due to their tempered sensitivity to key determinants of cap rates."
- October 03, 2018
Treasury Rates Rise, But Cap Rates Hold Steady
The recent increase in the 10-year treasury rate was expected by many to push up cap rates in the nation’s single tenant net lease market, but so far, things are relatively quiet. Cap rates for the net lease retail sector only increased by five bps in the third quarter of 2018, according to a new report from Wilmette, IL-based Boulder Group. Rates in the office and industrial sectors were also largely steady.
- October 03, 2018
Net Lease Retail, Office Cap Rates Up, Industrial Down
Cap rates for the single tenant net lease retail sector increased by 5 basis points in the third quarter, marking the third consecutive quarter increase and its highest levels since the fourth quarter of 2015. Asking cap rates also increased for the net lease office sector by 5 basis points but decreased for the industrial sector by 2 basis points, according to the Third Quarter 2018 Net Lease Report from The Boulder Group. “Demand for net lease properties has remained strong throughout the year. The biggest surprise is that cap rates were relatively stable as the majority of investors expected cap rates to rise across the board by a more significant number,” Randy Blankstein, president of The Boulder Group, said in a prepared statement.
- September 25, 2018
Beyond The Bio: 16 Questions With The Boulder Group Founder And President Randy Blankstein
Randy Blankstein was 27 when he founded The Boulder Group in 1997. More than two decades later, his Illinois-based real estate firm is one of the 10 largest brokers of single-tenant net lease deals in the U.S., according to Real Capital Analytics. The Boulder Group has closed over $4B worth of deals, and it is marketing properties in at least 15 states. It also has a research arm that puts out reports on the net lease market. An Illinois native, Blankstein received his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder's Leeds School of Business in 1991. In addition to leading his company, Blankstein also serves as the chair of the Net Lease Summit Conference and co-chair of the IREI Triple Net Investor Strategies Conference.
- September 12, 2018
1031 Buyers Retain a Strong Appetite for Fast Food
Consumer tastes may be shifting to healthier fare with organic, sustainable and farm-to-table choices, but the flavor of the month for 1031 exchange investors remains firmly focused on quick service staples that include the likes of McDonald’s, KFC and Dunkin Donuts. The net lease quick service restaurant (QSR) investment sales market continues to do well, because it fits everyone’s favorite buzz word of the moment—e-commerce resistant, says Randy Blankstein, president of The Boulder Group, a net lease real estate consulting firm. “QSRs are more popular now than five or 10 years ago when people viewed them as specialized properties,” he says. There is abundant capital chasing top brands, such as McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A and Chipotle, “A” credit brands and top locations that sell quickly. “As you get a little bit further down the list of smaller franchisees and secondary and tertiary markets, and smaller brands, demand gets a little lighter. But overall, the sector is fairly healthy,” says Blankstein. During the first half of 2018, QSR transactions surpassed $1 billion, an increase of more than 10 percent year-over-year, according to The Boulder Group. That buyer demand is keeping pressure on cap rates. Bap rates on all QSRs declined a slim 6 basis points to 5.5 percent in the second quarter and dipped 11 basis points to 5.24 percent for corporate leased QSR properties, according to The Boulder Group.
- September 05, 2018
Private Buyers Dominate Net Lease QSR Sector
Cap rates in the net lease quick service restaurant (QSR) sector declined to 5.50 percent in the second quarter of 2018 representing a 6 basis point decline when compared to the prior year. Cap rates for corporate-leased QSR properties decreased by 11 basis points to a 5.24 percent cap rate, while QSR properties leased to franchisees declined by 4 basis points to a 5.71 percent cap rate. The QSR sector continues to be a popular trade target for 1031 investors as it is e-commerce resistant. Investors gravitate to the QSR market as it offers lower price point properties that typically exhibit scheduled rental increases throughout the lease duration. Furthermore, the vast majority of QSR tenants provide transparency into store operations via store sales reporting or property level profit and loss statements which can be appealing to investors.
- September 05, 2018
QSR Sector Now "Sweet Spot" for Private Investors
E-commerce resistant quick serve restaurants remain a popular investment vehicle as cap rates continue to compress, the “premium” paid for this retail sector increases further, and the 2018 mid-year level of activity was higher than the same period one year ago, according to the 2018 Net Lease QSR Market Report, published by Wilmette, IL-based The Boulder Group.
- August 27, 2018
Grocery Stores Remain a Hot Commodity
No matter what troubles shake the retail world, investors jump at the chance to pick up grocery stores, especially ones in relatively affluent areas. The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, recently completed the sale of a single tenant net leased Jewel-Osco property located at 199 Brook Forest Ave., in suburban Shorewood, for $13.15 million.
- August 03, 2018
Institutional Buyers Hit Pause On Dollar Stores
Dollar stores remain one of the few portions of the retail sector impervious to e-commerce, and that attracts both developers and investors. But after several years of energetic buying, institutional investors have backed off, according to The Boulder Group’s new report on the net lease dollar store sector. The pause should open up opportunities for others, especially since builders have maintained a robust pace of new construction.
- August 02, 2018
Dollar Stores See Rising Cap Rates
Average cap rates in the net lease market’s dollar store sector increased by 35 basis points year-over-year, to 7.10 percent, according to the second-quarter Net Lease Dollar Store Report from The Boulder Group. The report focuses on free-standing Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree stores. The three chains total about 29,600 stores across the country.
- July 31, 2018
REJournals' Net Lease Summit: More than 180 look to the future of this sector
More than 180 of commercial real estate’s busiest professionals from around the country gathered at the University Club of Chicago July 26 for REJournals’ and Midwest Real Estate News’ Fourth Annual Net Lease Summit. The message of the day was a simple one: The net lease market faces both challenge and change. But the market is also a busy one. And no one was predicting a slowdown in leases, sales or development in the near future. Panelists and speakers, then, looked to the future with hope. They expect changes in the market. But the net lease space is still a welcoming one for brokers, developers and investors, they said. Randy Blankstein, president and founder of The Boulder Group, moderated the State of the Market panel. Some of the most notable topics of discussion debated by the panel included where we are in the overall investment cycle and how that will impact net lease properties; the trend of users committing to shorter lease terms; the effect ecommerce is having on net lease retail and industrial properties; and what the end of the cycle will look like.
- July 25, 2018
Amazon’s drug bet puts spotlight on conventional pharmacies
In a panic over Amazon.com’s plan to buy upstart online pharmacy PillPack, shareholders drove down the aggregate market value of CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid in late June by about $11 billion. Retail real estate professionals and at least one executive from these drugstore brands have displayed a bit more poise. “I don’t think it’s any surprise that Amazon wants to get into the pharmacy space,” said Randy Blankstein, president of The Boulder Group, a net-lease brokerage based in Wilmette, Ill. “But it’s step one for Amazon, and I think people are questioning what steps two and three are going to be as they get in and learn the business.”
- July 12, 2018
The Net Lease Retail Market Is Showing a Shift, with Higher Cap Rates and More Listings
The average retail cap rate for net lease properties during the second quarter of 2018 reached 6.2 percent, an increase of 10 basis points from first quarter, according to Second Quarter National Net Lease Report from the Boulder Group, a national net lease commercial real estate firm. The last time the rate increased that much was in the second quarter of 2011. In addition, the Boulder Group reports that the number of retail properties listed has increased, as sellers look to sell assets before cap rates increase further. The number rose by more than 13.6 percent, to 4,216 properties nationally. Investment sales volume in the single-tenant retail category was just shy of $3.2 billion in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Stan Johnson Co., a brokerage firm specializing in the single-tenant net lease sector. (The firm’s second quarter report is due out later this month.)
- July 11, 2018
Single-Tenant Net Lease Cap Rates Diverge
Single-tenant net lease property cap rate changes varied significantly by sector in the second quarter, new reports said. Retail sector single-tenant net lease cap rates increased 10 basis points during the quarter, representing the sector's largest cap rate increase since second quarter 2011. But cap rates compressed for the office and industrial sector by 5 and 25 basis points respectively, said John Feeney, Senior Vice President with Boulder Group, Northbrook, Ill. "The primary sentiment among net lease investors is that cap rates should remain relatively stable and within the range of the past few years across all three asset classes," Feeney said. "Investors will be carefully monitoring the monetary policy decisions of the Federal Reserve as well as the capital markets effect on pricing." NNNetAdvisors, Los Angeles, said the sector's most notable trend was the spread between cap rates and treasury rates, which reached a post-recession low 3.22 percent during the quarter. "This measurement is important, as it is a general indicator of returns that investors can achieve when implementing debt on an acquisition," the firm's Net Lease Property Report said. The measure typically follows the movement of cap rates because most debt takes 60 days from rate lock to close. "Investors continue to weigh their increased cost of capital and push for more yield in cap as they underwrite and pursue future acquisitions," the report said.
- July 03, 2018
More Net Lease Properties Hitting The Market
The change in net lease property cap rates during the second quarter showed mixed results, with retail cap rates experiencing their greatest quarterly increase since 2011, while office and industrial rates compressed. According to The Boulder Group’s Second Quarter National Net Lease Report, the number of properties listed also increased significantly, as sellers look to sell assets before cap rates increase further.
- July 02, 2018
Net Lease Market Strikes Equilibrium
Cap rates for the single-tenant net lease retail sector rose by 10 basis points in the second quarter of 2018, representing the largest such increase since the second quarter of 2011. Cap rates compressed for the office and industrial sector by 5 and 25 basis points, respectively. The upward trend in cap rates should persist as the Federal Reserve continues to implement its monetary policy objectives. As investors expect increased cap rate pressure to remain, the supply of single-tenant net lease properties on the market continues to increase, too. Owners of single-tenant properties are bringing those assets to market in an attempt to maximize value before cap rates increase further. In the second quarter of 2018, the net lease sector experienced an uptick in supply of more than 11 percent, with the majority coming from net lease retail properties.
- May 15, 2018
Casual Dining Making Millennial-Focused Adjustments
Millennials have disrupted the office sector with their preferences for open collaborative environments, but they are also disrupting the world of restaurants with their preferences for healthy food and more home delivery. As a result, investors in the net lease casual dining sector have grown a bit more cautious, and the most sought-after brands are the ones that have adjusted to the times.
- May 02, 2018
Net Lease Bank Investors Turn Selective
Cap rates for the single-tenant bank ground-lease sector increased by 21 basis points (bps) to 4.84 percent in the first quarter of 2018, compared to one year ago. At the same time, the supply of bank ground leases on the market decreased by 18 percent. While bank ground-lease cap rates were on the rise this past year, the cap rates for the overall net lease retail sector compressed by 9 bps. Accordingly, the significant cap rate premium historically associated with the bank ground-lease sector compressed to 136 bps from 156 bps. For the purpose of this report, the bank ground-lease sector comprises both national and regional banks, regardless of credit.
- April 13, 2018
Supply of top-quality net-lease properties tightening
Investors are still clamoring for newly built, freestanding retail properties with long-term leases to national credit tenants, but the supply of such assets tightened in the first quarter, according to brokerage firm The Boulder Group. The national median spread between asking cap rate and closed cap rate for single-tenant, net-lease retail properties was 26 basis points in the first quarter, up by three points from the previous quarter, the firm reports. Roughly 3,800 such properties were on the market during the first quarter, down by 2.9 percent from the fourth quarter. Net-lease property investors are most interested in tenants they perceive to be e-commerce-resistant and experiential, according to John Feeney, a Boulder Group senior vice president. Among these are "medtail" (medical facilities in locations traditionally used for retail), food, fitness, entertainment and convenience tenants, Feeney says. The supply of high-quality assets remains limited, however, especially for properties valued at greater than $7 million. Most of the newly constructed supply in the net-lease space, Feeney says, remains fairly dense with dollar store, quick-serve restaurant and medtail tenants.
- April 03, 2018
Rising interest rates fuel sale-leasebacks
Operators considering doing a sale-leaseback of property to raise capital may want to act quickly in order to capitalize on what could be peak pricing. Investors continue to exhibit a healthy appetite to buy sale-leaseback properties, but it is not as much of a frenzy as was the case a couple of years ago, notes Gary Chou, first vice president & senior director at Matthews Real Estate Investment Services. Pricing has remained stable for the best quality properties, locations and top brands. However, sale prices have started to slip for lesser quality deals as buyers become more selective. Investors are gravitating toward best-in-class brands and locations, as well as stores that have a proven track record of generating sales. “I think people are moving up on the quality scale of what they are willing to buy at this stage compared to where they were a few years ago,” agrees Randy Blankstein, president of The Boulder Group, a firm that specializes in single tenant, triple net lease property sales. It is becoming more difficult to do second-tier brands and locations with no proven sales, he says.
- April 03, 2018
Net Lease Market Holding Steady
After a few years of decline, cap rates for the single tenant net lease sector stabilized in 2017, and so far, have remained relatively stable in 2018. In the first quarter, the rates increased for the retail and industrial sectors by just three bps and four bps respectively, according to a new study by the Boulder Group, a net lease firm in Northbrook, IL. Cap rates for net lease office properties remained unchanged. Net lease transaction volume also remained steady, and in 2017 finished at $54 billion which was similar to 2016, according to CoStar.
- March 07, 2018
Net Lease Auto Parts Sector Faces Disruption
Cap rates for the single-tenant net leased auto parts store sector increased by 29 basis points (bps) from the fourth quarter of 2016 to the fourth quarter of 2017 to 6.19 percent, largely driven by the change in market supply of auto parts stores and the continued disruption Amazon has brought to this sector. During the same period, the overall net lease retail market compressed by 12 bps. The auto parts sector, for the purpose of this report, is defined as Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone and O’Reilly Auto Parts, as they account for the highest percentage of single-tenant transactions of properties occupied by auto parts retailers.
- March 01, 2018
Net Lease Research 2018, Part 1: Investors Continue to Expect Stability
The single-tenant net lease sector is a bedrock of commercial real estate investment. Bulwarked with long-term leases to stable tenants, the sector is always a popular bet for a variety of commercial real estate investors. And all signs point to the sector remaining in solid shape for the foreseeable future, even in what many are viewing as the late stages of the current real estate cycle, at least according to the results of NREI’s most recent exclusive research into the sector.
- February 05, 2018
Cap Rates Rise For Big Box Retail
The long-term slide of cap rates for single tenant net lease properties began to reverse within the past year or so, and that’s especially true of the big box sector. Cap rates for these properties increased by 25 bps to 6.75% from the fourth quarter of 2016 to the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a new report from the Boulder Group, a net lease firm in suburban Chicago.
- January 25, 2018
Should Net Lease Investors Worry About Convenience Store Tenants?
In 2018, net lease investors can expect middling performance from convenience stores. Recent estimates suggest that convenience stores will achieve total sales of about $73 billion in 2018—on the lower end of the spectrum for this sub-sector—and total sales growth of just 5.5 percent, according to the “Retail, Apparel and Restaurants—U.S., 2018 Outlook,” from Moody’s Investors Service. Convenience stores are staple assets in the portfolios of net lease and 1031-exchange investors. Cap rates for properties occupied by high-quality tenants, such as 7-Eleven, have achieved cap rates between high 4 percent and low 5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017. According to data from The Boulder Group, a net lease commercial real estate services firm, retail net lease assets overall reached the average asking cap rate of 6.07 percent during the quarter.
- January 08, 2018
What Do Single-Tenant Net Lease Deals Offer High-Net-Worth Investors?
For more and more high-net-worth (HNW) real estate investors, dollar stores and drugstores make for a winning combination, although these assets can turn into losers if the sole tenant leaves. Office and hotels still draw a lot of attention—and dollars—from HNW investors. But a rising number of them are betting on single-tenant net lease properties such as dollar stores, drugstores and fast-food restaurants to help round out their portfolios.
- January 03, 2018
Net Lease Cap Rates Headed Up In 2018
Cap rates in the net lease market went on a long-term slide for several years as the economy recovered from the recession, with single tenant retail properties experiencing an especially steep drop. But the rates for all property types stabilized about 18 months ago, and signs now point to likely increases in the coming year. In a recent national survey conducted by The Boulder Group, a Northbrook, IL-based net lease firm, the vast majority of active net lease participants expect cap rates to rise in 2018. According to 39% of the respondents, rates will increase between 25 and 49 bps by the end of 2018, and another 22% say rates will go up by more than 50 bps. Just 9% think rates will move down.
- January 03, 2018
Net Lease to Remain Active in 2018
Cap rates in the fourth quarter of 2017 for the single-tenant net lease retail sector reached a new historic low rate of 6.07 percent. During the same time period, cap rates for the office sector increased by 2 basis points to 7.00 percent and cap rates for the industrial sector decreased by 2 basis points to 7.25 percent. Cap rates in the fourth quarter of 2017 represented the lowest point of the year for all three sectors.
- December 29, 2017
Quick-Service Restaurants Remain Attractive for Net Lease Investors
Steady investor demand has kept restaurant net lease cap rates in the low range during 2017. In the casual dining net lease sector, quick service restaurants (QSRs) are winning, even if by a photo finish. Cap rates in the sector averaged 6.11 percent in the third quarter of 2017, tightening by just 8 basis points from 6.19 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to research from Northbrook, Ill.-based net lease brokerage firm The Boulder Group. Within that range, plenty of differentiation was happening between franchisee-backed and corporate-backed net lease properties. Although franchisee-owned dining properties experienced plenty of demand from investors, corporate-owned restaurants came in with tighter overall cap rates on completed deals.
- December 20, 2017
Exclusive Research: HNWIs Continuing to Cash In on CRE
Despite the access to information and transparency available in today’s marketplace, attracting high net-worth-investor (HNWI) business relies heavily on relationships that, once established, tend to be held close to the vest. The good news for commercial real estate firms is that the segment of the investment market is growing, and the dollars allocated to real estate are rising along with it. According to exclusive research from NREI’s 2017 HNWI Research Report, 55 percent of respondents expect HNWIs to increase allocations to real estate in 2018, while 36 percent expect allocations to remain the same and only 9 percent anticipate a drop.
- December 06, 2017
Single-Tenant Medical Sector Stays Hot
Cap rates in the third quarter of 2017 in the single- tenant net lease medical sector compressed by 25 basis points to 6.25 percent when compared to the prior year. The dialysis sub-sector, which includes tenants Fresenius and DaVita, experienced the greatest compression of 28 basis points. The dialysis sub-sector represented the lowest cap rates in the net lease medical sector of 6.1 percent. This is attributable to the long-term leases with rental escalations that these two tenants frequently exhibit. In the third quarter of 2017, net lease dialysis properties made up more than 45 percent of the overall net lease medical supply.
- December 06, 2017
Amid Retail Woes CMBS Deals Including More Well Located Single-Tenant Office Properties
"What we have been seeing is consistent with your data," said Randy Blankenstein, president of The Boulder Group, a Chicago-based real estate service firm specializing in single tenant net lease properties. "The switch has been gradual but the larger dollar size, single-tenant retail properties such as Home Depot, Lowe's and Wal-Mart have had less single tenant development in the last few years." In addition, Blankenstein said investors have become less enamored with big box retailers such as J.C. Penny, Kmart, Staples and Office Depot. The trend is finding its way into CMBS deals.
- November 30, 2017
Interest Grows For Net Lease Medical Properties
The single tenant medical sector remained popular with investors through the first three quarters of 2017, and several demographic factors will likely sustain that interest over the next few years, regardless of the changes in the nation’s political landscape. Third-quarter cap rates in this sector, defined as medical assets priced under $10 million, compressed by 25 bps when compared to last year, and now stand at 6.25%, according to a new report from The Boulder Group, a single tenant net lease firm in suburban Chicago. That’s just above the rates for the overall net lease market, which remained relatively steady, “There have been no major changes to the healthcare system in the last year, and the consensus is not forecasting major changes moving forward,” Randy Blankstein, president of Boulder, tells GlobeSt.com. Furthermore, “the nation’s aging population is the most important factor sustaining demand.”
- November 16, 2017
Net Lease REITs Continue to Favor Dollar Stores
They aren’t sexy, but they are stable. Dollar stores—buoyed by budget-cutting consumers and largely insulated from the rise of e-commerce—are small, but mighty workhorses for some REITs.
- November 07, 2017
Drug Store Sales To Pick Up In 2018
Transaction volume in the drug store sector slowed over the past 18 months due to investor trepidation about the proposed merger between the retail giants Walgreens and Rite Aid, according to a new study out from the Boulder Group, a net lease firm in suburban Chicago. And until buyers know all the details of the deal, recently delayed and then approved by the government, they will continue to hedge their bets.
- November 01, 2017
Walgreens-Rite Aid Uncertainty Impacts Net Lease Drug Store Sector
Cap rates for the single-tenant drug store sector increased 14 basis points in the third quarter of 2017 to 6.10 percent versus the prior year. Cap rates for CVS properties declined by 5 basis points to a 5.65 percent cap rate, while Rite Aid and Walgreens properties experienced significant increases of 25 and 20 basis points to 7.25 percent and 6.00 percent, respectively. The increase in cap rates experienced by Walgreens and Rite Aid properties can be best attributed to drug store landlords adding a supply of lower-quality assets to the market.
- October 04, 2017
Net Lease Cap Rates Trend Lower
Single-tenant net lease cap rates in the third quarter of 2017 decreased across all asset classes when compared to the previous quarter. Cap rates for retail properties decreased by 12 basis points to 6.11 percent, representing the lowest level in the net lease retail sector since the third quarter of 2016, when cap rates were at a historical low of 6.10 percent. Cap rates for net lease office and industrial properties decreased by 16 and 10 basis points to 6.98 percent and 7.27 percent, respectively.
- September 05, 2017
QSR Sector Grows More Appealing
E-commerce may have hit many retailers hard, but some, at least from an investment standpoint, have seen benefits. Investors keep gravitating towards the quick service restaurant sector, pushing its median cap rate below other kinds of retail outlets. In the second quarter of 2017, the rate fell to just 5.56%, a 14 bp decline when compared to the prior year, according to a new study by the Boulder Group, a net lease firm in Northbrook, IL. Corporate leased QSR properties were more popular. Cap rates for that subsector decreased by 10 bps to 5.35% while franchise properties declined by 5 bps to 5.75% cap rate.
- August 23, 2017
Triple Net Lease Buyers Are Willing to Pay Premiums for New Construction. But Is It a Smart Move?
A growing number of 1031 exchange buyers are paying a premium to buy newly constructed triple net lease retail and restaurant locations. But some of those investors may be in for a rude awakening when it comes time to calculate returns on an exit strategy.
- August 03, 2017
More than 200 attend REJournals’ third annual Net Lease Summit
The biggest names in the net-lease industry gathered in Chicago late last month for REJournals’ third annual Net Lease Summit. More than 200 industry professionals gathered at the University Club to discuss the net-lease, sale leaseback and 1031 Exchange markets. Those filling the club heard plenty of good news about the future of these markets. The net-lease industry is on the rise, with the number of both sales and leases on the rise.
- August 02, 2017
Net Lease Dollar Store Supply Increasing
Cap rates within the single-tenant net lease dollar store sector increased by 10 basis points from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017 to a 6.75 percent cap rate. The dollar store sector, for the purpose of this report, is defined as free standing Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar properties, as these tenants represent the largest presence within the sector. Cap rates for Dollar Tree assets compressed by 10 basis points while Dollar General and Family Dollar experienced increases of 15 basis and 20 basis points, respectively.
- July 17, 2017
Net Lease Sector Heats Up; Experts Expect “Frothy” End to 2017
At the mid-point of 2017, net lease investments continue to be a strong sector in commercial real estate, a sector that experts say has become its own distinct investment class. This strength is evidenced, in part, by commercial real estate conferences across the country that are devoted exclusively to issues and topics associated with the sector. Later this month, on Wednesday, July 26, Midwest Real Estate News will host a full day conference in Chicago. It will bring together many of the newsmakers in this segment of the business.
- July 05, 2017
Net Lease Market Shifts to Neutral
Cap rates in the second quarter of 2017 in the single-tenant net lease sector increased across all asset classes when compared to the previous quarter. Cap rates for retail and office properties increased slightly by three and two basis points to 6.23 percent and 7.14 percent, respectively. Cap rates for net lease industrial properties increased by 10 basis points to 7.37 percent.
- July 03, 2017
Net Lease Cap Rates Beginning To Rise
Cap rates in the single tenant net lease market have been on a long-term slide that eventually reached historic lows, but that era may be over. A boost had been expected, and in the second quarter, rates increased across all asset classes when compared to the previous quarter, according to a new report from the Boulder Group, a net lease firm in suburban Chicago.
- June 23, 2017
Rate Hikes Did Not Impact Net Lease Activity In Q1: Here Are 3 Things To Note
Although the market is strong, net lease asset investors are cautious about the effect of rising interest rates on cap rate volatility. The Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates for the fourth time in six months in June, boosting their benchmark rate to between 1% and 1.25%. That movement could impact deal volume and asset valuations, though the 10-year Treasury remains at historic lows.
- June 14, 2017
Restaurant Boom Feeds 1031 Investment Pipeline
Investors using 1031 exchanges continue to have a voracious appetite for triple net lease properties, and they are increasingly setting their sights on restaurants. “People are shifting to e-commerce-resistant retail, and restaurants are at the top of the list of what people are looking for,” says Randy Blankstein, president of the Boulder Group, a net lease advisory firm. “So it has gone from a category that five years ago was considered specialty to very much a mainstream category that is getting a lot of interest from a lot of new players.”
- June 07, 2017
Net Lease Casual Dining in Demand with 1031 Buyers
Cap rates in the net lease casual dining restaurant sector increased 25 basis points (bps) to 6.00 percent in the first quarter of 2017, when compared to the first quarter of 2016. Casual dining restaurant properties with corporately guaranteed leases had cap rates of 5.75 percent, while franchisee-leased properties were priced 50 bps higher at 6.25 percent. Cap rates for casual dining restaurant properties leased to franchisees will vary depending on the strength of the operator. In the first quarter of 2017, franchisee-backed casual dining restaurants accounted for 49 percent of the overall supply of casual dining restaurants.
- May 26, 2017
Sales Volume on Net Lease Assets Roughly Flat with Last Year’s
It seems there’s no investment sector safe from the current political uncertainty, including net lease assets. Investment sales volume in the sector in 2017 will likely end up flat with 2016 levels, industry sources say.
- May 18, 2017
Cap Rates Head Up For Casual Dining Sector
Cap rates in the net lease casual dining restaurant sector increased 25 bps points to 6.0% in the first quarter of 2017 when compared to the first quarter of 2016, according to a new report from the Boulder Group, a net lease firm based in Northbrook, IL. These tenants have become more popular with retail operators in the past few years because, unlike many outlets, they can’t be harmed by e-commerce. But an increase in the number of franchisee-backed restaurants helped push up cap rates.
- May 11, 2017
Nothing But Net
As the net lease sector continues to take on its own asset class presence, investors and lenders are increasingly putting their capital into the property type, especially single-tenant, triple-net leased properties. Net lease owners with investment-grade tenants in place are most attractive to investors, but a lack of available inventory is leading some lenders to widen their options.
- May 09, 2017
Investors are eager to sell freestanding properties as they perceive a market peak
- May 03, 2017
Banks Remain Top Target For Net Lease Investors
As recently reported in GlobeSt.com, the retail side of banking is undergoing a profound change as customers adopt the use of mobile apps. Banks don’t need as many branch locations and many have begun to also shrink the footprint of their remaining outlets. But investors, attracted by the superb credit rating of many banks, still have an appetite for these properties, according to a new report from the Boulder Group, a net lease firm in suburban Chicago.
- April 13, 2017
As Some Retailers Stumble, Dollar Stores Continue to Show Strength
The dollar store segment is benefitting from current trends in the big-box retail space and national economy, taking this time to expand current store models while experimenting with smaller spaces geared toward customer’s convenience.
- April 05, 2017
Net Lease Cap Rates Stable in Q1
Cap rates in the first quarter of 2017 for the single-tenant net lease retail sector remained at 6.19 percent after experiencing their first increase since the third quarter of 2013 in the prior quarter. Cap rates for the office and industrial sectors increased by 4 basis points and 10 basis points, to 7.12 percent and 7.27 percent, respectively. Following a robust 2015 with more than $58 billion in net lease sales, 2016 experienced a slight decline in transaction volume of approximately 7 percent to approximately $54 billion, according to CoStar. The slowdown in 2016 transaction volume can be mostly attributed to the uncertainty surrounding rising interest rates and the future results of the 2016 election.
- March 15, 2017
Randy Blankstein to chair Net Lease Summit Conference
Randy Blankstein, founder and president of The Boulder Group, will be the conference chair of the Midwest Real Estate News 3rd Annual Lease Summit Conference in Chicago on July 26.
- March 01, 2017
Net Lease Auto Parts Sector Outpaces Market
Cap rates for the single-tenant, net-leased auto parts store sector decreased by 8 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the fourth quarter of 2016 to 5.9 percent. The decline in cap rates for the auto parts store sector slightly outpaced the overall net lease retail market, which compressed by 6 basis points over the same time period. The auto parts sector, for the purpose of this report, is defined as Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone and O’Reilly Auto Parts, as they account for the highest percentage of single-tenant transactions of properties occupied by auto parts retailers.
- February 16, 2017
What Will Rite Aid Divestitures Mean for Net Lease Investors?
When a retailer announces that it will sell off about 1,200 stores in order to take its business to the next level, these days the assumption is that the company is struggling to stay afloat and needs to quickly shed excess weight and curb costs.
- February 02, 2017
Big Box Retail Sees Jump In Cap Rates
The decision by Macy’s, The Limited, and other retailers to close outlets around the US has shaken up the world of retail. And with some experts predicting that many more outlets will close this year, investors are definitely taking notice.
- February 01, 2017
Rising Interest Rates Likely to Cool Net Lease Prices
Buyers vying for net lease investment properties have been paying top dollar to win deals. But an increase in interest rates is already causing cap rates to creep higher and there could be more price adjustments ahead for 2017.
- January 18, 2017
Net Lease Cap Rates Change Direction
Cap rates in the fourth quarter of 2016 for the single-tenant net lease sector increased or remained the same for all three asset classes: retail, office and industrial. Retail cap rates experienced their first increase since the third quarter of 2013 to 6.19 percent cap rate. The 9-basis-point increase is the largest increase in retail cap rates since the second quarter of 2011. Cap rates for the office sector remained unchanged at 7.08 percent, while industrial sector cap rates increased by 3 basis points to 7.17 percent.
- January 06, 2017
The coffee wars are on: Dunkin’ Donuts hopes to siphon at least some of Starbucks’ customers
Dunkin’ Donuts is taking aim at Starbucks, expanding across the country — and on other continents — in an attempt to snatch business away from its higher-end rival. Just look at the numbers: Last year, Dunkin’ Donuts opened its 12,000 restaurant, a lcation in Riverside, California. This new restaurant was important not just because of that nice, round number. It’s also evidence of just how aggressive the chain has become in launching new locations.
- January 03, 2017
Cap Rates for Net Leased Retail Properties Increase for First Time in Three Years
Cap rates in the fourth quarter of 2016 for the single-tenant net lease sector increased or remained the same for office, retail and industrial assets, according to The Boulder Group’s quarterly Net Lease Market Research Report. Retail cap rates experienced their first increase since the third quarter of 2013 to 6.19 percent. The nine-basis-point increase is the largest quarterly increase in retail cap rates since the second quarter of 2011.
- December 01, 2016
Investors Stay Interested In Health Clinics
The single tenant medical sector remained popular with investors through the first three quarters of 2016, and several demographic factors will likely sustain that interest over the next few years, regardless of changes in the nation’s political landscape.
- November 02, 2016
Net-Leased Drug Stores’ Rising Cap Rates
Cap rates for single-tenant CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens properties all increased significantly in the third quarter of 2016. Cap rates for the net-leased drug store sector increased by 51 basis points to a 6.0 percent cap rate when compared to the prior year. Rite Aid and Walgreens cap rates experienced the largest increases, at 35 and 37 basis points, respectively, due to investors’ concern about store closures with Walgreens’ potential acquisition of Rite Aid. In the same timeframe, CVS cap rates increased by 30 basis points.
- November 01, 2016
Drug Store Cap Rates Jump, Reversing Long-Term Trend
Reversing a long-term trend, cap rates for single tenant CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens properties all increased significantly in the third quarter of 2016, according to a new report by the Boulder Group, a net lease firm in suburban Chicago. Investors seem most concerned by US antitrust regulators’ requirement that Walgreens sell between 500 and 1,000 stores before they will approve its plan to acquire Rite Aid.
- October 20, 2016
Retail Single-Tenant Net Lease Cap Rates at Record-Lows
Single-tenant net-lease cap rates for retail properties reached a record-low 6.10 percent in the third quarter, reported Boulder Group, Northbrook, Ill. STNL cap rates for the office and industrial sectors also decreased to 7.08 percent and 7.14 percent, respectively, said Boulder Group Vice President John Feeney. "The overall net-lease market remains active with 1031 and private investors due to the passive nature of the leases and attractiveness of relative investment returns when compared to other asset classes," Feeney said.
- October 10, 2016
Private Investors Double Down on Net Lease Assets as Institutional Buyers Step Back
Private investors turned more of their attention to single-tenant net lease assets this year, as institutional buyers pulled back from the property type due to the tightening in the capital markets in the early months of 2016.
- October 05, 2016
NET LEASE WAS GOLDEN IN Q3
The stable yields of net-lease real estate continue to drive investor demand, compressing cap rates in the sector to levels not seen in years. That's according to net lease king The Boulder Group, which released its Q3 2016 net lease research report.
- October 04, 2016
Retail Cap Rates Reach Another Historic Low
Strong demand from 1031 and private investors pushed cap rates for the single tenant net lease retail sector down slightly to just 6.1%, another historic low, in the third quarter of 2016, according to a new report from the Boulder Group, a net lease investment firm in suburban Chicago. During the same period, cap rates for the office and industrial sectors decreased to 7.08% and 7.14% respectively, declines of 17 and 12 bps. Retail cap rates have stayed below 6.65% since early 2015.
- September 28, 2016
Drugstore Sells At Lowest Cap Rate For A CVS In 2016
Net leased investment brokerage firm, The Boulder Group, has completed the sale of the single-tenant new construction CVS Pharmacy ground lease located at 2501 N. Field St. for $14.89 million. Randy Blankstein and Jimmy Goodman of The Boulder Group represented the buyer in the transaction. The seller was a Texas-based real estate company which was represented by Landes Fairmont.
- September 07, 2016
Net Lease Dollar Store Supply Moves Cap Rates Higher
Cap rates within the single-tenant net lease dollar store sector increased by 15 basis points from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016, to a 6.65 percent cap rate. The dollar store sector, for the purpose of this report, is defined as free-standing Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar properties, as these tenants represent the largest presence within the sector. Cap rates for Family Dollar assets remained unchanged, while Dollar General and Dollar Tree experienced increases of 10 and 15 basis point, respectively.
- September 01, 2016
Cap Rates Hint at Tempered Growth for Discount Retailers
In recent quarterly earnings periods, full-price retailers such as department stores and specialty retailers have been the companies to report weaker sales, revised annual guidance figures and planned store closures. Their reports underscored the challenges facing the retail sector impacted by an omni-channel revenue model.
- August 30, 2016
Dollar Stores Remain Popular With Investors, Consumers
The US dollar store sector has continued to expand in the past year due to consumers’ demand for low-cost goods. That expansion has also opened up a lot of opportunities for investors that want to jump into this robust segment of retail.
- August 02, 2016
Quick Service Restaurants Drawing In Investors
Cap rates in much of the single tenant net lease sector hit historic lows during the economic recovery, but recently those declines have moderated. The net lease quick service restaurant sector, however, saw its median cap rates sink to 5.7% in the second quarter of 2016, a compression of 10 bps from the prior year, according to a new report from the Boulder Group, a Northbrook, IL-based net lease firm.
- July 26, 2016
Second annual Net Lease Conference brings in the big names
Midwest Real Estate News held its second annual Net Lease Conference July 20 in Chicago. More than 160 net lease pros from around the country attended, all there to celebrate the continuing strength of the net lease business, in all sectors. Some of the biggest names in the net least industry shared their insights on why this part of the commercial real estate business continues to thrive.
- July 21, 2016
Cap Rates Steady Despite Supply Jump
Single-tenant net lease property cap rates held steady or increased just slightly in the second quarter even as significant new supply reached the market, reported Boulder Group, Northbrook, Ill. STNL retail sector cap rates remained unchanged at a historic low 6.18 percent while office cap rates increased five basis points to 7.25 percent and industrial cap rates increased 16 basis points to 7.26 percent, said Boulder Group Vice President John Feeney.
- July 06, 2016
Net Lease Supply on the Rise
Cap rates for the single-tenant net lease retail sector remained unchanged in the first quarter, sustaining their historic low rate of 6.18 percent. During the same timeframe, cap rates for the office and industrial sectors increased to 7.25 and 7.26 percent, respectively. While cap rates remained stable in the second quarter, an influx of net lease assets entered the market, increasing the total supply by approximately 11 percent.
- July 05, 2016
Industrial Net lease Cap Rates Soar in Q2
How did the net-lease sector fare in the first six months of 2016? Pretty darn well, according to The Boulder Group's Q2 market report. While retail net-lease cap rates remained steady between Q1 and Q2, office caps rose 5% to 7.25%, and industrial net-lease cap rates increased an amazing 16%, from 7.1% in Q1 to 7.26% in Q2.
- July 05, 2016
Net Lease Cap Rates Headed Up
Cap rates for net lease properties have been trending downward for more than five years, and recently sank to historic lows. But that long-term decline may be at an end. In the first quarter of 2016 cap rates for the single tenant net lease retail sector remained unchanged at their historic low rate of 6.18%, according to a report just issued by the Boulder Group, a net lease firm in suburban Chicago. However, during the same timeframe, cap rates for the office and industrial sectors increased 5 bps and 16 bps, respectively, to 7.25% and 7.26%.
- June 01, 2016
Net Lease Casual Dining is Strong in Q1
Retail has been golden in the first half of 2016. Net lease retail even more so, especially if you have a quick casual dining tenant occupying your assets. That's according to a new report from single tenant net lease kings The Boulder Group.
- May 20, 2016
Bucktown Walgreens Sells For Big Number
CHICAGO—An investor has just bought a single tenant net leased Walgreens property located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood for $11,275,000. That big number helps illustrate just how desirable the neighborhood has become. New home construction has boomed in the blocks surrounding the property, and the new Bloomingdale Trail, also known as “The 606,” is just a short walk to the south and brings in thousands of walkers, runners, and bikers every day.
- May 05, 2016
As Store Counts Rise, Dollar General’s Cap Rates Could Hit New Lows
Dollar General has been on a winning streak, both as a retailer and as a net lease investment, since the economy began to recover in 2009.
- May 04, 2016
Net Lease Bank Demand Softens on Branch Model Concerns
Cap rates for the single-tenant bank ground-lease sector increased significantly to 4.75 percent in the first quarter of 2016 after reaching a previous historic low of 4.35 percent one year ago.
- May 02, 2016
Net Lease Cap Rates Set Records
Net lease retail investment is hitting new lows, but that’s a sign of its high esteem among investors.
- April 28, 2016
Net Lease Bank Rates Headed Up
Net lease investors have for some time considered bank branches one of the best investments on the market, pushing down the cap rates for these properties to historically low levels. In the past year, however, things have changed, and rates took a big jump upward, according to a new study by the Boulder Group, a net lease firm in suburban Chicago.
- April 27, 2016
1031 Buyers Battle Competition for Assets, Proposed Reforms
The strong investment sales environment in the past two years has created a booming 1031 exchange market. Yet renewed discussion about potential tax code reforms and an intensely competitive sales market is casting a bit of a shadow on the sector.
- April 22, 2016
The Boulder Group’s Blankstein to chair Midwest Real Estate News’ Net Lease Summit Conference
Randy Blankstein, president of the Boulder Group, will serve as conference chair of Midwest Real Estate News’ second annual Net Lease Summit Conference. The conference will be held July 20 in Chicago. Blankstein will also monitor a panel at the conference that will address the state of the net lease market.
- April 08, 2016
Single-tenant retail property prices hit all time high: Report
Cap rates for the single-tenant net-lease retail sector hit a historic low rate of 6.18 percent in the first quarter, according to Boulder Group’s quarterly survey. The spread between asking and closed cap rates on such properties was 24 basis points, up by 1 point from the previous quarter, the firm reports.
- April 07, 2016
Who’s Winning the Grocery Race?
Grocery chains might look like they have it easier than apparel retailers. They fall under the “necessity retail” grouping, after all, and which household doesn’t need to stock up on everything from paper goods to produce regularly?
- April 07, 2016
Some STNL Sectors See Record-Low Cap Rates
Single-tenant net lease cap rates for retail and industrial properties reached record lows of 6.18 percent and 7.10 percent respectively in the first quarter, reported Boulder Group, Northbrook, Ill.
- April 06, 2016
Sit-down Restaurants, Drugstore Property Sales Propping Up Weak Triple-Net Investing
Could investors finally be feeling net-lease fatigue? When stocks plunged, hordes of mostly mom-and-pop investors surged into the single-tenant, net-leased property market, snapping up drugstores and restaurants at record numbers, and helping lead commercial real estate out of the last Great Recession.
- April 06, 2016
Net Lease Investors Show Greater Interest in Industrial Assets
Net lease investors appear to be developing a greater appetite for properties occupied by industrial tenants, according recent reports from The Boulder Group, a net lease commercial real estate firm headquartered in Northbrook, Ill.
- April 04, 2016
Retail And Industrial Cap Rates Reach Historic Lows
The national net lease market continues to be intensely competitive and entice a record number of investors. Cap rates in the first quarter of 2016 for the single tenant net lease retail and industrial sectors reached a new historic low rate of 6.18% and 7.10% respectively, according to a report just published by the Boulder Group, a net lease firm located in suburban Chicago. But cap rates for the office sector did increase by 20 bps to a cap rate of 7.20%.
- March 09, 2016
The Wal-Mart Effect
Recent data suggests that the Walmart Neighborhood Market chain is driving down cap rates on net-leased big-box stores. An influx of new units in the fourth quarter of 2015 helped tighten cap rates in the sector by 63 basis points, according to an assessment by The Boulder Group.
- March 04, 2016
Excess demand for net-lease properties
Excess demand for net-lease properties More investors compete for a dwindling supply of single-tenant net lease properties
- March 03, 2016
Net Lease Auto Parts Sector Outpaces Market
Cap rates for the single-tenant, net-leased auto parts store sector decreased by 27 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2014 to the fourth quarter of 2015, reaching 5.98 percent.
- March 02, 2016
Investors’ Demand For Auto Parts Stores Still Growing
Cap rates for the single tenant net leased auto parts store sector sank to 5.98% in the fourth quarter of 2015, a decrease of 27 bps from the previous year, according to a new study from the Boulder Group, a net lease firm in suburban Chicago.
- February 18, 2016
The Walmart Effect: Compressed Cap Rates on Net-Leased Big Boxes
Recent data suggests that the Walmart Neighborhood Market chain is driving down cap rates on net-leased big-box stores. An influx of new units in the fourth quarter of 2015 helped tighten cap rates in the sector by 63 basis points, according to an assessment by The Boulder Group, a real estate investment firm specializing in single-tenant net-leased properties.
- February 15, 2016
Net Lease Cap Rates Hit New Historic Lows
Cap rates for single tenant net lease retail were unchanged in the fourth quarter, but industrial and office properties declined again.
- February 15, 2016
Net Lease Column: Cap Rates at Historic Lows
Cap rates in the single-tenant net lease sector closed 2015 at historic lows. Will the trend continue this year?
- February 15, 2016
Will Icahn’s Acquisition of Pep Boys Affect the Net Lease Market?
Activist investor Carl Icahn has won the bidding war for Pep Boys, beating out Bridgestone Corp. to claim the Philadelphia-based automotive aftermarket chain. The deal is valued at roughly $1 billion—a staggering number when compared to the $800 the Pep Boys founders initially invested in 1921.
- February 15, 2016
New Walmart Market Depress Cap Rates
The single tenant net lease big box sector saw a significant shift in 2015, according to the latest report from the Boulder Group, a net lease firm based in suburban Chicago. Cap rates compressed from the fourth quarter of 2014 to the fourth quarter of 2015 by 63 bps to 6.08%. That decline was steeper than seen in the entire net lease retail sector, which compressed by only 25 bps during the same period. This represents the first time since 2010 that the big box sector was priced at a premium to the entire retail net lease market.
- February 15, 2016
Big-Box Properties Outperform
Cap rates for net-leased big-box properties declined in 2015, leading to increased investor demand for the low-risk assets—but is there enough supply to go around?