BIG DEMAND FOR NET LEASE PROPERTIES

BIG DEMAND FOR NET LEASE PROPERTIES
By Natalie Dolce

LOS ANGELES—Why are sale-leasebacks and build-to-suit deals so popular? According to Andrew White, CCIM, managing director of the western region at Gladstone Commercial REIT, and a moderator at the recent RealShare Net Lease Westconference here, the answer is because “Cap rate spread to treasury is still high.”stnllogos

The “Opportunities” panel discussed the opportunities in sale-leasebacks and the advantages of build-to-suit developments. Panelist Peter Deltondo, director of Marcus & Millichap Net Leased Retail Group, said that the most aggressive capital he is seeing in this space is from the 1031 buyers. “Most of them are coming out of the apartment sector and they are paying the most aggressive cap rates.” Continue reading “BIG DEMAND FOR NET LEASE PROPERTIES”

Once Again Time For Corporate Sale/Leasebacks?

By:  Allen C. Buchanan, Principal
Lee & Associates

In 2003, when California was in a world of hurt with worker’s comp rates, employers leaving the state, driver’s licenses for illegals (which all lead to Governor Gray Davis being terminated by the Terminator), we saw a huge amount of sale/leaseback activity from national corporate occupants.

Aquatics-Lasco Bathware, Akzo Nobel, Johnson Controls, Smurfit Stone, Parker Hannifin, Illinois Tool Works, Limbach…and many others sold manufacturing locations in Southern California and leased them back from the owners. Why, you may be wondering? Provide me your forbearance, while we hear from our sponsor, and I will explain my views…

I provide Location Advice to owners and occupants of industrial buildings in Southern California…AKA, I sell and lease commercial real estate for a living and have since 1984. I have been involved with many of the deals listed above which should qualify me as an expert of sorts…if I can only remember…

The two main reasons in 2003-2005 that many national (multi location) companies sold their locations and leased back, were real estate values and the business climate in Southern California. By selling the locations when the market was at its value peak and leasing back for a three to five year time frame, the companies maxed the real estate equity and could decide at the lease expiration whether to stay in California or consolidate into another location. Some stayed, but many left.

In my opinion, another perfect storm is approaching that could portend another round of sale/leasebacks…this time from closely held owners of real estate.

So, what are the reasons that a company should consider a sale/leaseback?

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Why Investors in Net Leased Properties Need Asset Managers

Net leased investments remove a lot of the complexity from individual property investing by focusing on properties which in many ways manage themselves. Still, administrative burdens and complexities exist and to the uninitiated it can be daunting.

Tenants in net leased properties are responsible for most of the onsite maintenance and upkeep of the property. However, there is still a need to collect the rent, pay some bills, keep a set of books, get the tax return prepared, make distributions and prepare for a re-sale when the current tenant’s lease expires, or sooner.

An asset manager can add significant value by dealing with these issues. The cost of an asset manager is relatively low based on the services provided.  An asset manager will handle all of the day to day details associated with the property like collecting rent, paying bills, including the mortgage payment, providing monthly reports, arranging for tax return preparation, and making the required cash distributions. They can also provide guidance and insight as to current market conditions, transaction support and due diligence in the acquisition and disposition of the property itself, and sound advice on the positioning of the property throughout its holding period.

Professional asset managers can provide advice as to when the optimum time to sell is, and whether there are other net leased property opportunities that might provide a better return.

Net leased properties are one of the most passive real estate investments in the market. However, like all investments, proper management is needed to ensure a stable and substantial payoff.

We would be happy to discuss our professional asset management services.