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Net Lease Cap Rates Post Seventh Consecutive Quarterly Increase

Single-tenant net lease cap rates increased in the fourth quarter of 2023 for the seventh consecutive quarter to 6.58%, a seven-basis point increase compared to Q3, The Boulder Group reported. By sector, the increases were eight bps to 6.35% for retail, 14 bps to 7.55% for office and four bps to 7.00% for industrial.

“Cap rates continued to rise in the fourth quarter as asset pricing has not caught up to the massive increase in borrowing costs over the past year,” said Randy Blankstein, president, The Boulder Group. “A lack of 1031 buyers is also causing property supply to increase in a meaningful way.”

The disparity in the spread between the median asking and closed cap rate increased across all asset types from the previous quarter. This was especially apparent in the office sector, where the cap rate spread increased by 12 bps in Q4 to 67 bps. Simultaneously, the number of properties on the market in Q4 grew by 11.6% overall and by 12.7% for the retail sector when compared to Q3.

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