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Net Lease Cap Rates Tick Upward in Q4

Single-tenant net lease cap rates rose slightly in the fourth quarter of 2021; following historic lows in Q3, the Boulder Group reported. Retail and industrial cap rates increased slightly to 5.88% and 6.77%, respectively, while those for office remained unchanged at 6.80%. 

“Low interest rates and substantial amounts of investment capital chasing stable yields created an active net lease market throughout 2021,” said Randy Blankstein, president, The Boulder Group. “Net lease transaction volume in 2021 exceeded $90 billion, a new record.” 

A limited supply of net lease properties with attributes that command low cap rates was the main contributing factor for the change. However overall, property supply increased by more than 10% in Q4. 

“As a result of the low cap rate environment and high demand for net lease properties, net lease owners added lesser quality properties to the market to take advantage of attractive pricing,” added partner Jimmy Goodman.  

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