How do NNN assets play a role, as a bond-equivalent investment, in an uncertain environment, like 2018-2019?

Contributing Author: Sean O’Shea

We are always told that ‘Asset allocation’ is critical to your Investment Portfolio. This is true for your real estate portfolio, too.  NNN assets can play a role; but your selection criteria needs to be is more than, merely, debating cap rates, in our experience.  We have stated in a number of prior Net Lease Blogs, Not all Net Lease properties are the same”.   This has never been more true.

The supply of these NNN properties has improved, significantly, since 2009-2010 Great Recession period; and we have a decade of low interest rates, the result of the Federal Reserve policies, with rates gradually moving upwards with rates increasing the margin of error due to very, very thin ‘spreads’. Cap rates going up; not down, as we have had the luxury of low rates in the last ten years.  It covered a number of potential miscues…The Market is, now, changing; and extra care is required for best investor results. Continue reading How do NNN assets play a role, as a bond-equivalent investment, in an uncertain environment, like 2018-2019?

Time for a “NNN Up Periscope in Q2 2018” from the Great Recession of 2008-09…what is really going on Ten Years later?

Contributing Author: Sean O’Shea

Remember, as we have stated in a number of prior Net Lease Blogs, that Not all Net Lease properties are the same”.  Never more true.

We have just completed a series of IRC 1031 Exchange Transactions, which have provided us a new vantage point:

“Where we are 10 years later” in Q2, 2018?

“Where we may be going for balance of the year 2018-2019?”

Almost all knowledgeable observers and participants in the Net Lease Sector of the real estate industry would, now, admit, that we are in the late phase of this Real Estate Cycle after a whole Decade of Recovery.   The subject matter in industry publications has changed recently.   Subjects have shifted from NNN inventories, to issues of hedging inflation for the 1st time in 10 years, to raising interest rates (and presumably cap rates) moving northward.  Some are even whispering about “A new Recession” in the predictable near term future is new subject matter.  Continue reading Time for a “NNN Up Periscope in Q2 2018” from the Great Recession of 2008-09…what is really going on Ten Years later?

What is the real role of NNN Properties in the Real Estate Industry?

Contributing Author: Sean O’Shea

It’s kind of funny to be considered, nominally, as a ‘nationally-recognized net lease expert’ after all these years.

My first exposure to this asset class was back a few decades ago, when I was charged with developing a real estate portfolio for a mineral-asset based Family Office in Fort Worth whose patriarch and predecessors were legendary oil wildcatters who wanted diversification to their Bond Portfolio.

My own background had been as a junior partner in a regional development firm with appropriate higher risk returns; and as a Shareholder of a regional commercial brokerage, whose business model was based on acute data and cultivating relationships, as the foundations for our demonstrative success in tough East Coast markets. Continue reading What is the real role of NNN Properties in the Real Estate Industry?

Late Cycle Behavior of NNN Investors

Contributing Author: Sean O’Shea

Here we find ourselves almost nine and one-half years from the impact of the Great Recession of 2008-09. While the market conditions that led up to the public acknowledgement of the financial crisis, were years in the making, many observers could have foreseen the Storm Warnings.  I remember having my NNN Advisory Team in tow at the annual ICSC Regional event in San Diego in the spring of 2008.  As we wandered through the various vendors’ booths and exhibits, we passed the Lehman Brothers booth.  Displayed were the usual swag items that populate these kinds of industry events.  Sitting on a display table, I spied a pile of very well designed and finely detailed ‘Baseball-type caps’ with LEHMAN BROTHERS, emblazoned on the crown of the caps.  I suggested to my Team, that they may wish to grab one of them, as a souvenir of a “Soon-to be Bygone Era,’”; since these guys at legendary Lehman are going down, based on the structure of interest only loans and other deals that we had tracked in the prior few go-go years.  They all looked at me, as if, I was ‘nuts’; but, nonetheless, each grabbed their souvenir hats.  Now, a keepsake of lending period that contributed, mightily, to the Financial Crisis as it unfolded. Continue reading Late Cycle Behavior of NNN Investors

NNN 1031 Case Studies

Contributing Author: Sean O’Shea

Most investors have experienced a run up in real estate values; and with a prospective sale of a real estate asset pending, in consultation with their accounting professionals, they begin to explore how to defer substantial capital gains in the most efficient manner. Utilizing and executing a successful IRC 1031 Exchange Provisions is the principal vehicle that was retained in the recent Tax Act.

The IRC 1031 Compliance timelines require an “Identification” of your trade replacement property within 45 days of their completed sale of the relinquished property; and, then, an additional 135 days to complete the purchase of the new property that tax deferral transaction.    Easy…Right!

Well, not so fast.

The challenge, in part, is to define your client-specific investment objectives: Continue reading NNN 1031 Case Studies

The 1031 Net Lease Broker Conundrum

Contributing Author: Sean O’Shea

As a Net Lease Investment Advisor and Buyer’s Broker, we face a number of practical challenges in the recent and current Net Lease Market.

Challenge #1:  Accessing net lease ‘product’ or properties that match a Buyer’s stated criteria.  Reproducing the cash flow of their existing asset is a point of departure, only. Then, we need to establish “What is a risk-adjusted return?”  OK, you say, you want a limited risk new investment.  No problem; but since the Great Recession with most compressed cap rates in memory (Higher prices), we have to sort through the “Net Lease Wheat from the Net Lease Chaff”. Continue reading The 1031 Net Lease Broker Conundrum

A Net Lease Asset History Lesson

Contributing Author: Sean O’Shea

We believe it is, in fact, helpful to have some historical sense of the evolution of the Net Lease Niche of the Real Estate Industry to have a better sense as to how these asset fit into the investment objectives of investors small and large in today’s maturing marketplace.

If you think about it, real estate, as an investment asset class, is a relatively recent development. It was always an entrepreneurial endeavor and was fueled as a worthy investment vehicle going back to the ‘mid-70’s and ERISA provisions, in those days total assets of private pension funds amounted to something like $164 billion dollars; today, of course, its in the “Trillions.” Continue reading A Net Lease Asset History Lesson

The Net Lease Niche

Contributing Author: Sean O’Shea

Over the last decade at various Net Lease Conferences on both East Coast (NYC) and West Coast (LA) I have been a Moderator and Panel Speaker. The most recent one was held in Los Angeles last week.

In attendance, were some of the giants of the Single Tenant Net Lease sector, like Realty Income, Angelo, Gordon & Co. and W.P. Carey. All multi-billion dollar asset owners who have enviable track records of consistent performance. They were an impressive cross-section of high net worth investors, Family offices and investment brokers from all of the major firms, SRS Partners, M & M, HFF, JLL (a lot of initials) and smaller service boutiques as well. Continue reading The Net Lease Niche

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