From medical offices to strip malls and everything in between, real estate investors are constantly looking for the next investment opportunity to expand their portfolios. There is no shortage of investment opportunities, after all, and nearly every industry needs dedicated investors to help them succeed especially when investing in businesses for sale. As an investor, growing your portfolio and seeing a profit on those investments is undoubtedly important to you. Finding the right investment is key to that success.
Opening the doors of Sands Investment Group during the global financial crisis in 2010, Chris Sands has thrived in the face of hard times from the very beginning. He stays committed to investing for success well into the future by focusing on relationships built by win-win deals, collaboration and transparency. In 2020, through its founder’s leadership, SIG doubled in size—gaining recognition as one of Inc 5000’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.
Shopping centers can be a great opportunity for commercial real estate investors. They offer variety in tenants, consistent income, and great potential for growth in the future. A shopping center can look very different, depending on the town or city, as well as the types of tenants the center tends to attract. Some may have a lot of chain stores, while others might have mostly local businesses. There may be a mix of retail, grocery stores, clothing stores, and furniture stores. Oftentimes, there can be many moving parts with shopping center investments, as there are usually multiple retail tenants to manage at any given time.
March 12, 2021 – By Chris Sands: Throughout 2020, commercial real estate demonstrated its stability and value despite a wide range of unanticipated challenges. While we can generally understand the market within a 10-year timeframe that includes adapting to market corrections, the global Covid-19 pandemic created a more significant challenge than we’ve seen before in terms of our ability to predict investors’ outcomes.
Whether you have medical experience or are just interested in investing in medical offices because they can make a great long-term investment, medical office properties can be a great addition to any commercial real estate portfolio. There are so many different types of medical properties that can be an asset—from small offices for private practice to large medical buildings or complexes.
Working with SIG brokers is the best way to leverage top listings, lending, and marketing efforts. In this deal, SIG lead broker Gerald Nash, along with co-broker Nick Stockton, was able to secure a buyer for this DaVita property for sale by leveraging the SIG platform, which allowed the client to gain a 13% profit.
Restaurants have become popular investments in recent years as busy consumers choose to dine out more frequently—sometimes more than one meal a day. Examining the growth of the industry by its share of consumers’ food dollar and total sales is impressive. The restaurant industry’s share of the food dollar climbed from 25% in 1955 to 51% now, and total US sales have climbed 53% in the past decade to $899 billion, according to the National Restaurant Association. Currently, there are more than 1 million restaurant locations in the United States.
Nevertheless, the industry was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that began in March 2020 and led to the closure of many restaurants due to temporary regulations that restricted inside dining. The restaurant industry’s total sales for 2020 were $240 billion less than the National Restaurant Association’s pre-pandemic forecast for the year. Also, more than 110,000 eating and drinking places were closed for business temporarily, or for permanently, as of December 1, 2020.
The pandemic was challenging for restaurants of all sizes, but the companies that fared better tended to be larger franchises that have outlets throughout the country and feature what is described as omnichannel platforms—restaurants that provide several ways for customers to order, pay, and get their meals. Today, consumers desire a consistent experience, no matter the sales channel they use.
Generally, fast food restaurants were able to pivot quickly and adapt to operating during the pandemic. Many fast food restaurants already featured drive-throughs and online ordering with contactless curbside carry-out.
Investing in Restaurants: The Basics
If you’re interested in investing in small restaurants for sale, buying an existing restaurant property can be an excellent option to become a restaurant owner. You can avoid the difficult early years of getting a restaurant off the ground. As with buying a restaurant franchise, you gain instant name recognition and a built-in customer base. Also, you do not have to create a business plan and menu from scratch. But, in a purchase, you inherit both the good and the bad, and it’s crucial to ask the right questions before investing in restaurant properties.
Questions to ask before purchasing a restaurant property:
1. Why Is the owner selling the restaurant?
This is the most critical question—why does the owner want to sell the restaurant if it is successful? Typically, two main reasons cause owners to sell:
- The owners may want to retire, or they may be weary of being their own bosses. Operating a restaurant is a tough job, and the long hours can take a toll. Health complications, family issues, or other personal problems may make some people decide to sell. If it is not working for the owners, you should be confident that you are ready to run it.
- They may not be making sufficient money to meet their costs and want to make the restaurant for sale sooner than later, before incurring a greater loss.
2. How are the restaurant’s financials?
Before you purchase a restaurant, you need to know if it will be a viable business. No matter how much you love that taco place or how successful it seems, you must carefully examine its financials along with the asking price. The due diligence will make you aware of any significant issues from the outset. In fact, if you plan to apply for a small business loan, you must create a detailed outline of the finances for your restaurant business plan.
You and your accountant must scrutinize all the financials, including profit and loss, cash flow statements, balance sheets, bank records, and tax history. Things you should look at include food and beverage sales (monthly and yearly), labor costs, food costs and check averages. Also, look at the cost of utilities, rent, insurance and taxes. Examine existing vendor contracts and the state of any assets (especially equipment) you will be purchasing. Look at the liabilities you would be taking on—to whom will you owe money, how much, and what are the monthly payments?
If an owner refuses to show you the books, do not proceed any further. Anyone serious about selling should provide an accurate picture of the financial health of their restaurant. The owner may ask you to sign a non-disclosure agreement stating that you will not share their information with any other parties.
3. Are There Any Tax Problems or Legal Issues?
Restaurant closures are often due to failure to pay sales or payroll taxes. These obligations compound quickly under government penalties, and you want to avoid these types of problems. Other legalities to look for: unpaid wages, customer lawsuits, back rent, health department citations, and more. It may be wise to hire an attorney to review all public records to avoid these issues.
4. How Is the Location?
Unless you are already familiar with the restaurant for sale, you should research the area and ask yourself several questions to help determine it’s value and fit within your portfolio. Questions including but not limited to: Is the location advantageous, is it located in a busy area? Is the restaurant in a shopping center or is it standalone? Is it visible enough to attract foot traffic and passing cars? Is there sufficient parking? What is the competition like nearby? Have new restaurants opened that might draw business away? What are the future terms of the lease?
Fast Food Restaurant For Sale Opportunities
A profitable way to invest in the restaurant niche is to select a quick-service restaurants AKA fast food restaurants for sale, with a triple net lease (NNN). Due to the great variety of fast food restaurants, investors can choose the property they want to invest in based on location, price, and brand. Choosing a name brand also eliminates the risk of a local restaurant having a poor reputation. There are several reasons why fast food restaurants that are available to buy make great NNN investments, including location, drive thru access, type of business and lease length.
There are more than 200,000 fast food restaurants in the US and, according to Brand Z rankings, and 2018 revenue for the top eight fast-food brands was $229 billion. Entrepreneur and QSR Magazine report that McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Subway are among the top fast food restaurant brands. They have continued to perform well during the pandemic with the advantage of drive thru service, making the industry an excellent place to invest. Fifty million Americans dine at a fast-food restaurant every day. Restaurants like McDonald’s, KFC, Wendy’s, and Starbucks are stable long-term net lease investments with reliable, creditworthy tenants, effortless monthly income, periodic rent increases for 10-15 years, and few or no maintenance responsibilities.
Many restaurant corporations depend on triple net (NNN) leases investors to expand and open new locations, which creates a profitable circumstance for both property owners and the fast-food corporations.
NNN real estate provide a bevy of benefits that enable buyers to continue to work, build a portfolio, or enjoy retirement. To make the most of those benefits, look for high-credit companies that choose total control over their properties and brand image without involvement from the landlord. You also want to make sure the investment provides:
- Low-risk reliability/creditworthy tenant financials and reporting
- Expense-free ownership with stable monthly income
- Corporate-backed lease guarantee for 10-15 years with extension options
- Rental increases during the lease term to offset inflation
- Preservation of wealth and investment diversification
- The chance to build equity over the lease term
1031 Exchange Investors and Restaurants
In addition to NNN investors, 1031 exchange investors are turning to restaurants as replacement properties because these asset types are easy to understand, and buyers like the familiarity with the brands and the ability to their favorite name brand. In addition, restaurants that are clearly growing are particularly attractive, especially since the typical price point (between $2-$3 million) is perfect for individual investors.
The triple net real estate experts at Sands Investment Group have helped investors close deals on many fast food restaurants, including various locations like:
- Steak N’ Shake locations in Indiana and South Carolina
- Starbucks outlets in California, Florida and Arkansas
- Panera Bread locations in California, North Carolina and Virginia
The trusted advisors at Sands Investment Group can bring more to the table than simply identifying properties for you. We can help with existing real estate assets, acquiring new operators or businesses, developing new restaurants, and working to restructure leases to reduce your costs. We have handled one-off deals and acquisitions of multiple restaurant locations to help you obtain the right restaurant for your portfolio. If you have a different net lease property type in mind, we can help. We’ve handled deals on some of the most popular NNN business types including: car washes for sale, gas stations for sale, and many more.
For more information or to begin finding your next restaurant for sale investment, get in touch with Sands Investment Group experts. These advisors can help identify and secure a great opportunity for investment. Call 844.4.SIG.NNN or send us an email to get started.
SIG brokers handled a 1031 exchange on an Industrial Outdoor Storage property leased to Maxim Crane Works with a repeat buyer.
Working with SIG brokers is the best way to leverage top listings, lending, and marketing efforts. In this deal, SIG broker Amar Goli, along with co-brokers Greg Laughton and Clarissa Tarandy, was able to secure this 1031 exchange deal for a repeat client and demonstrate expertise in the industrial sector to best serve all parties involved.
As investors look into new opportunities for triple net lease properties, one type of business that’s repeatedly mentioned is a gas station. The best types of commercial real estate leases involve relationships with businesses that are recession-proof, meaning they will always be needed regardless of the current economy. Therefore, gas stations are a smart investment opportunity to consider.
Despite the challenges we’ve seen this year, 2020 has been very inspiring and eye opening in terms of demonstrating the stability of commercial real estate through shifting times. Generally, we are privy to understanding the market within a 10-year timeframe that includes adapting to market corrections—however, with the last global pandemic taking place nearly 100 years ago and an industry shift that wasn’t brought on by a market correction, it was a greater challenge than ever to anticipate and predict the outcome for investors. Read more
Triple net lease (NNN) properties are often very attractive to investors who are seeking out an investment with consistent, equity-building returns without having to be involved in the day-to-day obligations and financial responsibilities of the property. NNN leases are also structured over a long period of time (usually anywhere from 10-25 years) so they can be an opportunity for consistent, long-term earning potential from the investment standpoint.
When considering using a 1031 exchange for the sale of one property and the purchase of another, investors should consider the benefits they can gain from such a transaction. These 1031 exchanges are transactions that real estate investors often use to increase their wealth, save on taxes with the tax deferrals, and grow their portfolios. It’s a strategy that is used by many investors across the country.
Investing in commercial real estate can bring about many advantages in the form of low-touch income or a diversified portfolio. But not all commercial leases are the same, and even leases of the same type can have varying factors and deal details. In short, every commercial lease is usually as unique as the property itself, so it’s very important that you understand all the particulars and fine print of any property you’re considering adding to your portfolio.
SIG brokers successfully handled the transaction on a CVS drugstore in Atlanta, Georgia despite facing multiple challenges.
Working with SIG brokers is the best way to leverage top listings, lending, and marketing efforts for commercial real estate in Atlanta. In this deal, lead SIG broker Amanda Reeves and co-brokers Doug Roland, Dan Hoogesteger, and Danny Held successfully closed a CVS transaction despite facing challenges with the age of the listing and multiple instances of the deal falling out of escrow.
Triple net leases are popular options for landlords and tenants alike. They aren’t your standard commercial lease agreement. They give property owners a consistent income stream with more time to focus on other projects, as day to day maintenance is typically passed to the tenant. This gives the tenant more control over the property, allowing them to make repairs when needed and sometimes even update the property as they see fit for their business. The costs associated with the property are split up between landlord and tenant in a different way than most other leases.
Triple net lease (NNN) real estate offers investors a way to secure a consistent revenue stream without having to play all the traditional roles and take on the many obligations of being a landlord. In an NNN lease, the tenant at the property will typically cover the major operational expenses of the property as part of the business expenses. These costs covered by the tenant usually include property taxes, insurance, and maintenance or upkeep on the space they’re renting for their business.
If you’re looking for your next high-reward real estate investment, especially regarding commercial properties for lease, it’s important to understand what goes into financing a triple net lease property, otherwise known as NNN financing. NNN properties for sale are leased to a single tenant who takes on additional expenses beyond the usual rent and utility payments. These additional expenses include real estate taxes, maintenance and building insurance.
A lease of this type carries benefits and drawbacks for both the lessor and lessee. Let’s take a look at what triple net, or NNN, leasing is and what it can mean for your efforts before we get into financing.
What Is a NNN Lease?
Before we can look at NNN financing, it’s important to understand what a net lease is. In this form of commercial real estate lease, the tenant takes on the burden of some or all of the normal ownership and maintenance costs of the building. They may, in addition to rent, pay some of the taxes, repair and maintenance costs, or other fees associated with the property.
In a single net lease, for example, the tenant pays property taxes. With a double net lease, the tenant pays for property taxes and insurance. The triple net lease passes on the maximum level of expenses to the lessee.
An Overview of the Triple Net Lease
When a property owner offers a triple net commercial lease, the tenant takes on the additional responsibilities of property taxes, the cost of upkeep on the building and any insurance, as well as normal rent payments. This can save the building owner a great deal of money because the lessee is responsible for the same level of expenses as the owner might normally take on.
For the lessee, the rental costs are generally less than they would be otherwise. Essentially, the building owner passes on their savings in the form of reduced leasing costs. Such leases are also popular for business owners and operators for a number of reasons:
- They tend to be for 10 or 15 years, with a controlled escalation of rent, which allows for long-term business operations.
- They allow for the tenant to make whatever repairs or upkeep are needed without reliance upon landlord cooperation.
For investors, triple net properties also carry a range of benefits:
- Investors receive a stable income over a long-term agreement.
- The property in question will presumably appreciate in value at little to no cost to the owner.
- There are no worries regarding management issues.
- There are no concerns about filling vacancies.
- Building improvement costs are nil, or close to it.
- When a triple lease investment property is sold, capital can be rolled over into a 1031 exchange to save money to take advantage of tax deferment.
Low Risk, High Reward
If you’re looking to get into a property deal that carries a very low risk for a very high reward, it’s hard to beat a NNN lease property. Again, leases range from 10 to 15 years, or even as long as 25, so there’s stability in such a property. It’s governed by a single set of agreements, which means you don’t have to negotiate raises in rent, building improvements or other costs.
Hands-Off Management for a Single Renter
Again, you’re dealing with only a single tenant with this kind of lease deal, and they’re taking on all of the responsibilities of maintaining the property. That means you can be a completely hands-off landlord, stepping in only when there’s a major problem (such as the tenant failing to uphold their end of the agreement).
Steady Income with No Surprises
You can, through your lease property, enjoy a steady income with no surprises and relatively few headaches. After all, you don’t have to be concerned with paying out insurance or taxes, let alone upkeep, repairs and maintenance. All of that is taken care of by your tenant. In some ways, it can feel like easy money. There’s no such thing, of course, but a NNN lease can feel that way once it starts moving along.
Pay for Mortgage and Financing
The goal for just about any lease property is to cover your fees related to the mortgage and financing of the property. A NNN lease is ideal for this purpose. Working with a reputable triple net advisor can offer a number of different options for financing that can fund your purpose, and your lease agreement will immediately help to pay off those monthly regular costs.
Buying a commercial real estate investment property of this sort has specific financial requirements. The investor has to have a minimum accredited net worth of $1 million. This excludes up to $200,000 in income or $300,000 if the purchasers are joint filing, or excluding the value of the filer’s primary home.
This can, of course, make it tricky for a smaller investor to take advantage of triple net lease properties. There are channels open to such smaller investors, however, including REITs, or real estate investment trusts, which are geared specifically toward NNN properties for sale. Here are a few more things you need to look for when considering financing NNN properties for sale.
Is the Tenant Credit or Non-Credit?
If your tenant holds an investment-grade rating from Fitch, Moody’s or Standard & Poor’s, or is a large publicly traded company, you’ll have a low risk when you buy the property, but you’ll also likely pay significantly more and get a far lower ROI when all is said and done.
On the other hand, a smaller independent business like a privately owned shop or restaurant is a higher risk because they’re not as financially stable. You will often, however, get the property at a lower price and get a greater return on your investment.
Get Up to Speed on Lease Agreements
When you buy net lease real estate, you’re almost always getting a property that is already occupied by a tenant. The property will come with a lease agreement. Make sure you understand how these lease agreements work. Look into the remaining lease term and any renewal options the tenant may have. Your loan will be directly related to the terms of that lease.
Put simply, for the most part the lender will offer a financing term on the NNN property for sale that is based on the remaining years. If there are five years left on the current lease, your loan term will likely be five years. If there are 10 years left, you can expect a 10-year loan. For the most part, lenders offer loans with terms of five, seven or 10 years.
Know Your Lenders
Financing NNN properties for sale usually involves either a federally insured bank or credit union, or a private lender. The best loan options usually come from federally insured institutions, which will offer the most competitive rates and the most favorable terms.
Private lenders are almost always more expensive. If, however, you’re facing a time crunch or are looking for a temporary loan financing solution, a private bridge loan can give you the time you need to negotiate a long-term lease while you seek to get better financing options from a bank or credit union.
Know Your Tenants
In the end, regardless of which institution you choose, the major factor will be as much tied to the credit rating of your tenant as it will be to your credit rating. The better your tenant’s credit rating is, the better your lease terms will be. This is largely because the lender is aware that you will be depending on the tenant’s rent and fees to pay your responsibilities to the bank. If the tenant has poor credit, that makes the sale a bad risk so finding the best NNN tenants is key.
Are triple net leases a good investment?
Absolutely, and we’re here to help you through the process. Check out our complete guide on investing in triple net properties and what to look for.
Seek Expert Advice From SIG
If you need assistance with triple net financing your best bet is to seek expert advice and guidance. You’re making a massive investment when you purchase a single tenant net lease property, and you need to carefully consider a wide range of factors. Location is as important as it is with any commercial property for sale, as is the punishment it’s taken from prior tenants and the possibility for future use.
Working with the best team of skilled and experienced advisors, like those at Sands Investment Group, can provide you with the right financing guidance and support to avoid critical mistakes and ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. SIG has experience and knowledge in all forms of triple net properties for sale, along with the expertise to save you a great deal of hassle and hurdles in the process.
Sands Investment Group is America’s fastest-growing net lease investment company, with over 2,200 transactions in 48 states (to the tune of $4.7 billion) since 2010. Our experienced team of net lease advisors and brokers are experts in the NNN market and can help you find your next best investment opportunity by helping you navigate all the opportunity and risk factors of every NNN property that meets your investment goals.
Want to learn more? Get in touch with an expert net lease advisor today by calling 844.4.SIG.NNN or sending us an email at info@SIGnnn.com.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created sudden change in the economy and is certainly having an impact on commercial real estate buying, selling, and financing. The lending environment itself has tightened up considerably, making it much more difficult to obtain and secure financing. Banks are overloaded with the PPE program and timelines are extending, making it difficult to stay agile and move quickly when an investment opportunity does become available in the market.
As a result, many operators are looking into their existing portfolios and trying to identify opportunities to leverage equity and raise cash to move on new opportunities, make property improvements, or strengthen their cash position for operations. At Sands Investment Group (SIG), one of the strategies we are using to create capital and leverage opportunities in the current economic state is sale leasebacks.
A sale leaseback is a financial strategy in which a property owner sells their commercial property and retains a long-term lease with anywhere between 40-50 years of control. This option can create capital necessary to move on other new business opportunities, reduce bad debt and costs, and potentially reduce the overall occupancy cost for the business.
Here are three ways Sands Investment Group is using sale leasebacks to help operators weather the current financial situation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and come out the other side stronger than ever.
1. Get rid of bad debt and trade it for reasonable landlords.
In the current economy, banks have become more rigid in their lending and financing practices, which is causing undue pressure on investors who need the flexibility to move quickly when a commercial real estate investment opportunity becomes available in the market.
A sale leaseback provides you with the opportunity to reduce debt loads by selling a property while staying on as a tenant with a fixed lease payment. This allows you to retain your initial capital investment in the property. This option can also provide more operating capital for your business and provide a more favorable, humanized landlord-tenant relationship.
2. Identify ways to reduce occupancy costs.
At SIG, we are finding that principal and interest payments on highly leveraged assets are commonly held for a higher monthly payment than a rolled or fixed cost at today’s CAP rates. Additionally, in a sale leaseback—as an operator—you will be able to both recoup your initial down payment and pay off all debts.
In uncertain times like these (where every penny counts), SIG is looking for ways to forecast post-COVID sales for businesses. We’re also looking for every possible way to reduce overall occupancy cost of real estate and stack up the war chest so we not only have a runway to operate the business, but make sure funds are available for post-COVID opportunities.
3. Raise capital for future buying opportunities.
Most of the deals on the table today are prompted by quick fixes and the ability to come to the table with cash, and for most of us, that cash is sitting in our existing real estate investments. A sale leaseback strategy provides necessary capital for future investments or buying opportunities.
The common sentiment in the market is that this disruption is going to turn into opportunities. In this way, COVID-19 has accelerated selling or retiring from the business, creating opportunities for investors who are looking to expand.
Overall, SIG is providing a capital solution to fund portfolio acquisitions and growth opportunities as they arise.
About Sands Investment Group
Sands Investment Group has extensive experience in all types of commercial real estate and is an industry leader in the net lease investment space. We can help you navigate and advise you on how to leverage your existing assets in the current economic climate and create capital to fund your future investments.
With over 2,200 transactions in 48 states worth $4.7 billion since 2010, Sands Investment Group is the fastest growing net lease investment company in America. We provide highly personalized client services, employ innovative marketing techniques, and have access to an extensive network of investors to help you find the perfect investment or sell a property you own for the best profit.
Want to learn more sale leasebacks and other investment opportunities that don’t require you take on any more debt? Get in touch with an expert today by calling 844.4.SIG.NNN or sending us an email at info@SIGnnn.com.
SIG brokers successfully handled the transaction on a 2-tenant medical office in KY, meeting the seller’s non-negotiable pricing expectations.
Working with SIG brokers is the best way to leverage top listings, lending, and marketing efforts. In this deal, lead SIG broker Amanda Reeves with co-brokers Clifton McCrory and Chris Sands closed the transaction on a 2-tenant medical office property in Kentucky.