y now, you should have listened to the “Introduction to Triple Net Lease Investing” guest lecture with David Sobelman and Austin Simmons. Recall their discussion on cap rates and the three essential components:

  • Real Estate
  • Credit
  • Lease Terms

For this assignment, go to Mr. Sobelman’s web site at (Links to an external site.) and select at least two companies that you are familiar with (click on the various company names in the left column). These should be somewhat similar companies (i.e., auto parts stores, banks, convenience stores, drug stores, restaurants, etc.) but with notably different cap rates. There should also be differences in credit ratings and lease terms. Make sure that the companies you choose have a cap rate, credit rating and average lease term. Although the first component of real estate location is specific to individual stores, consider the factors of credit and lease term. Realize that these are averages for all company locations.

In a minimum of 50 words, explain the differences in your two companies with regard to their credit rating and lease term. Which of these two factors do you think has the greatest impact on the average cap rate that properties (with these companies as tenants) sell for? If you had to assign percentages of the degree of impact on the cap rate, what would it be? If you were a developer, which company would you seek out as a tenant? Why? Discuss this.

Note that simply writing the 50-word minimum with minimal effort will earn a score of around 50%. Writing over 100 words with a strong line of reasoning will result in a score of 70% to 90%. To receive a score of 100% requires a well-written reply with over 200 words and a clear-cut, persuasive argument that makes sense (see the rubric below). It is also helpful to include references to the text and/or outside resources.

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