Phoenix is among the top markets in the country for net lease investment activity. According to a recent report from CBRE, net lease investment in the third quarter alone totaled $863 million in Phoenix, representing a 39.2% increase. So far this year, net lease investment has totaled $1.77 billion, an increase of 8.9%.

“Phoenix is seeing record-level investment activity due to its strong fundamentals and economic activity,” Joe Compagno, SVP at CBRE, tells “Phoenix’s population and employment growth are among the highest in the nation. Phoenix also provides superior cap rates compared to similar investments in California.”

Phoenix isn’t alone. Net lease investment is up nationally as well, and is outpacing other commercial real estate investment. In Phoenix, investors are targeting strong credit and national tenants. “The most attractive net lease properties consist of long-term leases to publicly traded companies with strong credit,” says Compagno. “Investors treat these properties similar to a bond due to their steady, low-risk returns. There is an increased demand for the tenancy of publicly traded companies due to the transparency of financial health and performance.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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