NNN investment properties are in high demand and short supply.  Quick Serve Restaurants (QSR) are one of the most sought after NNN investment categories.  A guarantee by a publicly traded corporate operator is by far the entity that investors prefer to see on the lease.  Corporate guarantees, especially credit rated guarantees, by QSR operators like McDonalds, YUM! Brands, Chic-fil-a and Jack in the Box often trade at cap rates that rival those of banks and pharmacies.  While investors may prefer a guarantee on the lease by a national operator, a restaurant review published by GE in 2011 indicates that 74% of QSR locations are operated by a franchisee.  The challenge then lies in evaluating a franchise QSR.

When considering franchise owned and operated QSRs there are four key factors to consider:

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