Credit Tenant Lease Financing
Credit Tenant Loan (CTL) Rates - - Rates updated February 24th, 2024
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|5 Year Fixed Rates
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|10 Year Fixed Rates
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We specialize in making commercial mortgage loans for single credit tenant leased properties. These loans are sometimes called Credit Tenant Loans or CTL loans. These loans are secured by properties occupied by one single credit rated tenant with an investment grade credit rating such as Walgreen’s or CVS Drug Stores. Our rates are extremely competitive, and we can offer fixed rates that match the lease term. Other examples of credit tenant leases that we have financed include: AutoZone, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Advance Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Starbucks, Tractor Supply, and Sherwin Williams.
We are a nationwide commercial mortgage broker specializing in all types of commercial mortgage loans, apartment loans, multifamily loans, and credit tenant lease loans.
Benefits of our CTL Financing program:
Credit Tenant Lease Rates as low as 6.31% (as of February 24th, 2024)
• CTL loans up to 75% LTV
• No upfront application or processing fees
• Simplified application process
• Terms and amortizations up to 30 years
• Loans for purchase and refinance, including cash-out
• 24 hour written pre-approvals with no cost and no obligation
• Low stepdown prepayment penalties
• Non-recourse and partial-recourse options available
• Fixed rate loans up to existing lease term
• Credit tenant leases (CTL financing)
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Credit Tenant Lease Loan Outlook for 2021 - Commercial Mortgage Rates
The COVID-19 pandemic seriously depressed the demand for apartment living space across the Unites States. One of the biggest factors that directly impacts apartment demand and household formation is a given market’s availability of jobs. The pandemic caused many people to be out of work and many other people to work remotely. Consequently, many prospective tenants such as new graduates lived with their parents or friends. With increased hiring in 2021 and many people returning to their in-office jobs, there has been a big rise in the demand for nationwide apartment housing. As more and more young graduates can return to work, this trend should continue throughout 2021. Commercial mortgage rates for apartment buildings have been at all-time lows throughout 2021 and experts don’t anticipate them to go up soon. The office and retail sectors did not fare so well in 2020 due to the pandemic. Many businesses shut down, brick and mortar retail shops had a hard time doing business and many companies implemented work from home policies. Many lenders were very conservative when considering commercial mortgage applications for these sectors. With vaccinations increasing and many states removing restrictions, business profitability has risen throughout 2021. In 2021, we are seeing companies hiring again after a dismal 2020. During 2021, it is estimated that more than 6.5 million workers will be added to company payrolls, many of them needing office space. Commercial mortgage lenders are not extremely bullish on the office sector and commercial mortgage rates, while attractive, are not as low as some other asset classes. Meanwhile, we are not seeing commercial mortgage lenders lend aggressively on retail properties in 2021. While the loans that lenders do fund may be at lower commercial mortgage rates, they aren’t as low as other asset classes and borrowers are having a difficult time obtaining high leverage loans in 2021.
Industrial properties are emerging well positioned from the pandemic and are expected to perform well in 2021 and beyond. The rapid growth of e-commerce, especially during the pandemic, is causing strong demand for industrial and warehouse space. 2021 has been a strong year for industrial absorption and sales prices of suitable industrial space has skyrocketed. Industrial properties currently are receiving very attractive commercial mortgage rates as this market is receiving a lot of attention. Experts believe that close to $578 billion of commercial mortgages and multifamily loans will be funded in 2021. This is over a 30% increase from 2020’s volume of $442 billion. As commercial mortgage rates remain at all-time lows, 2021 is a great time for prospective borrowers to look for commercial mortgage loans. Right now in 2021, commercial mortgage rates can be in the high 2% range for qualified properties and borrowers. Apartment loans above $6 million can qualify for rates in the mid- high 2% range while apartment loans below $6 million are generally being underwritten in 2021 in the low to mid 3% range. Many lenders are financing commercial mortgage loans for other asset types in the low to mid 3% range as well in 2021. Check out our low commercial real estate loan rates and use our commercial mortgage calculator to calculate monthly principal and interest.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many investors have stopped investing in regular commercial properties and have decided to purchase credit tenant lease deals during 2021 instead. Credit tenant leases with national credit rated tenants, such as CVS and Walgreens drugstores are much safer than investing in properties that do not have credit rated national tenants. During the pandemic, many retail properties were either forced to close or went out of business due to Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions. The national credit tenant lease locations outperformed the market and provided safety to investors. Certain tenants, such as Starbucks drive through locations, thrived during the pandemic. Investors have been flocking to these investment opportunities and credit tenant lease loans are expected to stay very strong in 2021.
2020 Outlook for Credit Tenant Lease Financing
In particular, Dollar General appears to be a fantastic CTL option for investors in 2020. In 2019 Dollar General Corporation opened 975 new locations and remodeled 1,000 locations. In fact, this rate of growth has been the trend for this company over the past half-decade. On the heels of its 31st consecutive quarter of same-store sales growth, Dollar General is set for incredible growth in 2020. With over 16,000 stores, Dollar General has a U.S. store count greater than that of McDonalds. In addition, roughly 75 percent of Americans live within five miles of a Dollar General store. By the end of 2020, Dollar General is set to open stores in Wyoming and Washington, bringing their store to 46 states, and is planning to add an estimated additional 1,000 locations throughout the country. Dollar General’s focus on low prices and consumer convenience has allowed it to thrive in this era of eCommerce. Dollar Generals offer a tremendous opportunity to own a credit tenant at purchase prices lower than the national average for credit tenant properties with an investor friendly CTL lease. Over the past five years, Dollar General properties have become the most actively traded credit tenant lease asset. 2020 is gearing up to be no different.
Additional Benefits of Credit Tenant Lease Loans
There are many benefits to purchasing CTL leased properties and obtaining CTL financing. Credit tenant leased properties make it much more feasible for investors to purchase properties that can provide long term revenue streams. Here are a few reasons why you should consider a CTL leased property for your next purchase:
• CTL leases typically provide an investor with a credit tenant on a long-term lease. It is very normal for a credit tenant to have a lease with over 10 years remaining on the term. These long-term leases provide the property owner a more stable source of rental payments. Short term leases in local retail centers can be disastrous for an investor. If the lease ends and the tenant does not renew, it could take a long time to fill the vacancy. Credit tenants provide a certain level of certainty that rental payments will be made for a significant period of time.
• Credit tenant leases significantly reduce the amount of time, energy and money that the property owner has to put into his or her building. With these leases, the tenant deals with property maintenance and pays taxes and insurance leaving the property owner with much more time and capital to invest in other properties.
• Additionally, CTL leases are very predictable and simple. Both parties are aware of the structure and the terms of the lease upon signing the lease. This makes it simple to know what the rental income or payment will be throughout the entire term of the lease. All rent increases on CTL properties are agreed to upfront by both parties, providing a stable income stream for investors.
• Properties with credit tenant leases are easier to finance than local shopping centers. Many lenders love lending on credit tenant properties such as CVS, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree. Investors looking to invest in retail can get much better rates and terms on these deals than on other retail properties. While we aren’t very bullish on financing retail centers (with local tenants on short term leases), we are very actively offering CTL financing.
In our view, the best properties to purchase now are properties with credit tenants. These tenants are corporately backed by big companies with financials available to the public. Lenders are aggressively offering CTL lease loans on credit tenant occupied properties today. Some of the best loans can be obtained on properties with top credit tenants. These tenants provide property owners some of the safest investments in commercial real estate and some of the best mortgage terms.
Overall, we highly suggest that retail investors look into considering properties with credit tenant leases as part of their investment portfolio