Friday, January 15, 2010

New York Commercial Property Yield

Commercial property yield in New York (Manhattan) is driven by price point.  The lower price point properties, less than $20 million, generally have an asking price at a 5 percent yield.   

The higher price point commercial properties, more than $30 million, would have a higher yield , perhaps 8 percent or more.  Reason is that at a higher price point, there are fewer players  which decreases demand.  Also, buyers at the higher price point are often institutions that put a lot more pressure on sellers from a pricing perspective.

The value of commercial property is driven by yield.  Similar to a stock's PE ratio.  The more the landlord can obtain in rent, the higher the value because a set multiple, in this case rental yield, would be applied.

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