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Yield vs Property Value: How they’re connected in commercial property


30 January, 2024

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Commercial property investors should understand the relationship between yield and property values. Because knowing how these two components correlate can provide valuable insights into the potential prosperity and long-term growth prospects that a commercial property might give you.

In this blog post, we will delve into the significance of yield and its impact on property value in commercial real estate investment.

What is yield in commercial property investment?

In commercial real estate, yield refers to the annual income generated by a property as a percentage of its market value. It’s usually calculated as the ratio of the net operating income (NOI) to the property’s purchase price or market value.

Typically, the higher the yield, the greater the potential return on investment.

The correlation between yield and property value:

Yield and property value share an inverse relationship. As yields increase, property values tend to decrease, and vice versa. But how does this work? Shouldn’t a higher value commercial property produce a higher yield?

Well, the correlation is primarily driven by the market’s perception of risk and reward associated with a particular investment. We’ll show you how.

1. Risk Factors

Investors typically demand higher yields for riskier assets. Factors such as location, economic conditions, market demand and tenant quality can affect the perceived risk of a commercial property investment.

Riskier assets, such as properties in emerging markets or those with short lease terms, generally yield higher returns to compensate for the increased risk. And in the opposite way, properties in stable, prime locations with long-term leases tend to offer lower yields due to their lower perceived risk.

2. Supply and Demand Dynamics

commercial property values and yields

The supply and demand dynamics of the commercial property market also influence the yield-property value relationship. When demand for commercial properties exceeds supply, investors are willing to accept lower yields, driving up property values. Conversely, an oversupply of commercial spaces can lead to higher yields as landlords offer attractive rental returns to entice tenants, thus affecting property values negatively.

3. Capitalisation Rates

Capitalisation rates

(or cap rates), commonly used in real estate valuation, are directly related to yields. As yields increase, the capitalisation rates rise, which then lowers the property’s value.

Investors often use cap rates as a benchmark to assess the relative attractiveness of different investment opportunities. A higher yield on a property implies a higher cap rate and potentially a lower property value.

4. Investor Sentiment

property values and yields

Finally, market sentiment and investor expectations also influence the relationship between yields and property values.

In times of economic uncertainty or market volatility, investors might look for safer investments with higher yields, leading to decreased property values for the reasons we’ve explained.

On the other hand, during periods of economic growth and stability, investor confidence might increase property demand and drive up property values, resulting in lower yields.

Educate yourself to gain an investment advantage

Understanding the correlation between yield and property value is essential for commercial property investors. While higher yields might reflect increased risk, they can also present opportunities for higher returns. Keep in mind, lower yields often indicate a more stable investment but might have limited upside potential.

Investors looking to invest on their own in commercial property should learn how to balance risk and reward. But that’s easier said than done.

A thorough due diligence is your first step towards a balanced investment, as well as considering factors such as location, market conditions, supply and demand dynamics, tenant quality, and lease terms. It’s also about keeping a finger on the pulse, so you should be monitoring market trends, staying informed about economic indicators, and consulting with industry experts.

Or, invest in a commercial property syndicate. It’ll make your money work harder for you, because investment experts take care of your investment, from researching the market,  and then finding, investigating, purchasing, managing and eventually divesting the commercial asset.

It’s why property syndicate investments are more popular than ever for Australian investors.

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