# if the cap rate is lower than 10%, does this mean it is more expensive to purchase?

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In Buying Property - Asked by BERT I. - Nov 30, 2008

Joe V.
Owner/Investor
Plymouth, MI

Yes. The higher the CAP rate, the higher the income from the property after expenses. CAP rate is a a rating % you get when you divide the NOI by the purchase price. The NOI (Net Opperating Income) is the difference between the expenses (not counting the mortgage) and the income.
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Dec 1, 2008
Nick N.
Owner/Investor
Cincinnati, OH

The lower the cap rate the less cash flow you will have after expenses. If you have a property that nets 50k a year that you are buying at a 10% cap rate you will be paying 500k for the property. If you purchase that same property at a 9% cap you will pay \$555,555. So to answer your question, yes, it does make the "same" property more expensive the lower the cap rate goes. But it doesn't have to mean that "any" property with a 9% cap is more expensive than "any" property with a 10% cap.

Dec 1, 2008
ed h.
Corporate Investor
Monkton, MD

No. At a point in time, the value doesn't change. It is the buyers expectations that are changing. If the cap rate is going lower, say under 10% (your provided reference point) , the buyer is expecting less return on his investment. This is likely in a less risky investment, such as a newer building or a strong leasing market. If it is going higher than 10%, the buyer is expecting a higher rate of return on his investment. In the real world, this is usually caused by a perceived increase in risk, such as an area with higher vacancy rates/collections. That being said, on paper, your answer is yes, because it is a simple math equation. If the income stays the same(leases in place), the cap is inversely proportional to the value.

Dec 2, 2008