• Seniors Housing M&A Market Comes to Life

    Welltower’s recent announcement of two portfolio sales at low cap rates during the pandemic bodes well for the market. It has been a quiet past few weeks in the seniors housing M&A market. Last week was the first time we can remember when we have gone an entire week without one announced acquisition. That leaves us worried as to the... Read More »
  • Newmark Knight Frank Handles Welltower’s $1.3 Billion Sale

    There were rumors circulating last month of a major portfolio sale by one of the healthcare REITs, and given the dearth of deals in May, we clung on to the promise of it. Well, on June 1, Welltower announced not one, but two large seniors housing portfolio dispositions, along with a major medical office building sale, all combined for a roughly... Read More »
  • Two REITs Provide COVID and Census Updates

    Welltower recently disclosed what has been happening at its large seniors housing operating portfolio (SHOP), and we again give them credit for being transparent with investors as to the operating performance of its customers. In the second quarter through May 29, its SHOP portfolio has seen occupancy decline by 420 basis points. That’s the... Read More »
  • May’s M&A Meltdown

    The M&A statistics are in for May, and it was a doozy. Only 19 seniors housing and skilled nursing deals were publicly announced during the month, nearly half of which coming from the first quarter earnings reports of several public companies. Without those, we would have barely made it to double digits. You have to go back to July 2017 for... Read More »
  • Blueprint Closes Another LTC Properties Sale

    After representing LTC Properties in its five-phase sale of a 2,500-bed skilled nursing portfolio, Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors went back to the well, handling LTC Properties and Senior Lifestyle Corp.’s sale of two large seniors housing campuses in Arizona. The deal closed on April 21, with Humair Sabir, Amy Sitzman and Jacob Gehl... Read More »
Greystone Arranges HUD Construction Debt

Greystone Arranges HUD Construction Debt

Working through HUD, Lisa Fischman of Greystone facilitated construction financing for an assisted living community to expand its Buffalo, New York-area campus. Originally built in 2003 with 110 beds in 84 units, the community is located on a 20-acre campus. Onsite amenities including a theater, physician’s office and beauty salon certainly helped attract residents, and the community consistently boasted a waiting list.   With that full occupancy, ownership decided to embark on an expansion that would feature 32 new assisted living units and 23,000 total square feet, including the expansion of the campus’ existing communal spaces, all at a cost of approximately $7.5 million, or $234,400... Read More »
Leo Brown Group Breaks Ground on Ohio Development

Leo Brown Group Breaks Ground on Ohio Development

Seniors housing construction is still alive these days, as evidenced by the press releases we continue to get of projects breaking ground or even opening for business. We’re sure lease-up projections have changed, and a lot more developments were put on pause. We wonder if any design changes have been or will be implemented to account for potentially months (maybe years) of social distancing practices too. But we’re glad to see the activity.  Leo Brown Group was one firm to announce the ground breaking of a new seniors housing development in Lebanon, Ohio (Cincinnati MSA). Featuring 146 units of independent living, assisted living and memory care, the community is located... Read More »
Lancaster Pollard Finances SNF Construction in California

Lancaster Pollard Finances SNF Construction in California

Lancaster Pollard Mortgage Company, a division of ORIX Real Estate Capital, just closed on a HUD construction loan for a to-be-built skilled nursing facility in Oceanside, California. Featuring 120 beds in 62 units, the project is already underway by a partnership between RangeComm Development and Providence Group, along with the contractor ARCO Construction. It will specialize in short-term rehabilitation, and we imagine by the time the project opens, elective surgeries will be somewhat back to normal and drive much of this facility’s census.  Despite delays and challenges related to COVID-19, Brett Murphy of Lancaster Pollard was able to lead the way on a $25 million HUD loan ($208,000... Read More »
Cushman & Wakefield Arranges Construction Financing

Cushman & Wakefield Arranges Construction Financing

Seniors housing construction may be slowing to a crawl, as is the lending market, but Cushman & Wakefield has bucked the trend and arranged both construction financing and joint venture equity for a development in South Portland, Maine. The team of Richard Swartz, Jay Wagner, Tim Hosmer and Sam Dylag advised the developer, Confluent Senior Living, on the deal.  The project will feature 123 units of assisted living and memory care, with an array of amenities, at a cost of $40 million, or $325,000 per unit. Its operator, Harbor Retirement Associates, broke ground on the community last month, and its location is ideal near both the largest mall in the state and Old Port... Read More »
A Conversation with South Coast Improvement Company

A Conversation with South Coast Improvement Company

We have been saying for years that there is a huge market for renovating any kind of senior living community, and that market will only grow as yesterday’s new development becomes today’s renovation project. And now, with the coronavirus pandemic, there will be a new emphasis on infection control and how to embed that into construction and renovation design. One company seems to have been ahead of the curve on this front, and we suspect their clients will be listening very closely in the future. We sat down with Tom Quinlan, the founder and President of Marion, Massachusetts-based South Coast Improvement Company, and Sean Whalen, Senior Vice President, to get their views on renovations in... Read More »
Lancaster Pollard Finances SNF Construction in California

Construction Continues in Southwest Florida

Two senior living construction projects just finished in Naples, Florida, probably not in the lease-up environment they were expecting. But you never know; we certainly hear of communities continuing to move in residents at a steady pace. The first development completed was a 127-unit assisted living/memory care community called The Pineapple House at Sapphire Lakes. It is being developed by Michael Kerner of Development Consulting LLC and Andy Baldo, with Guest Services Senior Living operating the community. Amenities include fitness and massage areas, a hydrotherapy room, beauty salon and a swimming pool, among others.  Another joint venture announced the completion of Phase I for a CCRC... Read More »