• Blueprint Advises Sale of Two Class-A Communities

    Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors recently closed on a portfolio of two Class-A seniors housing communities in Georgia and Florida, owned and developed by Atlanta-based Aspire Development Partners and managed by The Arbor Company. Located in Canton, Georgia, The Arbor at BridgeMill consists of 206 units and opened in 2018. The Lakeside at... Read More »
  • Berkadia Refinances Five SNFs Across the Country

    Berkadia Seniors Housing & Healthcare recently announced $47 million in financing for five skilled nursing facilities across the country. Managing Director Jay Healy secured the financing on behalf of the borrowers. First, we have the HUD refinancing of a 40-bed/unit, Medicare-only SNF in Sacramento, California. The $14.45 million, 48% LTV... Read More »
  • Live Oak Bank Provides Bridge Loans To Stabilizing Properties

    Live Oak Bank ended 2021 by closing three loans for senior care clients totaling over $50 million. First, Mississippi-based Claiborne Senior Living received a $33.5 million loan to facilitate a partner buyout for a Class-A, 213-unit independent living, assisted living, and memory care community built in 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Claiborne... Read More »
  • Welltower Updates Census Progress

    Welltower has the largest owned portfolio of seniors housing communities among the healthcare REITs (SHOP) and census has been steadily rising since the bottom early last year. But the rate of growth, like many others, has been slowing. Average U.S. occupancy growth was 30 basis points in October, 50 basis points in November and zero in December.... Read More »
  • Ventas Provides Census Update

    Ventas has the second largest SHOP portfolio among the healthcare REITs, so it is always a decent barometer for what is actually happening in the seniors housing market. The REIT’s portfolio has performed exceptionally well since the bottom of the market in mid-March 2021, as have most of the providers across the country. The easing of... Read More »
CFG Announces Record-Breaking Closings in 2021

CFG Announces Record-Breaking Closings in 2021

Capital Funding Group (CFG) broke a company record for deal volume in 2021, and more than doubling its 2020 financing total, having financed more than $3.8 billion and executed 155 deals across the United States. This includes 85 HUD loans in excess of $720 million. The most prominent deal involved a $650 million bridge loan, representing the largest single financing deal the company has executed in 10 years.  CFG closed several other bridge loans, including the refinancing of a 3,140-bed skilled nursing portfolio spanning Colorado, California and Wyoming. Over in New York, CFG also closed an $89 million bridge loan for the refinancing of a 239-bed facility in Queens. There were also... Read More »
60 Seconds with Ben Swett: CMS’ Vaccine Mandate Heading to Supreme Court

60 Seconds with Ben Swett: CMS’ Vaccine Mandate Heading to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments this week on the CMS rule mandating that staff working for Medicare or Medicaid certified providers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with narrow exceptions for religious and medical reasons. The rule was enjoined by a court order in 25 states, but CMS announced at the end of December that it would start enforcing the new rule in the states where it could. However, our question is does anyone know how serious CMS is in implementing this rule? In today’s political environment there is a ton of bluster with little accomplishments. We have seen the government and its agencies make bold declarations and new rules, sometimes with a wink to their... Read More »

December 2021 Webinar – Skilled Nursing M&A: Two Years After The COVID Outbreak, Who’s Still Buying and at What Prices?

About the Webinar: There is no question that nursing facilities were the hardest hit during the pandemic, both in the media and with a significant drop in census. Yet, providers and investors continued to buy, albeit usually at lower average prices. The sector’s reputation took a huge hit, and the talk about home health and other models grew to replace the standard nursing facility model with semi-private rooms. But most of those models are more costly, and the funds simply are not there in the state and federal budgets. The skilled nursing sector has long been the low-cost producer in senior care, and with rising acuity levels, assisted living usually can’t replace it. And home health... Read More »

Roy E. Christensen, Industry Pioneer, 1934-2021

We learned at the end of last week that skilled nursing facility pioneer Roy Christensen passed away at the age of 87 after a short illness. Most recently, he was the Chairman of The Ensign Group, but his history in the skilled nursing industry goes back nearly 60 years.  In 1963, he founded Beverly Enterprises, which grew to be the largest nursing home company in the country, with more than 1,000 facilities across the country. At the time, the company had a two-rate structure: $7.35 per day and $9.10 per day. That was certainly another era.   He left Beverly in the mid-1970s and started teaching full time at Brigham Young University. He returned to the... Read More »

Webinar | Labor: Finding it, Retention & Coping with Higher Wages | October 21, 2020

About the Webinar Going into the pandemic, the seniors housing and care sector was already struggling with the supply and cost of labor. When unemployment skyrocketed, some believed that would begin to alleviate the supply problem. But early on, it did not seem to have the expected effect, as many potential employees were scared off by the risk of working in senior care where so many residents and staff had contracted the virus, not to mention that the supplemental unemployment benefits were a disincentive to taking on a new job. Under the Biden administration, there will be a push for a $15 federal minimum wage, if not higher over time, a level that will cause financial harm for some... Read More »
New York Times Hits SNFs, Again

New York Times Hits SNFs, Again

The New York Times hit one of its favorite punching bags again with an article titled “Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes.” In it, the Times alleges that a loophole not requiring nursing homes to report antipsychotic prescriptions for three uncommon conditions, including schizophrenia, has led doctors associated with the facilities to false diagnose schizophrenia in patients with dementia. Since these patients require much more time and attention from an already overworked and underpaid staff, the Times reasons that SNFs would rather drug them than provide real dementia care. Some of the stats seemed damning. An analysis of Medicare data showed that schizophrenia... Read More »