• JLL Announces Seniors Housing Portfolio Deal

    The JLL team got off to a prolific start this January, already handling a couple of transactions across 17 seniors housing properties. The big one involved the sale of 16 seniors housing communities previously owned by a publicly traded REIT. Totaling more than 1,800 units, these communities were located in three states and consisted of... Read More »
  • Blueprint Sells a SNF in Louisiana

    Brooks Blackmon of Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors headed down to the bayou to sell a 120-bed skilled nursing facility in Oak Grove, Louisiana (near the border of Arkansas). Built in stages from the 1960s through 1987, the facility had been owned by multiple generations of a local family since its opening, and now they are... Read More »
  • Recent Senior Care M&A Deal Chart, Week Ending January 22, 2021

    The M&A market was on fire in the last month of 2020, and got off to a fast start in 2021. Check out our recent senior care M&A deal chart. Long-Term Care   AcquirerTargetPrice Non-traded REIT16 seniors housing communitiesN/A Local individualAssisted living community in San Antonio, TXN/A Regional owner/operatorCarroll Nursing... Read More »
  • Lakeland Bank Finances Skilled Nursing Expansion in NJ

    A skilled nursing owner/operator in Morris County, New Jersey (New York City MSA) obtained financing from Lakeland Bank to expand and improve its services in the state. The $4.1 million loan will help fund renovations to underutilized space and increase the number of available licensed beds at the unnamed facility.   The... Read More »
  • Jon Harder Gets Sentence Commuted

    When was the last time anyone thought about Jon Harder, the founder and CEO of Sunwest Management who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the “misuse of investment funds during the real estate crisis” of 2007 to 2009? Well, that is an understatement if we ever saw one. At its height, Sunwest was one of the largest senior living... Read More »
Cushman & Wakefield Reports Strong End To Year

Cushman & Wakefield Reports Strong End To Year

Cushman & Wakefield Senior Housing Capital Markets ended 2020 with a couple of sales (and a handful of both acquisition and construction financings too). First, on behalf of Healthcare Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTIA), the team sold a 120-bed SNF in the Tampa, Florida market, representing the first of three Florida divestments totaling $118 million for HTIA.  Cushman & Wakefield followed that up with a land sale in Cherry Creek, Colorado, an affluent submarket of Denver, for the development of a 137-unit independent/assisted living community. Titan Development sold the fully entitled site to a joint venture between Ryan Companies, Cadence... Read More »
Truist Finances Connecticut CCRC, Benchmark Doubles Down

Truist Finances Connecticut CCRC, Benchmark Doubles Down

One of the top CCRCs in Connecticut, Meadow Ridge in Redding, was developed nearly 20 years ago by Senior Care Development (SCD) and continues to thrive. Occupancy remained reasonably steady during the pandemic, and while the health center lost census in April and May (who didn’t?), it is back to pre-COVID levels. During the pandemic they separated the residents in the healthcare center into a COVID wing and a non-COVID wing.  The big news, however, is twofold. First, SCD completed an $80 million refinancing of the community with Truist at a much lower interest rate than was on the books, providing a nice annual savings. After an interest rate swap, the... Read More »
People’s United Bank Grows Its Presence

People’s United Bank Grows Its Presence

People’s United Bank has been on a roll lately. After closing around $445 million in loans across 48 separate transactions in 2019, including eight loans and $132.5 million in volume in the fourth quarter, the bank kept the activity going with a late January refinance closed on behalf of its client, a joint venture between Benchmark Senior Living, the operator’s equity partner, Kuwait Finance House, and Broadshore Capital. Located in Bedford, New Hampshire and featuring 54 memory care units, with 85 beds, the community received a $23.7 million senior mortgage, with a five-year term and 30 years of amortization. This was People’s first transaction with Benchmark since Matt Huber and Ginger... Read More »
Dissecting the Jump in Average Assisted Living Values

Dissecting the Jump in Average Assisted Living Values

It’s amazing the difference that one deal can make. We are talking about Welltower’s $1.76 billion sale of its entire Benchmark Senior Living portfolio to KKR and its impact on the average private per assisted living unit sold in the most recent four quarters. That sale, which came in at $425,400 per unit across the 48 properties, pushed the sector’s weighted average up to $252,900 per unit, a 23% increase from the most recent four-quarter period ($205,900 per unit) and 36% from calendar year 2018 ($186,400 per unit), according to The Seniors Housing Acquisition & Investment Report. We should note that this average is likely to change as more deals from 2019 float to the surface, and... Read More »
Welltower Makes Major M&A Moves

Welltower Makes Major M&A Moves

Welltower made M&A waves in its latest earnings report, announcing a major disposition of its Benchmark Senior Living assets but countering that with several large acquisitions and development agreements. The company signaled that despite the Benchmark sale, it is not lowering its position in the senior living market, offsetting the 48 properties sold with a total of 46 acquired, not including the developments promised in a couple of massive pipeline agreements. The big news was the Benchmark sale, which consisted of all 48 assisted living properties and 4,137 total units located throughout New England, or 100% of the Welltower-owned portfolio. The transaction was structured as a... Read More »