• 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 »
Newmark Sells Sarasota Senior Living Community

Newmark Sells Sarasota Senior Living Community

The Newmark Knight Frank team of Ryan Maconachy, Chad Lavender, David Fasano and Ross Sanders handled the sale of an assisted living community in southwest Florida. Featuring 108 assisted living and 39 memory care units, the community was built in 1994 in downtown Sarasota. More than 20 years ago, the property sold to Merrill Gardens for nearly $13 million, or $75,000 per unit. But back then, it featured 170 independent living and assisted living units. So, we assume a number of units have been combined to make larger ones, in addition to converting some to memory care. Although it is situated in the heart of Sarasota just blocks away from Sarasota Bay and two miles from St. Armands... Read More »
Merrill Gardens Buys Big

Merrill Gardens Buys Big

Merrill Gardens, known more developing seniors housing communities than acquiring them, has acquired Blue Harbor, a Portland, Oregon-based company that currently manages 21 communities in 13 states. The seller was Fortress Investment Group. For Merrill Gardens, it is somewhat of a two-fer, as Blue Harbor’s CEO, Tana Gall, is joining Merrill Gardens as its CEO, replacing David Eskenazy who announced his retirement last month. What’s more, Gall was president of Merrill Gardens from 2013 to 2015 before leaving to start her own consulting company, but was then recruited by Blue Harbor. She also worked at Leisure Care for 19 years, rising to be president there. Not a bad resume. Merrill Gardens... Read More »

Seattle Seniors Housing Operator Develops Again

Merrill Gardens is growing yet again, through the development of two more assisted living/memory care communities in Washington and Georgia. This comes just months after Seattle-based Merrill and an unidentified partner bought out the majority stake owned by an affiliate of Heitman in a small portfolio of four senior living communities either developed or acquired in the previous couple of years. That sale was arranged by Cushman & Wakefield. But now, the company is growing again in a partnership with its sister company, Pillar Properties. First, in its hometown of Seattle, Merrill opened a community with 91 independent/assisted living and 10 memory care units, at a total development... Read More »
Majority rules

Majority rules

Merrill Gardens found a new majority partner for a small portfolio of four senior living communities on the West Coast it had either developed or acquired in the last couple of years. Previously a minority owner with an affiliate of Heitman (a real estate investment management company based in Chicago), the Seattle-based operator had developed three of the communities in the Orange County, San Francisco and Silicon Valley markets of California in 2014/15, and had acquired the fourth community in Seattle back in 2014 after already operating it for a couple of years. Featuring a combination of independent living, assisted living and memory care, the California properties were all stabilized... Read More »
HJ Sims’ successful partnership

HJ Sims’ successful partnership

HJ Sims announced that it has co-invested $15 million its Merrill Gardens’ recently formed investment fund RDM V, LLC, which will be the third Merrill fund in which Sims has participated. RDM V will acquire and develop new seniors housing and multifamily properties, which Merrill Gardens and its affiliates will manage. It currently has investments in three seniors housing properties and one multifamily, but has four other seniors housing communities lined up as potential investments. To fund the initial capital call of its 19% interest in RDM V, Sims placed $9.375 million of taxable bonds, and has committed to raising the additional capital as required. Read More »