• Blueprint Advises Another SNF Sale

    Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors’ Ben Firestone and Michael Segal recently facilitated the sale of Magnolia Manor, a skilled nursing facility in Inman, South Carolina. Built in 1967, Magnolia has 176 beds, which represents over 40% of the total licensed beds in the local market and twice the capacity of the next largest competitor. ... Read More »
  • The Ensign Group and CareTrust Acquire Two Texas SNFs

    The Ensign Group and CareTrust REIT have teamed up to acquire the real estate and operations of two skilled nursing facilities in the Austin, Texas metropolitan area. CareTrust purchased the facilities for $32.5 million, or about $135,000 per bed, while The Ensign Group recently took over operations effective August 1, 2021 as part of the... Read More »
  • Walker & Dunlop Originates Financings for Four Communities

    Walker & Dunlop Managing Director Kevin Giusti and Senior Analyst Brian Neal recently originated $37.47 million in financing for four assisted living and memory care facilities: Bloom at Bluffton in Bluffton, South Carolina; Bloom at Hilton Head in Hilton Head, South Carolina; Cascades of Tucson, in Tucson, Arizona; and Regency Jackson in... Read More »
  • Newmark Summer Sales Continue

    Late last week, we profiled several of Newmark’s latest closings, but we also said that we were not finished. One deal was referenced in Welltower’s recent earnings release, as the REIT’s purchase of seven senior living communities from White Oak Healthcare Partners finally closed. The communities, averaging more... Read More »
  • Welltower Announces Big Census Gains

    Welltower released its second quarter earnings results, and its growth strategy was on full display with $1.5 billion in pro-rata gross investments from April to June, at an initial yield of 8.8%. That does not even include the largest deal, which was its proposed $1.58 billion acquisition of 86 independent living communities owned... Read More »
The Virtual NIC

The Virtual NIC

This year’s NIC Conference will certainly be different, but let’s make the most of the digital social experience. As you can see, I am not Steve. Ben Swett here, filling in while Steve is out of the office. Next week is the start of the first virtual NIC Conference, and even though we would obviously rather see all of you in person, we hope to still see you virtually. Over the next two weeks, there will be plenty of educational sessions on finance and the impact of the current pandemic on operations, census and, of course, cash flow. And if you are into nursing homes, where else can you find a former CMS administrator and the current CEO of AHCA at the same place? I know we’re... Read More »
Average Assisted Living Occupancy Falls To New Low

Average Assisted Living Occupancy Falls To New Low

The latest occupancy numbers from NIC are in and hit another low that the industry will be spending months and probably years to rebound from. Perhaps most notably, in the three months ending in August, the assisted living market fell below an average of 80% occupancy for the first time ever, to 79.5%. That is a 60-basis point drop from July’s trailing-three month level, which may have shocked us in the past, but after the nearly 170-basis point fall from June, it could be worse.   To be fair, that is just across the 31 Primary Markets that NIC tracks for its quarterly results, but with COVID-19 affecting most localities nationwide and its economic ramifications even more widespread, we... Read More »
When in Need of Renovations

When in Need of Renovations

How often have you heard that the vast majority of skilled nursing facilities need substantial renovations in order to compete? Now, we are hearing it about all those assisted living communities built in the 1990s, and even the early 2000s. All of the new development in the past six or seven years has really caused owners and operators to take a hard look at their real estate and decide what to do. What needs to be done to compete and how much will it cost? One of the nice things about going to a NIC conference is meeting new companies and people. One of the companies we met with, South Coast Improvement Company, specializes in renovating senior living buildings while the residents are... Read More »
The Virtual NIC

Of Ventas, Welltower and NIC

I know as one gets older, confusion can become more common. And today, I am a little confused about the state of the senior living industry. -Sponsored by The Senior Care Acquisition Reports   NIC MAP has reported that maybe we have hit bottom in the third quarter, and that new construction starts are starting to decline, even though new openings remain high. Assisted living occupancy, while posting a small sequential increase, still remains far too low to get excited, but bottoming out would be welcome news. Then, Ventas reported its third quarter earnings, painting a not-so-pretty picture. Their RIDEA operating portfolio has not been performing well, posting a 5.0% decline in... Read More »
Good Occupancy News From NIC

Good Occupancy News From NIC

There was some good news on the occupancy front, according the data just released from NIC MAP, but the assisted living sector isn’t out of the woods yet. Sequentially, seniors housing (including independent living and assisted living) saw a 30-basis point increase in occupancy to 88.0% for properties in the top-31 primary metropolitan markets. For primary and secondary markets combined, the increase was slightly more moderate at 20 basis points, sequentially, to 87.8%. When separating out the community types, independent living saw a 20-basis point increase to 90.2%, while assisted living rose 30 basis points to 85.4%. For stabilized seniors housing properties, occupancy grew to 89.8%, a... Read More »