Flood of Equity Helps Offset Tighter Construction Lending in Senior Housing

Senior housing developers and owners looking for construction financing are adjusting to a changing lending environment — scaling down the size of new projects, placing more equity in their capital stacks and turning to other sources as banks tighten lending and construction costs continue to rise. The lending environment, the high costs of building, and […]

Nearly 1 Million New Senior Living Units Needed by 2040

Senior living is currently grappling with the effects of oversupply in some markets. Even more new supply will be needed to meet the demand for senior housing from baby boomers, though, suggests new analysis from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). Using the 80-plus household cohort as a baseline, NIC used […]

These are Senior Housing’s Top 10 Major Construction Markets

There are 25,340 independent living and assisted living units underway in the top 10 U.S. senior housing construction markets, according to a new report from real estate investment and brokerage services firm Marcus & Millichap. The Calabasas, California-based firm analyzed data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) to determine its […]

Developer McCaffery Interests Enters Senior Housing with New Solera Venture

A prominent name in real estate development is creating its first senior living projects, partnering with Solera Senior Living on a pipeline in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. The Denver-based senior living operator is partnering with Chicago-based McCaffery Interests on Modena Reserve at Kensington, a 135-unit community with independent living, assisted living and memory […]

Skender, IKEA Initiatives Bring Promise of Prefab Senior Housing Closer to Reality

Large players such as Skender and IKEA are betting that prefab building practices can help meet the rising demand for senior housing. Chicago-based Skender has morphed in the past 18 months from a general contractor to a vertically integrated manufacturer of prefabricated modular building components for multifamily, senior housing, health care and commercial buildings. The […]

Best Affordable Housing Design of 2018: An Experiment in Communal Living

The affordable housing crisis in America may be most acute in senior living. As a result, developers are looking at avenues to build affordable senior housing without government subsidies that bring a sense of luxury and comfort to residents, while instilling a renewed sense of dignity. The challenge is likely to become even more acute […]

Tariffs, Labor Drive Senior Housing Construction Costs Up 6% to 8%

Senior housing construction costs have surged between 6% and 8% over the last year for various types of projects, driven by labor market dynamics and new tariffs on materials such as steel and aluminum. For a mid-level assisted living project, Winter 2019 costs are generally ranging between $180 and $233 per gross square foot, according […]

Welltower CEO: Health Care Replacing Retail as Anchor of Mixed-Use Developments

With the pursuit of wellness becoming pervasive not only in senior housing but for people of all ages, health care-related buildings are replacing retail locations as the anchors of mixed-used real estate developments — and Welltower (NYSE: WELL) is pursuing projects to accelerate this trend. “Twenty-five years ago, if you said to someone, why don’t […]