How Benchmark Rebounded After Losing Its ‘Mojo’

Not long ago, Benchmark was struggling. Although it had built a reputation as a leading senior living operator, the Waltham, Massachusetts-based company was staring down new competition and declining business results. Benchmark’s occupancy had fallen to below 88% in 2017, a departure from the 93% occupancy rate the company had grown accustomed to over the […]

Movers & Shakers: New Ecumen CFO; Welltower Names Global Head of Senior Housing

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Raising Wages Can Lead to Better Occupancy, Rates in Senior Living

High labor costs are among the top issues impacting the senior living industry. But raising wages also may help solve a host of other ills — not only improving recruitment and retention, but driving occupancy and higher rates. The subject of a living wage was one of several actionable strategies for workforce development and retention […]

Movers & Shakers: Welltower Names New CFO; Watercrest’s Regional Director

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Transactions & Financings: White Oak’s 4-Property Portfolio Acquisition; Arbor Company’s $90M Credit Facility

White Oak acquires 4 property senior housing portfolio White Oak Healthcare REIT completed the acquisition of a four community, 482-bed senior housing portfolio which included two communities in Arkansas, one in Florida and one in Pennsylvania. The seller was Baltimore-based Capital Health Group (CHG), which retains a minority stake in the portfolio, completed renovations to […]

Transactions & Financings: Senior Housing Management Expands Operations; Ensign Acquires in California

JLL advises Welltower on $1.8B Benchmark portfolio sale JLL (NYSE: JLL) represented Welltower (NYSE: WELL) in the Toledo, Ohio-based REIT’s $1.8 billion disposition of 48 properties operated by Waltham, Massachusetts-based Benchmark Senior Living, to an unnamed buyer. The 4,137-unit portfolio consists of 48 assisted living properties located in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island […]

Welltower Posts Strong Senior Housing Numbers Amid Operator Reshuffles

Welltower’s (NYSE: WELL) senior housing portfolio performance continued to pace strong earnings in the second quarter of 2019 — a period marked by a flurry of transactions. Leadership of the Toledo, Ohio-based real estate investment trust put those deals in greater context during Wednesday’s earnings call. They were approached by a buyer who offered attractive […]

Transactions & Financings: JLL’s $2B HFF Acquisition Approved; Presbyterian-Westminster Merger Called Off

JLL completes $2B HFF acquisition Stockholders at Dallas-based capital services provider HFF (NYSE: HFF) last week approved a proposal by commercial real estate services firm JLL (NYSE: JLL) to buy HFF in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $2 billion. News of the deal was first announced in March. Both firms are active in the senior […]

Philadelphia Development Marks First Venture for Benchmark’s New Wellness Division

The first development for Benchmark Senior Living’s new urban-focused wellness division will be a mid-rise, active adult community in Philadelphia. Benchmark Philadelphia, a joint venture between Waltham, Massachusetts-based Benchmark Wellness Management and Philadelphia-based developer, Brickstone Cos., will rise 24 stories and include 220 units ranging in size between 800 square feet and 1,400 square feet, […]