The Battle for Senior Housing Occupancy is About to Begin

During our recent virtual Sales Summit, Oakmont Senior Living COO Matt Stevenson said something that caught my attention: “When we look in most markets, we’re hovering around 10% to 11% penetration … to fully recover as an industry, we’ve got to get that to 15% levels.” His point was that, with the vaccine rollout enabling […]

Welltower Senior Housing Occupancy Falls to 75.3% Amid Pandemic’s Winter Resurgence

Numbers from real estate investment trust Welltower (NYSE: WELL) provide the latest evidence that high Covid-19 infection rates across the country are taking a toll on senior housing communities. Occupancy in the REIT’s senior housing operating (SHO) portfolio fell 220 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2020, to 76.2%, according to a business update […]

BMO Capital Markets: Senior Housing Faces ‘Elongated Recovery’ Through 2025

Senior housing’s post-coronavirus recovery may take longer than some expect, with cash flows and occupancy not returning to pre-pandemic levels until 2025. That is according to a new report on the sector from BMO Capital Markets (NYSE: BMO). The Toronto-based investment bank and financial services firm, using proprietary modeling, studied historic market net absorption trends […]

New Welltower CEO Commits to Strategic Direction, His Biggest Concern Eases

Welltower (NYSE: WELL), the nation’s largest owner of senior housing properties, will not be changing its strategic direction under its recently named CEO, Shankh Mitra. “Many of you have asked me if our strategy will change going forward — the answer to that question is an emphatic no,” Mitra said Thursday during the Toledo, Ohio-based […]

BMO Analysis: 50% Decline a Worst-Case Scenario, But Historically Low Senior Housing Occupancy Could Be Coming

Senior housing occupancy could fall by as much as 50% this year due to Covid-19 — as Bloomberg reported — but this is a worst-case scenario, according to BMO Capital Markets Analyst John Kim. Less dramatic occupancy declines are more likely, yet even these relatively gentler drops could put occupancy at historically low levels. BMO […]

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: $1 Billion REIT IPO, LTC Sells Portfolio to NHI

Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust’s IPO Declared Effective by the SEC Maryland-based Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust, Inc., a public non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) sponsored by SmartStop Asset Management, LLC, announced that its registration statement pertaining to an initial public offering of about $1.1 billion in shares of common stock was […]

Why the REIT Sector Could Get a $100 Billion Boost

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have gained so much momentum as a major force in real estate, they are being put in their own sector in an important investment classification tool and could be in for a capital boost from all the attention. Following market close on August 31, equity REITs were reclassified as their […]

REIT Exits Senior Housing by Selling 26-Property Portfolio

A real estate investment trust (REIT) has moved to completely exit the senior housing industry in favor of multifamily real estate, selling off all of its remaining senior housing properties for about $236 million. Minot, North Dakota-based Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) announced Wednesday it has entered into six different sales agreements with multiple affiliates […]