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By: Omar Zahraoui and Bill Kauffman  |  November 09, 2022

2Q22 NIC Lending Trends: Senior Housing Mini-Perm/Bridge Lending Rises

Business Environment  |  Market Trends  |  Senior Housing  |  Skilled Nursing

NIC Analytics released the 2Q 2022 NIC Lending Trends Report today. The quarterly report, available for free to NIC's constituents, currently tracks $86.8 billion in senior housing and nursing care loans. The report includes data over five years for construction loans, mini-perm/bridge loans, and permanent loans from 3Q 2016 through 2Q 2022.

Takeaways from the 2Q22 NIC Lending Trends Report

The number of delinquent loans continued to edge lower in second quarter 2022 but remains elevated from pre-Covid levels for senior housing. Senior housing delinquencies fell back to third quarter 2021 levels. The delinquency rate (delinquencies as a share of total loans) for both senior housing and nursing care declined and stood at 1.0% for senior housing and 0.9% for nursing care. Despite this overall improvement in delinquency rates, some foreclosures were reported for the sample in second quarter 2022 for both senior housing and nursing care.


New mini-perm/bridge loans closed for senior housing were up in second quarter 2022 following a sharp decline in first quarter 2022. On a same-store basis, the quarter-over-quarter increase was 27.0% for senior housing. Nursing care mini-perm/bridge loan closings had a second quarter of negative growth with 7.2% decline in first quarter 2022 and 29.7% in second quarter 2022. However, the new mini-perm/bridge loan closing volume for nursing care remained elevated compared with pre-pandemic levels. The heightened mini-perm/bridge loans in combination with the lowered permanent loans suggests: (1) some lenders may currently be more comfortable issuing a mini-perm over permanent loan for some deals, and (2) the need for financing solutions like mini-per/bridge loans to support business operations, in the midst of relatively low occupancy levels in general and high inflation.


For the sample of lenders in the Lending Trends Report, nursing care new construction loan closings hit a new peak in second quarter 2022, the highest level since at least 2016 but still relatively low in comparison to senior housing. The quarter-over-quarter same-store growth for nursing care new construction loan closings was 15.1% in second quarter 2022. Senior housing new construction loan closings continued to increase through the second quarter of 2022 at a growth of 47.1% on a same-store quarter-over-quarter basis. However, the senior housing new construction loan volume closed remained below its recent peak in third quarter 2021.

Looking ahead. These trends may differ later in the 2022 data set as higher interest rates and inflation start to impact loan volumes and construction activities. Notably, in third quarter 2022, construction starts for senior housing and nursing care weakened and showed signs of a looming slowdown, according to NIC MAP Vision data. Additionally, construction spending in the U.S. fell into negative territory with negative 0.6% in July 2022 and negative 0.7% in August 2022, and pending home sales in the U.S. had the largest contraction in September 2022 year-over-year since the start of the pandemic in April of 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Further, debt market yield spreads continue to remain elevated as investors require additional yield to take more perceived risk due to rising interest rates and inflation.

Note: These data are not to be interpreted as a census of all senior housing and skilled nursing lending activity in the U.S., but rather reflect lending activity from participants included in the survey sample only.

The 3Q2022 NIC Lending Trends Report is scheduled be released in mid-February 2023.

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About Omar Zahraoui and Bill Kauffman

Omar Zahraoui, Principal at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), is a senior housing research professional with expertise in providing quantitative analysis and insights on seniors housing & care market data; building new products and reporting capabilities, including dashboards and proformas for clients and internal stakeholders; and implementing new processes and data solutions. Prior to his current role, Omar worked as a data analyst, at Calpine Corporation, supporting the development of new-business strategy initiatives, analyzing sales and financial data, and developing statistical modeling of consumers’ behaviors to drive business performance. Omar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Management, a Master in Corporate Finance from IAE Lyon School of Management at Jean Moulin Lyon III University in France, and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems and Data Analytics from Pace University.

Bill Kauffman works with the research team in providing research and analysis in various areas including sales transactions and skilled nursing. He has lead roles in creating new and enhanced products and implementation of new processes. Prior to joining NIC he worked at Shelter Development in investing/acquiring, financing, and asset management for over $1 billion in assets. He also had key roles in the value creation and strategic planning and analysis for over 65 entities. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the College of Business and Economics at Radford University and his Master of Science in Finance from Loyola College in Maryland. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation (CFA).

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