In light of REIT Week, NIC wanted to share valuable insight into the impact of health care REITs related to seniors housing and care. Health care REITs own and operate properties including senior housing and skilled nursing properties, hospitals and other medical office buildings. Low interest rates, attrative financing, solid returns and robust demand are all factors that indicate that health care REITs will continue to pursue seniors housing and care assets.
1 Institutional investment interest in seniors housing and care is strong and growing. In the first quarter of 2015, transaction volume totaled $19.4 billion on a four-quarter moving average, with more than 122 deals closing. Investor interest can be traced to many factors. Foremost among these factors is its investment track record: both appreciation and income returns for seniors housing have consistently dwarfed other property type returns for more than ten years. On a ten-year basis, total returns as reported by NCREIF were more than 14.1%; this compares with all property types of 8.4%.