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By: Omar Zahraoui  |  October 06, 2022

Senior Housing Units Vacated During Pandemic Near Full Recovery on Net Basis

Business Environment  |  Market Trends  |  NIC MAP Vision  |  Senior Housing

According to quarterly NIC MAP® data, released by NIC MAP Vision, demand, as measured by the change in occupied units, largely outpaced new supply while marking its sixth consecutive quarter of positive increases, with a net absorption gain from the prior quarter of more than 8,700 units, or 1.6% for the NIC MAP Primary Markets. This advance pushed the share of senior housing units vacated during the pandemic that have been re-occupied to near-full recovery (95%). If this pace of demand growth continues into the next quarter, senior housing may soon start filling new inventory added during the pandemic, on a net basis.

As a result of supply/demand trends, the exhibit below shows that the all-occupancy rate for senior housing for the NIC MAP Primary Markets increased for the fifth consecutive quarter to 82.2% in the September 2022 reporting period, up 1.0 full percentage point (pps) from the June 2022 reporting period on a three-month rolling basis, with a small gain of 0.1pps from August 2022. From its time series low of 77.9% in June 2021, occupancy increased by 4.3pps but remained 5.0pps below pre-pandemic March 2020 levels of 87.2%.


By Majority Property Type. At 84.7%, the all-occupancy rate for majority independent living (IL) properties for the NIC MAP Primary Markets increased 0.9pps from June 2022, with a gain of 0.2pps from August 2022. For majority assisted living properties (AL), the all-occupancy rate for the NIC MAP Primary Markets remained unchanged from August 2022 but was up 1.1pps to 79.7% from June 2022. Occupancy for both independent living properties and assisted living properties remained 4.9pps below March 2020 levels.

All-occupancy increased or remained stable in 27 of the 31 Primary Markets for IL in the September 2022 reporting period compared with June 2022. At 82.2%, Miami saw the largest quarterly improvement in September 2022, up 2.4pps from June 2022. Orlando IL occupancy fell 1.6pps in September 2022 to 84.5%. Orlando had the largest quarterly decline among the 31 NIC MAP Primary Markets.

All-occupancy rose or remained stable in 29 of the 31 Primary Markets for AL in September 2022 compared with June 2022. At 78.4%, Phoenix occupancy saw the largest increase since June 2022 and gained 2.8pps quarter-to-quarter. Seattle’s occupancy remained unchanged from August 2022 but fell by 1.4pps from June 2022 to 77.5%. Seattle had the largest quarterly decline among the 31 NIC MAP Primary Markets.

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About Omar Zahraoui

Omar Zahraoui, Principal at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), is a seniors 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, Zahraoui 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. Zahraoui 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.

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