NIC Notes

Insights in Seniors Housing & Care


By: Beth Mace  |  September 09, 2021

Seniors Housing Investment Returns Remain Weak in Second Quarter 2021

Market Trends  |  Senior Housing

The total investment return for the seniors housing sector was a positive 0.54% in the second quarter of 2021. This marked the fourth consecutive quarterly gain after one quarter of negative returns in the second quarter of 2020 when total returns were negative 1.00%; that marked the first negative total return since 2012 and prior to that in 2009.

The income return in the second quarter was the same as in the first quarter, but at 0.78% it was the smallest quarterly gain on record as far back as 2003. The valuation (capital/appreciation) return fell 0.24%, the seventh consecutive quarterly decline. This contrasts with the NPI and apartments, where the valuation return turned positive in the fourth quarter and saw gains of 2.54% and 2.71%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2021. Many investors have reduced their appreciation expectations for seniors housing as the impact of the coronavirus has weighed heavily on their view of the sector. The valuation return is the change in value net of any capital expenditures incurred during the quarter.

The one-year valuation return for seniors housing was a positive 2.26%, the strongest annual return since the onset of the pandemic in the second quarter of 2020. The 2.26% total return compared favorably to retail (-1.32%) and hotel (-8.27%), but was smaller than the other major property types, including the overall NPI (7.37%). Meanwhile, the industrial sector enjoyed an eye-popping 22.98% appreciation return on a one-year basis.

Note that the performance measurement cited above for seniors housing reflects the returns of 149 seniors housing properties valued at $7.9 billion in the second quarter. This represents the highest property count and market value in the NCREIF time series for seniors housing.


NCREIF Annualized Total Returns June 2021


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About Beth Mace

Beth Burnham Mace is a special advisor to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) focused exclusively on monitoring and reporting changes in capital markets impacting senior housing and care investments and operations. Mace served as Chief Economist and Director of Research and Analytics during her nine-year tenure on NIC’s leadership team. Before joining the NIC staff in 2014, Mace served on the NIC Board of Directors and chaired its Research Committee. She was also a director at AEW Capital Management and worked in the AEW Research Group for 17 years. Prior to joining AEW, Mace spent 10 years at Standard & Poor’s DRI/McGraw-Hill as director of its Regional Information Service. She also worked as a regional economist at Crocker Bank, and for the National Commission on Air Quality, the Brookings Institution, and Boston Edison. Mace is currently a member of the Institutional Real Estate Americas Editorial Advisory Board. In 2020, Mace was inducted into the McKnight’s Women of Distinction Hall of Honor. In 2014, she was appointed a fellow at the Homer Hoyt Institute and was awarded the title of a “Woman of Influence” in commercial real estate by Real Estate Forum Magazine and Globe Street. Mace earned an undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree from the University of California. She also earned a Certified Business Economist™ designation from the National Association of Business Economists.

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