The year ahead will likely be a dynamic one for senior housing and care with unfolding trends that will shape our sector in meaningful ways for the next decade as boomers age into the demographic most likely to access housing and services. The five trends below highlight some of these sector growth predictions to watch in 2024.
The 2024 capital markets outlook is that much remains the same. Credit is scarce and the capital markets remain unpredictable. Whether the Fed will cut rates in four months, six months, or even nine months, many investors believe that defense is the best offense. The preceding ten years created a fascinating environment with cap rate compression to historic lows and a substantial amount of newly issued debt. Today, the industry is entering a period of transition where cap rates are starting to progress upward, and historic levels of debt are being repriced in a higher cost of capital environment.
Since the 2019 “Forgotten Middle” study, NIC has recognized the need to move towards actionable solutions for housing and care for the middle-market older adult. In early 2023, NIC joined with CVS Health to sponsor an in-depth study by Milken Institute’s Financial Innovations Lab® and Center for the Future of Aging to identify viable, actionable solutions for financing and scaling middle market senior housing & care. The culmination of this work is captured in a newly released report called, “Innovative Financing and Care Models to Scale Affordable Housing Solutions for Middle-Income Older Adults.” Four potential strategies for both senior housing and housing with care are outlined in this report.