One thing investors should note about this property type is the rate of rent increases, says Barbara Byrne Denham, an economist at Reis. “Seniors housing is experiencing upward demand, but with this property type, you can’t increase rent as rapidly as you can with multifamily,” she says.
According to Kenneth P. Riggs, chairman and president of Situs RERC, “Non-core investment sectors have attracted strong interest as core property types have been bid up and priced for perfection. More niche properties such as student housing, seniors housing and medical offices are giving the best risk and return profile right now.”
However, investors should keep in mind that even though operating fundamentals in the seniors housing sector are currently healthy, the dynamic may shift in the short-term, notes Andy McCulloch, managing director and head of real estate analytics at Green Street Advisors. “Despite an alluring long-term growth story built on demographics and an aging population, the sector will be tested over the next couple of years as outsized level of new supply gets delivered into the market,” he says.