The medical property sector continues to heat up nationally thanks to the greying of the population and the decentralizing trends in outpatient care. Medical office building (MOB) and retail retrofit deals are coming out of the pipeline in strength for the time being as Congress once again aims to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Only the future will tell if ACA’s repeal and replacement with “insurance for everybody” as promised by the incoming Trump administration will put a damper, a rocket booster, or something in between on the commercial property deals in the medical sector.
REITs aren’t just a channel for equity-style investment in commercial real estate, they’re a kind of barometer to use to keep an eye on trends in specific sectors. When REITs go on a buying spree, it pays the trend-watcher to pick out what’s being acquired as well as the price tags. This way questions can be answered about where capital is meeting property – is it in tertiary or secondary markets? Is medical office looking better to portfolio managers than is assisted living? Presented are some of January’s biggest REIT acquisitions in the health care sector.
One of the clearest trends in the future delivery of healthcare — and therefore in the utilization and requirements for healthcare properties — is the drive toward outpatient care. Technological advances and ever-greater specialization in healthcare services means that patients will be spending more health care time in facilities geared toward outpatient services and less time in overnight-stay facilities.