There’s plenty of talk in the medical office building (MOB) sales sector that even though demand remains as high as ever for the product type, the volume has been quiet so far in 2019. Second quarter (Q2) and year-to-date MOB sales statistics compiled by healthcare real estate (HRE) data firm Revista, which provides a variety of HRE data to subscribers, confirm this notion.
Medical Office (MOB) transaction volume has slowed during the past year. Within the top 50 metros Revista recorded $7.14B worth of MOB trades from 3Q18 to 2Q19
In recent weeks we've seen significant volatility in the stock market along with increasing fears of a recession. After all, this is now the longest market expansion in history. It can't continue forever, right? MOBs have long been considered somewhat insulated from market shifts - but what does the data say?
For four straight years, medical office building sales have topped $11 billion in annual volume, according to Revista data.
However, so far in 2019, MOB sales have slowed a bit, with the volume coming in at $1.5 billion in Q1. And while the volume in Q2 has to be compiled, it was certain to be bolstered by the $1.25 billion purchase of the CNL Healthcare Properties MOB portfolio by Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL).
Supply/demand and Rent trends will begin appearing in Revista’s products which will enable subscribers to better analyze macro market risks and opportunities.
2019 MOB deal volume continues the cooling trend after coming off historical highs in 2017. While total volume may be down, a theme continues - private investors represent the greatest percentage of acquisitions.