2017 witnessed record MOB sales and outsized portfolio sales, but a notable shift occurred in the hot money – a theme that dominates the landscape in early 2018.
MedCraft Healthcare Real Estate was the most active developer in 2017 with a total of 8 projects and 470,000 square feet started or completed. NexCore Group was the most active for project starts and HTA Development LLC was the most active for project completions.
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Prior to the start of 2018, several members of the Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) of Healthcare Real Estate Insights™ predicted that the sector would see some transactions in which health systems would buy medical office buildings (MOBs) that they are leasing from third-party owners.
Continuing focus on high medical office sales activity might lead one to wonder where all this activity is occurring. In 2017, more than 25% of sales volume was represented in only 5 metro areas. Who's leading the pack?
Transaction volumes have been steadily rising for the past few years. Revista began tracking property transactions in 2014 and volumes in that year were $8.9B for MOBs
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• Adventist Health Physician's Network
• AEI Capital
• Altus Group
• Amtrust Title
• Anchor Health Properties
• Anne Arundel Medical Center
• ARCH Design, Artwork and Framing Inc.
• Array Architects
• Aurum Property Partners
• Avison Young
• AW Property Co
• Baptist Health South Florida
• Baylor Scott & White Health
• BBL Medical Facilities
• Bentall Kennedy
• Bloomberg Intelligence
2017 will have broken many records in terms of sales transaction activity in healthcare real estate, but it won’t in terms of new construction. Revista data is showing 3 consecutive years with a decrease in starts which is now also affecting total deliveries. Only 16.3M square feet was delivered in 2017, 15% less than the previous year's total of 19.3M.
While there is some concern and uncertainty about what the next year holds for the country’s healthcare system, some of the top professionals involved in healthcare real estate are quite bullish about their business prospects for 2018.