Monthly Archives: September 2011

September 27, 2011
Grant Kief

Matthew Alley Sells 198 Bed SNF in Texas

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Matt Alley has sold another Texas Skilled Nursing Facility outside of Houston. The four-story, 124,000 square foot facility was originally an acute care hospital from 1965 to 1996. The facility was converted to seniors housing in 1998. The 198 Bed facility was ownd by an independent owner from Texas and purchased by an owner/operator from New York. Senior Living is able to connect sellers and buyers from across the country. The purchase price was $7,800,000. For additional information please contact Matthew Alley at 630/858-2501 or alley@seniorlivingbrokerage.com

September 15, 2011
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Sprint to the finish

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As we head into the end of the year everyone seems to be talking about Medicare cuts and sluggish occupancy. However, the M&A market is as strong as ever. After a record number of closing in the first half of 2011, we experienced a wave of new inventory recently. The market continues to be strong. Debt and equity are looking for quality opportunities.

There is still a huge shortage of quality opportunities on the market.

I hear all the time, “Everything is for sale for the right price!” How do you know what your property is worth? I think you would be surprised. This might be the market to get your “right price.”

If you have thought about selling, now is an ideal time to have us put together a confidential proposal to determine market value. Click this link Ryan Saul or call me at 630-858-2501 to discuss the current market.

September 15, 2011
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The Stars Align (Once Again) for Senior Housing Sellers

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We might not be back to the days of 2006 and 2007, but given the current market environment, there are a number of compelling reasons for senior housing owners to dust off their exit strategy playbook. The following is a summary of points to consider:

1. Capitalization Rate Compression – We have seen a continual compression of capitalization rates over the past 12 months. This has been fueled in part by three factors. First, the record low interest rates and return of lending to the acquisition market has compressed the cost of debt. Second, senior housing has been one of the least affected asset classes from the recession and therefore has been attractive from both a private and an institutional capital standpoint. This in turn, has created lower return requirements (REIT lease rates, equity return, etc.) lowering the cost of equity. Lastly, the shortage of quality inventory has created strong competition which has further compressed capitalization rates and increased prices for potential Sellers.

2. Favorable Tax Environment – In 2003, the long-term capital gains rate (top bracket) was reduced to 15% by President Bush and was extended through 2010 by the Tax Reconciliation Act. This rate was further extended through 2012 by Congress and President Obama on December 17, 2010. However, after 2012 that top rate will increase to 20%. In addition, if left unchanged, the new healthcare law will also impose a 3.8% payroll tax on the taxable income from a sale. This would bring the effective rate from 15% to 23.8%. If the property has been owned for a long period of time, it could provide an increasing incentive to make sure a sale is consummated prior to the end of 2012. With the nuances and timing of a senior housing transaction, it can take up to 8 or 9 months to reach the closing table. Much of this depends on the change of ownership process. Some states are as quick as 2 or 3 weeks, while some states can require time in excess of 120 days. It is important to plan ahead so that you, as a Seller, can take advantage of the tax environment.

3. Lack of New Construction – The lack of lending for new construction projects has created an increased demand for existing facilities. On the assisted living side of the business, a private pay, well-located facility, as small as 50 or 60 units will receive national attention given the lack of quality inventory available. On the skilled nursing side of the business, so long as the facility is priced accurately and is not located in an area with declining population, there is typically a very strong demand for the asset. Demand can vary from state to state. Aside from a few difficult states, if the facility is priced correctly we are typically seeing between 5 and 10 competitive offers on every skilled facility we have taken to market. The same can be said about private pay, well-located and well- run assisted living facilities.

In short, it is difficult to assess the best time to consider a sale. However, my opinion is that there are very compelling reasons for a Seller to consider coming off the sidelines.

Please contact me to discuss this topic in more detail. I would enjoy hearing your thoughts and would be more than happy to create a confidential proposal for you. You can contact

Brad Clousing at 630-858-2501 x 231 or via email at clousing@seniorlivingbrokerage.com.

September 14, 2011
Grant Kief

Ross Sanders and Ryan Saul Handle Iowa SNF Sale

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Ryan Saul and Ross Sanders of Senior Living Investment Brokerage, Inc. sold a 75 bed Skilled Nursing Facility in Grinell, IA. Constructed in 1965 and having gone through a number of renovations and additions over the years, the facility was in overall good condition. At the time of the sale, occupancy was approximately 44% with a Private Pay mix at 30%. No capitalization rate was applicable due to negative income at the facility. The Seller was a regional owner/operator based in South Dakota looking to divest of this underperforming asset. The Buyer is also a regional owner/operator with plans to invest additional capital into the facility, increase overall census and improve profitability through economies of scale. For additional information please contact Ross at 314/961-0070 or Ryan at 630/858-2501.

September 14, 2011
Grant Kief

Senior Living Investment Brokerage to Sponsor NIC Conference

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Senior Living Investment Brokerage, Inc. will again be sponsoring the National Investment Center’s 21st Annual NIC Conference in Washington D.C. September 21-23, 2011. To schedule a meeting with one of our representatives while in D.C. please contact Grant Kief at 630/858-2501 or stop by our table Thursday evening at the reception. We look forward to seeing you there.