June 15, 2020
Jason Punzel

How to Sell Senior Living Communities Quickly

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How to Sell Senior Living Communities Quickly (part 1 of 2)– By Jason Punzel

Deciding when to sell your senior living community (SNF – skilled nursing facility) can be a daunting task and there are many factors to consider.   However, once an owner decides to sell, typically they ask us how to sell senior living communities quickly.   As a company, Senior Living Investment Brokerage has sold approximately 1,000 senior living and skilled nursing facilities since 1997.  Over the years, we have found a number of things an owner can do to help sell their senior housing community faster, below is a list of the top six (3 will be in this blog and 3 will be in a future blog post):

  1. Price the community reasonably – Of all the things an owner can do to sell their senior housing community quickly, pricing it reasonably is the most important. Overpriced properties do not sell.   They tend to sit on the market for months as buyers do a quick analysis and pass.  Eventually, the seller is forced to drop their price to what the market dictates.   Unfortunately, many buyers will not go back and re-look at the property or they wonder if it will have additional price drops.  Effectively the property becomes a stigmatized property.  Financially qualified buyers tend to be smart and know the market well.  They purchase properties that make financial sense and don’t get persuaded emotionally.  Over pricing a property in hopes to “get lucky” and find a buyer that will pay the higher price rarely works and usually ends up wasting time and often times can result in a lower price than if the seller priced the property reasonably from the beginning.
  2. Hire an experienced brokerage company – An experienced broker can help a seller price the property aggressive, yet reasonable. It is important to make sure the brokerage company has a team of brokers that work together to contact hundreds of financially qualified buyers across the country quickly.  Additionally, most owners want a confidential sale of the seniors housing community and many brokers do not do a good job of this.
  3. Talk to an attorney and accountant ahead of time – Owners should talk to their accountant before the marketing process starts to make sure they understand the tax implications of the sale and decide if they want to consider a 1031 Exchange. Additionally, it is very important for a buyer to be working with an attorney who has specific experience in health care real estate sales.  Most brokers can recommend a good attorney if an owner does not already know one.  If an owner waits until offers start to come in to talk to their accountant and retain an attorney, it can slow down the process and make the seller look very inexperienced.

Conclusion:

Many of the above suggestions will cost the seller both time and money ahead of time.  The seller must weigh the risk of spending their time and money with helping the closing go quicker.  Ultimately, if the seller is committed to selling, these expenses will be a good investment to ensure the smoothest closing possible.

For more information on selling your seniors housing property, please contact Jason Punzel, Senior Living Investment Brokerage at 630-858-2501 x 233 or punzel@slibinc.com.