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Rail-Volution in Real Estate
In San Francisco, a new streetcar line has been built to ferry riders to a 303-acre project set on an old rail yard site. With 6,000 planned residences,
Seniors housing finance will have a decidedly vanilla flavor in the future
When real estate finance finally settles down after this year’s subprime turbulence, underwriting for seniors housing will seem downright bland compared with the recent past.
Beijing Hotel Boom
As developers in Beijing rush to complete more than 10,000 new hotel rooms before the Olympics next summer, there is concern that the building surge could
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Craig S. Jones: Seniors housing finance will have a decidedly vanilla flavor in the future. NREI : How has underwriting changed in seniors housing? Jones: It seemed like everyone was pushing the box regarding loan-to-value and debt service coverage and insurance......Read more of Craig S. Jones' interview
An Adventurous Ride in Emerging Markets
Hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal is building his in a place with the unlikely name of the Backwaters, a complex of lagoons and lakes linked by countless canals
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William Thomas: Prevailing seniors housing concept lacks any true sense of community Geriatrician William H. Thomas is one of the nation's better-known
Outspoken Geriatrician Says Today’s Seniors Housing Product Lacks a Sense of Community
Geriatrician William H. Thomas, M.D., is one of the nation’s better-known proponents of change in the seniors housing industry. As president of the nonprofit Eden Alternative, whose goal is to improve seniors housing by re-connecting residences with a sense of community, and as a professor at the University of Maryland’s Erickson School, Thomas is outspoken in saying seniors housing all too often fails its residents. The current model, he says, doesn’t address the deeper needs of its residents, especially for community.
Kevin Heffner’s outreach efforts put Erickson School on the map.
As director of external relations of the Erickson School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Kevin Heffner not only is instrumental in fundraising, but also a driving force in spreading the word about what the school has to offer. Heffner’s efforts are helping to position the Erickson School as a prime source for the latest information about aging and the elderly.
Q&A: Lawrence J. Horan Spearheads Research Efforts at NIC
Since its founding in 1991, the nonprofit National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC) has become a fount of market data to decision-makers in the senior housing industry. NIC provides historical trends data on the industry both through its Key Financial Indicators, which report nationwide statistics, and its Market Area Profiles (NIC MAP) Data and Analysis Service that tracks properties in major metropolitan areas.
Student Housing Graduates
Student housing has joined the grown-up world of money making, but will the current influx of investors succeed in this tough new market? Since 2001, investment volume in student housing has grown from virtually zilch to more than $2 billion in both 2005 and 2006
Green Design Goes Mainstream
Even the mainstream media has noticed the revolution in green building, but when the subject comes up, flashy office projects tend to get the attention.
Hotel REIT Duel Ends in Inland’s Favor
Another M&A contest in commercial real estate has drawn to a conclusion, this time with the late-coming suitor besting an original offer to take the prize. In March, Oak Brook, Ill.-based Inland Capital Markets Group Inc. made an offer for Winston Hotels Inc. at $15 cash per share, or about $850 million including transactions costs, and now Winston’s board of directors has accepted the offer early this week.
Q & A
David Loeb, a senior research analyst and managing director of Robert W. Baird & Co. based in Milwaukee, has been tracking real estate-related companies for more than 20 years, with a special emphasis on the lodging and office sectors.
Jonnie Pardue: FHA Reaches Out to Seniors Housing Developers
The Federal Housing Administration provides mortgage insurance to a variety of multifamily developments, and that includes seniors housing. Such FHA-backed loans under the Section 221(d)(4) program facilitate assisted living facilities, Alzheimer/dementia care facilities and skilled nursing facilities deals. To this point, the for-profit segment of the seniors housing industry specializing in market-rate properties has shown only a tepid interest in the FHA program.
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The latest chapter in the saga of Ventas Inc., which saw the Louisville-based REIT come back from the verge of bankruptcy in the late 1990s to become an active M&A player
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