KBRA Releases Research – Are the Boomers Ready for Senior Housing?

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases a new report, Are the Boomers Ready for Senior Housing?

When the curtain closes on 2019, all of the baby boomers will be 55 years or older. In recent years, the anticipated demand from this large and aging cohort has led to an increase in supply for assisted living (AL), independent living (IL), as well as active adult and senior apartment communities. While there has been a recent slowdown in construction, the sector continues to face challenges from a number of demand factors including a later-than-expected move-in age, delayed retirement, affordability, and even technological and social media advances.

After several years of annual inventory growth exceeding absorption, the situation reversed course in Q3 2019, with absorption in the AL and IL segments outweighing inventory gains. While this is a positive change, it will take time to absorb the excess inventory, which could limit any meaningful near-term improvement in occupancy rates. It appears that builders may have overestimated the current demand and timing for AL and IL properties and have been adjusting their construction pipelines as they wait for the arrival of baby boomers. However, based on various reports, developers hold the view that many areas are still underserved and potential demand is simply a matter of identifying those markets.

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