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Transactions: Healthcare Realty Trust lands a pair of D.C.-area MOBs

$46 million purchase was part of $121 million in recent MOB buys for the REIT

By John B. Mugford

Healthcare Realty Trust paid $46 million for the two assets, which have a total of 158,338 square feet. (Photo courtesy of Avison Young)

FAIRFAX, Va. — Publicly traded healthcare real estate investment trusts (REITs) are typically prone to acquire nearly-filled, stabilized medical office buildings (MOBs) that do not require much effort to add value.

There are exceptions, of course, and it looks as if a pair of MOBs with plenty of space to fill in Fairfax had enough upside to garner strong demand and more than a handful offers from would-be investors.

In the end, the buildings had enough potential to attract a winning bid from a publicly traded, longstanding healthcare REIT: Nashville, Tenn.-based Healthcare Realty Trust (NYSE: HR). The REIT paid $46 million for the two assets, which have a total of 158,338 square feet and are, in aggregate, 73 percent leased to 32 tenants.

The seller was Seavest Healthcare Properties LCC. White Plains, N.Y.-based Seavest acquired the buildings at 3650 and 3700 Joseph Siewick Drive, also known as MOB I and MOB II at Fair Oaks, in separate transactions in 2016 and 2013.

And what are the assets’ upsides?

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