2019 U.S. Medical Office Trends
Steady Market Fundamentals Support Thriving Investor Demand
U.S. medical office market fundamentals have been resilient in 2019. Demographic and health-care industry trends are firmly entrenched and forecast to persist, supporting long-term demand for medical office space.
- The U.S. medical office vacancy rate remained stable at 10.3% through midyear 2019 despite a surge of completions of new medical office space. In addition, average asking rents stayed near record levels.
- There has been a dramatic decentralization of the health-care industry to provide services closer to the consumer through outpatient centers rather than more costly hospitals. Consolidation among healthcare providers has led to greater mergers and acquisitions activity of hospitals and health-care systems.
- Top-tier domestic institutional and foreign capital, as well as REITs, have fueled demand for medical office properties. Although medical office investment volume was down from 2018 through the first half of the year, the expectation for second half medical office investment volume remains strong.
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