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Feature Story: MOB market newcomers offer interesting perspectives

Some somewhat ‘unfamiliar’ names talked HRE during a recent iGlobal Live panel session 

By John B. Mugford

The panel discussion included (clockwise from top left): Vanessa Gill of Bridge Investment Group, Daniel Nagler of Cabot Cabot & Forbes, Gary Werner of Next Tier HD and Matt Withey of Virtus. (HREI photo)

There has been a flood of new entrants, and new capital, flowing into the healthcare real estate (HRE) space during the past couple of years – particularly into the medical office building (MOB) market.

Living proof of that could be found in a recent webcast from New York-based iGlobal Forum. Titled, “Investing in Healthcare Real Estate: Trends and Opportunities,” the online panel discussion included representatives of four companies relatively new to the MOB space.

One somewhat familiar name was Austin, Texas-based Virtus Real Estate Capital, which is focused on investments in self-storage properties as well as student housing, senior housing and – since at least 2017 — MOBs.

But the other three firms represented on the panel were probably unknown to most HRE professionals focused on the MOB market:

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