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Top 10 Hot Medical Real Estate Markets

By Brian Kline | April 1, 2014
  • Medical commercial real estate is having the perfect storm. Baby boomers are entering their later years when more medical services are needed and Obamacare is moving into full force.

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    The double consequence is an unprecedented demand for more medical care. Along with the millions of baby boomer entering the years they will require the most health care, Obamacare is also increasing demand by between 30 to 50 million. If 60 million more people are accessing medical services, many more medical facilities are going to be needed. While the demand for medical markets is growing almost everywhere, you should first consider the strong demand in traditional retirement markets.

    Strong Retirement Medical Markets

    A study conducted by LaSalle Investment Management found that demand for medical buildings will exceed supply for years to come, the study further states that medical office vacancy rates have been lower and more stable than the overall U.S. office sector.

    The U.S. has concentrated retirement communities in the south. Among the largest are Southern Florida, Arizona, and Southern California. Additionally, people that are able to move to better climates for retirement are the more affluent and tend to have medical coverage through retirement pensions. These retirement zones are certain to be hot for future development of medical facilities.

    Top 10 Places for Health Care

    You also want to consider places providing the best and most accessible health care. Here is a top 10 list put together by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund rated on access, prevention and treatment, and healthy lives.

    • St. Paul, Minnesota - rated 11 for access, 21 for prevention and treatment, and 10 for healthy lives.
    • Dubuque, Iowa - 3 for access, 10 for prevention and treatment, and 44 for healthy lives.
    • Rochester, Minnesota - 3 for access, 10 for prevention and treatment, and 36 for healthy lives.
    • Minneapolis, Minnesota - 11 for access, 21 for prevention and treatment, and 36 for healthy lives.
    • Appleton, Wisconsin - 6 for access, 10 for prevention and treatment, and 66 for healthy lives.
    • Santa Rosa, California - 59 for access, 48 for prevention and treatment, and 11 for healthy lives.
    • La Crosse, Wisconsin (tie) - 23 for access, 21 for prevention and treatment, and 71 for healthy lives.
    • St. Cloud Minnesota (tie) - 43 for access, 14 for prevention and treatment, and 28 for healthy lives.
    • Manchester, New Hampshire - 11 for access, 1 for prevention and treatment, and 11 for healthy lives.
    • San Mateo County, California - 43 for access, 69 for prevention and treatment, and 1 for healthy lives.

    If you're looking for the brightest commercial real estate investment opportunities, you have multiple locations to begin researching.

    Brian Kline

    Author bio: Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 30 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years. He also draws upon 25 plus years of business experience including 12 years as a manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Brian currently lives at Lake Cushman, Washington. A vacation destination, a few short miles from a national forest in the Olympic Mountains with the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles in the opposite direction.

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