Covid drives historic demand for life sciences real estate and these REITs, report says

  • Venture-capital investment in the life sciences sector grew to a record rolling annual total of $17.8 billion in the second quarter.
  • Covid-19 is accelerating an already growing demand for real estate in the sector.
  • “The biotech sector may be the single most attractive subsector within commercial real estate today,” said Spencer Levy, chairman of Americas research and senior economic advisor for CBRE.



a person standing in a room: Research associate Sachi Johnson works at Sorrento Therapeutics where efforts are underway to develop an antibody, STI-1499, to help in prevention of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in San Diego, California, May 22, 2020.


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Research associate Sachi Johnson works at Sorrento Therapeutics where efforts are underway to develop an antibody, STI-1499, to help in prevention of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in San Diego, California, May 22, 2020.

All the fundamentals are aligning for the life sciences industry, as Covid-19 accelerates already growing demand for real estate in the sector.

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Rents are rising for lab space, vacancies are plunging and research and development, and employment and new development are expanding further, thanks to strong venture capital investment. 

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Manufactured Housing REITs: Not Enough Homes, So Onto Boats

REIT Rankings: Manufactured Housing

manufactured housing reits

(Hoya Capital Real Estate, Co-produced with Brad Thomas)

Manufactured Housing REIT Overview

Manufactured Housing REITs (“MH REITs”) have proven to be immune from coronavirus-related headwinds that have slammed much of the real estate sector, collecting nearly 100% of rents, while also boosting dividends this year. Within the Hoya Capital Manufactured Housing REIT Index, we track the three MH REITs, which account for roughly $25 billion in market value: Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), Sun Communities (SUI), and UMH Properties (UMH). In addition to MH communities, these REITs also manage transient, seasonal, and membership-based RV parks and boat marina, which account for roughly 30-40% of the REITs’ portfolio.

mobile home REITs

While not included in the REIT indexes, it should be noted that Cavco Industries (CVCO) and Skyline Champion Corp. (SKY) are the largest publicly traded builders of manufactured homes, while Winnebago Industries (WGO), Thor Industries (THO), and Camping World Holdings

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Commercial Real Estate: Definition, Impact, REITs

Commercial real estate is any property owned for the purpose of producing income. There is about $6 trillion worth of commercial real estate in the United States. Here are the five largest categories of commercial real estate.

  1. Retail includes indoor shopping malls, outdoor strip malls, and big box retailers. It also includes grocery stores and restaurants. Its value is around $2.1 trillion or 36 percent of the total value of commercial real estate. It consists of at least 9.5 billion square feet of shopping center space.
  2. Hotels include motels, luxury resorts, and business hotels. This category does not include homes that rent out rooms through Airbnb. There are roughly 4.4 million hotel rooms worth $1.92 trillion.
  3. Office buildings include everything from Manhattan skyscrapers to your lawyer’s office. There are roughly 4 billion square feet of office space, worth around $1.7 trillion or 29 percent of the total.
  4. Apartment buildings are
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