Investors may take advantage of medical office properties in 2012

More investors are looking at medical office buildings.

Marcus & Milichap recently released a report which showed that more commercial property companies may be taking advantage of purchasing medical office properties this year, according to

The Medical Office Research Report noted that for the first half of 2012, there may be an increase in investments in the medical office sector, especially as occupancies increase and construction declines. There are many private investors who are expected to get involved in this aspect of the market, but it should still be primarily scholarly institutions and real estate investment trusts who take part in most of the transactions.

"Medical-office properties appeal to a much broader array of investors than they have in the past,” Alan Pontius, managing director of the healthcare real estate group for Marcus & Millichap, told the news source. "Both private and public investors will continue to expand their MOB portfolios to take advantage of an anticipated surge in healthcare demand as baby boomers age."

The report added that while rental growth may not be significant for the sector over the next couple of years, occupancy rates could expand significantly to make up for it.

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